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Phyllis' Fixin's

Top o' the morning to you! It's that time of year for the "wearing of the green, the time of the year when everyone is Irish or wishes they could be, but wear green, anyhow. Here are a few Irish recipes you might like to try.

Colcannon Irish Potatoes

6 medium potatoes, peeled and cubed (about 2 1/2 lbs.)

2 C. chopped cabbage

1 Large onion, chopped

1 T. butter

1/2 tsp. salt

1/8 tsp. pepper

Place potatoes in a large saucepan or Dutch oven; cover with water. Bring to a boil. Cover and cook over medium heat for 8-10 minutes or until potatoes are nearly tender. Add cabbage and onion. Cover and simmer for 5-6 minutes or until cabbage is tender. Drain well. Mash with butter, salt and pepper. Makes about 7 servings.

Slow Cooker Corned Beef and Cabbage

4 Large carrots, peeled and cut into matchsticks pieces

10 Baby red potatoes, quartered

1 onion, peeled and cut into bite-sized pieces

4 C. water

1 (4 lb.) corned beef brisket with sauce packet

6 oz. beer (1/2 can) You'll just have to drink the rest

1/2 head cabbage, coarsely chopped

Place the carrots, potatoes and onion into the bottom of a slow cooker; pour in the water and place the brisket on top of the vegetables. Pour the beer over the brisket. Sprinkle the spices from the packet; cover, and set the cooker on High. Cook the brisket for about 8 hours. An hour before serving, stir in the cabbage and cook for 1 more hour. Serves about 8.

Walking into a bar, Shamus said to Flynn, the bartender, "Pour me a stiff one- just had another fight with the little woman." "O, bejabbers," said Flynn, "And how did this one end?"

"Hah, when it was over," Shamus replied, "She came to me on her hands and knees."

"Really?" cried Flynn, "now that's a switch! What did she say?"

She said. "Come out from under the bed, Shamus, you little chicken!"

An Irish Breakfast

6 slices bacon

2 T. butter or margarine

4 eggs

2 small tomatoes, sliced

2 C. whole mushrooms

4 slices prepared soda bread

Lay the bacon slices in a single layer in a large skillet. Fry over medium heat until it begins to get tinged with brown. Fry on both sides. Remove from pan, but save grease. Melt butter in skillet. Crack eggs into pan, being careful not to break the yolks. Place tomato slices, mushrooms and bread in pan. Fry gently, stirring mushrooms and tomatoes occasionally. Keep everything separate. Turn bread over to brown on both sides. 2 servings.

Amazingly Easy Irish Soda Bread

4 C. flour

4 T. white sugar

1 T. baking soda

1 T. baking powder

1/2 tsp. salt

1/2 C. margarine, softened

1 C. buttermilk

1 egg

1/4 C. butter, melted

1/4 C. buttermilk

Preheat oven to 375°. Lightly grease a large baking sheet. In a large bowl, mix together flour, sugar, baking soda, baking powder, salt and margarine. Stir in 1 cup of buttermilk and egg. Turn dough out onto a lightly floured surface and knead slightly. Form dough into a round and place on prepared baking sheet. In a small bowl, combine melted butter with 1/4 C. buttermilk; brush loaf with this mixture. Use a sharp knife to cut an "X" into the top of the loaf. Bake in preheated oven for 45-50 minutes, or until a toothpick inserted into the center of the loaf comes out clean, about 30-50 minutes; you may continue to brush the loaf with the butter mixture while it bakes.

May the road rise to meet you,

May the wind be always at your back,

May the sun shine warm upon your face,

And the rain fall soft upon your fields,

May you already be in Heaven,

Before the devil even knows you're dead.

-An old Irish Blessing-

Erin go Bragh!