Wearin’ the Green

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By Paula Deen

When Savannah’s fountains run green, the Azaleas begin to bloom and those darlin’ little Girl Scouts start selling their famous cookies on just about every square, I know that St. Patrick’s Day is just around the corner. You can’t miss it. It’s the second largest St. Patrick’s Day celebration in the world and one of my most favorite parades. Running nearly every year for the past 187 years, the parade hosts floats and marching bands from all over the country, but my favorite part is when the honorable men and women of our Armed Forces march through. Seeing those brave soldiers back home always brings the crowd to their feet—and makes the tiny hairs on my arms stand at attention. Women slap on thick layers of red lipstick and run out, planting kisses on the soldier’s cheeks as they march by without missing a step.

But St. Patrick’s Day in Savannah is hardly a one-day affair. No sir, down here we set aside a couple of weeks for some proper Celtic celebratin’. From rugby in the parks and a running race around the squares to family-friendly festivals and revelry on River Street, the city runs the gamut. And I suppose the word has gotten out: this year we expect some 300,000 visitors from around the world to come looking for a taste of Savannah’s St. Paddy’s Day spirit. And I always aim to give them what they came for by offering up an irresistible traditional Irish menu.

There are a couple of traditional dishes that you simply must have on an Irish menu, whether you’re bringing a dish to a parade potluck or you’re enjoying a themed party with some friends and family in the quiet comforts of your home. For me, Corned Beef and Cabbage always tops the list—it’s as important as the turkey is to Thanksgiving. And I have a recipe that’s so simple and quick, you can have an authentic supper ready in no time—30 minutes to be exact!

“Colcannon,” or Irish Potato Salad, is another quick and easy must-have on the table. And y’all have to have a sturdy loaf of Irish Soda Bread to sop up what’s left behind. I also recommend rounding out your supper with my Guinness Chocolate Cake. Now I’m not much of a beer drinker y’all, but the rich brew instantly elevates this cake to Grand Marshall status.

But nothing, nothing, holds a four-leaf clover to my Creamiest Mac and Cheese. It’s like a pot o’ gold at the end of the rainbow—and every bit as rich. And the best part is you don’t have to exhaust yourself chasing some pesky little Leprechaun just to find it. You can make it faster than two shakes of a lamb’s tail and you probably already have all the fixing’s in your pantry.

Good food and celebration go hand-in-hand, but I’ve never believed in exhausting yourself in the kitchen while your guests feast in the next room. The festive food I’m sharing with y’all is not only delicious, it’ll leave you ample time to search for shamrocks and throw back some green beer or green grits—whatever suits your fancy. Erin Go Bragh, y’all!

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Hi Debbe, That pot actually came from Paula's personal collection. To Paula's cookware for sale, check out our online store: http://www.pauladeenstore.com/

By Jonathan Able on April 02, 2012

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hey paula just love you girl love your cooking and watch you when im not working ,my mom passed away in 2005 and we would watch you all the time. my dad and i would watch you too he ate alot of the southern cooking growing up and missed it so much so he loved your show . i took care of my dad for 5 years and he loved you. he passed 12 29 11 . your show will always remind me of my dad of good home cooking. i can make some really good mexican food would love to cook with you one day.take care girl sandra azucena

By sandra azucena on March 18, 2012

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I have been looking for the pot that Paula is holding in the above picture with the mac and cheese in it!! One of my friends has it and said she bought it at Paula's store and I have never found it on here. Can you please help me?? I love it, Debbe

By DEBBE on March 15, 2012

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I miss Savannah especially around St. Patrick's day. My son who is still with Savannah Police dept. doesn't miss it. One of these years I will be able to move back. Paula waas part of my growing up and I have so much respect for her.She is a true testament to the strength of a good women.

By Sharon Galipeau on March 14, 2012

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love you'll.God Bless. Iva

By iva on March 13, 2012

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Love Ya Paula! Wish I could come out to Savannah just to meet all of you!

By Christi Bare on March 13, 2012

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St. Paddy's day at my house: 12 people for dinner. Corned Beef & Cabbage Potatoes Carrots Asparagus Irish Soda Bread Irish Oatmeal Bread Beeramisu Guinnes Chocolate Cupcakes with Bailey's Irish Creme Frosting Guinnes Bushmills Bailey's

By Cathy Kirchner on March 13, 2012

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I.LOVE.YOU

By jay.nance on March 13, 2012

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I love all Of Paulas recipes. But would be much Happier if I had the nutritional values included with her recipes.

By Sharon Christ on March 13, 2012

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hi! wink i was wondering if you could share the recipe for the chiken/grape salad-the one that is pictured on the croissant above? thanks! wink sandra
Sandra Neuheimer-Huller in Chicken Salad: A Southern Staple on April 19, 2014 at 10:37 am

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in A Basketful of Traditions on April 19, 2014 at 8:22 am

I WISH I COULD COOK. COULD I COME WORK FOR JUST ROOM AND BOARD AT YOUR NEW RESTURAUNT IN PIGEON FORGE FOR THE SUMMER? I WENT TO COLLEGE NOT FAR FROM THERE - HIWASSEE COLLEGE. YOU WOULDN'T HAVE TO PAY ME, I WOULD WORK FOR FREE JUST FOR THE EXPERIENCE. TAMMY LEVAN 19 SPENCER WAY KINGS PARK, NY 11754 HAPPY EASTER! CHRIST IS RISEN!
TAMMY L LEVAN in A Basketful of Traditions on April 19, 2014 at 4:31 am

Hi Bubbles, You have some great tips. Can't wait to read your other blogs! Please give Aunt Peggy a big hug from me and here is one for you! (((HUGS))) See you in May!
Jaci Pardun in 10 Quick Household Tips on April 18, 2014 at 11:05 pm

Paula, I am glad to know that I am not the only person who makes Easter Baskets for their adult children and mail them across the United States. My Daughter lives in Long Beach, CA and I not only sent her a basket but her husband and my granddaughter Reese. We also buy special Russel Stover Bunnies for each child too. My husband has the list in his phone... Sara .. Cookies 'n Crème.... Sidney and Stephen.. Peanut Butter Etc. It one of my favorite things to do for my kids.. no matter how old they get. And passing it along to my Grandchildren. It's even more special to me knowing we share a family tradition. Blessings and Happy Easter!!
Sharon Cason-Card in A Basketful of Traditions on April 18, 2014 at 11:03 pm