Celebrate St Patrick's Day With Irish Food

Happy St. Patrick's Day! Today, we're all Irish and what better way to celebrate than to eat foods from the land of Ireland. Ireland is possibly better known for it's suffering during the Great Potato Famine of 1848, than actually for their food. After conquering the fungus that destroyed the nation's potato crops, the Irish continued to have potatoes factor largely into their cuisine. Take the baked potato, for example. Ireland is also known for it's delicious dairy products, particularly their butter which is a delectable addition to this simple dish.

The Irish are also known for their tangy, fast-rising bread, known to us as soda bread . Soda was a cheap and accessible alternative to yeast and was popular with the lower classes. This food also makes use of Ireland's bounty of dairy products, including buttermilk in the recipe and butter as a popular topping. Traditionally, a coin is cooked inside for someone to find and this person is blessed with luck for the upcoming year!

These dishes are a great, vegetarian way to celebrate America's Irish heritage! Try this great Irish Soda Bread recipe.

Where To Get The best Guinness!

New research shows that Guinness does, in fact, taste better in Ireland than outside the green isle. The Institute of Food Technologists completed a study that confirms the suspicions of many beer drinkers: the best pint of Guinness can only be enjoyed within the borders of bonny Ireland. Scientists took non-expert tasters to different pubs. In Ireland, Guinness scored a 74 out of 100 points, while elsewhere the brew scored 57. The Institute explains these results as an issue of authenticity-the ambiance in a true Irish pub enhances the Guinness experience.

Slightly more scientifically, in Ireland Guinness flows through pub taps all day, whereas in other countries the beer could have been sitting for a long period of time. And since the Irish know just how a pint of Guinness ought to taste, all the drinking details, from the temperature to the glass shape, turn out right.

Even if you can't make it to Ireland for St. Patrick's Day, Guinness still tastes great wherever you're drinking. To read more about the study, click here. Extra beer left over? Try making this whole-wheat cinnamon raisin honey beer bread.