This weekend is turning out to be a busy one for entertaining, with dinner parties planned for both Saturday and Sunday. I’ve been incredibly indecisive with menu planning lately, whether we’re having company over or not, and it’s set to drive me mildly insane. I’m really hoping it’s just a passing phase, but in the meantime, it sure making menu planning … um … challenging.
To tell you the truth, even with a last name like O’Malley, it hadn’t occurred to me to plan an Irish menu for Saturday’s night festivities. Even though The Neighbor and I just sat and tied up thirty-six St. Patrick’s Day-themed goodie bags for the kids to give out at school tomorrow. I very rarely make Irish food, save for corned beef and cabbage once a year, and just hadn’t thought “Irish” for Saturday night. But I’m rethinking that … told you I’ve been indecisive lately.
Now I’m leaning heavily towards a very Irish-themed dinner and need your help. What are you making? Have good Irish tried-and-true recipes to share? I have a recipe for corned beef with cabbage, potatoes and carrots, so I’m more looking for recipes for everything else. Starters? Sides? Desserts? And then something for the kids since I can almost certainly guarantee they’re not going to touch any of this. As for drinks, I’m going to go with the traditional Black and Tans for the gents, at least that’s the plan, especially since I have mastered the technique of layering the liquids in a glass. I know, it’s a skill that will serve me well over the years. But I still need something green, preferably frozen, for us non-beer-drinking frou-frou drink loving females to drink.
So, c’mon, hit me with your best shot. Whatcha got?