Cooking Green this St. Patrick's Day OFA 2015 March 17, 2015

Cooking Green this St. Patrick's Day

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Happy St. Patrick’s Day! We wanted to provide you with a multitude of GREEN recipes today from our three newest releases: our Garden Guide and our Cooking Fresh and Comfort Food cookbooks. So even if you have nothing green to wear, eat green and it might just help you to earn some extra luck!

Cooking Green this St. Patrick’s Day

Garden Guide Recipes

The Garden Guide is filled with lots of healthy, tasty recipes that focus on incorporating fresh vegetables from the garden! It also has advice for you when garden planning this year.

  • Kale Salad With Cranberries, Feta and Walnuts: This take on a kale salad is delicious and very popular. “The key is to slice the kale very thinly to distribute the flavor evenly,” advises Laura Carden, who sells this salad in her Harrisville, New Hampshire, general store.
  • Potato Salad With Chicken and Green Beans: This is quite the filling recipe—add some crusty bread and you’ve got a complete meal!

Cooking Fresh Recipes

Cooking Fresh guarantees quick and easy meals, featuring over 160 recipes that showcase how to incorporate fresh produce into your meals.

  • Broccoli Soup: This hearty soup includes chicken and a variety of spices to liven up your St. Patrick’s Day.
  • Brussels Sprouts With Sun-Dried Tomatoes: This very simple dish will have you saying “How could I have never LOVED Brussel sprouts before?!” Seriously, these are amazingly tasty.

Comfort Food Recipes

The Comfort Food cookbook takes all of your favorite recipes, such as creamy mac and cheese, and revolutionizes them!

  • Breaded Fried Zucchini Rounds: Never say “No!” to a gift of zucchini from the garden. Look for firm zucchinis with a heavy body; dull (nonglossy), hard skin; and rich color. Avoid those with cracks, dark or soft spots, or a shriveled body.
  • Broccoli and Cheddar Strata: Serve this savory bread pudding as a brunch dish for a crowd.

For the full recipes, please check out our 2015 Garden Guide and Cooking Fresh and Comfort Food cookbooks!

History of the Day

St. Patrick was the patron saint and national apostle of Ireland who is credited with bringing Christianity to the island.
Long before the shamrock became associated with St. Patrick’s Day (March 17), the four-leaf clover was regarded by ancient Celts as a charm against evil spirits.

In the early 1900s, O. H. Benson, an Iowa school superintendent, came up with the idea of using a clover as the emblem for a newly founded agricultural club for children in his area. In 1911, the four-leaf clover was chosen as the emblem for the national club program, later named 4-H.