Skip to main content

Festive Fun for St. Patrick’s Day

Mar 17, 2017 10:00AM, Published by Kendra Kaiserman, Categories: Food+Dining, Web Exclusives Family Features




Turn your St. Patrick’s Day celebration into a chance to enjoy Irish heritage with hearty foods and a lively atmosphere. When it’s the one day each year it’s acceptable to pinch non-conforming friends and family, it’d be a shame not to go all out.

These few simple tips can help you put together the perfect party to revel in all things green – and tasty.

  • Decorate with purpose. Everyone knows that green is the color of the day, but go one step further by incorporating it into different items. Banners and streamers work fine, but setting out green candles or even adorning your light fixtures with green bulbs can help you take an extra step forward.
  • Create active fun. Instead of limiting your guests to dining and conversation, plan some simple activities to help the fun flow. Games like a “treasure hunt” for gold coins, limerick-writing competitions or even just turning up Irish-themed music can help get the party started.
  • Eat festively. Turn your party’s food and drinks into true Irish dining with some delicious recipes like this American Irish Stew, which includes beef, onion, carrots and potatoes for a tasty cultural meal to fill all of your hungry guests.

For more hosting tips and the perfect themed recipes for any occasion, visit culinary.net.

American Irish Stew
Reprinted with permission from the American Institute for Cancer Research
Servings: 6

  • 1          tablespoon extra-virgin olive oil
  • 1 1/4    pounds beef, top round, cut into 3/4-inch pieces
  • 3          cloves garlic, minced
  • salt, to taste
  • pepper, to taste
  • 1          medium onion, coarsely chopped
  • 3          medium carrots, peeled and cut into 3/4-inch pieces
  • 2          medium parsnips, cut into large chunks (optional)
  • 3          cups low-fat, reduced-sodium beef broth
  • 4          medium russet potatoes, peeled and cut into large chunks
  • 1          tablespoon chopped fresh rosemary
  • 1          leek, coarsely chopped
  • 2          tablespoons chopped fresh parsley
  1. In large pot over medium-high heat, heat oil. Add beef and garlic. Cook, gently stirring until meat is evenly browned. Season with salt and pepper.
  2. Add onion, carrots and parsnips. Cook 3-4 minutes. Stir in broth and bring to a boil. Reduce heat to low and simmer about 75 minutes, or until meat is tender.
  3. Stir in potatoes and simmer another 30 minutes. Add rosemary and leeks. Continue to simmer, uncovered, until potatoes are tender. To avoid potatoes falling apart, do not overcook.
  4. Serve hot and garnish with parsley, if desired.

Nutritional information per serving: 370 calories, 8 g total fat (2 g saturated fat), 43 g carbohydrate, 32 g protein, 6 g dietary fiber, 427 mg sodium.

Photo courtesy of Getty Images

Sponsored by Culinary.net



Family Features


  • Hawaiian Hula (dance) classes

    05/01/2017
    02:00PM — 07:30PM

    During our Hula classes, we respect the traditions of Hula and do our best to research the langua...


  • Central Valley CWA meeting

    05/01/2017
    06:00PM

    California Women for Agriculture's (CWA) Central Valley Chapter will hold its next meeting on Mon...


  • Kino Hana, Cardio-Hula

    05/01/2017
    07:00PM — 08:00PM

    ALOOOOHA!!!! Ready to shake up your fitness routine? Ready to shape up and tone your amazing bo...


  • Hawaiian Hula (dance) classes

    05/02/2017
    02:00PM — 07:30PM

    During our Hula classes, we respect the traditions of Hula and do our best to research the langua...


  • Kino Hana, Cardio-Hula

    05/02/2017
    07:00PM — 08:00PM

    ALOOOOHA!!!! Ready to shake up your fitness routine? Ready to shape up and tone your amazing bo...


  • ARTS VISALIA May Exhibition

    05/04/2017
    12:00PM — 05:30PM

    Arts Visalia presents an exhibition of "giganteum" proportions. The giant sequoia (Sequoiadendron...


  • Arts Visalia Art Classes for Children and Adults

    05/04/2017
    12:00PM — 05:30PM

    Register now for new 4-week courses beginning in May: Adventures in Drawing for 5 & 6 year olds ...


  • 2017 Art Hop

    05/04/2017
    05:00PM — 08:00PM

    ArtHop occurs every 1st and 3rd Thursday of each month. It’s one of the most active and successfu...


  • The Fresno High Flea: Hello May

    05/06/2017
    10:00AM — 02:00PM

    Celebrate the End of our SUCCESSFUL 4th SEASON As always, Family friendly and Free to attend. ...


  • Mother Day, Ladies Luncheon

    05/06/2017
    11:30AM — 01:30PM

    Our annual Mothers Day Luncheon is open to all Women and young ladies (ages 9 and up). Open to al...


  • Premier Kentucky Derby Party

    05/06/2017
    12:00PM — 05:00PM

    Riata Ranch International is celebrating 60 years of their unique brand of empowerment! The Bo...


  • ARTS VISALIA Family Art Day

    05/06/2017
    12:00PM — 02:00PM

    Family Art Day is fun for the whole family. Discover the joy of artistic expression. Check out ...


  • ARTS VISALIA May Exhibition

    05/06/2017
    12:00PM — 05:30PM

    Arts Visalia presents an exhibition of "giganteum" proportions. The giant sequoia (Sequoiadendron...


  • Arts Visalia Art Classes for Children and Adults

    05/06/2017
    12:00PM — 05:30PM

    Register now for new 4-week courses beginning in May: Adventures in Drawing for 5 & 6 year olds ...


  • ARTS VISALIA Annual Orchid Sale

    05/06/2017
    12:00PM — 05:30PM

    Beginning May 6th, over 800 beautiful and colorful orchids will fill the gallery for our annual f...


  • Kentucky Derby Party

    05/06/2017
    01:00PM — 05:00PM

    The Kentucky Derby is more than just a horse race, it's the event of the year! View the Kentucky ...


  • Pure Imagination

    05/06/2017
    02:00PM

    Enjoy an evening of ‘Pure Imagination’ at Visalia’s LJ Williams Theater. VCIS brings skilled l...


  • Since their debut in 2001, GRAMMY®-nominated, multiple American Music Award and Dove Award winner...


Check out our sister publication, Enjoy Magazine: Northern California Living