a seasonal recipe in honor of St.Pat.

4pm. quiet and dignified parade, as usual. Here is my soda bread. After it was in the oven, I read the fine print on the bottom of the baking soda box and learned that the sell-by date was, um, well, over. Then I looked in the oven. Guess what? It didn't seem to matter. The thing was rising like it hoped for heaven. Was delicious with whipped butter, too. Hope you enjoyed your day!

Oh, and instead of ending at East 86th Street as usual, today's parade ended at East 79th Street, only a few steps away from the private townhouse of our mayor...

foodbuzz led me to this seasonal recipe, which I hope to try sometime today. After the Parade. Love pipers, love pipe bands, can't miss them today. That's what the terrace is for! (and why, may I ask, is there no green in the JCrew catalog? real green, that is, not the strange brown-ie colors the military pixies prance around in).

Anyway, news from New York. You may have read that our Mayor, generally an intelligent and soft-spoken type, recently made a non-PC joke about St. Patrick's Day and its occasional aftermath. Umbrage was taken. You may also have read that New York City is feeling budget crunches, just like other municipalities, and one of the money-saving measures put into effect is the shortening of parade routes, thereby saving on police and sanitation costs. Guess whose house is at the new (shorter) end of the St. Patrick's Day Parade. Oh, guess who didn't know Karma is Gaelic for "we don't forget
." Maybe I'll make soda bread - quicker and quieter. This could be a long day. Expecting thirsty company. Let me know if you try this recipe. Me, I'm going to drink the drinkable ingredients and leave the rest in the fridge where they'll impress any stranger looking for potables.

Irish Car Bomb Cupcakes
Cupcake Ingredients:
1 cup Guiness
1 stick, plus 1 tbs unsalted butter
3/4 cup unsweetened cocoa
2 cups dark brown sugar
3/4 cup sour cream
2 eggs
1 tbs vanilla extract
2 cups flour
2 1/2 tsp baking soda

Cupcake Preparation:
1. Preheat the oven to 350; line a muffin tin with cupcake liners.
2. Combine the Guiness and the butter, chopped into 1-inch chunks, in a large sauce pan, and heat to melt the butter.
3. Remove from heat, and whisk in the cocoa and sugar.
4. In a bowl, whisk the sour cream and the eggs and vanilla, then add to the beer mixture.
5. Sift together the flour and baking soda, and fold in the batter.
6. Pour into muffin molds and bake or 25 minutes, or until inserted cake tester comes out clean. Let stand 10 minutes, remove from muffin tin, and cool completely on a rack.

Frosting Ingredients:
1 stick of unsalted butter, room temperature
3 cups confectioners' sugar
Bailey's Irish Cream AND
Jameson Irish Whiskey

Frosting Preparation:
1. Put the stick of room-temperature butter in a large mixing bowl and beat at medium-to-high speed for a few minutes.
2. Add a few short glugs of Bailey's and a dash of Jameson, and mix at low speed.
3. Gradually spoon confectioners' sugar into the bowl, mixing on low speed.
4. Pipe onto cooled cupcakes.

By the way, if you're interested, discussion of cashmere fuzz, its uses and international implications, in the March 7th post below. Couldn't figure out how to create a link.


  1. One of my facebook friends made these cupcakes and posted pictures... they actually looked good! I hate guinness though so I don't think I could stomach them. Good luck dealing with the parade craziness :)

  2. JCrewJD, I updated the post at about 4:00, but the only real craziness I saw was at Bloomingdales! wonder how many people use the parade as an excuse to get a day in the city to shop ;)


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