A St. Patrick’s Day history lesson

Bowl of Irish stew with soda bread

Bowl of Irish stew with soda bread

When it comes to St. Patrick’s Day, I’m somewhat out of the loop (mostly by heritage). But I was curious: Why do so many people love to participate in this celebration?

Ask anyone, “What’s the first thing that comes to your mind about St. Patrick’s Day?” and you get a lot of different answers. Some mention religious aspects; some refer to the mythical leprechauns; others wax poetic about corned beef, Irish Potato candies and green beer. But who was St. Patrick?Read full post...


Chili with a Little TLC

The Ingredients

  • 85/15 Ground Beef
  • 1 can petite tomatoes
  • 1 can diced chilies
  • 1 can light red kidney beans
  • 1 cup salsa
  • sautéd diced white onion and green pepper
  • chili powder
  • cayan red pepper
  • ground cumin
  • salt and pepper
  • crushed red chili pepper flakes
  • 1 package taco seasoning
  • Hot sauce
  • Triple X habanero sauce
  • And a dose of TLCRead full post...

Marc’s White Chicken Chili

Serves 8-12 (party size)

  • 1 lb. dried navy beans
  • 2 large white onions, chopped
  • 3 tbs garlic, chopped
  • 2 sticks unsalted butter
  • 1/2 cup all-purpose flour
  • 1 1/2 cups chicken broth
  • 4 cups half-and-half
  • 2 teaspoons Tabasco, or to taste
  • 1 tbs chili powder
  • 1 1/2 teaspoons ground cumin
  • 2 tablespoons salt
  • 1 teaspoon white pepper
  • 2 teaspoons Mexican oregano
  • 1 teaspoon aniseed
  • 4  4-ounce cans mild green chilies, drained and chopped
  • 4 skinless chicken breasts cooked and cut into 1/2-inch pieces
  • 2 cups grated Monterrey Jack
  • 1 cup sour creamRead full post...