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Big Black Dog: Happy St. Patrick's Day!

March 17, 2009

Happy St. Patrick's Day!


I'm not very Irish just a bit on my Dad's side. But my friend Kathleen, Cuisine Kathleen, is very Irish and is throwing a St. Patrick's Day Party and has even hired Mr. Linky to help host her event. Every one is welcome so please drop by and join the fun.

My camera is on it's last legs and green is not my favorite color. I drink Vodka Martinis with a twist and double olive and I'm taking a French Cooking Class. Trying to find a recipe that was unique but with an Irish accent was a problem for me. Of course I know Ireland is known for their Potatoes so I dug a little deeper and discovered where there's potatoes there's onions. So made some Sweet Onion Soup with Cream and served it in Potato Bread Bowls. And it was de-licious!!






Sweet Onion Soup with Cream
Recipe adapted from "not a clue"

2 Tsp cooking oil
2 Tbsp butter
8 c chopped yellow sweet onions about 6 large onions
2 cloves minced garlic
1 tsp dried thyme
1 TBL dried basil
1 c dry white wine
3 c chicken broth
3/4 c shredded swiss cheese
1 1/2 c half and half
Salt and freshly ground pepper to taste

Heat oil and butter in large heavy-bottomed pot. Add onion, garlic, thyme and basil. On medium heat saute until onions are clear and beginning to caramelize, maybe 30 minutes or so.

Add wine, cook for 2 to 3 more minutes, until liquid is evaporated. Add 1 c of the broth, stir. Add remainder of broth and heat through.

Process in food processor in batches until smooth or use your stick blender and blend right in the pan. If you used a FP, put the soup back in pan. Add cream and cheese heat until cheese is thoroughly melted. Taste for salt and pepper.



Also I whipped up one of my favorite Vanilla Cupcake Recipes and added a few blueberries to the batter and a shot of Irish Cream. Made some Sprinkle's Cream Cheese Frosting and went to town with decorations. I think my cupcakes turned out so pretty. And I'm starting to like the color green.






Cream Cheese Frosting
Recipe adapted from Sprinkle's Cupcakes

8 ounces cold cream cheese
1 stick butter, firm but not cold
1/2 teaspoon salt
1 pound powdered sugar, sifted
1/2 teaspoon vanilla

Combine butter, salt, and cream cheese in mixer and beat on medium speed 2-3 minutes. Add sugar until just incorporated. Don’t over mix. It should be thick but not fluffy. Add vanilla.






Happy St. Patrick's Day!



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21 Comments:

Blogger Bo said...

Happy St. Pat's Day...I'm coming over via Kathleen's party...Your onion soup recipe sounds devine!
;-) Bo

March 17, 2009 at 5:03 AM  
Blogger GrandmaK said...

OH but it does look Tasty!!!!! Thank you! Cathy

March 17, 2009 at 6:26 AM  
Blogger The Quintessential Magpie said...

Michelle, this is sending me straight to Panera's this morning for one of their soup bread bowls! Oh, but yours looks so fine! And those cupcakes. Please pass me some through the computer screen. Girl, you can flat cook... a skill which I greatly admire because I am close to being inept in the kitchen. ;-)

Happy St. Patrick's Day...

XO,

Sheila

March 17, 2009 at 8:29 AM  
Blogger Kathleen said...

That looks wonderful! You will have to share how to make the bread bowls..
And the cupcakes look great..
Thanks for coming to the party! It was a first for me...:)

March 17, 2009 at 9:15 AM  
Blogger ann said...

Happy St.Patty's Day.This really looks like it is heaven.may I have another bowl of that delicious soup please?...Ann

March 17, 2009 at 9:49 AM  
Blogger ann said...

What a good friend you are to go to so much trouble so that I,haha can eat it all...Ann

March 17, 2009 at 9:50 AM  
Blogger SusanQ said...

What a lovely post! I am in love with your potato bread bowls and would love to know how you made them also. Beautiful cupcakes as well!

March 17, 2009 at 11:38 AM  
Anonymous Hillary said...

Great decorating skills! Happy St. Patrick's Day!

March 17, 2009 at 11:42 AM  
Blogger Kim Chalfant said...

Your soup looks so yummy. And I want a cupcake!!!!! Do you share?

March 17, 2009 at 1:15 PM  
Anonymous katrina said...

What a perfect ( and perfectly beautiful ) St. Patrick's Day feast! Yum, yum, I'm comin' over....

March 17, 2009 at 1:15 PM  
Blogger Suzy said...

Your soup looks wonderful. I will definitely be trying that! Cupcakes are so cute too. If everyone here wasn't on a diet they would be on my menu.

March 17, 2009 at 1:19 PM  
Blogger Lisa said...

Nice bowls! Don't you just love bowls that you can eat? And those cupcakes look tasty, too.

March 17, 2009 at 1:32 PM  
Blogger Dishesdone said...

Hi, Michelle, great post! Coming over from Kathleen's to celebrate! Everything looks awesome!

March 17, 2009 at 3:28 PM  
Anonymous ellen b said...

Hi Michelle,
First of all..is that your stove in your header! It's amazing...
The food you created here for us to enjoy looking at is so wonderful looking. I'd love to stick a spoon in that bowl of soup right now! Happy St. Patty's day!

March 17, 2009 at 4:55 PM  
Blogger Marsha said...

I am so happy you came to Kathleen's party so that I could come and visit you!

That soup just looks so GOOD and your cupcakes would make anyone become a lover of green! Gorgeous presentation.

March 17, 2009 at 6:45 PM  
Blogger Foley said...

Oh, I would give anything to have that bowl of soup in front of me!! It looks delicious..please do share any tips for making the bowl!!

March 17, 2009 at 8:19 PM  
Blogger The Quintessential Magpie said...

Michelle, I am back to look at those goodies again! Oh, boy! They look even better the second time around! I had a salad and sandwich tonight at a meeting, and all I could think of was these delicious recipes I saw earlier! Oh, yum!

xO,

Sheila :-)

March 17, 2009 at 9:34 PM  
Blogger Thoughtfully blended hearts said...

This looks so good, don't stress with your pix...they are great...the soup is so tempting...

March 18, 2009 at 2:17 AM  
Blogger Jayne said...

Nice to see you at Kathleen's party. Soup looks great and the cupcakes too!

March 18, 2009 at 7:25 AM  
Blogger Elyse said...

Mmm, that soup sounds delicious. Plus, I totally love bread bowls. Any time you can eat your "dishes," it's always a good meal. Plus, these cupcakes are just the perfect end to such a deliciously comforting meal!

March 19, 2009 at 12:06 AM  
Anonymous Kayte said...

Sounds Irish to me! Looks delious!

March 19, 2009 at 8:22 PM  

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