It's that infamous time of year in the Hostess City when everyone, no matter who your people are, becomes Irish for a day. Since I met and married a bonafide Savannahian, my life has never been the same. On March 17, each year, come rain or shine, we will don our green and orange, raise our glasses, pack our picnic baskets, and join the hundreds of thousands of others in the Spanish moss-covered oak tree city of Savannah, Georgia.
As the city's fountains splash with green water and the historic squares and streets fill with the harmonious sounds of bagpipes, it's a time for celebration and rich tradition that this Augusta, Georgia native has grown to know and love. My husband, Kurt, and I enjoy St. Patrick’s Day with a large group of friends, who take the festivities very seriously. By seriously, I mean the guys all get up long before dawn to secure a pristine parking spot, the very best parade-watching vantage point (we get the same space year after year), and set up tents and tables on Lafayette Square.
Once the camping chairs are out and our ground has been claimed, the guys relax a little and cook breakfast on the lawn, have a drink and play cornhole and bean bag toss games. The girls carpool together to the square a little later, around 5 a.m., bringing casseroles and platters of festive food.
Last year, koozies were printed with “Lafayette Morning Crew” and a few members of our group were even featured on the early morning news!
Along with the festivities comes a penchant for eating corned beef, shepherd's pie and all things green. Whether you'll be on the Georgia coast with us, or celebrating in spirit from afar, plan to bake my Green Mint Chocolate Chip Cookies. They taste even better paired with an Irish Coffee and are easy to pack on-the-go.
Green Mint Chocolate Chip Cookies
These cookies are easy as pie to bake. The dark chocolate and mint morsals add a surprising depth of flavor.
Two 1/4 cups plus 2 tbsp. all-purpose flour
1 tsp. baking soda
1 tsp. salt
1 cup (2 sticks) butter, softened
3/4 cup granulated sugar
3/4 cup packed brown sugar
1 tsp vanilla extract
2 large eggs
1 2/3 (10 oz. pkg.) dark chocolate and mint morse
Green food coloring (as much as you like)
Pre-heat oven to 350° F. Combine flour, baking soda and salt in small bowl. Beat butter, granulated sugar, brown sugar and vanilla extract in large mixer bowl until creamy. Add eggs, one at a time, beating well after each addition. Gradually beat in flour mixture. Add green food coloring. Stir in morsels. Drop dough by rounded tablespoon onto ungreased baking sheets. Bake for 11 to 13 minutes or until golden brown. Cool on baking sheets for 2 minutes; remove to wire racks to cool completely.
I’ll leave you with one of my favorite Irish toasts: “As you slide down the banister of life, may the splinters never point in the wrong direction.” Erin Go Bragh! — translation: Ireland forever!
For more Irish recipes and St. Patrick's Day inspiration, check out my St. Patrick's Day episode of "Statesboro Cooks," available by visiting SomeKindaGood.com.
Georgia native Rebekah Faulk Lingenfelser is a food enthusiast, aspiring cooking-show host and writer. The personality behind the blog SomeKindaGood.com, she is a graduate of Georgia Southern University and is currently a student at Savannah Technical College's award-winning Culinary Institute of Savannah. Search Facebook for Some Kinda Good or tweet her @SKGFoodBlog.