Celebrating St. Patrick’s Day with Goodwill

March 16, 2016

Posted in: Shop, Thrifty Kitchen, and Community

Whether you’re the wear-green-so-I-don’t-get-pinched type, or the wholehearted celebrant of all things Irish—or anywhere in between—St. Patrick’s Day can be a fun day to celebrate with those around you. You might celebrate with a pint at the local Irish pub, by running a marathon, by decking yourself in green, orange, and white and shamrocks galore, by putting together an epic playlist of Irish artists, or by sharing Irish cuisine with friends.

If you’re in dire need of some green to avoid getting hassled by your friends and coworkers—or you need some music to bolster your epic Irish playlist—swing into one of our stores. It could be as simple as a green accessory from the jewelry department, or a full Irish flag-themed outfit—you can find it at Goodwill!

Green clothes, accessories, and shoes for St. Patrick's Day.To celebrate St. Patrick’s Day, we thought we’d compile a few of our favorite Irish (and American Irish) dishes from Seattle-based Allrecipes.com that you can prepare and share with friends, family, and coworkers to enjoy:

Corned Beef & Cabbage is a bit of a given for this list—and All Recipes has many different variations—but we like this one that replaces some of the liquids with Guinness. Don’t have 2 ½ hours to cook on St. Paddy’s Day? You can throw this recipe, plus some chopped red potatoes, cabbage, onions, and carrots all into a slow cooker (easily found at Goodwill!) set to low heat in the morning, and come home to a delicious and hearty meal in the evening.

Soda Bread is another go-to St. Paddy’s Day food. It’s easy to make with some pantry basics, and only requires very basic kitchenware to prepare. (But it’ll go a bit faster if you have a stand mixer to help!) This “Amazingly Easy Irish Soda Bread” really is amazingly easy, and can be a great addition to dinner or be a nice treat to have with your breakfast coffee or tea.

As for dessert, there are many ways to modify rich chocolate recipes with Irish alcoholic beverages to up the indulgence level, and share at work—or, of course, keep all to yourself. Take for example these Guinness and Chocolate Cheesecake and Irish Cream Chocolate Cheesecake recipes—or you can modify the Valentine’s Day cake we made to use Guinness (and be green and in the shape of a Shamrock).

If you’d rather take the green-themed option for your desserts, you can add green food dye to lighter colored recipes—or go with the mint-theme that many American St. Patrick’s Day desserts have.

For a fun breakfast for the kids, you can turn this excellent waffle recipe into a rainbow with clouds and a pot of gold at the end by adding some food coloring, whipped cream, and a side of pineapple! This easy tutorial can help you master the rainbow waffle.Crock Pot slow cooker, kitchenware, serving dishes, and more.Goodwill is a treasure trove of kitchen wares and cooking utensils, so if you find your kitchen lacking a tool to help create one of these dishes, swing by your favorite Goodwill store (or shop online!) for pots, pans, utensils, and much more. 

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