5 fab recipes for St. Patrick’s Day, from corned beef to Guinness cupcakes

From left, Tropical Mango Mayonnaise, Apricot-Bourbon Mustard and LB Steak Sauce, photographed in Walnut Creek, Calif., on Wednesday, April 11, 2012.      (Mark DuFrene/Staff)

Fresh thyme adds a delicate floral flavor to traditional Irish soda bread.
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Guiness-laced gingerbread cupcakes get a final flourish of cream-cheese frosting for St. Patrick’s Day. (Milleflore Images)


Celebrate St. Patrick’s Day deliciously with these tasty takes on classic dishes, from America’s Test Kitchen’s homemade corned beef to Guinness-spiked gingerbread cupcakes. Yum.

1 Miette’s Guinness Gingerbread Cupcakes

Life’s short. Let’s plan dessert first. This fantastic Guinness-laced cupcake recipe from San Francisco’s Miette patisserie gets its complexity — and deliciousness — from molasses, ginger, cardamom, cloves and other gingerbread spices. Add a pouf of cream cheese frosting and serve with a tall glass of Guinness. Yum. Find the recipe here.

2 America’s Test Kitchen’s Ultimate Home-Corned Beef

Sure, you could buy a strangely pink corned beef at the supermarket for St.Patrick's Day -- or for everyday sandwich-making. Or you could make your own, using tips from America's Test Kitchen. (Photo courtesy of America's Test Kitchen)
You can make your own corned beef at home. (Photo courtesy of America’s Test Kitchen) 

Sure, you could buy that strangely pink, supermarket-prepped corned beef for St. Patrick’s Day — or for everyday sandwich-making. Or you could make your own. Turns out, corned beef is simply brined brisket + six days. Who knew? Here are America’s Test Kitchen’s how-tos.

3 Sweet DIY Mustard

OK, technically this one’s called Sweet Bavarian Mustard and we’re supposed to be going all-Irish here. But this is such a wonderful, easy-to-make mustard and it goes so well with corned beef, we couldn’t resist. You shouldn’t either. You’ll find the recipe here.

4 Easy Thyme Herbed Soda Bread

Fresh thyme adds a delicate floral flavor to traditional Irish soda bread.(Thinkstock)
Fresh thyme adds a delicate floral flavor to traditional Irish soda bread. (Thinkstock) 

When modern Irish cooking expert and celebrity chef Clodagh McKenna — you may have seen her on the “Rachael Ray Show” — does a St. Patrick’s Day spread, it’s likelier to include gravlax with dill and juniper berries than corned beef and cabbage, but she always makes soda bread. Her easy recipe calls for just six ingredients, including fresh thyme. You’ll find the recipe here. Also, an explanation for the cross traditionally cut into the top of the loaf. (Psst, fairies are involved.)

5 Rose Levy Beranbaum’s Irish Soda Bread

At the risk of sounding blasphemous, Irish soda bread can be a bit bland.Not so in this version, though, that adds Irish whiskey butter and whiskey-soaked raisins to the mix. (Thinkstock)
This version of Irish soda bread adds whiskey-soaked raisins to the mix. (Thinkstock)

This version, created by baking maven Beranbaum, author of “The Bread Bible,” add butter, sugar and whiskey-soaked raisins to the classic recipe. The resulting sconelike loaf is even more delectable slathered in an Irish whiskey butter. (Irish whiskey butter!) Here’s the recipe.


Mother’s Day 2018

Mother’s Day 2018 in the United States

Mother’s Day in the United States is annually held on the second Sunday of May. It celebrates motherhood and it is a time to appreciate mothers and mother figures. Many people give gifts, cards, flowers, candy, a meal in a restaurant or other treats to their mother and mother figures, including grandmothers, great-grandmothers, stepmothers, and foster mothers.

Gift boxes and pink rose.
Flowers and other gifts are given to mothers on Mother’s Day.

What Do People Do?

Many people send cards or gifts to their mother or mother figure or make a special effort to visit her. Common Mother’s Day gifts are flowers, chocolate, candy, clothing, jewelry and treats, such as a beauty treatment or trip to a spa. Some families organize an outing for all of their members or hold a special meal at home or in a restaurant. In the days and weeks before Mother’s Day, many schools help their pupils to prepare a handmade card or small gift for their mothers.

Public Life

Mother’s Day is not a federal holiday. Organizations, businesses and stores are open or closed, just as they are on any other Sunday in the year. Public transit systems run to their normal Sunday schedules. Restaurants may be busier than usual, as some people take their mothers out for a treat.


The origins of Mother’s Day are attributed to different people. Many believe that two women, Julia Ward Howe and Anna Jarvis were important in establishing the tradition of Mother’s Day in the United States. Other sources say that Juliet Calhoun Blakely initiated Mother’s Day in Albion, Michigan, in the late 1800s. Her sons paid tribute to her each year and urged others to honor their mothers.

Around 1870, Julia Ward Howe called for Mother’s Day to be celebrated each year to encourage pacifism and disarmament amongst women. It continued to be held in Boston for about ten years under her sponsorship, but died out after that.

In 1907, Anna Jarvis held a private Mother’s Day celebration in memory of her mother, Ann Jarvis, in Grafton, West Virginia. Ann Jarvis had organized “Mother’s Day Work Clubs” to improve health and cleanliness in the area where she lived. Anna Jarvis launched a quest for Mother’s Day to be more widely recognized. Her campaign was later financially supported by John Wanamaker, a clothing merchant from Philadelphia.

In 1908, she was instrumental in arranging a service in the Andrew’s Methodist Episcopal Church in Grafton, West Virginia, which was attended by 407 children and their mothers. The church has now become the International Mother’s Day Shrine. It is a tribute to all mothers and has been designated as a National Historic Landmark.

Mother’s Day has become a day that focuses on generally recognizing mothers’ and mother figures’ roles. Mother’s Day has also become an increasingly important event for businesses in recent years. This is particularly true of restaurants and businesses manufacturing and selling cards and gift items.

About Mother’s Day in other countries

Read more about Mother’s Day.

Mother’s Day Observances

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