Wednesday, March 13, 2013

Lucky Shamrock Salad


I have some Irish friends in blogland that inspired me to add a wee bit of green for St. Patrick's Day to my blog. There is nothing on my St. Patrick's Day menu since we'll be getting together with our dinner group for a celebration.  

In the photo above, I came across these Annalee dolls in a store so I snapped their pictures. A young adult in the 1930's, Annalee created dolls, unaware this hobby would become her life's calling. Annalee transformed a chicken coop into a design room, and painted her smile onto dolls. She sold her dolls though craft outlets in New Hampshire and Massachusetts, and then her hobby transformed itself into a business. Seventy-five years later, the business is still operating out of that chicken coop. How cool is that!

This non-Irish gal has made her share of corned beef and cabbage, Irish soda bread and Potato Soup over the years. This year I won't be cooking any Irish fare but I will be bringing my lucky shamrock salad to a dinner party. Spinach salad garnished with four leaf clovers.



To make the four leaf clovers, I use baby spinach leaves which are relatively flat. You can use any flat green such as basil, but be forewarned that it's a wee bit tricky getting them through the punch. My inspiration came from here.


I did a little Googling about St. Patrick's Day for you ;o) Did you know that in Great Britain, the Queen Mother used to present bowls of shamrock flown over from Ireland to members of the Irish Guards, a regiment in the British Army consisting primarily of soldiers from both Northern Ireland and the Republic of Ireland? The Irish Guards still wear a shamrock on this day, flown in from Ireland.

Did you know that Montreal's flag has a shamrock in one of it's corners? 


 You probably know that Chicago dyes its river green and has done so since 1962 when sewer workers used green dye to check for sewer discharges and had the idea to turn the river green for St. Patrick's Day.

I brought out my green cabbage teapot for the occasion. It is teensy tiny, and belonged to my grandmother.


Close to my home, in the city of Syracuse, NY, Saint Patrick's celebrations are traditionally begun with the delivery of green beer to Coleman's Irish Pub on the first Sunday of March. Coleman's is located in the Tipperary Hill section of the city. Tipperary Hill is home to the World famous "Green-on-Top" Traffic Light and is historically the Irish section in Syracuse. Saint Patrick's Day is rung in at midnight with the painting of a Shamrock under the Green-Over-Red traffic light.

I am joining Cuisine Kathleen for her annual blog crawl.  Thanks for stopping by!
xo
Debbie


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  1. The shamrocks are wonderful. I will have to find a punch and give this a try.

    I love the bee napkin ring.

    Happy St Patrick's Day!

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  2. Well my non-Irish friend, you certainly taught this Irish lass so many lessons in your post! Thanks for sharing all your history and trivia with us. I did not know that about Analee and how she started, but how cool that the business is still in the chicken coop. Love your spinach shamrocks. Happy St. Paddy's Day, O' Debbie!! xo

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  3. I forgot to mention that I LOVE your cabbage dishes and your grandma's teapot (sigh!!!!).

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  4. You did an awesome job, Debbie, for a non-Irish girl! Love the cabbage plates and bowls. xo

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  5. I love your Irish information! I think you wee cabbage teapot is perfect for an Irish tablescape. The cabbage plates and bowls are great with the green of St. Patrick's Day! Hope you have a happy March 17th and your dinner group has a fun time.

    Pam

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  6. Debbie, I love all the green...those cabbage dishes are wonderful for St. Pat's Day. I didn't think of using the bee napkin rings, or I would have! It is nice that you have your grandmother's little teapot. Thanks for all the trivia!

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  7. Cute setting and fun facts Debbie! Sounds like you have a great St. Pat's all planned with your dinner group-enjoy:@)

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  8. Your St. Patrick's Day table is so pretty, Debbie, I love the idea of the clover spinach leaves....Christine

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  9. What a great story about the Queen and the Irish guards getting the shamrocks directly from Ireland. Now, for your beautiful table...I love those great green cabbage dishes and the cabbage teapot, swoon!! ave a wonderful St. Patrick's Dy with your guests.
    FABBY

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  10. Debbie, Love your cabbage plates and wee teapot! Four leaf clovers courtesy of a hole punch and a baby spinach is the only way I would find them :)

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  11. Debbie, you know I love Annalee dolls and I started collecting them over 25 years ago when my girls were babies :) You have a wonderful collection of cabbage and green ware! So pretty.

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  12. OK...I just learned a few things I DIDN'T know about St. Patrick's Day! I had no idea how Chicago first got the idea to dye the water green to celebrate! That is really interesting! Even more interesting is the start of that doll company in a chicken coop...and that it's still operating from that coop today!!! I've heard of Mom & Pop businesses, but it doesn't get anymore down-to-earth and homegrown than that!!! I love that teensy, tiny tea pot!!! Just enough for one! Thanks for the idea on potato soup! We can't have corned beef (high salt content), but we sure can have potato soup!!!!!!! Hooray! Now I don't feel so left out! Thank you!!! Have a great St. Patrick's Day weekend, and enjoy your time with your dinner group!

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    1. I love my recipe for the potato soup because it is so light! Enjoy it if you try it!

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  13. I have to sharpen my punch with tin foil, then I'll try the spinach shamrocks!! Love your table.. Cute teapot.. loved this post. Wishing you a Happy St. Patrick's day and sending all the good Irish blessings your way.. xo marlis

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  14. Debbie, thanks for sharing the story of the Annalee dolls and all the interesting Irish information. Your table is green at its best. I used my cabbage leaf plates this week too. We were thinking alike. '-) Now I have to know about those bee napkin rings. They are gorgeous! I'm hoping they are still available somewhere. Would love to have some of these beauties!
    Happy St. Patrick's Day! ~ Sarah

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    1. Hi Sarah,

      The bee napkin rings are from Pier One. I received them as a gift last August, so hopefully they will still have them.

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  15. Debbie,
    Dear One. . .I adore your cabbage leaf plates!
    The punched shamrocks are adorable!!!
    Thank you for sharing your creativity with us...and
    Happy Saint Patrick's Day!!!
    Fondly,
    Pat

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  16. Fun info about St. Patrick's Day -- thanks for sharing! I love the tip about making the shamrocks from spinach leaves!

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  17. Very festive, Debbie! I love those shamrocks, cute idea!

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  18. Hi Debbie, I just love your post full of interesting tidbits. I had heard about AnnaLee before but I had no idea that the traffic light came from Syracuse and the significance of green over red has escaped me all these years!!!! Hope you have a wonderful time with your dinner club. I miss the ones we have belonged to in the past and need to find a new one or two. Linda

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    1. Linda, I hope you find a dinner club. As you know, they are can be so much fun! We have an awesome group. Together till the end!

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  19. Your table looks so pretty! I really enjoyed all the trivia you gave us too. I believe I celebrated St. Patrick's Day at Coleman's many years ago. What fun!

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  20. This is the first in many years that we won't be at Coleman's on Tipp Hill - we have a wedding on Saturday night in that area and I imagine we won't have the energy to "party again" on Sunday! LOVE, LOVE the spinach clovers - you are TOO clever - love this idea!! I am beginning to recover and get my energy back...spent the day painting checks on a chest for a friend (I will blog about it when it is finished)

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    1. Patti, I can't wait to see the painted chest!

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  21. Love your Annalee dolls - I only have one!! Cute post, esp the little 'shamrock'.

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  22. Cute 4 leaf clover salad, I don't know if I would have the patience to do it for a crowd though!
    Love your cabbage plates, I don't see them around in TJ's like they used to be.
    Lovely table!

    If you ever see a shamrock punch, let me know, I can only find the 4 leaf clover.

    Thanks so much for crawling in the St. Patrick's Blog Crawl!

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    1. Kathleen, I will be on the lookout for a shamrock punch. I have only come across four leaf clovers. I know there is a big difference!

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  23. Love your collections of green wear...... it is so much fun to celebrate and bring out the festive colors and patterns...

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  24. You have some neat ideas there, thanks for sharing them with us! I also enjoyed all the info you shared with us, I didn't know the story about Annalee, I have a few of the Christmas ones.

    Happy St. Patrick's Day!

    Katherine

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  25. The perfect celebration!

    - The Tablescaper

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  26. i'm in love with your grandmomma's teapot i was not familiar with the Annalee story. Thanks for sharing the information I have a number of them collected over the years...mostly Christmas dolls. They are such fun. Cherry Kay

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  27. Debbie I enjoyed this post very much! I have a couple of Annalee Christmas ornaments and I never knew her history. I also never knew the famous "green over red" traffic lights were in upstate NY! I always thought they were located in a Boston neighborhood. Your cabbage tea pot is adorable--what a treasure! Happy St. Patrick's day!

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  28. Darling dishes...the clover salad...it's all adorable.
    Have a great SPDay...
    xo bj

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  29. Your table is terrific! Love the cabbage dishes - perfectly themed and the napkin rings are wonderful! Learned lots of about St. Patrick's traditions, etc here!

    DD

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  30. What a great tablescape for the Holiday!!

    Thanks so much for stopping by!! I am your newest follower...

    Hugs,
    Deb

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  31. You did a wonderful job of gathering your GREEN! I'm lovin' every inch of this table & I especially liked all your interesting tidbits about St. P's day. I was not aware that there was an upside down traffic light!! How fun!

    I hope you & yours have a Happy St. Patrick's Day tomorrow,
    fondly,
    Rett

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  32. Those napkin rings are so pretty. Your table setting is striking with all of those beautiful greens, and I would never have thought to put spinach through a punch, How clever that is! laurie

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