Tuesday, March 17, 2009

I LOVE St. Patrick's Day!!

To mark St Patrick's Day, Faith Central has compiled celebratory tidbits, some myth, some fact, on the Patron Saint of the Irish.
1. The potato crop was traditionally planted in Ireland after March 17
2. Blue not green is the color originally associated with St Patrick. “St Patrick’s Blue” is used on Ireland's Presidential Standard or flag, while the Irish Guards sport a plume of St Patrick’s blue in their bearskins. The emphasis on green is thought to be linked to “wearing the Green”, a symbol from the 18th century on, of sympathy with Irish independence.
3. St Patrick is patron of fishermen in the Loire, where a legend associates him with a blackthorn bush. The saint is said to have slept beneath it, and when he awoke the next day, Christmas, the bush flowered, and was said to have continued to do so every Christmas until its destruction during the First World War.
4. A regiment of the Mexican army in the 1846 -8 War between Mexico and America was named after St Patrick. Members of the Batellón de San Patricio included Afro-Americans freshly liberated from the slave plantations of the South, and the soldiers were granted Mexican citizenship afterwards.
5. The first St Patrick’s Day parade took place in 1737 in Boston, followed in 1762 by New York. George Washington allowed his soldiers a holiday on March 17, 1780 as “an act of solidarity with the Irish in their fight for independence.”
6. Until the 1970’s, all pubs were shut in Ireland on St Patrick’s Day, and the sole venue selling drink the annual dog show. Lenten fasting – and the obligation to abstain from meat – were lifted on the day, which most families would begin with Mass.
7. St Patrick’s Day is a public holiday in Ireland and also in Monserrat "the Emerald Isle of the Carribean,” so called because it was settled in 1633 by Irish migrants from St Kitts.
8. According to legend, on the day of Judgement, while Christ judges all other nations, St Patrick will be the judge of the Irish.
9. Since 1962, tons of green dye are tipped on St Patrick’s Day into the Chicago river, although the quantity has reduced, for environmental reasons, from 100 to 40.

BUT here is my favorite thing about St. Patrick's Day


You will find many different recipes for Ruben's but this is the one that is LOVED by my family
7 grain bread (the large loaf) or Rye bread if you can find it
Thousand Island Dressing (DON'T YOU DARE PUT MAYO ON A RUBEN!!!)
COOKED Slices of Corn Beef...the more the better :-)
Swiss Cheese
Sauerkraut (don't be gagging and turning up your nose..TRY IT!!!)

Butter your "down sides of your bread"
add Thousand Island dressing to the inside of bread (both pieces)
add cheese
corn beef
another slice of cheese
add second piece of bread

Place on a skillet and toast like you would a cheese sandwich.
You will have to cook at a lower temp., so that everything will warm and that you do not burn your bread.
I will put a lid on the top of mine to help with the cooking.

Tradition is:
You must have potato chips (see Irish history) with your ruben and a slice of dill pickle.

And there you have it!!



:Jan the crazy lady: said...

Happy St. Patrick's Day my little green friend :)

Lene said...


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Hello and Happy St. Paddy's day to you. Interesting facts that you shared.
Awesome trip your hubby took. Love the photos. Did you want to go? I think it would be great, but not the camping part!!!
Deb :)

Bren's Life said...

Not a fan of Ruben sandwiches. But hey more power too you!! Hope you have a fun day & enjoy the weather & all that fun stuff...

Lorie said...

Thanks for all the info!! I think I know what we are having for dinner tonight!!

THE CALLS said...

Interesting facts! Good looking sandwich.

Kayleen said...

My family thanks you for saving them from our St. Patrick's day traditions: the ALL GREEN dinner! : )
Very good! THANKS! I had a great day today!

Karlenn said...

Oooh, that looks good. I'll have to share that recipe with my sister. She is a St. Patrick's Day freak! She always makes it a point to have corn beef and cabbage on St. Patty's Day.