People need a reason to celebrate.
A logical reason to host a soiree, take off work, take a road trip or whip up a feast. Something to look forward to, something to get them through the work week.
Open your calendar. Almost every month has a holiday to celebrate.
January: New Year’s Day/Martin Luther King Jr. Day
February: Groundhog Day/Valentine’s Day/President’s Day
March: St. Patrick’s Day
April: April Fools’ Day/Easter/Earth Day
May: Memorial Day/Mother’s Day
June: Flag Day/Father’s Day
July: Independence Day
August: the only month with nothing official… Back to School/Start of Fantasy Football….
September: Labor Day
October: Columbus Day/Halloween
November: Veterans Day/Thanksgiving
This Friday is St. Patrick’s Day.
Parades will take place in major cities in the U.S. The Chicago River will be tinted an appropriate green. Pubs will be filled with green clad men and women downing whiskey and Guinness. And don’t forget about the green beer, totally appropriate on March 17.
So, if you need something hardy to go with all of that whiskey and green beer, why not try an Irish themed Sheperd’s Pie?! Not sure this recipe is a traditional one, I used ground beef instead of lamb, but it’s good and it’s so easy.
1 lb. of ground beef, browned
1 (10.5 oz.) can of condensed vegetable soup
3 cups of mashed potatoes, made from scratch or instant
Mix the browned ground beef and the soup together.
Pour into a greased 2 qt. casserole dish. Spread the mashed potatoes on top. Bake 20 minutes.