St. Patrick's Day weekend means big goings-on in our family. We've got relatives who play in a bagpipe band. Need I say more? There's a huge family party, and our part in it is making the colcannon. For those of you who don't know, that's an Irish dish: mashed potatoes with steamed cabbage mixed in it. Because we're kale fans, we add some of that, too.
Now when I'm talking colcannon, I'm not talking about a bowl of the stuff. Or even a casserole full. We'll peel, boil and mash 35 pounds of potatoes for the dish, then add another 15 pounds of cabbage, a few pounds of kale and at least 4 pounds of butter. I am not a math person, but even I know that's a whole bunch of colcannon!
The good news is that folks at the party look forward to our contribution every year, and we look forward to being able to share it.
So Happy St. Pat's Day! (Just a little early.)
This seems the best holiday to share photos from my recent signing at the Great Lakes Brewing Company in Cleveland. We called it "Boo and a Brew," and we had a great time!
Here I am with Tracy, a fan who drove in all the way from Tiffin, Ohio for the event. That's my friend, Mary, peeking out from the right side of the photo. Mary's been a writing buddy ever since I attended my very first RWA meeting, oh so long ago!
Casey with Pat Conway, one of the owners of Great Lakes Brewing. I'm not a beer drinker (I much prefer wine--or vodka, but it has to be Polish), but I'm told their beers are mighty fine.
What could be better than this? Two handsome guys helping me advertise my latest book!