This is the week to think about and perhaps to serve traditional Irish food. However, that does not mean corned beef and cabbage.
A former co-worker of mine was born and raised in Ireland, then moved to the United States as a young man. He assured me that the first time in his life that he ever tasted corned beef was in the United States. He reported that none of his family members or neighbors ever ate corned beef.
To be sure, traditional Irish food probably is a bit closer to the usual diets of many readers of this newsletter. In fact, many of the ingredients in Irish cooking are probably available at any local grocery store. However, a few things can be hard to find, and few companies sell products that are exactly like those back in Ireland, especially the bangers and Irish bacon.
Now Irish nationals and descendants in the United States can order "the real thing" on the Internet. IrishGrub.com offers Shannon Valley Back Bacon, Shannon Valley Boiling Bacon, black pudding, white pudding, Irish bangers, and more. I got quite hungry while looking at the Web site!
Owner Bernard Kavanagh is Irish and guarantees that all the products he sells are "the real thing." The company is located in California but ships nationwide.
Irish Grub is available at http://www.IrishGrub.com