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St. Patrick’s Day 2013: A Recipe Rundown

St. Patrick’s is almost upon us and, contrary to what some may believe, this holiday is not ALL about green beer.

It’s also about those Irish delicacies, those hearty meals or tasty snacks that fit in perfectly with this festive occasion.

Below, we’ve included a round-up of some Food Fanatic favorites; some from our site, some from the sites of our partners, but all guaranteed to satisfy.

This Slow Cooker Corned Beef and Cabbage Recipe is easy to prepare and will satisfy a table full of hungry dinner companions. Chop up those vegetables and let your Crock Pot go to work!

Corned Beef & Cabbage Picture

Pistachio Pudding makes for a unique take on dessert. Handy tip: purchase pistachios that are still in their shells take the time to shell them yourself. It’s well worth it.

Pistachio Pudding Picture

This just in: beer can be used for more than just imbibing! Case in point: this Beer Bread Recipe, which doesn’t involve rising or yeast or any long waiting period. It’s just an example of cheesy deliciousness.

Beer Cheese Bread Photo

Or, for those who prefer to infuse bread with fruit instead of beer, a traditional Irish Soda Bread gets a sweet American kick with the addition of raisins.

Irish Soda Bread Pic

What St. Patrick’s Day would be complete with Polka Dot and Plaid Shamrock Cookies?!? Gather the kids around, use whatever cookie recipe your heart desires, break out the squeeze bottles and go to work!

Shamrock Cookies Picture

Why let meat lovers have all the fun? This Vegetarian Shepherd’s Pie Recipe relies on potatoes, onions, carrots and other healthy ingredients. You can even eliminate the cheese and make it Vegan.

Vegetarian Shephard's Pie Picture

Guinness. It’s a St. Patrick’s Day staple. But add ice cream to it and make it into a Guinness Float and this may become an every-single-day staple.

Guinness Floats Photo

Start your St. Patrick’s Day off right. And sweet, thanks to these Chocolate Donuts with Irish Cream Ganache. It’s a special day that deserves an especially tasty beginning, right?

Chocolate Donuts Picture

Another great use of Guinness. Drink it, toss some ice cream into a float filled with it… or throw it into a Guinness Stew and fill your stomach up with a terrific Irish-themed dinner.

Guinness Stew Pic