Get your Irish on for St. Patrick’s Day
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In a separate bowl, whisk together the egg, buttermilk (or equivalent) and melted butter (or equivalent).
Quickly and gently combine the dry and wet ingredients (this won’t take more than a few stirs with a bowl scraper or large spoon). As soon as everything is evenly moistened, quit; further stirring will cause the muffins to be tough.
Spoon the batter into the prepared pan, filling the cups about 3/4 full; the stiff batter will look mounded in the cups. Top with sparkling white sugar, if desired.
Bake the muffins for 20 minutes, until a cake tester inserted into the center of a muffin comes out clean. Remove them from the oven. Tip the muffins in the pan, so their bottoms don’t get soggy. Wait 5 minutes, then transfer the muffins to a rack to cool. Serve them plain, or with butter and/or jam.
Everyone loves a parade: A St. Patrick's Day tradition
It’s been said that Irish descendants in the U.S. put on a noisier and bigger St. Patrick’s Day celebration than their brethren in Ireland! And while the many events surrounding the holiday are enjoyable for all, the parade remains the focus of the celebration.
It’s time to show off some green, enjoy a green bagel perhaps, and find a parade. Whether you get on the train and head into Manhattan or stay local, these parades are sure to bring out the Irish in everyone.
New York City St. Patrick’s Day Parade
The granddaddy of them all, Manhattan’s parade is more than a tradition. The grandest of parades, it has been marching up 5th Avenue for 253 consecutive years. The 2014 edition marches, clan by clan, from 44th to 79th Streets, on Monday, March 17, finishing about 2 or 3 p.m. Millions line the streets annually to see the some 150,000 marchers in this lively, boisterous