How to Get Your Irish On (When It's Not St. Paddy's)

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Once a year, almost all of the U.S. goes Irish for a day. With parades, fanfare, and a whole lotta fun, the U.S. actually celebrates St. Patrick's Day "bigger" than Ireland, though we hear they're catching up to our dyed rivers and city-wide parades. But what about the other 364 (or 363, depending on your recovery time) days of the year? Whether you trace your lineage back to the Emerald Isle like me, or you just love the culture, here are four ways to embrace Irish culture when it's not March 17!


Five best Super Bowl party foods (and recipes to cook them)

Sure, for some people, the Super Bowl is all about the playoffs beforehand, the anticipation leading up to the big game, the hype surrounding who will win, that moment when a player from the winning team is all like, "I’m going to Disney World!"

But for plenty of people it’s all about the food. Super Bowl parties arguably have the best snacks because there’s no pressure to cook a gourmet meal that’ll impress that aunt you never liked. Most game day parties are all about friends, drinking, and bar food. And who doesn't like that?

Here are my picks for top 5 Super Bowl party foods — and because I want to put my Pinterest obsession to good use, I’ll even include a recipe or two.

Chips and salsa

Chips and dip

Nachos, guacamole, salsa, hummus… I feel like there are so many options for chips and dip that you really can’t go wrong. It’s not like you even have to make the chips or the dip yourself; there’s nothing wrong with buying a bag or two of chips and some pre-made dip.

Chips are pretty much universally loved, and they’re great to munch on mindlessly while you’re deciding what you’re actually going to eat. Duh. For a healthier option, you can always sub the chips with a great vegetable platter.

Indulge with: Spicy Queso Dip

Guilt-free option: Individual Seven-Layer Dip; Guacamole


Easy yet delicious summer recipes

It's barbecue time!

As the weather gets nicer and outdoor gatherings become more popular, there can be a lot of pressure to bring along delicious food for a housewarming, barbecue, graduation party, birthday party, birthday barbecue, graduation get the idea. But not everyone has the time or the cooking skills to whip up a gourmet side. Never fear! Here are three easy yet yummy recipes for your next big picnic:

Fruit salad

This is basically the easiest recipe I know, so it's simple but good.


  • 2 cans fruit cocktail
  • 1 apple, chopped
  • 1 banana, sliced
  • 1 container Cool Whip

Just mix everything together and serve. The amount/number of individual ingredients can be adjusted to taste.