The Quiet Man (1952)
A wonderful movie starring John Wayne & Maureen O'Hubba Hubba...err...O'Hara
Committed to their charade, we were raised on a strong Irish-American diet of corned beef, boiled potatoes, and malarkey. Carrying on in the faux-Irish tradition, I decided to turn to the March issue of Every Woman's Magazine from 1952 (the very same year that The Quiet Man was released) for some wacky tacky St. Paddy's inspiration.
|Every Woman's: The Woman's Guide to Better Living - March (1952)|
I was anything but disappointed to find a fitting recipe for our type of St. Patrick's Day festivities (totally devoid of actual Irish heritage). I daren't fiddle with the traditional fare, but our dessert course allows for the taking of some liberties; Mary Alden's St. Pat's Peppermint Candy certainly fit the bill.
|I was sold by the first check mark; "So easy - youngsters can make it!" I 'll take Mary Alden's word for it.|
If a youngster can do it, then chances are I will think I can do it and then be shocked at my own ineptitude!
|As it turns out, May Alden was not only the Director of|
Home Economics for the Quaker Oats Company, she
was a successful cookbook author.
Mary Aden's Cook Book for Children is now on my wishlist!
As per usual, the outcome of my culinary effort is decidedly less spectacular than my initial desire. Although, I'm not sure what I had hoped for as my St. Pat's Peppermint Candies look very similar to Mary Alden's. And really, how life-changing are crispy rice squares supposed to be anyway???
|One thing I might change for future St. Patrick's Day sweets is crushing |
the peppermints finer. Allowing for larger pieces of candy (so more of
the green would show) also allowed for the possibility of a broken crown!
Because Mr. Tiny is hopping a boat for a weekend wedding, we decided to celebrate St. Patrick's Day a little prematurely and everybody dug in; the consensus was that Mary Alden had a pretty bright idea when she added crushed peppermints to the standard, rice square recipe.
|By the look on his face, I knew I had at least one raving fan!|
"I'm Looking Over a Four Leaf Clover" - Art Mooney
Cheers & Happy St. Patrick's Day!