Celebrating St. Patrick's Day

The Futon Shop would like to With a Happy and Safe ST. Patrick's Day This Weekend

Going Green With Beer This St. Patrick's Day

Eel River Brewing Company: Award winning Ales and lagers
                                               Certified Organic beers
                                               California Certified Organic Farmers

This company is also a Sustainable Company All their Packaging and promotional items  are made from recycled materials. The ERB tap handles are made from reclaimed wood and all paper packaging is made with recycled materials and printed with soy-based inks.

Bison Brewing A Berkeley Award Winning Brew Company

They received an organic certification in 2003, but they are known for being one of the first fully organic brewery in the world. 

"We converted our business to organic methods because it synced our personal lives with our business pursuits" 

for more beers in your neighborhood
                    Alton Brown's Recipe..all ingredients you can find in the Organic Section   

2 to 2 1/2 pound Corned-Beef Brisket*, recipe follows
1 tablespoon coarsely ground black pepper
1 teaspoon ground allspice
2 bay leaves
2 teaspoons kosher salt
1/2 pound diced carrots, approximately 4 small
1/2 pound diced onions, approximately 2 small
1 pound potatoes, peeled and chopped, approximately 3 medium
1/4 pound diced celery, approximately 2 stalks
1 small head cabbage, chopped, approximately 2 pounds


*Cook's note: Brisket should be prepared through the brining stage, but not cooked.

Place the corned beef, pepper, allspice, bay leaves and salt into a large 8-quart pot along with 3-quarts of water. Cover and set over high heat. Bring to a boil, decrease the heat to low and cook, at a low simmer for 2 1/2 hours.

After 2 1/2 hours add the carrots, onions, potatoes and celery. Return to a simmer and cook uncovered for 15 minutes. After 15 minutes, add the cabbage and cook for an additional 15 to 20 minutes until the potatoes and cabbage are tender. Remove the bay leaves and serve immediately.
Corned Beef:

2 quarts water
1 cup kosher salt
1/2 cup brown sugar
2 tablespoons saltpeter
1 cinnamon stick, broken into several pieces
1 teaspoon mustard seeds
1 teaspoon black peppercorns
8 whole cloves
8 whole allspice berries
12 whole juniper berries
2 bay leaves, crumbled
1/2 teaspoon ground ginger
2 pounds ice
1 (4 to 5 pound) beef brisket, trimmed
1 small onion, quartered
1 large carrot, coarsely chopped
1 stalk celery, coarsely chopped

Place the water into a large 6 to 8 quart stockpot along with salt, sugar, saltpeter, cinnamon stick, mustard seeds, peppercorns, cloves, allspice, juniper berries, bay leaves and ginger. Cook over high heat until the salt and sugar have dissolved. Remove from the heat and add the ice. Stir until the ice has melted. If necessary, place the brine into the refrigerator until it reaches a temperature of 45 degrees F. Once it has cooled, place the brisket in a 2-gallon zip top bag and add the brine. Seal and lay flat inside a container, cover and place in the refrigerator for 10 days. Check daily to make sure the beef is completely submerged and stir the brine.

After 10 days, remove from the brine and rinse well under cool water. Place the brisket into a pot just large enough to hold the meat, add the onion, carrot and celery and cover with water by 1-inch. Set over high heat and bring to a boil. Reduce the heat to low, cover and gently simmer for 2 1/2 to 3 hours or until the meat is fork tender. Remove from the pot and thinly slice across the grain.

Yield: 6 to 8 servings

Prep Time: 20 minutes

Cook Time: approximately 3 hours

Inactive Prep Time: 10 days

Read more at: http://www.foodnetwork.com/recipes/alton-brown/corned-beef-and-cabbage-recipe/index.html?oc=linkback
TLC's Greener Irish Coffee Recipe: All organic ingredients
A Greener Irish Coffee:
  1. Mix coffee, brown sugar, and bourbon.
  2. Top with whipped cream, raw sugar, and cocoa powder.
  3. Serve in a mug.
Homemade Whipped Cream:
  1. Mix sugar with heavy cream
  2. Whip with an electric mixer until it holds its form and makes ridges. Don't go beyond that or it will turn into butter
How To make Organic Rainbow Cookies For St. Patrick's Day


And a few pics from The foodnetwork pinterest page to make you drool a little:

cabbage pizza, soda bread, beer, beef potpies with cheddar, Irish potato cakes,

Also...if you are shopping:

checkout The Futon Shop's St. Patrick's Day Sale: checkout if you are looking for a futon
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