Since everyone is Irish on St. Patrick’s Day, why not try your hand at some recipes straight from the emerald isle? Because Ireland is surrounded by the Atlantic Ocean and features numerous lakes and rivers, seafood plays a large part in the nation’s cuisine. Ireland’s temperate climate and low central plains also allow for a successful agricultural industry that produces high quality meat, dairy, grains and vegetables, namely potatoes.

Ireland’s unique geography makes for some truly special, traditional dishes. Here are some hearty recipes you can easily prepare at home, for the Irish and the Irish at heart:

Soda Bread

Seafood Chowder

Corned Beef Hash


Shepherd’s Pie

Irish Stew

In many cases, the kitchen appliances used to prepare your food are reliant on natural gas and oil. Ranges and grills are often powered by natural gas and the heat-resistant plastic knobs that protect your hands are derived from natural gas and oil. If your range has a digital display, several of the parts used to construct that electronic control board showing the time and temperature are also made of plastic. Not to mention its assistance in transporting food via truck, train, car or even plane. Natural gas and oil play and integral part in getting your food from farms to markets and eventually, to your plate.

Happy St. Patrick’s Day!