I first published this post a couple of years ago and thinks it’s worth sharing again. Yes, this is now something that hits closer to home but it also hits family’s everywhere and I’ve long had such great respect for what St. Baldrick’s does in the fight against cancer; I did a fundraiser for them then, now I’m asking that everyone give a little (or a lot!).
St Patrick’s Day will be here soon and I’ve got enough Irish in me to start thinking about a celebration. Not a big party but an opportunity to pay homage to a part of my ancestry (My Dad’s parents were German and Swiss; my Mom’s English and Irish). I’ll usually make corned beef for dinner, have an Irish dessert and occasionally meet some friends for a pint of Guinness but the last few years I’ve made an annual effort to spend my time and money in support of a local event and it’s all for a worthy cause.
Fadó Irish Pub & Restaurant in Denver (1735 19th St. downtown) celebrates St. Patrick’s Day with a full week of festivities. In addition to the annual celebration on the day of the Denver Parade and on St. Patrick’s Day, Fadó’s hosts an annual charity event organized by St. Baldrick’s Foundation; this year being held on March 13, 2015.
St. Baldrick’s Foundation is the world’s largest volunteer-driven fundraising event for childhood cancer research. Their mission is to raise awareness and funds to cure kids’ cancer by supporting cancer research and fellowships. Those getting their heads shaved will be enthusiastically cheered on by crowds of friends, family, doctors, nurses, children and others who have been touched by cancer in hopes to further awareness that pediatric cancer, the number one disease killer of children, is terribly under-funded.
So I’m calling on you to get involved. Either shave your head, volunteer, eat or donate, but give hope to infants, children, teens and young adults fighting childhood cancers. Visit St. Baldrick’s website to learn how to be a shavee, support a team or donate in general. If you’re not local and want to help, find a local event or donate online; kids deserve the very best from us to kick this deadly disease!
I admit, I am not getting my head shaved but I can help to spread the word and you can too. My hope is that everyone will read this article, feel compelled as well and go make a donation! Help give kids a chance to live a cancer free life at the very least.
And so that you can celebrate in style…here’s my recipe for Irish Coffee Cake. To be certain of what you’re getting into, this is not Irish ‘Coffee Cake’ – nope it’s ‘Irish Coffee’ Cake. A cake made with coffee and Irish Whiskey and Irish Whiskey whipped cream on top to mimic an Irish Coffee!
Irish Coffee itself, in its original form, is quite wonderful. But I understand the need to incorporate something so wonderful into desserts of all kinds. One of the most successful of these is Irish Coffee Cake, which first started turning up in Irish cookbooks in the 1960’s and ’70’s.
The cake itself is simple: a delicate one-layer sponge with an intense coffee flavor. But the real kick in this cake comes with the syrup that saturates the cake — more coffee, naturally with whiskey in it — and then topped with whipping cream flavored with…yes, more whiskey! To finish sprinkle with that best-loved of Irish native nuts, the hazelnut. I toasted the hazelnuts and can’t imagine it without…and be forewarned; this cake is amazing.