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The Project: Classic buttermilk Irish soda bread for St. Patrick's Day

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Each Friday we select a recipe from the L.A. Times Test Kitchen archives that's perfect for weekend cooking. This week, it's classic Irish soda bread made with buttermilk and dotted with raisins, just in time for St. Patrick's Day.

If you try this recipe, please let us know. Better yet, take a picture and upload it here, so we can share it here on the Daily Dish and possibly use it in print.

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St. Patrick's Day all around L.A.

St patty cupcakes croppedSt. Patrick's Day may be a holiday for the Irish, but there are plenty of ways for everyone to celebrate with great food, drinks and sweets this March 17. Here are just a few:

--Magnolia Bakery will be offering its classic chocolate and vanilla cupcakes with festive  green decorations on top. Magnolia Bakery, 8389 W. 3rd St., (323) 951-0636; www.magnoliabakery.com.

--All Jarred Up, which sends mini pies baked in jars to points all over the U.S., will be creating a special flavor for the day: apple with Jameson Whiskey and a shamrock-shaped crust.  www.alljarredup.com.

--From noon to 2 a.m., the recently opened Maui & Sons Bar & Grill will participate in a St. Patrick's Day Beer Festival in Hollywood, along with Pig 'n Whistle, in the Egyptian Theatre courtyard. Sip $3 drafts and $5 mixed drinks while enjoying a live U2 cover band and DJ. Maui & Sons Bar & Grill, 6708 Hollywood Blvd., (323) 463-3130; www.mauiandsonsbarandgrill.com.

--Lola's in West Hollywood will be serving Irish-inspired dishes and drinks on St. Patty's Day from 5:30 p.m. to 2 a.m. You can fill up on Irish potato soup, beef stew and whiskey bread pudding, among other dishes, and wash them down with a "When Irish Eyes Are Smiling" martini, a pint of Guinness or a mug of Irish coffee. Lola's, 945 N. Fairfax Ave., (323) 654-5652; www.lolasla.com.

--Casey's Irish Pub in downtown Los Angeles is going all out to celebrate its patron saint. To start, it will  offer sunrise service beginning at 6 a.m., with a flow of green beer, Jameson-enhanced Irish coffee and, of course, Guinness. More food and drinks, live bands and DJs will follow throughout the day and night, along Grand Avenue all the way from Wilshire to 6th. Casey's Irish Pub, 613 S. Grand Ave., (213) 629-2353; www.caseysirishpub.com.

--A few days early, on March 12, help raise money for the Hollywood Arts Council by taking part in St. Patty's Fest, where beer, wine and spirits will be offered along with lots of activities and entertainment, including Irish dance. (213) 915-8003; www.stpattysfest.com

If you know of any other eating and drinking festivities in honor of St. Patrick's Day, let us know in the comments section below.

--Emma Wartzman

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Photo: Cupcakes at Magnolia Bakery

Where to get shamrocked on St. Patrick's Day

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Today, we are all Irish. And though many of us celebrate with a little (or a lot of) whiskey in a jar, there are other ways too. Here's your guide to getting in touch with your inner O'Hallahan, spirit-soaked or otherwise.

Photo: a St. Patrick's Day reveler. Credit: Wally Skalij / Los Angeles Times

Luck o' the Irish to you: 15 recipes to celebrate St. Patrick's Day

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Everyone is an honorary Irishman on St. Patrick's Day.

We've plucked 15 of the L.A. Times Test Kitchen's favorite recipes to ring in the green, including this classic recipe for buttermilk Irish soda bread. Enjoy!

Moment of St. Patrick's Day Zen: Bar 107

Bar107On my way back from lunch at Blossom (vegetarian rice noodle bowl with mini egg rolls and a ginger, lime iced tea) I popped into Bar 107, the over-priced but lovable 4th Street dive and somewhat smelly house of zealous kitschiness. In honor of today's venerable green-clad holiday, the party-centric watering hole swung its doors open at 6 a.m., and I was curious to check out the scene.

At 3:30 in the afternoon 107 already looked as if it had endured drunken revelry of epic proportions. Sweat and whiskey spray made the air wet and dense and a raucous two-piece band growled out Irish folk songs with a guitar and a beat-up accordion. A bartender dressed like an overgrown Leprechaun aggressively wished newcomers a happy St. Patrick's Day while stumbling punk rockers and bleary-eyed college kids ordered Guinness and Jameson's, happily plunking the latter into the former with abandon.

It was a scene to both tickle and warm the heart; however, I felt deflated. I caught a whiff of quiet desperation in the air, but maybe that was just my own sense of sorrow at having to step out of the surreal hive of celebration and into the wind-swept daylight to make the trek back to the office. Drinkless.

--Jessica Gelt

For a full list of tonight's festivities, check out Charlie Amter's list of St. Patrick's Day parties in The Guide.

Photo by Jessica Gelt

 

Sampler Platter: Corned beef, soda bread, Shamrock Shakes and potatoes

Competitive eater Pat Bertoletti, winner of the first-ever Stroehmann Sandwich Slamm, on March 16, 2009 in New York City. Potatoes au gratin by Daniel Boulud. Irish Stew. Lemon-Lime blueberry soda bread. Credit: Los Angeles Times Did you know that few people in Ireland eat corned beef on St. Patrick's Day? It doesn't matter. We do.

-- Elina Shatkin

Photo: Competitive eater Pat Bertoletti, winner of the first-ever Stroehmann Sandwich Slamm, on Monday in New York City (Credit: Mario Tama /Getty Images). Potatoes au gratin by Daniel Boulud (Credit: Kirk McKoy / Los Angeles Times). Irish Stew (Anacleto Rapping / Los Angeles Times). Lemon-Lime blueberry soda bread. (Credit: Los Angeles Times).

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