By the time our next newsletter is published it will be only two days before St. Patrick's Day, and like many holidays where food plays a part, it's important to find ways to enjoy low-carb versions without feeling deprived. So we've decided to do our St. Patrick's Day issue NOW, so that you'll have plenty of time to prepare for "the wearin' o the green".
Do you know the history of St. Patrick's Day?
St. Patrick was born about 390 AD in Roman Britain. As a youth he was kidnapped by Irish raiders and sold into slavery in Ireland. He escaped six years later and fled to Gaul. After several years of monastic life, he returned to Ireland in 432 AD as a missionary to the people there. Saint Patrick is most known for driving the snakes from Ireland. While it is true there are no snakes in Ireland, there probably never have been — the island was separated from the rest of the continent at the end of the Ice Age. As in many old pagan religions, serpent symbols were common and often worshipped. Driving the snakes from Ireland was probably symbolic of putting an end to that pagan practice.
It is said that he used the three-leafed shamrock to explain the concept of the Trinity; hence its strong association with his day and name.
St. Patrick is a hero in Ireland. In fact, there are about 60 churches and cathedrals named for him in Ireland alone. One of the most famous cathedrals is St. Patrick's Cathedral in Dublin. These grounds bear the mark of the place where St. Patrick baptized his converts.
Green is associated with Saint Patrick's Day because it is the color of spring, Ireland, and the shamrock.
In American cities with a large Irish population, St. Patrick's Day is a very big deal. Big cities and small towns alike celebrate with parades, "wearing of the green," music and songs, Irish food and drink, and activities for kids such as crafts, coloring and games. Some communities even go so far as to dye rivers or streams green... and, yes, even green beer!
Our product review team will feature 2 (two) "Products Of The Month" — one in each issue of our newsletter. These products will be the group consensus of those we find to be the most innovative, tasty, or helpful to the low-carber's daily dietary regime.
DaVinci Gourmet Sugar Free Syrups
One of the most versatile tools in a low carber's kitchen, these sugar free (Splenda-sweetened) syrups offer bright, deep, delicious flavors as well as carb-free sweetening to many, many dishes. Added to low carb cake, pie, or cookie recipes, nearly every flavor becomes an available variation for that dessert. Have a craving for a Blueberry gelatin? Use the DaVinci Sugar Free Blueberry syrup with plain unflavored (Knox) gelatin and voila! Want a quick fruity flavor to top your cheesecake? Grab a bottle of DaVinci Cherry, Strawberry, Peach, or Raspberry!
Like flavored sodas? I adore Cherry Cola, but don't like the aspartame in Cherry Coke or Pepsi, so I add a splash of DaVinci Sugar Free Cherry syrup to Diet RC or DietRite cola! You can do the same with other flavors. Vanilla Cola... Cola with Toasted Marshmallow... just use your imagination. And you can add the syrups to other flavors of sodas as well. The Peach or the Key Lime are terrific added to a lemon-lime.
There's also it's varied uses in main dishes... one of my favorites is the Orange Chicken Stir Fry recipe here at the site. And for Easter, we'll be making the Sautéed Ham Slices in Cherry Sauce.
For the upcoming St. Patty's Day festivities, you might want to whip up a few treats with their Creme de Menthe, Key Lime Pie flavor, or Irish Cream! We used their Vanilla with mint in our Lucky Mint Cheesecake recipe in this issue. A splash in cottage cheese (Peach or Banana work well here) is delicious, and they can be the liquid you add in to Expert Foods Wise CHOice Cook it Up Pudding Mix to get any flavor you'd like. Frankly, we can't imagine a low carb kitchen without DaVinci Gourmet Sugar Free Syrups.
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