The Irish Mule

IRISH MULE

 

This Irish Mule combines Irish whiskey, ginger ale and lime for a fun twist on the classic Russian cocktail.

 

INGREDIENTS

Ice
2 oz Irish whiskey
½ oz fresh lime juice
3/4 cup ginger ale

 

INSTRUCTIONS

Fill a glass with ice, add whiskey and lime juice and stir.
Top with ginger ale.
Serve with a lime wedge.

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Seriously, Only You Can Prevent Forest Fires

With all that’s wrong in the world (with global warming not really existing and such, volunteer fire departments becoming a thing of the past, public spaces being overtaken by development), let’s take a moment for this public/political service announcement from Protect Our National Parks.

Tshirts are now available to order. All profits will go to the National Parks Conservation Association(NPCA).

Get yours here: http://npcafunds.teezalo.co

You can donate to the NPCA here: http://tinyurl.com/donatenpca

TELL PotusTrump: WE WON’T STOP FIGHTING GLOBAL CLIMATE CHANGE and DEFEND OUR ENVIRONMENT ON ALL FRONTS.

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Lake Placid Rejects Fire Department Officers

Lake Placid village board rejects fire department officers

Cites failure to meet OSHA standards

BUSINESS
ANTONIO OLIVERO
Staff Writer
aolivero@adirondackdailyenterprise.com

 

 

LAKE PLACID — After a nearly hour-long executive session, the village Board of Trustees voted to disapprove of the officers the village fire department elected for 2017-18.

Trustee Scott Monroe moved a draft read by village Clerk Ellen Clark, which said the board disapproves of the elected officers due to a failure of the fire department providing proof that the officers have the requisite qualifications based on minimum standards noted in the federal Occupational Safety and Health Administration’s fire protection and fire brigade standards — OSHA subpart 1910.156C1.

Trustee Jason Leon seconded Monroe’s motion, which was passed with no objection as Deputy Mayor Art Devlin also voted in favor. Trustee Peter Holderied was absent. Mayor Craig Randall typically does not vote except to break a tie. Approval had been tabled from the board’s April 17 meeting.

In an April 4 letter, Lake Placid Volunteer Fire Department Secretary and Treasurer Karen Fountain informed the board that the department had selected Jim Wasson as chief, Mike St. Louis as first assistant chief, Matt Wood as second assistant chief, Adam Marshall as first captain, Ryan St. Louis as second captain and Josh Pellkey as third captain while not filling the fourth captain position.

Randall said that after the fire department elected its officers, questions and concerns were brought to the board about those elected not meeting qualification and certification standards, and that the fire department subsequently had not provided qualification and certification information for its slate of officers as of Monday’s meeting.

The mayor added that the department’s elected officer selections have typically come to the board level in the past with no comments and that the board approved them without the same qualification standard information brought to their attention this year.

“And I have no reason to believe that we won’t get to approval with this one,” Randall said. “It’s just that when somebody raises a question, we all go back and do our homework and realize we need further supporting information.”

Randall declined to say who brought the concern to the board. Village Attorney Janet Bliss described the situation as the board becoming “enlightened with some recent research that was caused by somebody raising the issue of, ‘Well, what are the qualifications?’

“The board did some homework and said, ‘Yeah, we should be getting this,’” Bliss added.

“What’s interesting here is they have their own protocol for how they call their elections,” Randall added. “We don’t know at this point that we are not going to approve them all. We may; we may not. It’s inherent upon us to make sure that we’ve got the proper credentials to support the approvals we are giving.”

The fire department had not responded to the village board’s action as of press time.

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Grimace’s Irish Uncle O’Grimacey

Uncle O'GrimaceyUncle O’Grimacey is Grimace’s Irish uncle and every March, around St. Patrick’s Day, he delivers Shamrock Shakes in McDonaldland.


Shamrock Shakes

Source: Top Secret Recipes-Sodas, Smoothies, Spirits, & Shakes: Creating Cool Kitchen Clones of America’s Favorite Brand-Name Drinks

 

Ingredients

2 cups vanilla ice cream
1 1/4 cups low-fat milk
1/4 teaspoon mint extract (not peppermint)
8 drops green food coloring

Instructions

Combine all the ingredients in a blender and blend on high speed until smooth. Stop the blender to stir with a spoon if necessary to help blend the ice cream.
Pour into two 12-ounce cups.

Serves 2

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Irish Temprance

The Temperance Movement

In 1829, the Presbyterian minister Rev. John Edgar initiated a temperance movement,[3] by pouring his stock of whiskey out his window. The Temperance movement in Ireland was an influential movement dedicated to lowering consumption of alcohol that involved both Protestant and Catholic religious leaders. Thousands of people were persuaded to sign the pledge, therefore, establishing the Teetotal Abstinence Society in 1838. Many years later, in 1898, the Pioneer Total Abstinence Association was founded to reaffirm the fading influence of the original temperance pledge.

 

Carrie Amelia Nation

Teetotaling cannot be mentioned here without the mention of Carrie Nation, an American woman who was a radical member of the temperance movement, which opposed alcohol before the advent of Prohibition. She is particularly noteworthy for attacking alcohol-serving establishments (most often taverns) with a hatchet.

 

 

 

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Shillelaghs, Emeralds and Firefighters

Shillelaghs, Emeralds and Firefighters

Visions of Shillelaghs and Emeralds are dancing around my head… An invitation found its way to me and one word caught my attention instantly: Shillelagh. Although the actual word used was Shilelagh, and I’m not sure if this was an intentional disambiguation, a spelling mistake (no need to call the spelling police, though), or have some sort meaning that is over my head, I had one of those moments where you couldn’t help but be transported to an Irish image.

The invitation was for the Firefighters Emerald Society of Westchester, and is featuring a band named “Shilelagh Law“: The invitation floating around Facebook read as follows:

The Westchester Firefighters Emerald Society is hosting their annual fundraiser. Shilelagh Law will be featured as the band of the evening. Captain Lawrence will be including in the ticket price with their exceptional craft ales wine and soda for the event. Music starts at 6pm. $45 per person plus fees.

 

Not knowing what the Emerald Society represents or commenting on Shilelagh Law, both these references caught my interest, and anything involving firefighters can’t be bad.With that said, have a listen to the band and their music as they perform Meet Me on McLean and Drunken Lullabies.

 

 

For a site that was inspire by a green firetruck sporting a fighting Irishman, its only fitting to include Shillelaghs, Emeralds, and Firefighters together.

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Baileys for Breakfast: Baileys French Toast

Baileys French Toast

My apologies, but you know its authentic when the measurements are metric

 

 

Baileys French Toast

 

For the Whipped Cream

Ingredients:

15ml Baileys
125ml double cream
2 tbsp icing sugar

 

Method:

Pour Baileys, double cream and icing sugar into a large mixing bowl and whisk until fully whipped. Refrigerate until serving.

 

For the French Toast:

Ingredients:

75ml Baileys
75ml double cream
1/2 tsp vanilla extract
2 eggs
2 slices of thick bakery-style bread
1 tbsp butter, for frying
50g dark chocolate, melted

 

Method:

  1. Whisk together Baileys, double cream, vanilla extract and eggs into a shallow container that’s wide enough to hold a slice of your bread, such as a flat-bottomed cereal bowl or even a lunch box.
  2. Dunk a slice of bread into the mixture and cover it on both sides. Repeat with the second slice of bread.
  3. Melt half the butter in a large pan over medium heat and fry one of the slices until it’s golden brown, then flip it over and cook the other side. Repeat with the second slice. Serve with a big scoop of Baileys whipped cream and a nice helping of melted dark chocolate.
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Irish Christmas Cake

 

A Christmas cake is generally a variation of the traditional fruitcake seen around the holidays and come in different shapes and sizes.

The spices and dried fruits in the cake represent the exotic eastern spices brought by the three Wise Men to the newborn King. The fruit is all soaked overnight in the whiskey in a covered bowl, before use, to add flavor.

 

Ingredients:

5 oz raisins
4½ oz pitted dates
4½ oz sultanas
4 oz quartered glace cherries
4 fl oz Irish whiskey
(let all of the above soak together the night before making the Christmas cake)

8 oz butter (plus extra butter for greasing)
7 oz caster sugar
4 eggs
zest of 1 lemon and 1 orange
2 tbsp. molasses
8 oz all purpose flour
½ tsp salt
1 rounded tsp baking powder
1 tsp mixed spice
¼ tsp ground ginger
¼ tsp grated nutmeg
¼ tsp ground clove
2oz ground almonds
2 fl oz Irish whiskey

Directions:

1. Preheat the oven to 300°F. Grease a 8″ cake pan and line with parchment paper.

2. Mix together the sugar and butter in a bowl until creamy. Gradually add the eggs, incorporating a little of the flour with each egg added. Add the molasses and zest and mix well.

3. Sift the flour and baking powder into the bowl of soaked fruit and add the salt, spices and almonds. Stir all of this together, mixing well.

4. Fold the fruit mix into the egg mix, stirring evenly. Spoon the completed mix into the cake tin.

5. Bake in the center of the oven for 3 hours. If it is browning a little too much, cover it loosely with tinfoil. Cook for another ½ hour. The cake is cooked when a toothpick is inserted into the center and comes out clean.

6. Make small holes all over the warm cake with a toothpick and spoon the extra whiskey over the holes until it has all soaked in. Let the cake to cool in the pan.

7. When the cake is cold, remove it from pan and wrap first in clean parchment paper and then in aluminum foil.

Made prior to Christmas, a small amount of brandy, sherry or whiskey (the choice is yours) should be poured onto the cake every week until Christmas. This process is called “feeding the cake”. Turn the cake over each week, before pouring the spirit of choice onto it to help ensure the alcohol penetrates to the center of the Christmas cake and ready for Christmas Day.

 

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The Puppet Master

Character manipulation is a lost art, pulling strings this way and that to have others do his bidding.

 

 

The sign of the best puppeteers is that know one realizes he’s actually pulling the strings, but with the cleverest of puppet masters, you do not even realize that there are strings.

 

 

 

 

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