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“Noshing with Nyah”: St. Patrick’s Day Treats
March in Chicago is anything, but boring. With the ever-changing weather, the green river and all of the St. Patrick’s Day parades, it’s a fantastic time of year. Whether you celebrate St. Patrick’s Day or not this 2-part series of “Noshing with Nyah” is sure to make you think of all the splendor of springtime in Chicago.
Co-worker Nyah loves to cook things that make the kids at Mercy Home’s bellies warm and full. This stew is perfect for a rainy day in March and is simple to make! In this first video, Nyah makes Luck of the Irish Stew, recipe below:
Luck of the Irish Stew
- 2 lbs cubed beef stew meat
- 2 tbs seasoning mix ( smoked paprika, garlic,kosher salt and black pepper)
- 1 cup flour for dusting
- 1.2 tbs olive oil
- 2 tbs minced garlic
- 2 bay leaves
- 1 quart of beef stock
- 2 tbsp Pink Himalayan Sea Salt
- 1 tsp ground black pepper
- 3 red or Yukon gold potatoes, cut
- 2 carrots cut into 1-inch piece
- 2 parsnips cut into 1-inch piece
- 1 lb of Spinach
- 1 head of cabbage
- 4 zucchini cut into 1-inch piece
- 4 stalks celery cut into 1-inch piece
- 1 green bell pepper cut into 1-inch piece
- 1 large onion white cut into 1-inch piece
- 1 can Guinness
- In a large pot, put lightly dusted beef cubes in oil and until crispy and fried.
- Stir potatoes, carrots, celery, bell pepper and onion into the pot. Stir in rosemary, parsley, salt and pepper.
- Deglaze pan with beer.
- Add beef stock, bring to a boil, then reduce heat, cover and simmer 1 hour.
- Add zucchini and spinach.
- Dissolve cornstarch in 2 tbsp cold water and stir into stew. Cover and simmer 1 hour more.
There’s almost nothing better than an ooey gooey marshmallow treat. Nyah invited a guest chef to help mix, make and try this St. Patrick’s Day delight.
In part 2 of this March series of “Noshing with Nyah,” Mercy Home co-workers Nyah and Jenny, created this dessert perfect for eating while watching a parade or sitting next to the green Chicago river. Enjoy this second video where Nyah makes Lucky Charms Marshmallow Treats. It’s a delightful treat that you won’t want to stop eating! Recipe below:
Lucky Charm Marshmallow Treats
- 1/2 cup salted butter
- 1 bag mini marshmallow’s (16 oz)
- 1 box Lucky Charms cereal (11.5 oz)
- Grease 9×13-inch pan; set aside.
- Melt the butter in a large pot over medium-low heat. Add the marshmallows and stir until completely melted. Reduce the heat to low and stir in the Lucky Charms cereal.
- Turn the mixture into the pan and press into an even layer. Allow to set at room temperature until firm, 30 minutes to 1 hour. Cut into squares and serve.
Thanks to our Manager of Food Service Operations Nyah Griffin, who is also a former resident of Mercy Home, for these delicious recipes and for always making sure out kids have nutritious meals!