Author and food celeb Clodagh McKenna is known as "the Irish Rachael Ray." No surprise then that her brunch menu is easy, delicious and exactly what you need on St Patrick's Day!

Rachael Ray and Clodagh McKenna
McKenna has been on Rach’s show “oh so many times. I think about 12!”
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"I bring a subtle, natural hit of green to the party with a leafy centerpiece. Soak a block of floral foam in water for one minute. Place it on a wooden or plastic base, and stick in sprigs of rosemary, thyme and sage."

Clodagh Bread
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"Out of all the traditional Irish foods, soda bread is the most important to me. I add yogurt, for moisture, and rosemary, because it grows around my cottage. And since my name rhymes with soda, I call it Clodagh Bread."

Purple Velvet Cocktail
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"Guinness is our national drink in Ireland, and it happens to be my drink of choice. I love something fruity in the morning, so I mixed the stout with cassis and Champagne in the Purple Velvet Cocktail."

Baked Irish Breakfasts
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"Growing up, we had an Irish breakfast—eggs, meat, potatoes, tomatoes and more—every Sunday. To lighten things up a bit, I turned it into Baked Irish Breakfasts and added some healthy greens, too."

Cashel Blue Cheesecake with Honey
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"I love sweet and savory flavors together. While you can use any kind of blue cheese, the Irish variety I call for in my Cashel Blue Cheesecake has a lovely kind of smokiness about it."