Our Favorite Recipes for St. Patrick’s Day

Irish Soda Bread recipe for St. Patrick's Day

If you plan on skipping the pub and staying home for dinner this St. Patrick’s Day, here are a few of our favorite tried and true Irish-inspired recipes to add to your menu!


Pioneer Woman's Corned Beef and Cabbage Recipe for St. Patrick's Day

Corned Beef and Cabbage

If you aren’t an experienced chef but are looking to get out of your comfort zone with easy to understand steps, there is no website better for that than Pioneer Woman. Ree Drummond is so relatable and breaks each step down with photos so literally anyone can make an amazing meal. Try her Corned Beef and Cabbage and try telling me this tender meat, tangy cabbage, and balsamic reduction isn’t the best St. Patty’s Day meal you’ve ever had!

Pioneer Woman's Crash Hot Potatoes recipe for St. Patrick's Day

Crash Hot Potatoes

Although these Crash Hot Potatoes originated in Australia, they pair wonderfully with the corned beef and cabbage above. This one is also from the Pioneer Woman archives. I make them year-round and there are never any leftovers!

Irish Soda Bread recipe for St. Patrick's Day

Classic Irish Soda Bread

Don’t let the name Irish Soda Bread intimidate you. There’s no kneading needed and it doesn’t have to rise. It was actually my first ever attempt at making bread and the results were delicious. Maybe it was the luck ‘o the Irish!

Watergate Salad recipe for St. Patrick's Day

“Green Stuff” (aka Watergate Salad)

Although the image above is from the Jell-O website, I’d like to believe this recipe originated with my family. My grandmother was the only person I knew while growing up that made this. It’s eerily similar to the recipe on their website (hmm…). For the sake of tradition, here is my grandmother’s “original” green stuff recipe.

1 box pistachio pudding mix
1 #2 can crushed pineapple, undrained
1 cup miniature marshmallows
1 (9 oz.) Cool Whip
1/2 cup chopped nuts
maraschino cherries for topping (optional)

Mix the dry pudding with the crushed pineapple, and add the other ingredients. Refrigerate for 1 day. If topping with cherries, wait to add them until just before serving.

Tip from my grandmother: Did you know marshmallows won’t dry out if stored in the freezer? Simply cut with scissors when ready to use.


Wishing you a pot o’ gold, and all the joy your heart can hold!
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My wife and I live in Donelson, where we both were raised and graduated from high school (DCA Classes of 1983 and 1984).  Our current home is on the Cumberland River, very close to my childhood home and the former homes of both my McDonald and Rice grandparents.

Our daughter and son are grown now, and our daughter, Stephanie Miller, is my real estate partner.  She lives in Lebanon with her husband and their two children.  While Stephanie and I specialize in the areas of Downtown Nashville, Donelson, Hermitage, Old Hickory, Mt. Juliet and Lebanon, we have and do serve clients all over Middle Tennessee.

As a Nashville native, I’ve spent a lifetime watching our city evolve, and I am enthusiastic about showcasing it to others and serving their real estate needs.


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