We all can start looking forward to St. Patrick's Day and the wonderful events which come along with it. Hopefully you will be joining us for Patty in the Parc on Saturday, March 16, but what are you going to do on St. Patrick's Day? If you want to get in the Irish spirit, I have found a simple and delicious recipe for you to try.Normally when people think of Irish food, they think of beer, potatoes, and corned beef. Don't worry, this recipe doesn't involve corned beef. I found this Irish recipe on AllRecipes.com and had to share with y'all. It is called Beer-Baked Irish Beef and it is a slow-cooker stew you won't have to babysit.

You will need:
6 slices bacon
1/3 cup flour
1 tsp salt
1/2 tsp black pepper
1 tsp ground allspice
2 1/2 lbs. cubed beef stew meat
4 carrots, peeled and cut diagonally into 1-inch peices
4 large onions, cut into eights
2 cloves garlic, minced
1/4 cup fresh parsley
1 tsp dried rosemary
1 tsp dried marjoram
1 bay leaf
1 can or bottle Irish beer (such as Guinness)

Here's what you do:
Place diced bacon in a large non-stick skillet, cook over med-high heat until brown and crisp. Remove bacon pieces and transfer to a plate lined with paper towels.
Place flour, salt, pepper, and allspice in a large zip-block bag. Add the cubed beef and shake to coat evenly.
Place meat into the bacon drippings skillet and brown on all sides.
Remove browned meat to a slow cooker, add the carrots, onions, garlic, parsley, rosemary, marjoram, and bay leaf to the cooker.
Pour beer into the skillet and bring to a boil over med-low heat, scarping all brown bits from the bottom. Pour beer into the slow cooker, over the meat and veggies.
Cover and cook on a medium setting for 4-5 hours.
Before serving, remove bay leaf and sprinkle with crisp bacon pieces.