RECIPE: Kale, Bacon & Pistachio Pasta

This recipe may not be Irish (kale and bacon work, but pistachio nuts are originally from Central Asia and the Middle East, and pasta is from Italy by way of China and Arabia). But it sure is green and right on trend, if you’d rather not have the conventional corned beef and cabbage or Irish…
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TIP OF THE DAY: Bake A Pie, It’s Pi Day Of The Century!

Mathematically, today is Pi Day: 3.14. As you learned in high school geometry, the Greek symbol is used in mathematics to represent the ratio of the circumference of a circle to its diameter, a constant which begins with 3.14159. Sorry we can’t show the Greek symbol in these paragraphs: WordPress keeps converting it to a…
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ST. PATRICK’S DAY: Irish Coffee Shots

Each year we present Irish coffee recipes for St. Patrick’s Day. Here they are: The history of Irish coffee and the original recipe Irish coffee recipe variations   But for something different this year, we like these Irish coffee “shots.” Traditional Irish coffee combines whiskey, brown sugar, black coffee and heavy cream. In these shots,…
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ST. PATRICK’S DAY: Green Velvet Cupcakes

St. Patrick’s Day cupcakes. Photo courtesy McCormick.   The popularity of red velvet cake has opened the doors for other brightly-colored cakes. Duncan Hines even has a seasonal line of “Velvet” mixes: Spring Velvets (pink and yellow layers), Summer Velvets (blue and red layers with white frosting for July 4th), Autumn Velvets (orange and brown…
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TIP OF THE DAY: Arugula Pizza

Arugula pizza, here shown with pine nuts and crumbled goat cheese. Photo courtesy SXC.   Last week we finally made it across town to a pizza café we’ve been yearning to try. It’s called Farinella Bakery. What they bake are the most heavenly pizzas and calzones. We haven’t yet tried the calzones yet; there are…
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