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Make A Green Food Party For St. Patrick’s Day!

Thursday, March 13, 2014

By: Amy S. Lowe
Weare, NH

With St. Patrick's Day right around the corner, you might find yourself the victim of Leprechaun tricks. I don't know about your house, but sometimes our Leprechaun leaves trails of green glitter in the house, unrolls the toilet paper, and generally causes some other harmless mischief. We never seem to be able to catch the sneaky fellow, but we do try to lure him out with some tasty green treats. Here are some of our favorite recipes in honor of St. Patrick's Day and all things green:

Mint chocolate chip cookies: We love the flavors of mint and chocolate combined, and this recipe is a fun one to include in your St. Patrick's Day celebrations. We took our favorite chocolate chip recipe, added some green food coloring and one teaspoon of mint extract (or more, to taste).

Kale chips: Veggies made fun and crispy? Oh, yeah! This has become one of our family's favorite snacks, and I love that it's so easy and healthy. Wash one bunch of kale, then remove tough stems and tear into bite-sized pieces. Put into a bowl and toss with 2 tablespoons olive oil and salt (optional). Place on a parchment-lined baking sheet and bake at 300 degrees for 30 minutes. We think they taste best fresh, but you can put in an airtight container and eat over the next few days. Don't be afraid to try chili powder or other seasonings on them, too!

Pesto pizza: Change it up a bit with this green take on traditional pizza! Prepare a refrigerated or homemade pizza crust on a pizza stone or well-greased cookie sheet. Spread prepared pesto over the crust, then top lightly with mozzarella cheese, and whatever green veggies you'd like (our favorites are green pepper slices, broccoli & spinach). Bake according to dough directions.

Easy mint fudge: This is one of the easiest fudge recipes I've ever made, and it's perfect to lure those Leprechauns from their hiding places. In a microwave-safe bowl, melt one 11 oz package of white chocolate chips in 15-second increments, stirring in between. Once melted, mix together with one 12 oz container of vanilla or other white prepared frosting. Add in a few drops of green food coloring, and 1 tsp (or more, to taste) pure mint extract. Spread in a parchment-lined or well-greased 9 x 9 square pan and refrigerate until firm.

Rainbow cupcakes: Leprechauns can't resist the tempting pot-of-gold at the end of the rainbow, and they may not be able to resist these rainbow cupcakes, either! To make, prepare a box of white cake mix according to package directions. Separate equally into 6 bowls, and use food coloring to make one bowl red, one orange, one yellow, one green, one blue, and one purple. Drop 1 tablespoon of each color into each cupcake liner, and bake according to package directions. Top with your favorite frosting.

St. Patty's Float: Make yourself (or your kids) a cool, refreshing treat-a St. Patty's Day float! All you need is a can of lemon-lime soda poured into a large cup. Add a few scoops of mint chocolate chip ice cream or green sherbet, some green sprinkles, and enjoy.

I hope you enjoy the above recipes and have a fun time celebrating St. Patrick's Day!


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