My ex-mother-in-law celebrated every holiday with glee in both decorating her home and serving food on the holiday in her kitchen!  When it came to St. Patrick's Day you could expect green cake, green beans and she even put green food coloring in her mashed potatoes. (looked totally bizarre, but tasted the same).  I thought I'd help you out with a few recipes that your family will enjoy and add a bit of festivity to your St. Patty's Day table.


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    Taste of Home Pistachio Puffs

    What you need:

    • 1 cup water
    • 1/2 cup butter, softened
    • 1 teaspoon sugar
    • 1/4 teaspoon salt
    • 1 cup all-purpose flour
    • 4 eggs
    • 1 package (3.4 ounces) instant pistachio pudding mix
    • 1-3/4 cups whipped topping


    Make it:

    Boil the water, butter, sugar and salt together.  Add flour and stir until a smooth ball forms. Remove it from the heat and let it stand for 5 minutes.

    Add eggs one at a time beating well after you add each one.  Then beat it until your mixture is smooth and shiny. Drop by rounded teaspoonfuls on an ungreases baking sheet about 2 in. apart.

    Bake at 400° for 15-20 minutes or until golden brown. Put them on wire racks and immediately cut a slit in each puff to allow steam to escape.  Once they're cool, split the puffs to remove the soft dough from inside with a fork.

    Make the pudding according to package directions for pie and fold in the whipped topping. Spoon that mixture into the cream puffs and serve with a smile.  They look hard, but were easy and oh, so, yummy!


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    Corned Beef Sandwiches

    What you need:

    • 3/4 cup mayonnaise
    • 3 tablespoons chili sauce
    • 1 can (14 ounces) sauerkraut, rinsed and well drained
    • 12 ounces shredded deli corned beef
    • 2 cups (8 ounces) shredded Swiss cheese
    • 30 sliced rye bread
    • 1/2 cup butter, softened
    • Thousand Island salad dressing, optional


    Make it:

    This is so simple!  Combine the mayonnaise, chili sauce, sauerkraut, corned beef and Swiss cheese. Spread the mixture over 15 slices of bread, about 1/3 cup on each, then top with remaining bread. Lightly butter the outside of sandwiches and toast on a hot griddle for 4-5 minutes on each side or until golden brown. (like a grilled cheese). Serve with Thousand Island dressing if desired, I recommend it!


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    St. Patrick's Day Popcorn

    What you need:

    • 4 quarts popped popcorn
    • 1 cup sugar
    • 1/2 cup packed brown sugar
    • 1/2 cup water
    • 1/2 cup light corn syrup
    • 1 teaspoon white vinegar
    • 1/4 teaspoon salt
    • 1/2 cup butter
    • 8 to 10 drops green food coloring


    Make it:

    Keep your popcorn warm in a large roasting pan in a 250° oven. Using a heavy saucepan, combine the sugars, water, corn syrup, vinegar and salt. Stir while heating over medium heat until mixture comes to a boil. Cook until a candy thermometer reads 260° (hard-ball stage), stirring occasionally. 

    Remove from the heat and immediately stir in butter until melted, then add your green food coloring. Drizzle over warm popcorn and toss to coat. After it's cooled, break into pieces and store what you don't eat (I'm surprised you'd have any left) in an airtight container.  You can also


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