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We have some shy foodies here at fab40!  Cynthia (Chocolatier) shared that she did bake corned beef one year with a BBQ sauce glaze.  Sounds pretty yummy!   It reminded me that one year I also tried baking the roast-I used a brown sugar and coffee glaze on it.  Love that salty/sweet combo.

Here are some fun ideas:

Now I don't drink beer (or any spirits), but to "green" up your suds, add a couple of drops of green food coloring.

This same tinting works well in white wine and any clear soda.

Make sugar cookies and either use the green food coloring in the dough and cut into leprechauns, 4-leaf clovers or any other festive shape OR color some icing sugar and sprinkle over the shapes for a sparkly look. Of course you can also use green frosting and decorate them that way.  

I wanted to share an Irish Soda Bread recipe with you-it's such an easy and hearty quick bread to make and very low in fat.

I pulled this one off of the McCormick site, what's great about this is that unlike some this one needs no kneading and it's terrific toasted for breakfast:

Makes 16 servings.

Prep Time: 10 minutes
Cook Time: 50 minutes

2 1/2 cups flour
1/2 cup sugar
2 teaspoons MCCormick® Caraway Seed (optional)
1 1/2 teaspoons baking powder
1/2 teaspoon baking soda
1 teaspoon McCormick® Cinnamon, Ground (optional)
1/2 teaspoon salt
1/2 cup raisins or currants
1 1/4 cups buttermilk
2 eggs
1/2 teaspoon McCormick® Pure Vanilla Extract

1. Preheat oven to 350°F. Lightly grease 9-inch round cake pan.  

2. Mix flour, sugar, caraway seed, baking powder, baking soda, cinnamon and salt in large bowl. Stir in raisins. Mix buttermilk, eggs and vanilla; stir into dry ingredients. Spread in prepared pan.  

3. Bake 45 to 50 minutes or until toothpick inserted in center comes out clean. Cool in pan on wire rack 10 minutes. Remove from pan. Cool completely on wire rack.  

per serving
Calories: 129
Fat: 1 g
Carbohydrates: 26 g
Cholesterol: 28 mg
Sodium: 182 mg
Fiber: 1 g
Protein: 4 g

And when all else fails for ideas-make some green eggs and corned beef hash for a real comforting celebration!

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