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Considering tomorrow is the first day of March, I thought it would be good to dive into some St. Patrick's Day baking. Not that you should wait for March 17th to make these beer bread muffins - oh, no - make them now!

If you're new to bread making, then I'd like to suggest beer bread as your first effort. It's an easy fix with big payoff. I developed this cheesy version to dip into my favorite Irish stew. I baked the dough in a muffin tin because my favorite part of beer bread is the golden slightly chewy exterior, and you get more of that in muffin form.

These sunny days have me in a lemony state of mind, and that is evident from all the zesty treats coming out of my kitchen. This cheesecake is a recent favorite. It's mild and creamy without a sharp note to be found. The citrus flavor shines through without a hint of bitterness. Even better? This cheesecake is no-bake which means no fussy water bath-baking.

It is unseasonably warm here in the southern US, and my yard which is normally brown at this time of year looks like a green spring meadow. There are all kinds of beautiful little buds sprouting up, and clover is everywhere. Just seeing those emerald patches carpeting the ground inspired me, and made me remember that St. Patrick's Day is less than a month away.

I think these pops would make an excellent treat for the holiday, or a nice gift to let someone know how lucky you are to have them in your life.

I hadn't planned a blog post for today but this smart little recipe convinced me to go ahead and share. I've been on a major smoothie kick for the last few months. My steadfast favorite is bright green because I load it with leafy greens that I don't get enough of with regular eating. Even though I love my green smoothie I sometimes need a break from it and that's how I discovered this drink. It's from one of my favorite out-of-print books called The New Mayo Clinic Cookbook. It's light and healthful with flavor reminiscent of orange Creamsicle ice cream.

Have you ever heard of walking tacos? They have all the ingredients you'd imagine a taco would have like ground beef, cheese, lettuce (et cetera) but instead of being layered in a taco shell they are stuffed in mini bags of Fritos. Their portability makes them perfect for camping, picnics, or just for eating in front of the TV.

Well, this recipe is a lot like that except with banana pudding!

These circuit board lollipops make cute edible gifts for the tech-savvy people in your life. Circuit boards have tracks that conduct electricity, so I thought it would be neat for these treats to fizz and crackle when you eat them. What makes this possible? You might have guessed Pop Rocks, which is mostly correct. I used plain carbonated candy, which is essentially the same thing except that it's not fruit flavored and it seems to have an extra ounce of popping power.
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