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March 2005 Issue
It's All About Food
by Ronda L. Halpin and Victoria Smith
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St. Patrick's Day falls on a Thursday this year. Do you think that means that you can't include some Irish-inspired dishes this year? Well, think again! Our very own Victoria Smith has teamed up with me, your humble editor, to bring you some recipes that will have you thinking you've found a four-leaf clover!

Included here are four quick recipes that take advantage of your microwave and still bring you a little luck of the Irish! Enjoy!


Irish Coffee

  • 3/4 cup water
  • 2 teaspoons sugar
  • 1 rounded teaspoon instant coffee granules
  • 2 tablespoons Irish whiskey
  • whipped cream
Combine the water, sugar, and instant coffee in an 8-ounce microwavable coffee cup. Cook uncovered 1 to 1 1/2 minutes at power level "Hi" or until hot.

Stir in whiskey and garnish with whipped cream.

  • Yields: about 1 cup
  • Preparation Time: 2 minutes


Microwave Mashed Potatoes

  • 2 pounds potatoes, peeled and quartered
  • 3 tablespoons water
  • 3/4 cup milk
  • 1/4 cup butter and margarine
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt
  • 1/4 teaspoon ground white pepper
Place potatoes and water in a 3-quart microwavable casserole. Cook covered 9-11 minutes at Power Level "Hi" or until potatoes are tender, stirring twice while cooking. Let stand covered 5 minutes; drain. Beat with electric mixer until smooth.

Combine remaining ingredients in a 2-cup glass measuring cup. Cook uncovered 1 1/2 to 2 minutes at power Level "Hi" or until butter is melted and mixture is hot. Gradually beat milk mixture into potatoes until smooth. If necessary, reheat mashed potatoes by cooking covered 2 to 3 minutes at power level "Hi" or until heated through.

  • Yields: 6 servings
  • Preparation Time: 20 minutes

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