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March 1, 2014

Culinary Conversation: Take the cake and pass the pie

NEW CASTLE — It’s a new month. And it’s time to be thinking about replacing the snowblowers with lawn mowers.

But March can be brutal. There’s a saying that in western Pennsylvania, we can’t breathe easier until we get past St. Patrick’s Day.

Still, I’m thinking positively and considering all things new.

In terms of Culinary Conversation, we’re looking for new recipes. Whether you have a just-tried success you want to share with us, a St. Patrick’s Day recipe you love or something that signifies spring is near, we want to hear about it. Sharing is one of the best parts of Culinary Conversation and we have had some must-try contributions in the past.

Included today are recipes for St. Patrick’s Day and a salad, tossed in for good measure. Potatoes are always associated with Ireland, along with corned beef and cabbage, Irish stew and colcannon, which is mashed potatoes mixed with greens and scallions. Lots of butter and cream make it a rather decadent dish. I’ve also seen recipes for colcannon patties, which are fried from the leftover colcannon. Traditionally, to serve colcannon, one makes a depression in the middle of the mashed potatoes and puts a dollop of butter in it. To eat, you dip a forkful of the potatoes in the melted butter.

It doesn’t get much better than roasted new potatoes. Simple to make, this is a great side dish enhanced with rosemary, one of my favorite herbs.

Speaking of roasting, so many vegetables can be roasted. Tossing cauliflower, broccoli, Brussels sprouts, zucchini or a combination of your favorites with some olive oil, salt and pepper and roasting at a high temperature until the veggies are tender and somewhat caramelized brings out flavors you may be unfamiliar with. If you haven’t tried that recently, put it on your to-do list.

On a different note, you never hear much about Irish desserts. Aha, I dug deep and located Bailey’s Irish Cream cupcakes. I can think of no reason not to try these.

And just to lighten things up a bit, the salad recipe sounds refreshing and flavorful.

What are you cooking? Share your recipes with Culinary Conversation. It’s a tasteful place to be.

Roasted New Potatoes

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