The Register-Herald, Beckley, West Virginia

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March 6, 2013

Eat your greens

Delights for dessert lovers

2013 is shaping up to be the Year of Green. The Pantone Color of the Year is emerald green. Those with hindsight and the purchase of a flex-fuel vehicle might be in the green on this year’s tax return. And with farm-to-table season ahead, there’ll be no shortage of healthy greens to dress the table.

Green has a different meaning come March, when regionals wink at their Irish heritage around St. Patrick’s Day celebrations, and when the sweet-toothed turn their smiling eyes to verdant versions of traditional favorites.

Last year, enough green food color was sold to tint more than 26.2 million cake pops and 2012 sales of pure peppermint extract increased more than 50 percent in the weeks leading up to St. Patrick’s Day.

The baking experts at McCormick kitchens extend St. Paddy's green beyond the mug of dyed beer, into colored comestibles and, after one or two festive bites, temporarily onto our choppers.

“Flavorful green treats have never been more in style,” said Mary Beth Harrington of the McCormick Kitchens. “Whether you’re baking with the family or adding bright color to a fun gathering, our green tinting guide and festive recipes will help you celebrate St. Patrick’s Day with the color and flavor of the holiday— vivid green and refreshing peppermint.”

If you weren’t among the lucky hitting paydirt on the alternative fuel tax break, find comfort in making one of these desserts to serve with a side of an Irish blessing…  like “May you have the hindsight to know where you’ve been, the foresight to know where you’re going, and the insight to know when you’re going too far” or perhaps, “May the cat eat you and the devil eat the cat.”

Recipes and images from McCormick®

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