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Saint Paddy’s Day Pizza – The Eating o’ the Green

I thought this was worth a rerun – a nice change if you’re not a fan of corned beef and cabbage!

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Homemade Pizza has been a Thursday Night tradition in our home for as long as we’ve been married. In my pizza night post last May, I told you all three of our kids had jobs at either Round Table or Mountain Mike’s when they were in their teens. And now they all make their own homemade version.

Well David has taken that to a whole new level.

He took a Saint Paddy’s Day Pepper and Pesto Pizza to work today for their office potluck.  Celebrating his true Italian and Irish heritage.

He called us late last night from his “test kitchen” and told us about the project, and we laughed so hard.  The nut…er shamrock…doesn’t fall too far from the tree.

David’s Pesto Pepper Pizza

All you need for the crust is 1 Tablespoon yeast, 1 ½ cup warm water, 2 teaspoon salt, and about 4 cups of flour. And a little oil and green food…

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March Forth to Carrot Cake

If it’s true that the way to a man’s heart is through his stomach then this carrot cake might be the main reason John and I have been married for 32 years.  I made it for his birthday on March Fourth, a few weeks after we met. And I’ve made it for his birthday every year since!

It’s pretty easy and very delicious! – and it freezes well even with the icing. (If there is any left!)

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Preheat oven to 325°

Grease and flour two 8” round pans, and cut a circle of wax paper to fit on the bottom of each pan.

Cake ingredients:

¾ cup canola oil

1 cup sugar

3 eggs

1 ½ cups flour

1 ½ tsp baking powder

1 tsp baking soda

1 tbsp cinnamon

½ tsp salt

2 cups shredded carrots

1 cup chopped walnuts or almonds

½ cup raisins  (optional)


Directions:

 Beat eggs, oil and sugar

Mix in flour and other dry ingredients

Fold in carrots, nuts and raisins

 Divide batter into the two pans and bake at 325° for about 30 minutes.

(Cakes are done when an inserted toothpick comes out clean.)

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Cool cakes until they are room temperature. (Peel off the waxed paper while they are still warm.)

Frost with Cream Cheese Frosting.  (This is the best part!)

Frosting ingredients:

1 stick butter at room temperature

8 ounces cream cheese at room temperature

1 pound (or a little less, depending on your taste) confectioners’ sugar

1 tsp vanilla

Blend all ingredients until smooth.

Frost thickly between the layers and all over the top and sides of the cake.

This is the hardest part for me – it’s difficult to not just sit down and eat this right out of the bowl!

Happy Birthday John!

March forth!

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