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St. Patrick's Day, Pinterest-Style

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I can only allow myself to get on Pinterest when I have three hours to spare, because I always end up falling down the proverbial rabbit hole, pinning motivation quotes and outfit options like a madwoman. Just one more pin. Just one more click. I feel like I have to collect all the great ideas I love or they will be gone, and at least this way, I can always come back to them. My friends are also addicted, but more to the recipes, always quoting Pinterest as the source of their new favorite dish, or their latest cooking mishap.

This made me curious, and led to some late-night clicking. There are some great recipes and some really horrible recipes pinned on the site, which opened the path to my St. Patrick's Day experiment: make recipes as printed, off Pinterest.

I don't really like re-creating recipes as I see them printed. I know what works and doesn't work, or how I feel I can change something to make it better. Plus, I feel weirdly guilty making things off Pinterst. I'm a professional pastry chef, shouldn't I just be re-creating things I see on my own and not rely on store-bought goods (like Andes mints and ice cream) for some crazy Pinterst dishes?

Searching for St. Patrick's Day dessert recipes is like scrolling through a sea of neon green frosting. Typing "st. patrick's day boozy desserts" into the Pinterest search bar, pulled up a lot of results. Top of the list, was a boozy version of the Shamrock Shake, one of my favorites. Sold.

I had crème de menthe (one of the best things to pour over some vanilla ice cream) and picked up the crème de cacao, which turns out is not one of my favorites, along with Bailey's Irish Cream. So I fudged a bit on the whipped cream and used some Irish whiskey to flavor it. So much for making them as printed. I also topped mine with Andes mints.

These are a million times better than a fast food chain could whip up and they give you a nice warm fuzzy feeling. Also, paper straws are an adorable Pinterest touch, but beware as they soften very quickly, making sipping while you work challenging. Definitely add boozy shamrock shakes to your St. Paddy's day Pinterest board.

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Rachel Miller
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