Message From Jane
March has always been for me, a month of enjoying the last long cool evenings of the season and the thrill and excitement of looking forward to some of my favorite things-gardening, cooking long simmering main dishes before the heat of summer, cleaning out the debris of winter and anticipating special summer getaways and plans.
In the "now of March", enjoying great times in March surely includes St. Patrick's Day and all the wondrous green food and drink. This year the greenest I am going to get is with perhaps some green chiles.
You just have to have fun on St. Patrick's Day-here I am including some of my all-time favorite long simmering or roasting dinner ideas for delicious March dining that "won't break the bank" but aren't necessarily green.
You can always serve a green side dish and one of my favorites is a special, spicy hot sauce from Mexico called Pipian (recipe follows) which is pretty easy to make and can be made days, even weeks in advance and is very tasty on steamed, just barely cooked zucchini, swiss chard and small potatoes-so it is mostly green and in my book, perfectly fine for St. Patrick's Day.