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Marinated Olives

Marinated Olives, originally uploaded by fikustrees.

Here is another great idea for St. Patrick’s Day. I got this recipe from Bon Appetite Magazine. They have to marinate for several days, the longer they stay in the marinade the better. I think a mix of different sized green olives would be perfect for the holiday, but you could probably marinate a log in this mix and it would be really good and pretty!


* 4 cups assorted brine-cured olives (such as Kalamata, picholine, Lucques, and Ni├žoise), rinsed, drained
* 1 1/2 cups olive oil
* 6 fresh thyme sprigs
* 6 whole star anise
* 4 large garlic cloves, peeled, flattened
* 2 fresh rosemary sprigs
* 2 bay leaves
* 2 cinnamon sticks, broken in half
* 1 tablespoon coriander seeds, coarsely cracked
* 1 teaspoon dried crushed red pepper
* 1/4 teaspoon ground allspice


Place olives a bowl. Combine the remaining ingredients in heavy medium saucepan; bring to simmer over medium-high heat. Pour oil mixture over olives. Cover and chill at least 3 days and up to 1 week.

Bring olives to room temperature. Using slotted spoon, transfer olives, herbs, and spices to serving bowl. Pour over enough oil from bowl to coat.


Spinashed Potatoes

Did you know that you can add spinach to your mashed potatoes and then eat them with smug superiority knowing that they are more nutritious than their plain white brethren? They are really yummy, colorful, and easy. Imagine how excited people will be if you serve these for St. Patricks Day! Just add a few handfulls of chopped spinach or baby spinach to your cooking water when your potatoes have another minute to go, drain and mash as usual making sure that spinach gets incorporated.