The Shamrock Shake from McDonald's is my favorite St. Patrick's Day drink (a pint of Guinness is a close second). But since I avoid eating at fast food chains, I haven't been able to enjoy the March delicacy for a while, so I decided to make it at home. A vanilla milkshake is hard to improve upon (I've only done it once before), but with high quality ice cream plus mint extract and a dash of bitters - it takes it to an entirely different level. Plus, there's something fun/dangerous about knowing that I can make it any time of the year.
I like the idea of granola, but often find the texture stale, and the flavors cloying and artificial. I've wanted to bake some from scratch for quite some time, but I wasn't convinced that it could make that much of a difference. I was wrong. I followed a simple recipe (here)* ...read more