I'll Bite

Feast here awhile: Beer, pies and bacon cheese toast

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If you go over there, you’ll find:

▪ Winter is waning and emerald is springing up. St. Patrick’s Day is next Tuesday, so stock up on Guinness and tuck into a few hearty dishes made with Irish beers.

▪ Celebrate the art of the pie. Tara Jensen of Smoke Signals Baking in Marshall came to Charlotte last weekend to teach two informal classes on stone-ground flour and pie crust. Read my column on her, and then watch a video I made with the help of columnist Jennifer Lover. Mmmm, pies.

▪ Are you having people over anytime soon? Thanks to Ruth Reichl, I have a dead-simple appetizer. Say “cheese bacon toast,” people.

Dean Mullis is using computers on the farm.

And more recipes:

Cinnamon Lamb Stew (which also would taste mighty good for St. Patrick’s Day)

Shrimp and Avocado Tartine for 2: It sounds fancier than it is.

Turkey, White Bean and Spinach Hash.

One more thing: If you need more recipes that we’ve run? Check out the Food & Drink database. It’s easy: Cick on the search form, fill out as much as you know (you don’t have to fill out the whole thing, just a few words will do it) and it will look through thousands of recipes we’ve run in the last five years.