Melba's Swap Shop for March 13, 2013

Melba's Swap Shop for March 13
Modified: March 12, 2013 at 5:04 pm •  Published: March 13, 2013
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HAPPY ST. PAT'S DAY TO YE!

DEAR MELBA: An early Happy St. Patrick's Day. Since we'll be celebrating his day Sunday, I thought you might like to share this wonderful green dessert with readers.

I actually started with a Lemon Bisque recipe from your column many years ago. With a few changes, I arrived at this St. Patrick's Day treat.

LIME BISQUE

1 box (3 ounces) lime gelatin

1 3/4 cups hot water

1/4 cup lime juice

1 cup sugar

1 can (12 ounces) chilled evaporated milk

1 box (12 ounces) vanilla wafers, crushed

• In small bowl of electric mixer dissolve gelatin in hot water. Chill. When gelatin begins to thicken, beat until light and fluffy. Add lime juice and sugar, beating again until fluffy.

• In large bowl of electric mixer, beat evaporated milk until creamy. Fold in gelatin mixture.

• Line bottom of 9-by-13-inch pan with half the crushed wafers. Spread with gelatin mixture. Sprinkle remaining crushed wafers over top. Chill at least 3 hours. Makes 12 to 15 generous servings.

— MERRILEE HARRIS, Harrah

You're right. Sunday will be St. Patrick's Day. I was interested in finding out some information about St. Patrick, so did some research in the World Book Encyclopedia.

When a person is declared a saint, his memory is honored on a particular day each year, usually the anniversary of his death. And St. Patrick's death was recorded as March 17, probably in 461.

He was the patron saint of Ireland and a saint of the Roman Catholic Church. St. Patrick's Day has been celebrated in the United States since Colonial days.

Legend has it that he used the shamrock, the national flower of Ireland, to illustrate the idea of the Trinity, pointing out that its three small leaves represented the Holy Trinity. The encyclopedia also says he founded more than 300 churches and baptized more than 120,000 people. We pray we never stop learning.