The last few days have been sunny and rainy with a chance of rainbows. And you know what they say — where there's a rainbow, there's a leprechaun.
Yesterday, I snagged an exclusive interview with that little green fellow. I considered myself very lucky since St. Patrick's Day is next Wednesday (March 17). Unfortunately, the leprechaun mostly wanted to talk about the economy. He had a lot of complaints about how small his pots of gold had become. He even had to take a second job at Christmas. Apparently Santa had suspended his 401K program, so Santa's Workshop isn't as joyous as it used to be.
Finally, we got to the heart of the interview, and I asked the little guy to tell me his super-secret recipe for green beer. (Drum roll, please)
Step one: Take a frosty mug and squeeze a couple drops of green food coloring into the mug.
Step two: Fill the mug with an Irish beer (such as Harp)
Step three: Make a toast.
Step four: Drink.
That's it? That's so easy. What about using blue food coloring? Yellow beer plus blue food coloring surely equals green beer, right? Not according to my little buddy. He said blue food coloring just makes the beer look "muddy."
For step three, the leprechaun shared his favorite Irish toast: It is better to spend money like there's no tomorrow than to spend tonight like there's no money!
When I wondered aloud if that philosophy might be contributing to the leprechan's money troubles, he ended the interview. I didn't even get a good recipe for corned beef and cabbage. Luckily, I found this recipe on Food Network's Web site.