This week’s column is dedicated to all those lads and lassies who love everything Irish.

Reuben Pizza

1 prebaked Italian bread shell crust (14 ounces)

2/3 cup Thousand Island salad dressing

8 ounces thinly sliced corned beef, cut into strips

1 can (14 ounces) sauerkraut, rinsed and well drained

2 cups (8 ounces) shredded Swiss cheese

Place the crust on an ungreased 14-inch pizza pan; spread with salad dressing. Layer with corned beef and sauerkraut. Sprinkle with cheese. Bake at 400 degrees for 12 to 15 minutes or until heated through and cheese is melted.

Leprechaun Lime Punch

5 3/4 cups refrigerated citrus punch

2 cans (12 ounces each) frozen limeade concentrate, thawed

1/4 cup sugar

1/4 cup lime juice

1 quart lime sherbet, softened

2 liters lemon-lime soda, chilled

5 drops green food coloring

lime slices

In a large pitcher or punch bowl combine the citrus punch, limeade, sugar, lime juice and sherbet. Stir until smooth and sugar is dissolved. Add soda and food coloring; stir to mix. Float lime slices on top. Serve immediately. Makes one gallon.

Peppermint Patty Brownies

1 1/2 cups butter, softened

3 cups sugar

5 eggs

1 tablespoon vanilla extract

2 cups flour

1 cup baking cocoa

1 teaspoon baking powder

1 teaspoon salt

1 package (13 ounces) chocolate covered peppermint patties

In a large mixing bowl, cream butter and sugar until light and fluffy. Add eggs, one at a time, beating well after each addition. Beat in vanilla. Combine the dry ingredients; add to creamed mixture and mix well. Spread about two-thirds of the batter in a greased 13-by-9-inch baking pan. Arrange peppermint patties over top. Carefully spread remaining batter over patties. Bake at 350 degrees for 35 to 40 minutes or until edges begin to pull away from sides of pan and a toothpick inserted near the center comes out clean (top will appear uneven). Cool completely on a wire rack. Cut into bars. Yields 2 to 2 1/2 dozen.

Our thought for the week is an Irish blessing: May your neighbors respect you, troubles neglect you, the angels protect you and heaven accept you.

Betty Heald lives in Lincolnville.