Robin Anish | The Table Is Set: There's a lot to love about March

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"March is the month that God designed to show those who don't drink what a hangover is like."

— Garrison Keillor

Need I say more? We're New Englanders. We get it.

The only quick fix to a March hangover might be a quick flight to the tropics.

If bathing in sunshine on some idyllic tropical island is only a dream for you this month, put on your rose-colored glasses and learn to love the month of March as we know it in the Northeast.

Here's what to love about March:

- Spring forward this Sunday. It's daylight saving time.

- The daffodil is the symbolic flower of March. It's bright yellow color represents joy, friendship, sunshine and hope.

- Aquamarine with its watercolor shades of blue, like the colors of a tropical ocean, is the birthstone of March.

- March 2 is the birthday of Dr. Seuss.

- Animals start to wake up from hibernation.

- Basketball fans rejoice! It's March Madness.

- March 5 is national Cheese Doodle Day.

- You can celebrate The Day of the Dude on March 6. Strive to do as little as possible. Fans of "The Big Lebowski" will understand.

- Spring skiing.

- St. Patrick's Day!

- Imbibe in National World Whiskey Day on March 27.

- Even though it may still feel a bit like winter, spring officially arrives on March 20. Think glass half-full. The sun will shine, the snow will melt, temperatures will warm, buds will break and April will not be far behind.

March is maple sugaring season and a good reason to get out of the house with a road trip to a sugar house and pick up a jug of maple syrup.

Of course, what better way to enjoy real maple syrup than drizzled over a stack of pancakes, so keep a batch of this homemade pancake mix on hand.

HOMEMADE PANCAKE MIX

Sift together:

4 cups all-purpose flour

3 tablespoons baking powder

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2 teaspoons baking soda

1 teaspoon salt

3 tablespoons sugar

Store in sealed container.

To make pancake batter, stir together:

1 cup pancake mix

1 egg

1 cup milk

1 tablespoon melted butter or oil

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Not just for salmon, you can also use this tangy sweet glaze on chicken, pork or even tossed with wings.

MAPLE PECAN GLAZED SALMON

INGREDIENTS:

Four 6-ounce salmon fillets with skin on

1/2 cup finely chopped pecans

1/3 cup maple syrup

4 tablespoons (1/2 stick) butter, melted

2 tablespoons brown mustard

1 teaspoon Worcestershire sauce

DIRECTIONS:

Preheat oven to 425 F. Place salmon fillets on a foiled lined sheet pan. Season with salt and pepper. Bake for 10 minutes.

Combine remaining ingredients. Remove salmon from oven, spoon glaze over fillets and bake another 10 minutes or until cooked through.

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My favorite way to enjoy maple syrup is warmed and poured over really good — preferably locally made — vanilla ice cream, then generously topped with chopped toasted walnuts. Whipped cream and a cherry is optional.

Turns out March isn't so bad after all.


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