Sunday, March 17, 2013

St. Patrick's Day Tradition

Today is St. Patrick's Day.  We never celebrated this holiday until I married.  I had never eaten corned beef.  The first time I tried it was shortly after we got married.  Corned Beef and Cabbage was tradition in my husband's family.  The first time I made it, I boiled the heck out of it and was told by my mother in law that you never ever do that, it makes the meat tough.  She was right, it was tougher than shoe leather.  From that time forward I learned how to make it.  Now I use the slow cooker and cook slowly.  It is the best and in my opinion the only way to cook corned beef.  I was used to making boiled dinner which is nothing more than corned beef and cabbage but you use a picnic ham instead of the corned beef.  Now every year it is tradition for me to make a St. Patrick's dinner for our family.  Today I had fourteen at the table.  Actually ten at one table and four at the kid's table.  We had corned beef, red potatoes, rutabaga, carrots, pearl onions and cabbage plus green jello, spinach salad, green fluff, applesauce and rolls.  Then pistachio cake and some gluten free grasshopper brownies for desert.  I must have thought they were bigger eaters than they were because I have a lot of leftovers.  Oh well, I won't have to think about meals for the next couple days. 

These are the gluten free mint brownies.

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