Archive for March, 2010

St. Patrick’s Day Round #2, #3, #4

Saturday, March 20th, 2010

As a follow up to my last post, I received a lot of questions about what I was going to do with ALL that corned beef? Here are a few of my favorite recipes that work great for leftovers.

Corned Beef Hash – My husband loves this recipe and I was all prepared to share it since it’s a twist on the “traditional” corned beef hash. Unfortunately the recipe is top secret, but we have been known to serve it on occasion and let our guests decipher the ingredients. We love to add a poached egg to the top of a big plate of hash.

Grilled Corned Beef and Fontina Sandwiches – One year I decided to brine my own brisket. It took 8 days in the fridge and I have since decided that was a bit of a task. That year I discovered this recipe from Epicurious. I love the sweet onions and the fontina cheese is delicious.

Oh, and here are a few “must haves” to accompany the meal and leftovers.

Horseradish Cream

Guinness Mustard

Bon Appetit and enjoy the leftovers! -K.

St. Patrick’s Day Fun

Thursday, March 18th, 2010

I always love an excuse to have a dinner party and invite a few friends over. I guess I can now officially call St. Patrick’s Day a “tradition” in my home. For the past few years I have been firing up the crock pots cooking up corned beef and cabbage. Here are a few photos of the process.  I made 15 lbs this year (that’s 3 crock pots!). Enough for dinner and plenty for leftovers. Yum!

I kept my tabletop simple. A few pots of shamrocks (oxalis) and a four leaf clover at each place setting. A drop of  food coloring makes for festive green beer. Even my cat was trying to get into the spirit. Cheers!

I’ve received a lot of questions about the plastic bags that you see in the photos below. They are called slow cooker liners and are the BEST invention EVER! They make clean up a snap.  I’ve had good luck finding them at Target.

Each year I try something new. This year it was the dessert: Chocolate Guinness Goodness.They are supposed to look like pints of Guinness. And I added a little gold on top for good luck. And of course a few gold coins that landed at the end of the rainbow.