Being raised Catholic and attending Catholic school from K-12th grades, March 17th was always a celebration. All wore green and ate and drank green. The day usually came during the time called Lent when things were given up. But not on this day. Meat especially could be eaten but it was always corned beef served with cabbage.
Fast-forward to now. On Saturday, I headed to the grocery store. I scored an almost 3 lb. corned beef, flat cut which I discovered is the best cut, from the meat aisle. Then in the produce section, I nabbed a head of cabbage. I found one last bag of wide noodles from a half-empty shelf. I decided to indulge and grabbed green sprinkles to use with a cookie recipe, shared by my new friend at school (Thanks, Chris!) and a box of green jello. Growing up, green jello was my favorite! Finally, I stopped in the frozen food section and grabbed a carton of Beyers mint chocolate chip ice cream and a bag of frozen peas.
On my first day off from school, I plan to cook. In the past, I blogged HERE about the family traditional meal I embraced when I married into an Irish family and included the recipes in that blog post. Today, while it is being said we are in a world war, the world against a virus, I plan to prepare a lovely holiday meal.
May the Luck of the Irish be with you today and especially tomorrow, March 17th, the Feast of St. Patrick.