Growing up in an Italian home, St. Paddy’s day was not something we celebrated. Aside from cutting out shamrocks in grade school, it was just another day for us. So when Sean invited me to his dad’s house for corned beef and cabbage , this was completely unchartered territory. By the way, Sean gets completely crazy when I say cabbage and corned beef….apparently it’s nearly an Irish sin and it was even worse when I accidentally called it corn “ribs”.

Corned Beef
A simmerin' pot o' corned beef

I knew it was a big deal cuz Sean was talking about it for at least a week leading up to the day. His family has an Irish background and for the past 30 years, every St. Paddy’s day, his dad cooks up some corned beef, boils some cabbage and the entire family comes over for dinner all decked out in green hats, shamrock vests that light up and “kiss me I’m Irish” t-shirts.

Mr. Bryan slicing up some corned beef

So with Adriano being in Dublin, Ireland visiting my sister, I couldn’t let him be the only one indulging in an Irish tradition. After loading up my plate with a little bit of everything, I sat down and dug in. Let me tell you that corned beef sure did live up to it’s reputation. It had simmered in a slow cooker for over an hour and a half and was tender. The potatoes, carrots and cabbage were simply boiled and sprinkled with a little salt and pepper and a dab of butter.

My serving of corned beef, cabbage with a pat of butter, potatoes and carrots

It was a simple, traditional meal. Perfect. So whether you’re eating cabbage and corned beef or corned beef and cabbage, have a great St. Patrick’s Day!