I realized last week, that my children knew nothing about the Irish culture or food. To be honest, I don't know a whole lot either. Before you have a heart attack, not to worry, I was raised in a strong Norwegian family that did their part to protest the holiday. We were marched off to school each March 17th in red to show our family stance against the Irish. Now, that being said, for me, it's not a personal thing, just what I was raised with.
I haven't raised my own children with this ritual, but I did realize that we possibly don't have a whole lot of knowledge about the Irish culture. So, I decided this year, I would start with the food (oh, and we took a look at the Blarney Stone and it's meaning.).
I saw that our Piggly Wiggly had Corned Beef on sale for $1.69/pound, red potatoes for $1.99/5 pounds and cabbage for $.39/pound. These all sounded to me like an Irish dinner in the makings. I had no idea that the seasonings for the Cornned beef came separate. I thought it was something that was done to the meat prior to arriving in my meat department. I searched the internet, and found this recipe. This one I liked because it had really good reviews on it.
Slow Cooked recipes are always difficult for me, as we have our main meal at noon, before my dh heads out to work for the second shift. The problem is, if I start it the night before, it's overcooked by noon, but if I wait until morning, it doesn't get done in time. This time, I thought I would try the overnight option and pray that the meat didn't get too overcooked.