Ascent 77 – National Corned Beef and Cabbage Day

The first today is to formally acknowledge – and celebrate National Corned Beef and Cabbage Day. It is, of course, St. Patrick’s Day, and all the usual Irish-inspired festivities were happening. I did the wearin’ o’ the green meself. Didn’t get kissed though. Interestingly, it’s not a traditional Irish meal – it was created by the Irish-Americans in the 1800s.

Sue had picked up a St Patrick’s dinner for two at Northshore Farms – a local establishment that provides an astounding array of delicious prepared foods. The meal consisted of corned beef & cabbage (duh!), red potatoes and a generous helping of baby carrots.

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I heated up the food and rounded up the condiments, setting everything up on the living room coffee table, so we could watch something appropriate while we ate. I love Amazon Prime and the variety of free content they have available. A brief search under Irish movies and we chose The O’Brien’s. A deliciously dysfunctional romp of an Irish father who calls his grown children home to share some news with them. I won’t give any spoilers.


I applied a generous slather of Colman’s Mustard to the corned beef. This is the gold standard of mustard in my opinion. I know it’s English, it just so good with this type of food. I’m part Irish and part English, so it seemed legitimate to me.

The food was delicious and was an appropriate tribute to this day.


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