Saint Patricks’ Day

Top of the mornin’ to ya!

Mary Pat Cooks

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I love Saint Patricks’ Day! With a name like Mary Pat you can guess I am Irish and proud of it. Our family has a simple two day food tradition to celebrate.  The first day is the obvious corned beef and cabbage, also referred to as a Jiggs dinner in our neck of the woods. I keep it simple corned beef, potatoes, carrots, onions and cabbage. The only trick is not overcooking the cabbage. Plus I have to make twice as much as we could ever eat. Of course it is served with Irish soda bread slathered with butter. Guinness Stout rounds out the meal. This is a good, maybe great meal.

The second dinner is corned beef hash. This is what we really look forward to! I take all the leftovers, including the cabbage and chop them into fairly small chunks. Then I fry it all up in butter and olive oil…

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Artichokes

Looking forward to some yummy artichokes!

Mary Pat Cooks

Artichokes Artichokes

Artichokes are sexy. You eat them with your hands and pull them through your teeth. They are even considered an aphrodisiac by many. In the 1600’s only men were allowed to eat them for fear of how women would react.

Artichokes are the buds of the flower of a plant in the thistle family. The flower if allowed to mature is very large, purple and fuzzy. Kind of sexy. Artichoke are in season from March through May. Most in the United States come from California.

Many people are intimidated by the idea of cooking them at home. In reality they are not difficult. First buy artichokes that are a good green color. The leaves should not look dry and brown. When you squish the artichoke you should hear the leaves squeak.

When you get your artichoke home store it in a plastic bag in the fridge. To prepare for cooking…

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