March 17, 2013

National Corned Beef and Cabbage Day

“Canned soups can be magnificent, the lowly meatball wildly exciting, and old-fashioned corned beef hash an emotional experience.” - Cosmopolitan, 1952

It's National Corned Beef and Cabbage Day!

Despite having some Irish in me, my family ate mostly "American" and French-Canadian cuisine growing up. It wasn't until I was living in Ireland that I came across my first corned beef and cabbage dish. It was at a pub in Dublin that also offered bangers and mash (which is pretty traditional, right?), a black pudding and goat cheese salad (it's like a traditional dish reinvented in a modernized way), Buffalo chicken wings (not so traditionally Irish), and a Philly cheesesteak (wait... what?). Now that I look back their menu is actually over the place... or is it? There are many pubs in Dublin that offer both authentic fare and "tourist" fare. And while Amur-KAH'ns associate corned beef and cabbage with St. Patrick's Day (and thus Ireland), the Irish don't necessarily do. After all, just because they produced much of the corned beef in the 17th century doesn't mean they ate much of it - or eat much of it now.

But St. Patrick's Day (here in the States) has come to be known as an official drinking holiday and excuse for otherwise unacceptable tomfoolery if it was any other day of the year. It only makes sense then that someone, somewhere, decided today should be National Corned Beef and Cabbage Day (it's also National Green Beer Day... which is totally, genuinely Irish, too right?).

Today was my first attempt at making corned beef and cabbage from scratch... and it wasn't awful. Then again, Coleman's mustard makes everything taste better, doesn't it?

Happy National Corned Beef and Cabbage Day!