We have always celebrate St. Patrick's Day because both my husband and I have a generous dose of Irish in our genes. (Take a look at my
granddaughter. She comes by that red hair naturally.) When we were in college in Syracuse, the Irish as well as the not-so-Irish partied all day and all night. College town. Any excuse will do.
After we married, I made sure we had corned beef, cabbage and potatoes on the special day--or as we called it when I was a kid--"boiled dinner." During my childhood, we used to have it often throughout the year, not just on the holiday.
But as I grew older and developed one food issue after another--some cause hives, some cause simple rashes, some cause a runny nose, some cause an asthma attack and the worst of them trigger a migraine. What triggers more than one reaction? Nitrites in foods. You find it in lunch meats, bacon and of course, corned beef. Last year, when my husband begged for corned beef, I hunted up a recipe to "corn" or "cure" the beef myself. But it was too late! It takes days and days to "cure" and St. Patrick's day was already upon us.
This year, I planned ahead. I would buy a brisket and do it myself. All it requires is a salt and herb marinade, after all. One problem. I could not