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March 10, 2011

celery root and cabbage in drunken mustard sauce

Growing up, my mother always made corned beef, cabbage and potatoes for St. Patrick’s Day. I can’t recall eating cabbage any other day in the entire year, but I really looked forward to it each March. This year, I couldn’t quite wait for the holiday to arrive (and I didn’t have any corned beef left over quite yet to make corned beef hash and cheese bread), so I got my cabbage fix in a little early, swapping out traditional potatoes for the lighter, foodier celery root in the process.

If you have not tried celery root (also called celeriac) before, it’s a really strange-looking type of celery that’s grown as a root vegetable. Don’t be intimidated by its furrowed surface, as it actually has a very mild flavor that seems to be a cross between a potato and celery. But unlike its root vegetable brethren, celery root is very light in starch. Give it a try; you’ll probably be pleasantly surprised that this ugly root can taste so light and fresh!

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As for cabbage, I know it’s not the most popular leafy green vegetable in the produce section. And if you’ve ever had it cooked to death in a soup or stew, or boiled to death for St. Patrick’s Day, I don’t blame you for hating it. But if you give cabbage another chance, you might find that it can taste positively delightful when cooked properly to an “al dente” texture that retains the slightest bit of crunch. And it’s usually dirt cheap.


The combination of al dente strips of cabbage and tender cubes of celery root creates a surprisingly light and fresh-tasting dish, as contrasted with the heavier boiled cabbage and potato combination. (more…)

March 23, 2010

corned beef hash and cheese bread

Filed under: bread — Tags: , , , , , — Kristen @ 11:24 pm

I’m a huge fan of corned beef hash. In fact, whenever I wander into Red’s on a Saturday morning afternoon after having had too much fun the previous night, I get excited when I re-remember that corned beef hash is their Saturday specialty. But as I was looking at the heaping pile of leftovers from St. Patrick’s Day, I thought there must be something else to do with the delicious corned beef and potatoes besides throwing them onto a griddle until they brown up. And what about the flavorful broth leftover from cooking the beef, potatoes and cabbage? There’s gotta be something better than cabbage soup! And then it came to me: prosciutto bread.

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You see, several months back, I came across an Italian prosciutto-cheese bread recipe that sounded so delicious, I wanted to make it right then. But then I forgot about it. Until now. If Italians can have prosciutto-cheese bread, what’s keeping us (semi-) Irish from having an equally delicious cured-meat-and-cheese bread of our own? And thus Irish corned beef and cheese bread was born – and let me tell you: this bread is amazingly yummy. (more…)

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