Monday, March 13, 2006

The "I"s Have It

It's a big week for the two "I"s. For the Irish, as everyone knows, this Friday is St. Patrick's Day. What you might not know is that the following Sunday, March 19th, is the day Italians celebrate the Feast of St. Joseph. (It's also when the swallows come back to San Juan Capistrano, just so's you know).

I have plans for St. Patrick's Day. While the Texan Jew in me is screaming at the abomination I am about to perpetrate on a poor, hapless brisket, I am going to try my hand at Corned Beef and Cabbage in honor of ol' St. Paddy. I'm actually killing two birds with one stone, because the recipe I'm using is from the slow cooker cookbook and will be the third of my test recipes for my review. I felt so Irish as I loaded up my cart with the spice-packet-included brisket, carrots, potatoes and, of course, a big ol' head of cabbage:
Where's the mesquite and the spice rub? Ok, then what about the prunes and sweet potatoes, nu?
Oi Vey!


I was going to make Chicken Cacciatore in honor of the Feast of St. Joseph, but then I found out there isn't any meat (you know, Lent and all). So I'm not sure if I'll come up with anything by Sunday.

Once upon a time I actually thought I was part Irish, but it turns out I misheard a conversation between my grandmother and my mother. Nothing west of Germany (and a scant bit of that) coursing through these veins. Except, of course, on March 17th, when everyone is Irish!

4 comments:

misreall said...

What about this?-

St. Joseph's Spaghetti
1 bunch of broccoli
1 bunch fresh fennel leaves
3 medium artichokes
1 lb. Italian bread, dried and grated
1/4 C butter
1/4 Colive oil. 1/4 lb. cooked rice
1 large clove of garlic minced
1 lb. spaghetti
Romano cheese (grated)
add garlic salt to taste
Boil the broccoli and cleaned artichokes with the fennel leaves in salted water, drain well. Clean the leaves from the artichoke down to the heart and cut into slices Fry broccoli and sliced artichoke hearts in olive oil and butter. Mince the clove of garlic into the bread crumbs and fry in olive oil until lightly browned, stir constantly. Set aside.

Boil spaghetti then drain, save 1 cup of the water. Mix the cooked rice and spaghetti, spread onto a platter, cover with broccoli and artichoke slices, sprinkle with the bread crumbs and Romano cheese. If the mixture is too dry pour a little of the spaghetti water mixed with olive oil on top.

dejamo said...

Mmmm. That sounds delicious, but a little ambitious. I was actually thinking about minestrone. But I'm definitely saving this recipe!

lawdwarren said...

i say stick with your first mind! my vote is for the chicken! and i'm invited...

dejamo said...

Can't be chicken if it's Feast of St. Joseph. And isn't there already a dinner invitation on the table?

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