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13 hours ago, Old No. 7 said:

like a scorned Irishman. I go to my local Wegmans for traditional boiled dinner ingredients because I want to celebrate Halfway to St Patrick's Day. I cruise through produce and pick up a pound of carrots, a small head of cabbage, three onions, and eight red potatoes. Three onions because I was out. Head to the meat department and I don't see any corned beef brisket. I ask the guy stocking something if they have any corned beef. He looks puzzled, like I asked him if his mother went skating on Tuesdays. No, he replied, I haven't seen any for months. I paused two beats, just looking at him. Put my hand on my hip and said, in an authentic Irish brogue, It's six months to St Patrick's Day, some of us may want it. He smiled shamefully as he knew I was right and Wegmans had failed again. I found the corned beef at another grocer closer to home; its cooking now. I also bought some Guinness. The authentic Foreign Export Stout made in Ireland.

When I was an industrial chief chemist, our receptionist was an Irish girl who had met an American GI in England, married him, and now was an American citizen.

She was disgusted that Americans thought cabbage was big deal in Ireland, claiming it isn't.

There's woman who is a part-time caterer in Ireland who posts recipes on food.com.  She has a fantastic recipe for Irish Shepherd's Pie with a superb sauce where she says, "I've said it once and I'll say it again there is nothing Irish about Corned Beef and Cabbage, but Shepherd's Pie has always been and still is a staple of traditional Irish cooking."

Corned Beef and Cabbage is an American Irish thing. but that's ok: my Y-chromosome and, according to Ancestry.com, 25% of my DNA is Irish and that was passed down by Irish Americans.  I love it on Saint Patrick's Day, though I sometimes cheat and do Corned Beef and Sauerkraut: maybe because my paternal grandmother's parents were of German and German-French-Scandinavian ancestry!  If I throw in some pierogies with onions - or maybe a poppy seed roll for dessert, I'd honor the other 50% of my background.

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