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A little luck o' the Irish: St. Patrick's Day and Corned Beef & Cabbage

Us Americans so strongly associate St. Patrick's Day with corned beef and cabbage that when I heard that people in Ireland don't actually celebrate the day that way, I didn't believe it. "Right, I bet they don't drink beer or whiskey, either!"

But it's true. I, despite my extremely Irish-sounding married name and my (dyed) red hair, am not Irish and I like my once-a-year corned beef and cabbage, slow cooked in two bottles of Guiness, with a few red potatoes on the side for good measure.

I've been doing this since I was in college and got my first crock pot (or slow cooker, as I'm noticing it is more commonly referred to in the South).

I considered changing it up this year, when I came across this ridiculously awesome-sounding recipe, which really just takes my technique up a notch.

We'll see. Unfortunately, since St. Patty's Day falls on a Thursday and I have class, I won't be able to make our awesome meal until Friday.

But this is definitely one meal I look forward to all year. Plus it makes for excellent leftovers.