Archive for September 17, 2009

Plain Old Corned Beef and Fancy New Cabbage

corned beef & cabbage 003   It’s a déjà vu mid-September experience as we pant our way through hot and humid days for the last two official weeks of summer.  Reminds me of the year my family relocated from Royal Oak, Michigan, to a suburb of Minneapolis.  I was all set to enter a new high school on the right foot:  Up early.  Pull the chilled cologne out of the refrigerator à la Seventeen magazine’s advice column, put on a new sweater and skirt outfit, and head out into the cool morning air.  By noon we were simmering in 80-something degree temperatures, all hope of making that cool first impression evaporating like the beads of perspiration resting on a carefully glossed upper lip.

Today I worry more about creating a memorable meal than making a glamorous entrance.  I also have a hankering for something we don’t eat every day, so it’s simple Crock Pot Corned Beef accompanied by Chinese Cabbage Stir Fry, Parmesan Focaccia, a platter of Crusty Oven Fried Potatoes, and a big bowl of Frozen Green Grapes like Mom used to make.  In another nod to earlier days, a whimsical and simple dessert of Green Mint Ice Cream with Fudge Sauce.  Good, basic comfort food – not to mention the lucious sandwiches you’ll have the next few days.   (more…)

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