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Weekend Cooking: Slow-Cooker Recipes for St. Patrick’s Day #weekendcooking @BethFishReads

It’s time to think about corned beef and cabbage! Before the weather turns springlike and we start planning meals around asparagus, fiddlehead ferns, and rhubarb, St. Patrick’s Day is a chance to make one more stick-to-your-ribs winter meal in the slow cooker.

Slow-Cooker Corned Beef and Cabbage

Corned Beef and Cabbage in Slow Cooker
Photo from Martha Stewart www.marthastewart.com

Martha Stewart has a recipe for Slow-Cooker Corned Beef and Cabbage that looks easy and traditional.
Reading through the comments, I see that the directions given in the video differ from the directions in the recipe printed on the Web site, so you might want to watch the video. I think it’s mainly a difference in how to arrange the meat and vegetables in the slow cooker.
My husband usually makes our St. Patrick’s Day boiled dinner, so I’ll see if he wants to take a chance on this Crock Pot version. I’ve had good luck cooking brisket in the slow cooker, so I don’t see why this recipe wouldn’t work.


Slow Cooker Irish Beef Stew

Photo from Cook Smarts http://www.cooksmarts.com
Photo from Cook Smarts http://www.cooksmarts.com

This recipe for Slow Cooker Irish Beef Stew on Cook Smarts looks good!
As the description in the recipe post by Jackie Sun says: “What’s not to like about chunks of tender, slow-cooked beef, carrots, potatoes, and onions infused with not just Guinness, but red wine as well?”
I especially like this recipe because both the flour and the Guinness stout are optional ingredients, which makes the recipe easily convertible to a gluten-free one.


Crock Pot Lamb Stew

Photo from The Reluctant Gourmet http://www.reluctantgourmet.com
Photo from The Reluctant Gourmet http://www.reluctantgourmet.com

This is the recipe I’m least likely to try, because I don’t like the idea of eating lamb, but my husband loves lamb and I love him, so sometimes I at least think about making something with lamb.
This recipe for Crock Pot Lamb Stew from The Reluctant Gourmet seems easy and do-able. If you like lamb, why not try it?
One tip from the site is never to but pre-cut cubes of meat sold for stew. So much for convenience! It’s likely to be from various cuts and you don’t know what you’re getting, says The Reluctant Gourmet.


Irish White Bean and Cabbage Stew

Photo from Forks Over Knives http://www.forksoverknives.com
Photo from Forks Over Knives http://www.forksoverknives.com

I came up with a surprising number of possibilities when I googled “vegetarian Irish slow cooker recipe”, but this one for Irish White Bean and Cabbage Stew from Forks over Knives sounded best to me., Most of the recipes seemed pretty similar – using beans and pearled barley in place of meat – I also liked the sound of Crock Pot Meatless Irish Stew from The Examiner, which is bean-less and full of root vegetables, but I would have to find out where to buy nutritional yeast around here before trying that recipe.


Thank you for reading through my curated collection of St. Patrick’s Day Slow Cooker Recipes that I haven’t tried yet! If you try any of them, please let me know!

If you can’t get enough, check out these links. I didn’t have the patience to look through all these slideshows today!

St. Patrick’s Day Food: 21 Slow Cooker St. Patrick’s Day Recipes

7 Slow Cooker Dinners for St. Patrick’s Day

13 St. Patrick’s Day Recipes for Your Slow Cooker

Happy St. Patrick’s Day and Happy Weekend Cooking!Weekend Cooking badgeLinked to Weekend Cooking, a weekly feature on Beth Fish Reads. Click/tap image for Weekend Cooking posts from other bloggers.

Let’s Talk Mustard #weekendcooking @bethfishreads

It’s National Pi Day (3/14/15) today, but since we can’t have pie, we’re going to celebrate St. Patrick’s Day early with a corned beef dinner. Instead of cabbage – boring – and potatoes –too many carbs – we’re having mustard-glazed Brussels sprouts on the side. We bought some mustard made with Irish stout that we should crack open for this occasion. (The stout, we realized too late, means this mustard – unlike most – is not gluten-free.)photo of unopened jarWhen you cut back on carbs, you may start looking for variety in your mustard. (Because you can’t have ketchup or relish.) I found this tasty Chili Stone-Ground Mustard at a local farm store a couple of years ago and have bought it regularly ever since.photo of jarThis type of mustard? photo of squeeze bottleI guess we are mustard snobs now. We only keep this on hand for guests who like their mustard yellow, not brown.

We’ve never tried making our own mustard, but if I want to try it someday, I’ll turn to one of my favorite food gurus, Lynne Rossetto Kasper of The Splendid Table. Find links to recipes for Beer and Caraway Mustard, Herbed Honey Mustard, Roman Mustard, Dried Cranberry Mustard, and Hard Cider Mustard here:

The Splendid Table: How to Make Homemade Mustard

You need a good food processor to grind the mustard seeds to make your own mustard.

Speaking of condiments, I attended a St. Patrick’s Day luncheon the other day and sat next to a woman who asked the server for ketchup to have with her corned beef, boiled cabbage, and boiled potato dinner. Ugh! But she wasn’t the only one, as the ketchup was having to be passed from table to table. I didn’t bother to ask the server for mustard, because I am now an official mustard snob and just knew the only mustard would be the yellow squeeze-bottle kind.

And speaking of Pi Day, it looks as though the American Pie Council has decided if you can’t beat ’em, join ’em and has cast aside its own National Pie Day on January 23, which no one could ever remember, for Pi Day on March 14, which is nice and easy to remember – if you remember your math, at least.

Happy Weekend Cooking and Happy Pi Day!

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St. Patrick’s Day Snacking #weekendcooking @BethFishReads

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For a coffee hour at the library today, we offered St. Patrick’s Day-themed refreshments, featuring, of course, a big plate of Irish soda bread with butter on the side.

photo of refreshments table
The Irish soda bread (not made by me) was a crowd favorite – a sweet version with raisins and caraway included.

Since someone else was baking the Irish soda bread, I brought something sweet that I thought would appeal to any kids who were dragged along came to the event with their parents – Pot O’ Gold Chex Mix.

close-up of Chex mix in a green paper muffin cup
Pot O’Gold Chex Mix. Click on image for the recipe on Betty Crocker site.

Done in the microwave, the Pot O’Gold Chex Mix came out sweet and crunchy. Following the advice of commenters on the Betty Crocker site where I found the recipe, I separated out the marshmallow “charms” and added them in at the end with the M&Ms. I’m going to experiment with a gluten-free version of this recipe. The butter and brown sugar mixture is naturally gluten-free, and so are Corn Chex and peanuts. Lucky Charms come close, but are not certified gluten-free, so I would substitute gluten-free Rice Chex and mini-marshmallows for the Lucky Charms.

These mini chocolate cupcakes with buttercream frosting were gluten-free, but I didn’t tell anyone, and I don’t think anyone knew the difference. The only thing I noticed was that the paper cupcake holders came away from the cupcakes.

photo of 3 mini cupcakes with green frosting on a plate
Gluten-Free Mini Chocolate Cupcakes made from recipe on King Arthur Flour G/F Baking Mix box. Click on image for recipe on KAF site.

For those who wanted a more healthful snack, there were green fruit cups.

close-up of fruit cup
Individual green fruit cups with cut-up honeydew melon, Granny Smith apples, green grapes, and kiwi fruit.

I’m all about the sweets, but hubby is making the boiled dinner and picked up the Guinness for tonight and tomorrow.

Happy St. Patrick’s Day!