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You know the year is speeding by when you realize one week that Spring is upon us and the next week you're not only losing an hour sleep to Daylight Savings Time, but you start to think about the yearly St. Patrick's Day meal!

I would normally do this next week-but as of Friday I am off until Wednesday the 25th!  Hubby and I are going on a romantic cruise on the Celebrity Solstice.   If all goes well, I won't even think of checking my e-mails or writing.  I will be enjoying the strictly healthy cuisine of this beautiful new ship!

Yes I said healthy-by now you all realize if I can make a breakfast cookie fairly nutritious, I'm going to find a way to do that on a cruise as well.  Last year I wrote an article entitled:  How to go on a cruise and not come home with extra baggage.  I came home 1 pound less than what I left home with-pretty good!

Since we are somewhat empty nesters and enjoy our alone time, we opted for the Aquaclass section.  This new area will be strictly couples, near the spa and gym and we will have our own restaurant that specializes in, yes, healthy cuisine.  We're also going to try the Tuscan grill, the Italian dining room and the Asia Fusion restaurant.  

Breakfast will either be brought to us from the Aquaspa or done in the buffet.  My husband can eat all he wants and I will be able to stick with my bowl of all bran (or other diet fare) and a selection of fruit.

Now, back to the subject of St. Patrick's Day.  I have to admit something; my family doesn't really enjoy corned beef!  Unless it's from our favorite deli on two slices of rye and topped with coleslaw.  Corned beef isn't one of our favorites mainly due to the fat content.  It's extremely high.  And while my husband never seems to put on a pound, the rest of us can't afford to add artery clogging fat to our backsides.

But I digress-I usually only make it once a year and I put it in my Crockpot.  Another thing, when you buy this piece of meat-as tempting as it is to get the cheapest cut, DON'T DO IT!!!  This cut has more fat than the more expensive cuts; it comes out stringier and is really a mess to serve.  Unless you like the "pulled pork" effect.  Go for the better cut.

As I mentioned I put mine into the Crockpot, I start by putting in the carrots, celery, onion and red potatoes, then the beef and the seasoning packet that comes with it.  Now I like to use a bottle of Guinness instead of water.  It really improves the taste.  Then put it on low and let the pot do its thing.  About 45 minutes before it's done, I add the cabbage.  Just push it in there taking out some of the liquid if necessary.

Wednesday, what to do with any possible leftovers.


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      Jenz ~ wrote Mar 8, 2009
    • I agree with you re the cheap cuts! That IS a mess indeed. I buy the better ones myself then ‘dissect’ some of that fat off of there. ALot of it will ‘melt’ off during the cooking process. Your recipe sounds yummy. I’ve never heard of using a bottle of Guinness, but I’ll try it this year.
      As for the leftovers... Monte’ Cristos for lunch the following day? Then... ummmm.... diet for 3 days? lol!
      Happy St. Patty’s! Wishing you the luck o’ the Irish! happy

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      Carine Nadel wrote Mar 8, 2009
    • same to you-good idea for the new take on the monte cristos!!!

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