Simple St. Patrick’s Day Fun

For some families hanging out at a bar on St. Patrick’s Day knocking back green beer and Irish whiskey cocktails is not the ideal way to celebrate the holiday.  If you are looking for family-friendly ways to capture the spirit of the Emerald Isle, forget about heading to the local pub, and instead, leap like a leprechaun into the comfort of your kitchen.  That’s where you and your clan can have fun whipping up these easy and affordable St. Patrick’s Day-inspired dishes:

Super Simple Corned Beef

Ingredients:

  • 1 boneless corned beef brisket (3 to 4 pounds) with seasoning packet
  • 4 ribs celery, cut into large chunks
  • 2 medium onions, cut into quarters
  • 1 cup water
  • 1 1/2 cups chicken stock
  • 1 bottle (12 ounces) beer (optional)

Directions:

  1. Place celery and onions in the bottom of a crock pot.
  2. Add in the corned beef brisket.
  3. Sprinkle contents of seasoning packet over brisket.
  4. Add water, chicken stock, and beer.
  5. Cover and cook on low 8 to 10 hours, or until brisket is fork-tender.
  6. Serve with boiled potatoes, carrots and cabbage.
  7. Use leftover corned beef for sandwiches.

Salmon and Avocado Omelet

Ingredients:

  • 1 large avocado, diced into small cubes
  • 4 large eggs
  • 2 tablespoons lime juice
  • 2 tablespoons butter
  • 8 ounces smoked salmon, flaked
  • 1 small onion, minced
  • 2 scallions, chopped
  • 1tomato, peeled, seeded, and chopped
  • Salt and pepper
  • Cilantro for garnish

Directions:

  1. Heat pan over medium heat.
  2. Add in the butter, salmon and onion and let cook for a couple of minutes.
  3. Whisk together the eggs; add in a dash of salt and pepper.
  4. Slowly add eggs to the pan stirring until soft curd forms.
  5. Add in the diced avocado, tomato, lime and scallions.  Let sit for less than a minute, stir gently, and then turn down heat.
  6. Cover and cook 3 to 4 minutes until set.
  7. Flip once before serving.
  8. Garnish with slices of fresh avocado and cilantro.

 

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Michele Cheplic

About Michele Cheplic

Michele Cheplic was born and raised in Hilo, Hawaii, but now lives in Wisconsin. Michele graduated from the University of Wisconsin-Madison with a degree in Journalism. She spent the next ten years as a television anchor and reporter at various stations throughout the country (from the CBS affiliate in Honolulu to the NBC affiliate in Green Bay). She has won numerous honors including an Emmy Award and multiple Edward R. Murrow awards honoring outstanding achievements in broadcast journalism. In addition, she has received awards from the Aircraft Owners and Pilots Association for her reports on air travel and the Wisconsin Education Association Council for her stories on education. Michele has since left television to concentrate on being a mom and freelance writer.

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