Friday, March 14, 2014

Corned Beef and Cabbage with Tina Radcliffe

Corned Beef and Cabbage with Tina Radcliffe

Always a treat to be in the Café!  Once a year I wait until the corned beef is on sale and make this easy dinner.


This is all you need.

Add two cups of water, corned beef, vegetables and the little seasoning packet that comes with the meat. Layer in this order: the meat, onions, potatoes, carrots and end with the cabbage on top. I like the red cabbage because it’s pretty. I only use half a head and spread it on top to insulate my meal. Each layer gets a dusting of salt, pepper and garlic powder. I put it in the crock pot on 10 hours, or if you don’t have a settings feature, try low for 8 hours.


Since this recipe is that easy, and while we’re waiting for dinner, I want to share some cookbook finds.

 Weight Watcher’s 50th Anniversary Cookbook just arrived to my house. I checked it out at the library first and was so impressed I bought it.



This is my next cookbook find: The Macaroon Bible.

I love macaroons!

I checked this out at the library and have ordered the book.

Here’s Danny Macaroons web site. You can make them yourself or order online.

Dinner is ready!
Enjoy!



Tina Radcliffe writes inspirational romance as for Love Inspired. Her next release, Stranded with the Rancher, will be available in September, 2014. You can also find her online in Seekerville where she’s teaching Self-Editing for Beginners in April 2014 and you can find her at My Critique Partner.

38 comments:

  1. I've never had corned beef and cabbage... and I'm not going to start now. All that time in Poland absolutely ruined cabbage for me.

    I can see how this library gig is going to turn out. Don't BUY the book! That's what the LIBRARY is for!! Seriously, I love libraries. They're like 2 week previews for free.

    And I think slipping in that macaroon site was just plain MEAN. I'm ok with the recipe book. I can't see inside, I probably won't try to make any. But a link?? To order macaroons??

    *clickety click click*

    *bottom expands*

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    1. We make it without the cabbage. So it's a New England boiled dinner, we all love it, but we don't have to deal with cabbage smell.

      Dave bought several nice corned beef rounds this week. I noticed they're way expensive this year, probably because of the big beef loss last fall in the Midwest.

      I wonder if it's a regional thing?

      Of course the Irish couldn't afford the beef, and it would have probably been mutton if anything.... :( But here in America it kind of morphed into an Irish meal for St. Patricks Day and I'm okay with that!

      We've also slow-roasted the corned beef too, like you would a brisket, and it's marvelous.

      ♥♥♥♥♥

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    2. I grew up having corned beef and steamed cabbage on St. Patrick's. Also on new year's day.

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    3. Without the cabbage?? Whooohooo!

      And Missy, that New Year's Day meal is probably the saddest thing I've ever heard. (Kidding!) My family always had oyster stew. MMMMM. Milk, cans of oysters, herbs, simmered for hours. I tried that once and my husband spent the day outside. He acted like I was cooking up a batch of Anthrax.

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    4. Ruthy, my husband swears the corned beef he grew up with in Boston is nothing like what you get here in New York.

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  2. They have maple pecan pie macaroons??? Drooling!!!

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  3. OK, I just read Ruthy's post from yesterday. The deer were nice. And running deer were nice. And the blizzard video with commentary... I nodded along until I heard the 'It's a little "welcome back to winter", from upstate New York!"

    HAAAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAAAA! And she says it so cheerfully!

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    1. I was drugged. Clearly. I'm close to homicidal at this point, but trying to save face.

      Stupid snow.

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    2. I could tell! It was that "too-cheerful" tone that was the tip off. I think it must be something mommies get, but only the smart kids can hear.
      "Watch out, Mom's got the super cheery tone again. Do NOT cross her."

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  4. There's more than one kind of macaroon? Like a recipe book full of them?! Who knew?

    Aren't libraries grand places for non-fiction? (I tend to want to own my fiction) I love exploring their craft and interior design sections too. Always get the urge to do something Christmasy in July. And for cookbooks there's nothing like checking out the kids' section. They have some amazing (and simple) recipes with lots of pictures. :-)

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    1. Kav, I'm a cookbook lover, too. And MUST have pictures! :)

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  5. never had corned beef and my dog broke my crockpot yesterdy - saw blood when I got home but luckily she wasn't bleeding orlimping so gues she got healed up :-(

    now her eye is still swollen (unrelated to crockpot) and vet called me in a refferral to a doggy eye doctor speicalit- of course i'm in themiddle of day shift work every day marathon..sigh...she doesn't seem to be in pain from it but gonna call and see if I should try to get someone to cover for me and bring her in today or wait til monday morning. always something it seems. needless to say no sleep is making me ni bad shape esp with added stress..might need to buy already made brownies or something...
    Susanna

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    1. Wow, Susanna. I'm curious how on earth she got in a scuffle with the crock pot! Hope her eye is okay.

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    2. SUSANNA!!!! :((((((( That's all of my chins, frowning!!!!

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    3. Oh no!!! Unexplained blood is NEVER a good sign!

      And I say absolutely get some brownies. And get your dog some treats and say they're from all of us. So sorry to hear that!

      P.S. Ruthy, I'm starting to think I shouldn't come here in the mornings. At least, not this early. Everything you say is hilarious. My defenses must be low.

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    4. well I had emptied the crockpot but pushed it back on the counter- after all a german shepherd with hip problems and prettymuch blind couldn't possibly reach...but somehow she managed to pull it off and the lid shattered into teeny bitty little pieces. saw a nick on her paw pad so guessing that was one spot but haven't seen any other.
      we're off to the doggy eye doctor now..sigh..hope it goes well like with medication to fix her up and no big decisions - I know she would NOT do surgery well - she would claw all the stitches out for sure even with me watching her- one trip to the bathroom or one little nap and this dog would manage it somehow or other. but need to see what's going on with her eye. at least her walking is better now and she's not having that vestibular stuff that's like vertigo. sooo tired. someone came in to work for me and I need to call her when we're done to see if she stays longer or goes home and I go back to work. feel like a nap!
      Susanna

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  6. HAHAHAHA! Yes. This is the problem, Virginia. I want my own non fiction. Fiction I can borrow. USUALLY.

    Kav, I am reading Cat Sense right now and I think I want that book too.

    Caramel salt macaroons. OMG.

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    1. OK, true. I looked at my own shelves... Cookbooks, Civil War history, photography collections, biographies, and children's books.

      Not sure why I have the kids' books, since I have most of them MEMORIZED. But for some reason, the kids still want to see the pictures as I talk. Spoiled.

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    2. Cat Sense? Sounds like a good read to accompany macaroons and peach tea.

      Can a Reuben be substituted for corned beef and cabbage for St. Patrick's Day? I'll serve it on a green plate, if that'll make it more acceptable.

      Nancy C

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  7. Tina, I haven't had corned beef since I was a kid. I never really liked it then, but I have a feeling I need to try it again. I'm having a terrible craving right now! I LOVE cabbage. (Poor, Virginia. Are we making her crazy today??) :)

    This look soooo good. As I was putting up the post last night, my mouth literally watered!!

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    1. YES, YOU ARE. All this cabbage loving talk has me rethinking my participation here. Really, if you can't count on culinary agreement, what can you count on??

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  8. BTW, how big/small did you chop/slice the carrots and potatoes?

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  9. Caramel Salt Macaroons.....

    Stares at calendar date.

    Thinks about stupid tight pants.

    SIGHS.

    Grabs broccoli and PRETENDS she loves it, LOL!!!

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    1. Why are you buying the tight pants? There's your problem. Room to grow, that's my motto.

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    2. LOL. I think she means they were not tight when she bought them. hahahaha. Sympathy. Pass the macaroons.

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  10. Chunks on the carrots and potatoes. I LOVE CABBAGE.

    Corned beef is on sale now 1.99 to 2.99 (per pound) depending on the store.

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    1. Thanks, Tina. I see the carrots now in the photo. Wasn't sure on the potatoes. Didn't want them to be mush!

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  11. Oh, yummy! Now I'm craving corned beef & cabbage. Haven't had any in about 8 years! My great uncle made some--delish!--but he's passed away now.

    Thanks for this recipe!

    And i'm not sure if I've ever had a macaroon. Sounds lovely though. They always make me think of those girl scout samoans. Is it something similar?

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  12. Think coconut and sugar. Like Samoa's without chocolate and the cookie. You have to really like coconut.

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    1. And they're made with egg whites so they're totally healthy. Egg whites trump condensed milk, right? Right?

      Nancy C

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    2. Oh my goodness, yum! Now I'm craving macaroons. :)

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  13. Do you guys really dislike cabbage or just the smell?

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  14. I love cabbage but I usually roast it rather than boil it.

    I'm alone in the corned beef love here. :( Daughter #1 doesn't live here anymore, daughter #2 became a vegan, and husband says it's "not like the corned beef my mom got in Boston (apparently hers was brown rather than reddish). Sometimes I give in and order a corned beef sandwich to make up for it.

    Love the recipes, Tina.

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  15. Warm corned beef with melted provolone on a croissant. HEAVEN.

    Where you been hiding, Mary Curry??

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  16. Love cabbage. But not sauerkraut, Nancy C. Don't hate it but the pickled taste is a bit weird.

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  17. Okay, I'm doing this today. It's in the crockpot, locked away on the old sideboard in the dining room to keep counter room for Lacey's projects with little people today. Tina, I'll be so excited to have this later!!! So glad you shared this, TEEEEEENSTER!!!!

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