One major difference for this year's St. Patrick's Day: Rick moved out of town so I had to make the Irish soda bread myself. But besides that, all the regulars showed up...4 heads of cabbage.Many potatoes...And assorted roots. Not the stars of the show but they build good flavor.Here's where those 12 pounds of beef went! Borrowed the world's largest pot from the Blivmore family so I could cook it all together at once. Covered the corned beef in water and let simmer for about 3 1/2 hours, until tender. Then added in the vegetables to cook for the last hour or so.
The soda bread wasn't too hard to make, thanks to Rick's careful instruction. I'll add the recipe here later as an update if he says I can share it.And the stand mixer helps too...just mix it and knead it all in one place, which helps when you're making 4 separate batches. I had no idea how often I would be using this! An excellent gift from my parents who know better about these things. It basically looks like a brain.You just plop it right on the baking sheet in its free-form brain shape.And it is beautiful. I made two loaves with raisins and two without.