Broccoli Slaw

This is what you do with those bags of broccoli slaw found near the bags of lettuce and coleslaw at your grocer. Add a sprinkling of nuts (walnuts, pine nut, pecans) whatever you wish to bump it up another notch.  Oddly, this went quite well with egg salad sandwiches.

1 pkg. broccoli slaw mix
2 pkgs. chicken flavored Raman noodles
1/4 cup white sugar
1/4 cup olive oil
1/3 cup apple cider vinegar
2 pkgs. of the seasoning pkgs from the Raman noodles

Into a large bowl add:  slaw mix, broken up raw noodles.  Into a separate small bowl:  mix the sugar, oil, vinegar, and chicken flavor pkgs. – whisk this together thoroughly then pour on top of the ingredients in the large bowl.  Mix and toss well.  Keep in fridge overnight or at least 8 hours.

Corned Beef & Cabbage

cabbage.jpgHappy St. Patrick’s Day! I hope you and your loved ones eat well from my version of the Irish classic. Put the Celtic Women CD or perhaps the soundtrack from The Brothers McMullen in your disc player while you prepare this. Remember, if you don’t care for the cabbage, just skip that step. Enjoy!

2 medium onions, peeled
6 whole cloves
3 1/2 lb. piece corned beef
3 large carrots, peeled and cut into big chunks
2 bay leaves
8 peppercorns

1 medium head green cabbage
5 russet potatoes, peeled & halved
Kosher salt & ground black pepper

Hot mustard on the side – optional, but really, really good!

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Stud the onions with the cloves and set aside. Rinse the beef in cold water to remove the brine. Place beef in a large pot and add the onions, carrots, bay leaves, peppercorns, and enough water to cover. Bring this to a boil over high heat, cover, then reduce heat to low. Simmer for 2 full hours, skimming it occasionally.

Wash cabbage and remove core and any torn leaves, then cut it into about 6 wedges. Add this and the potatoes to the beef and cover and simmer for 25 minutes – until potatoes are tender.

Transfer the beef to a cutting board and cover with a plate that has been weighted down with heavy cans. (Doing this ensures the meat is much, much easier to slice). Transfer the veggies to a platter. Remove the cloves from the onions. Strain the liquid, toss out the bay leaves and peppercorns. Return the strained liquid to the pot and cook it over high heat for about 30 minutes – it’ll reduce by about 1/3. Season it with kosher salt & pepper.

Return the veggies to the stock and heat through – this takes about 5 minutes or so. Remove the cans & plate from the beef and cut it across the grain, into 1/4″ thick slices. Arrange it on a plate with the veggies surrounding it. Moisten it with the stock. serve with the hot mustard if you’re using it.