When we cook corned beef, we empty the seasoning packet into a round loose tea ball. The meat gets the flavor of the spices without the seasonings getting in the water or on the meat. —Al and Peggy Pierce, Lynnwood, Washington
Even though Connie Lou Bommers can't lay claim to Irish ancestry, this Pella, Iowa subscriber calls St. Patrick's Day one of her favorite holidays. "Everything about it is so festive," she enthuses, "especially the food." Connie shares the dinner she prepares, starting with this succulent corned beef recipe. "Aside from Christmas, it's the meal we most enjoy," she affirms.—Connie Lou Blommers, Pella, Iowa
For St. Patrick's Day, prepare a traditional corned beef dinner and add a special twist - a colorful medley of cooked fresh vegetables. It's a festive combination to serve family or guests.
-Gloria Warczak, Cedarburg, Wisconsin