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
I've always enjoyed cabbage rolls but didn't make them since most methods were too complicated. This recipe is fairly simple and results in the best cabbage rolls. My husband, Sid, requests them often. They're terrific to share at gatherings with our children and grandchildren. —Beverly Zehner, McMinnville, Oregon
THE comic strip Maggie and Jiggs inspired me to serve this meal. Whenever Maggie asked Jiggs what he would like her to cook, he answered, "Corned beef and cabbage."
My husband liked this meal, too, and I always enjoyed making it for potluck suppers and other gatherings.
-Daisy Lewis, Jasper, Alabama
"I first tried this fuss-free way to cook traditional corned beef and cabbage for St. Patrick's Day a few years ago. Now it's a regular in my menu planning. This is terrific with Dijon mustard and crusty bread."—Karen Waters, Laurel, Maryland
When I was growing up, my parents made every occasion (including St. Patrick's Day) fun by making special festive foods and playing games. I carried on that same tradition with our own children and my students. It just wouldn't be St. Patrick's Day without this delicious casserole! —Stephanie Norton, Bettendorf, Iowa