A Most Memorable St. Patrick's Day Meal

Irish recipes recall long-standing traditions

A Most Memorable St. Patrick's Day Meal

A Most Memorable St. Patrick's Day Meal

Remember the favorite foods you grew up with? Nothing brings back the good old days as clearly as the flavors, aromas and warmth of the simple - yet - satisfying dishes that grace the family table.

To help you savor the flavors of yesteryear, we've presented three old-fashioned dishes for St. Patrick's Day shared by three individual readers from around the country.

Our kitchen staff carefully selects the best of these recipes, tests them thoroughly and combines them to make the most flavorful, memorable meals ever.

Corned Beef 'n' Cabbage Casserole
The comic strip Maggie and Jiggs inspired me to serve this Corned Beef 'n' Cabbage Casserole 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

Irish Soda Bread
This Irish Soda Bread recipe came all the way from Tipperary, Ireland, where my great-grandmother lived. I have eaten Irish Soda Bread in New York, Philadelphia and Los Angeles, but none compare with what my grandmother made for St. Patrick's Day.
—Anne Flanagan, Laguna Hills, California

Rhubarb Custard Pie
My mother always made Rhubarb Custard Pie with the first rhubarb picked. It's one of my earliest memories of a favorite treat, so I feel lucky to have this recipe. Mother was famous for her gorgeous pies. Unfortunately, she didn't write down most of her recipes ... just "a handful of this" and "a dab of that" until it feels "just right" guided her creations.
—Dolly Piper, Racine, Wisconsin