I have some Irish ancestry, so I started a family tradition on St. Patrick's Day. I came up with my own recipe for the classic corned beef and cabbage. The meat is tender, and the apple juice gives it a mellow flavor.—Jo Ann Honey, Longmont, Colorado
"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
This recipe came about one night when I was trying to think of a new and different snack to serve the next day. The empty plate at the party signaled these rolls were a hit! —Darlene Abney, Muenster, Texas
I can't go anywhere without taking along my puffs. They're pretty enough for a wedding reception yet also hearty enough to snack on while watching football on television. A platterful of these will disappear even with a small group.
—Kelly Williams, La Porte, Indiana
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
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