Green Rivers and Great Food

As a Chicago girl, I’ve developed an obvious love for St Patrick’s Day. On that day, the Chicago River was dyed green and one of the most popular parades took place. I’ve got to say, I miss that. (I was never a green beer girl, but I’d be willing to drink green wine)


Chicago on St Patrick’s day is a sight to behold!

The other thing that has become tradition for me is having corned beef and cabbage. LOVE the stuff. I was spoiled in Chi-town. It’s one of the food meccas of the US, so it wasn’t difficult to find a place that served a tasty plate of the stuff on that particular day. I assumed everywhere else was like Chicago. Florida quickly disabused me of that notion. After having tried corned beef and cabbage at various restaurants to less than stellar results, I decided to take matters into my own hands.

Yep! I searched online for various recipes, found ones that looked interesting and then combined certain recipes to put my own twist on it. Out came the crock pot… The last few years have been much better since I’ve made my own. In fact, tonight, I invited some friends over and we enjoyed wine, cheese and crackers…and Corned Beef and cabbage. Dessert was Key Lime pie.

Corned beef n cabbage

Do you have traditions you enjoy celebrating for St Patrick’s Day? Do you have a favorite food that represents the day for you?

I’ll leave you with some fun music from Celtic Woman. I thought it was fitting…and fun!

27 thoughts on “Green Rivers and Great Food

  1. Katie says:


    This Chicago St. Patrick’s day stuff is SO overrated. That river is a cesspool. I cross over it everyday, and I can feel my sixth toe trying to pop out from the radiation coming from it.


  2. Mae Clair says:

    I used to love corned beef and cabbage. Duffy’s Tavern in OC Maryland rocked it. But red meat has always freaked me out, and eventually corned beef moved onto that list too. That and lean hamburger were the only two items of red meat I ate, but I can’t do them anymore either. Haven’t touched the stuff in years now, though I still love cabbage.


  3. blowingoffsteamandmore says:

    I will have to add corned beef and cabbage to my crock pot recipe folder. I really am determined to like something that comes out of that thing!


  4. August McLaughlin says:

    You know, I’ve never gotten much into St. Patrick’s Day. This year, I savored an impromptu bagpipe serenade and think I may be in love forever. LOL I hope your holiday rocked as much as that video. 🙂


    • Kitt Crescendo says:

      I completely understand. When I first moved back to the States, my intro to St Paddy’s day included being pinched by all my classmates. I didn’t know the tradition about wearing green (must suck for the color blind, BTW). Later I came to appreciate the sense of fun that the Irish have. Hanging out with good friends, eating good food, listening to good music…I’ve gained a strong appreciation. Now, I enjoy being Irish (if only in honorary status) one day a year.


  5. Ray Colon says:

    Hi Kitt,

    As an adult, I’ve never really celebrated St. Patty’s other than attending an office luncheon or having some green drinks at a bar. In high school, I marched in the NYC parade each year with my JROTC unit. That was exciting, except for the year that my friends and I had to run away from some hooligans who wanted to smear our dress blues with green paint. 🙂

    I’ve tried corned beef and cabbage just once. I didn’t like it, but you can’t go by me because I’m one of the pickiest eaters on the planet.


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