CORNED BEEF SEASON: March is a culinary high point for lovers
of corned beef. For the next few weeks in celebration of St.
Patrick (and, we suspect, beer), the ubiquitous Irish bar
food will appear on restaurant menus with little variation.
Its best served with steamed cabbage and a healthy dollop
of spicy mustard. A classic recipe is from the allrecipes.com
website and involves just three ingredients: 4 pounds of corned
beef brisket, a cup of brown sugar and a 12-ounce bottle of
Irish stout beer (like Guinness). Pat dry the brisket and
put it in a rack in a roasting pan. Rub with the brown sugar
to coat entirely, then pour the stout beer gently over and
around the beef to wet the sugar. Cover and bake at 300 degrees
for 2-1/2 hours. You might add vegetables a cabbage
wedge, potatoes, onions and carrots during the last
hour. You may need to add a little more beer with your vegetables,
which is fine because you wont need a whole bottle so
you can finish it off while waiting. Let the beef rest five
minutes or so (another excuse for a beer!) before slicing.
WITH A SIDE OF COMEDY: Speaking of corned beef, one place
to get your share is at the John W. Engeman Theater on March
14. Before that evenings performance of The Sunshine
Boys, celebrate St. Patrick's Day at a pre-show party
featuring corned beef, petite stuffed cabbage, potatoes, Irish
soda bread, beer (Irish beer on tap), wine and soda. The festivities
begin at 6 p.m. $75 per person includes: one ticket to the
Neil Simon comedy The Sunshine Boys at 8 p.m.
(with premium seating based on availability) and access to
the pre-show party in the Green Room Lounge. Reserve your
place by March 12 by calling 631-261-9700 ext. 23.
YOGURT ON THE RUN: Melville-based Hain Celestial, makers of
The Greek Gods brand Greek-style yogurt, has launched a recipe
and video contest inspired by their spokesman, Ultramarathoner
Dean Karnazes. Yogurt lovers are challenged to create a two-minute
video showcasing The Greek Gods brand as part of a pre- or
post-workout snack and then highlight the health benefits
using footage of their workout routine or athletic challenges.
The first-place winner gets a check for $2,500, a signed copy
of Karnazes's book Run! 26.2 Stories of Blisters and
Bliss, and the winning video featured on The Greek Gods
website, blog and Facebook page. Second place gets a $1,000
check and third place gets $500. For more information, visit
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