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Friday, March 16, 2012

Foodie Friday - Pots of Gold

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Tomorrow is St Patricks Day! Growing up it was never a huge holiday around our house. My mom would make green eggs and ham, and if we felt like it, we would wear green. Having the last name Greene, though, we usually got away with telling people we always wore the color.  Since having kids though, I've really gotten into celebrating even the smallest of holidays (my college roommate also absolutely adores St Pat's day, so it grew on me too).
This year, we're even having my baby shower on saturday. So I've been playing around with some fun treats we can serve, that would be appropriate for the wee ones.  My favorite is definitely the Orange Sorbet.  I love cold treats, and I love fruity flavors. This recipe is just as good as store bought, and you don't need any fancy equipment or ingredients!

Pots of Gold
recipe and photo from The Idea Room

1 cup water
1/2 cup sugar
2 cups fresh orange juice (I used Minute Maid's new Pure Orange Juice)

Mix the water and sugar in a pot on the stove. Simmer for 15 minutes to make a sugar water. Remove from heat and let cool. Add the orange juice, and mix well.
Now, if you have an ice cream maker you can use that per the instructions for your machine.
BUT if you're like me, and don't have an ice cream maker, just pop your mixture in the freezer. Every 30 minutes or so, give it a good stir. After about 2-3 hours it should be a pretty good frozen state for serving. If you're going to serve it at a later date, I suggest dividing it among serving dishes, before it's completely frozen. It will look real pretty once it's completely frozen in individual serving dishes.
For the baby shower, I'm trying to come up with some kind of dish to look like pots. I may make a run to the dollar store to see what I can find.

I don't know about you, but I'm not really a Corned Beef and Cabbage person. I've tried it, and I just don't care for it. I was so happy when Never a Dull Day in Poland linked up a recipe for Golabki.
It's Cabbage leaves stuffed with pork, bacon, onions and rice.  To me, it sounds and looks more appealing than Corned Beef and Cabbage.
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Never a Dull Day in Poland

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  1. Thanks for reminding me to defrost the Corned Beef roast I bought. I don't like the strong flavors of the seasoning so I don't use them. I cook the roast in my Crock Pot on top of a cubed potato or two, depending on their size. They are just there to absorb the salt--discard after cooking. Place the roast on top, drizzle a little Olive Oil on the roast and cook SLOW and LOW for several hours...meat comes out tender and juicy. I don't like cooked cabbage so I don't make it. That's the beauty of importing traditions; you can pick and choose the ones that work for your family.

  2. p.s. Corned Beef is expensive! Don't cook it in a way that ends up being nasty, or you will be very sad. I almost forgot that I sometimes put onion slices on top of the roast...

  3. Thanks for linking me! I linked your site to my post today.

  4. That sorbet looks fabulous. What a cute idea to use it for St. Patrick's Day! We're not having corned beef for the first time in years because we're going vegetarian, at least for a couple of weeks. What an adventure!

  5. I had Irish friends growing up who used to boil corned beef and cabbage all day on the stove every Sunday. I couldn't stand the smell. Though I have never tried it as an adult, I might like it, heck I even like Brussels Sprouts. I didn't realize that sorbet is so simple to make. Thanks for the recipe.
    Happy Baby Shower!

  6. That looks so yummy. I always wanted an ice cream machine


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