Slow-cooked corned beef for St. Patrick's feast

St. Patrick's Day is on a Monday this year, but even if you have to work, you can still keep with culinary tradition.

Here's a recipe from the National Cattlemen's Beef Association that lets you cook your corned beef in a slow cooker so you can feast when you get home:

Cut 3 ribs of celery lengthwise and chop 2 medium onions and place them in a slow cooker. Top with 2 1/2 to 3 pounds boneless corned beef brisket, corned beef seasoning packet (if included) and 3 1/2 cups water. Cook on low for 9 to 10 hours or until brisket is fork-tender. Remove brisket, set aside.

Cut a 1-pound green cabbage into 3-inch wedges and cut 1 pound of red potatoes into 2-inch pieces. Place cabbage, potatoes and 6 to 8 small, trimmed carrots in a microwave-safe dish along with 1/2 cup water and microwave on high for 15 minutes. Drain vegetables, add 2 tablespoons melted butter and salt and pepper to taste. Carve brisket and serve with vegetables. Makes 6 to 8 servings.

Stirring up interest in dairy food

The American Dairy Association/National Dairy Council has launched a 3-a-Day campaign to get Americans to eat more dairy products.

The campaign to eat at least three servings of milk, cheese or yogurt includes logos on packaging, advertisements in consumer magazines, grocery-store promotions and tips on school milk cartons.

The U.S. Department of Agriculture has found many Americans are not getting enough calcium in their diet. The American Heart Association and other health organizations, however, are cautioning consumers to choose low-fat products when selecting dairy foods.

For more information on the 3-a-Day campaign, including recipes, visit

Low-carb dieting on a roll

For all those on a low-carb eating regimen, there is a way to get your burger on a roll. O' So Lo Foods Inc. from Feasterville, Pa., has developed a roll that contains 3 grams of the type of carbohydrates that affect blood sugar and insulin levels. That's 90 percent fewer than a typical sandwich roll or two slices of white bread.

The Lo-Carb Sandwich Rollz are available in white, pumpernickel and rye flavors and are available in local health-food stores for $2.49 for a package of four. For a listing of stores where the rolls are sold, visit or call toll-free 877-676-5636.

Chili nets $5,000

Annapolis resident Liz Barclay is the grand-prize winner of Bush's Beans chili contest. Barclay, who frequently enters recipe contests and has contributed a number of recipes to The Sun'sfood section throughout the years, won $5,000 for her spicy Jamaican Black Bean Chili - an unusual combination of chili spices, pumpkin puree, corn and, of course, Bush's black beans.

Barclay says she plans to use the money to either help pay for her son Colin's college tuition or for a 25th wedding anniversary trip for her and her husband, David.

Look for Barclay's recipe at


Take a culinary tour of the Pacific Northwest with a weekend of food and wine tastings beginning Friday night at the Harbor Court Hotel, 550 Light St. The event includes guest chefs and vintners, a culinary seminar, a Saturday breakfast and dinner and Sunday brunch. Admission is $375. For more information or to make reservations, call 410-234-0550.

Taste wines of Cline Vineyards from 5:30 p.m. to 7:30 p.m. tomorrow at Donna's at Cross Keys. Next Thursday, taste wines of New Zealand. Tastings are $10 for a flight of four wines. Call 410-532-7611 or 410-377-9599 for details.

The Sputnik Cafe, 1379 Generals Highway, Crownsville, will hold its third annual beer dinner featuring a five-course meal paired with six ales and beers 7 p.m. Wednesday, March 12. $35. Reservations are required. Call 410-923-3775.

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