March 21, 2017

A St. Patrick's Day Luncheon at the Office

I hope you all had a wonderful St. Patrick’s Day.

This year, because my busy calendar called for several meetings at our New York City headquarters, I decided to host a fun holiday luncheon for our entire staff - complete with corned beef, cabbage, potatoes and of course, our own version of the traditional Irish soda bread. I got a large beef brisket from Pat LaFrieda, and began preparing it about a week in advance, so it could corn for several days - the term comes from the ancient processes invented for preserving meat by packing it in salt or soaking it in a concentrated brine.

Our Irish soda bread contains currants and caraway - it’s absolutely delicious, and the recipe is from our newest book, "A New Way to Bake: Classic Recipes Updated with Better-for-You Ingredients from the Modern Pantry”. You can pre-order the book by clicking on the highlighted link. It was a fantastic meal and celebration. Enjoy my photos.