Just out of curiousity what are all the Irish Catholics planning to eat on St. Patrick's Day? I know it's usually corned beef and cabbage but since the holiday falls on a Friday during Lent I was just wondering what the substitution is.
A lot of the parties have been moved to Thursday or Saturday ... and if you live in Canada (and probably other places, too), you don't have to abstain from meat on Fridays.
As for me, our party is on Thursday and I don't like corned beef and cabbage but they're going to have Irish Stew and something called Colcannon, which I guess is a kind of potato dish. It's a buffet so I'm sure I'll find enough to eat plus free green beer!!!
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It's all up to the Bishop in the diocese in which you live. Ours has given dispensation to all who wish to partake in the normal Irish fare (If you wish to). Then it is up to you to choose a day to abstain from meat. For me, I'll just hit the local fish fry. I can't stand corned beef!
The bad news is that the diocese I live in (Camden, NJ) is hard core and will not give a dispensation. The good news is I am not Catholic, although I do have O'Flanagan forebearers.
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I made a killer corned beef and cabbage dinner Tuesday! Here it was buy one corn beef get one free,and the cabbage was 19 cents a pound..!! I wanted to make another tonight, it was sooo good, bit decided to wait
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