‘Kiss me I’m Irish’: Forget authenticity, celebrate this holiday like an American
Whether you choose to celebrate St. Patrick’s Day with corned beef and cabbage, green beer or leprechaun cereal, do so with the spirit and revelry of the Irish because on St. Patrick’s Day, everyone is Irish.

  STAFF WRITER John Coffelt Let’s face it we all want to be Irish on St. Patrick’s Day, and to be sure, as a whole, Americans know precious little about authentic Irish tradition. But really, St. Patty’s garish green holiday celebrates the spirit of the occasion. So be it. Embrace brace the caricature. Corned beef, it’s not really very popular in Ireland As a rule, according to Smithsonian.com, the Irish traditionally have raised cattle more for dairy than for beef. “Instead of corned beef and cabbage, the traditional St. Patrick’s Day meal eaten in Ireland is lamb or bacon. In fact, many of what we consider St. Patrick’s Day celebrations didn’t make it there until recently,” the online magazine says. Corned beef, however, was an Irish-American celebration of their heritage in turn-of-the-century America. Slow cooker corned beef and cabbage 8             small red potatoes 2             cups baby carrots 1              small onion, quartered 1              corned beef brisket (4 pounds), rinsed and trimmed 2             tablespoons mixed pickling spice 1              teaspoon minced garlic 1/2          head cabbage, cored and cut into wedges Place potatoes, carrots and onion in slow cooker. Place corned beef brisket over vegetables. Sprinkle with pickling spice and minced garlic. Add enough water (about 8 cups) to just cover meat. Cover. Cook 7 hours on high. Add cabbage. Cover. Cook 1–2 hours on high or until cabbage is tender-crisp. Remove corned beef brisket to serving platter. Slice thinly across grain. Serve with vegetables. Tip: For best results, do not remove cover while cooking in slow cooker. Green Beer If you drink, go ahead and down a green beer (or more) this St. Patrick’s Day. Where did the tradition come from? According to Food and Wine, a doctor created it. “Dr. Thomas Curtin, a New York City coroner’s physician and eye surgeon, first colored beer for a St. Paddy’s party at the Schnerer Club of Morrisania in the Bronx in 1914. The recipe is vague but the practice caught on and spread. Curtin used something called “wash blue,” an iron powder used for whitening clothes. But today, use blue rather than green food coloring. For beer choice, Ranker.com lists Smithwick’s Irish Ale, Guinness Draught and Murphy’s Irish Stout as the top three brands. Lucky Charms: No luck, not Irish but all good The beloved marshmallow cereal from childhood dates back to the mid-sixties. According to General Mills, “Lucky Charms cereal debuted in 1964 with oat pieces in shapes of bells, fish, arrowheads, clovers and X’s and green clovers, pink hearts, orange stars and yellow moons marshmallows.” Product developer John Holahan took Cheerios and chopped up circus peanut candy. In 1967 sugar frosting was added to the oat pieces. The marshmallows are called “marbits” by industry insiders, and have constantly evolved over the years (a unicorn is in the next lineup). With 110 calories per ¾ cup and 10 grams or sugars, Lucky Charms may not be the best for you, but taste wise, you can’t go wrong. Toasted oats not your thing? Try limited edition Frosted Flakes Lucky Charms, if your truly lucky: the winter edition of Cinnamon Vanilla Lucky Charms. Oh, and don’t get pinched Interestingly, the whole thing of getting pinched for not wearing green on St. Patrick’s Day is an American creation, according to the Christian Science Monitor. “It’s an entirely American tradition that probably started in the early 1700s. St. Patrick’s revelers thought wearing green made one invisible to leprechauns, fairy creatures who would pinch anyone they could see (anyone not wearing green). People began pinching those who didn’t wear green as a reminder that leprechauns would sneak up and pinch green-abstainers.” So don’t get nabbed by one of those fiendish leprechauns or give that certain coworker an excuse, wear green and go ahead, make it as garish as you want.