Sun Lakes Realty: St. Patricks Day History and Cooking Tips

Real Estate Broker/Owner with Sun Lakes Realty, Inc.

St. Patricks Day is a fun day for both kids and Active Adults. Today is the day that we remember most as kids as the day that if we didn't wear GREEN that we'd be pinched :)   Look around you at the kids....see how many of them are wearing green today.  Not that they know why they're wearing it, except they know that if they don't their friends will "pinch" them; the joy of childhood memories!

     St. Patricks Day 2008                                                               

    St. Patricks Day


History of wearing Green...It started with England trying to curb a rebellion led by Irish Protestants in the 1700's. This group of Irishmen wore Shamrocks to identify themselves,  but the Queen of England outlawed the Shamrock, and if you were caught wearing one you could be hung. 


Many years later, when a Group of Irish Soldiers fought well for England in South Africa, the Queen rewarded them by allowing them to wear the Shamrock on their caps.  This has now become a symbol of honoring the Irish. It started with Shamrocks, and this really is the most universal symbol, but it also includes anything green.

Today anything Green worn on March 17th symbolizes the Irish.   


One of the most Traditional St. Patrick's Day Meals is Corned Beef and Cabbage.  It's very simple to make, and the stores have good prices on the ingredients right now. You can pick up a head of cabbage for under 50 cents in town.  Food for Less has them for 50 cents each, and the Corned Beef for under $5.

Note:  Corned Beef Briskets and all those Green Cookies and Cupcakes will most likely go on sale tonight or in the if you miss out on having this Traditional Dinner tonight, you can always buy them cheaper tomorrow. 


Cooking Tips:

One Brisket of Beef, Potatoes, Cabbage, carrots and onions if desired

  • Cook the Corned Beef approximately 50 minutes per pound, cut off excess fat
  • The Crock Pot or Slow Cooker is the easiest way to cook your meal- about 6 hours on high, put your corned beef in first, then add potatoes and cabbage
  • Sprinkle the spices that came with the meat over everything
  • Some people add a mixture of brown sugar, water, and mustard at this point or
  • Add a little Beer to the Pot to spice it up
  • Cook about 6 to 61/2 hours on high or about 10 on low.  The Corned Beef will be very tender when it is done


  • Most people boil their Corned Beef but you can also bake it, or grilll it (need to cut meat up for grilling) 
  • Also some people don't like their cabbage to have the taste of the corned beef, so you can cook this separately.



We hope everyone has a Wonderful St. Patricks Day, and in case you didn't know, we are in the same Shopping Center as Albertsons.  So while you are out and about today stop on by and say hello.  Our office is dedicated to listing and selling homes in the three Active Adult Communities of Sun Lakes Country Club, Solera at Oak Valley Greens and Beaumont's Four SeasonsAll three of these developments are Guard Gated Resort Style communities in Banning and Beaumont. 


Sun Lakes Realty- Banning, CA wants to make sure that our clients and prospective clients have the information they need to help them with all their Real Estate Needs.  Call us anytime 951-845-7578

Comments (3)

Kathy McGraw
CELLing Realty - White Water, CA
Riverside County CA Real Estate

Thanks Cheri, this is making me hungry......I love corned beef and cabbage.  Jack over at the Chamber gave us a good recipe a couple years ago :)

Mar 17, 2009 04:20 AM
Sun Lakes Realty Banning, CA
Sun Lakes Realty, Inc. - Banning, CA


I love St. Patrick's Day!  In the past our office has hosted a chamber mixer for St. Patty's day right out front in the parking lot.  What alot of fun to feed everyone corned beef!!!  Cheri

Mar 17, 2009 08:05 AM
Kathy McGraw
CELLing Realty - White Water, CA
Riverside County CA Real Estate

I missed those, but are you going to do one for next year?  If so, I will absolutely put it on my calendar :)  I think I will take your advice and go get my green cookies as I already have my corned beef ......

Mar 17, 2009 12:21 PM