New England Entree
Corned beef with potatoes, carrots, and cabbage—all simmering happily together. You'll want a loaf of bread to soak up the broth.
Place meat in a large pot, covered with water. Add a bouquet garni (see sidebar) with garlic, bay leaves, and peppercorns. Simmer 1 1/2 hours. Skim of surface "scum" and fat. Add root vegetables and cook another hour, till potatoes and carrots are soft to a fork
Slice meat onto a platter, surround with vegetables and spoon broth over all. Some like to serve the entire meal in soup bowls filled with broth.
Tips & Glossary
Bouquet Garni: (boo-kay gar-nee), a bundle of herbs tied together with string or wrapped in cheese cloth square. Usual herbs include parsley, thyme, and bay leaf, and peppercorns. They release their flavor during long cooking. Used to flavor soups and stews and removed before serving.
Ginger: dried ground ginger is far more potent than freshly grated from the root. Sweet dessert recipes call for ground powder. If you wish to use freshly grated ginger, use 6 times the amount of ground called for in the recipe.
Nutmeg: Use small whole nuts and store them, tightly covered, in a dry dark area. Grate what you need using the smallest grating edge or grind in a food processor. What a difference from store bought nutmeg!
Piecrust: Store-bought versions are heaven-sent for those who have neither the time nor the know-how for good homemade piecrust. But for those willing to make their own, the payoff is great. See our recipe for Noel's Pie Crust.
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