If there’s one thing I love, it’s a good theme party. My birthdays over the past few years have ranged from a glittery glam rock bash, a mandatory masquerade, and a Roaring Twenties 22nd – complete with bathtub (cooler) gin (& tonic). But of course, the themes don’t stop at birthdays. New Years Motown night? Check. Ultra-American, Red-White-And-Blue Fourth of July shindigs? Check. If there’s an excuse to dress up, cook in theme, and designate a signature cocktail, I’m there – and what better holiday to celebrate with margaritas, tacos and guacamole than Cinco de Mayo?
Chicken! That’s what this week is all about. Last week I set out on my Full-Body Reboot adventure, aiming to minimize carbs, eliminate alcohol and caffeine, exercise more, and drink only fresh juice and water. Before the April 1st start date, I scoured the internet via Foodgawker, Pinterest, and my favorite blogs on Bloglovin’. I came upon this Men’s Health meal plan that uses a few choice ingredients to help you eat well all week long. First on the menu? A rotisserie chicken.
Confession time: this recipe was supposed to go up before St. Patrick’s Day so you could actually, you know, use it for its intended holiday. Luckily I made this a week before the weekend of green beer, debauched revelry and terrible faux Irish accents, so I can attest to the fact that corned beef and cabbage tastes just as good on any regular ol’ day.
Last week I spent six days in Austin, Texas at the South By South West Film and Music Festival (with a dash of Interactive sprinkled in). I intended to publish a few recipes while I was away, especially one so timely as corned beef and cabbage, but work and the allure of brisket (so much brisket), endless screenings, open bars, parties and shows kept me too busy with the exhaustion and meat sweats to do any blog work.
This recipe christened my brand new crock pot, a birthday gift from Alexei. I’ve been wanting one of these for a long time – so easy and so fun to play with! With St. Patty’s right around the corner, corned beef and cabbage seemed like the perfect dish to start with.