This weekend, it's all about the Irish.
The Irish boiled dinner -- corned beef, potatoes, cabbage, carrots and onions -- will be served up in restaurants and homes this St. Patrick's Day.
The dish is mostly associated with holiday celebrations in the United States and Canada, corned beef is not considered an Irish national dish. In Ireland, a similar dish is served, but it uses bacon instead of corned beef.
The American version of the dish, using corned beef, became popular when Irish immigrants began using corned beef instead of pork in the dish, likely because of the low cost of corned beef in the United States.
Corned beef is a type of salt-cured beef. The term doesn't come from the grain corn, but from how the meat is treated with "corns" of salt.
Like many traditional Irish meals, the meal is served alongside potatoes, a mainstay of the Irish diet.
Irish boiled dinner
5-6 pound corned beef brisket
2 large onions, chopped
3 pounds redskin potatoes
2 pounds carrots, peeled and cut into 1-inch pieces
2 heads cabbage, cored and cut into wedges
Place brisket in a large pot. Add enough water to cover the roast by 6 inches. Add onions to pot and bring to a boil, cooking for 30 minutes.
Reduce heat to medium low and cover, cooking for three 1/2 hours.
Add carrots, cabbage and potatoes. Replace lid and cook for another 30 minutes, or until potatoes are tender. There should be enough water to cover the potatoes, if not, add more.
Remove the vegetables from the pot and place in a bowl. Slice the corned beef and serve immediately.
A beverage to go with the meal:
For many, it's the beverage of choice on St. Patrick's Day. Guinness, the Irish dry stout, is one of the most popular beers worldwide.
In addition to drinking on its own, Guinness is frequently used in various other recipes, including stews and desserts.
Here, it is served in place of root beer in an ice cream float.
Guinness Stout Float
2 scoops ice cream -- vanilla, coffee or chocolate
3/4 cup Guinness
dark chocolate syrup
Line the sides of a mug with dark chocolate syrup. Add ice cream and fill with Guinness. Garnish with additional chocolate syrup and dark chocolate shavings (optional).