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Irish Thanksgiving for Charcutepalooza

What happens when a boy whose parents are from Belfast marries a Catholic girl, whose not-so-distant roots go back to Poland and southern Ireland? Their children grow up skeptics, who are not inclined to discuss religion. And St. Patrick’s day is a pretty subdued affair.

My parents had already been married twenty years by the time I came along, so whatever discussion or discord the holiday may have once caused in our household was long over, with only two tangible results:  I was forbidden to wear green on the 17th of March, and we always ate corned beef for dinner, always with sauerkraut.

I hated them both. And don’t ask me why the sauerkraut, rather than cabbage.  None of it is authentically Irish, anyway.  Maybe it was rebellion on my mother’s part. All I know is that both the sauerkraut and the beef came from and tasted of, their respective cans.

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