Celebrating St. Patrick’s Day with ALL the Tasty Recipes!

Corned Beef & Cabbage With Mary Helen’s Magnificent Mustard Sauce – A meal so amazing you’d leg-wrestle your grandma for the last bite.

As hardcore Scots, we celebrate St. Patrick’s Day with a certain level of ferocity. Our friend Ian from the Salt Lake Scots Pipe Band marches down the street and gives a concert for the neighborhood. My brother-in-law Bill reads from the Irish poets with his beautiful, sonorous voice. Our neighbors Mickey and Sharee Gallivan bring over an aged whiskey that would melt your internal organs clear out of your body. And then–the Corned Beef and Cabbage with Mary Helen’s Magnificent Mustard Sauce. This is from my mother–the coolest woman in North America–and it’s amazing. Sharp, tangy, delicious. Seriously, you could use it as a beverage. Try it out, you’ll be hooked. A little gift from my family to yours.


By the way, if you do better with visual instruction, check out “Cooking With Todd & The Toddler–A Complete Corned Beef & Cabbage Dinner Tutorial” on our YouTube channel.


Mary Helen’s Magnificent Mustard Sauce

2 tbsp sugar

2 tbsp plain yellow mustard (NOT the fancy stuff)

1/2 tsp salt

2 eggs

6 tbsp white vinegar

4 tbsp water

Low heat, stir till thickened. Next time you see me I expect a hug, but don’t make it weird.

What about the corned beef?
I’ve heard questions from some of you about the corned beef–apparently a little intimidated. Trust me, if a cooking feeb like ME can do it, so can you. There’s a little packet of spices attached and clear instructions. You either boil or bake, it’s up to you. The corned beef comes usually in two ways–flats or points. Flats are a little more expensive, points a little more fatty, so it’s up to you. Throw in carrots, cabbage, potatoes, parsnips, and you’ve got a feast.


(image credit: the Vega Team)

You’ll have leftovers, so tomorrow I’m giving you my mother’s secret recipe for Colcannon. Oh, you gonna love me!


This is The Todd in his MacLean of Duart kilt, and my brother-in-law Bill in his… well… I think Bill just really likes wearing a skirt.

Bacon-Balsamic Brussels Sprouts Recipe

Bacon-Balsamic Brussels Sprouts Recipe. This is the veggie dish that even your kids will eat.

First: did you know it’s spelled “Brussels?” I have misspelling this vegetable forever! Also, these brussels sprouts are freaking delicious. This is a tasty side dish for Easter dinner. (BTW: Cooking with Todd and the Toddler has an epic step-by-step recipe for Roasted Leg of Lamb for Easter that’s unbelievably tasty, find it here.)


I Don’t Think Todd Understands Elf on the Shelf – 12.6.19

I Don’t Think Todd Understands Elf on the Shelf.

Here’s the hostess gift no one else will think of: scented logs for the fireplace. Not cinnamon, it’s … think of your favorite greasy fast food. And they smell just like it.

How to cook a fresh pork leg for Christmas dinner – this is one of my favorite videos, shot during the lovely “Cooking with Todd and the Toddler” series. Sniff … she was so cute then. So tiny. So malleable.


BTW … Still trying to figure out how many lights you need for the Christmas Tree? Here’s our handy guide.

Don’t want a gigantic pine but you want some kind of a Christmas Tree? So many lovely DIY suggestions here.

Tasty St. Patrick’s Day Dinners – 3.14.19

Tasty St. Patrick’s Day Dinners & Never Tick Off Your Dogs At The Iditarod. St. Patrick’s Day is Sunday- and every semi- Irish/Scottish/British… uh… everyone is celebrating, let’s be honest. Take notes- we have Cooking With Todd and the Toddler for traditional corned beef and cabbage with Mary Helen’s Magnificent Mustard Sauce.


(image credit: Air Force medical services)

The scuffle between Russell Westbrook from the Oklahoma Thunder with a racist fan at the Utah Jazz game has the “fan” banned for life. But we’re being labeled as the “Most racist basketball fans in America.” Does that seem fair?

Outfitting kids for Prom for free and letting them save their money for college- you’ll never believe who’s doing it.


And never, EVER hurt your sled dog’s feelings during the Iditarod Race- they apparently hold a grudge.

Roasting A Fresh Pork Leg For Christmas Dinner – 12.18.18

Roasting A Fresh Pork Leg For Christmas Dinner. Todd and I were trying to think of what to serve for Christmas dinner- since it looks like we have around… you know… 35 people showing up. A fresh pork leg is glorious. Never tried it? Here’s your DIY video with Todd and the Toddler. (Editor’s note: there’s also a tasty recipe for an impeccably grilled turkey on your Weber Grill outside, freeing up your oven inside for all your side dishes. Find it here.)



Firefighters and snakes… we’ll explain. But it just makes me love firefighters that much more. And in Tell Me Something Good, a Swedish professor actually hires mercenaries to rescue her doctoral student who’s trapped in an occupied town… so he can get his degree. That’s commitment.