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 A Winter’s Tale – A 2014 movie, starring Collin Ferrell, Russell Crowe, William Hurt, Will Smith. This movie was nothing like I expected. I love movies like this. In the early twentieth century Peter Lake is a homeless man who manages to survive by working for gangster Pearly Soames until he decides to break ties with him. Only Pearly’s not about to let him get away. In an effort to steal something of worth so he can leave the city, he burglarizes a house in the wealthy part of town only to discover a rich young woman, dying of consumption. He falls in love with her, only to lose her and there’s nothing he can do. A hundred years will pass before he realizes why. I’m not a fan of Collin Ferrell, but this movie may have changed my perception of him as an actor. Some of the scenes were very touching. The scenery was gorgeous and the music was lovely. It was a lovely escape into another world for the evening.

And my recipe this time is Corned Beef and Cabbage, because it seems to fit in with the time period and what better meal to serve during a cold winter day?

corned beef


  • 6 to 8 medium potatoes, peeled and cut into thick (about 1/2-inch) slices
  • 3 medium carrots, thinly sliced
  • 2 ribs celery, thinly sliced
  • 1 corned beef brisket, about 3 pounds
  • 1 cabbage, about 2 pounds
  • 1/2 teaspoon black pepper
  • 1 1/2 cups water
  • Prep Time: 20 minutes
  • Cook Time: 420 minutes
  • Total Time: 440 minutes
  • Yield: 8 Servings


Lightly butter or spray a 5 to 6-quart crockpot; layer potato slices over bottom of pot with carrots.

Place corned beef on vegetables. Slice cabbage into wedges and arrange around meat. Sprinkle with the pepper and add water.

Cover and cook on LOW setting for 7 to 8 hours, until meat and vegetables are tender.

Remove meat to a platter; cover with foil and rest for 10 to 15 minutes before slicing.

Serves 8.