My Nan, Ruth Salmon, was from Hazelton, PA; Pennsylvania Dutch country. She married my Grandfather John Paul Salmon in 1946. His family migrated to America from Ireland during the potato famine. Although Nan wasn't of Irish heritage, she did everything she could to make him happy. His family was large and they loved to gather for all occasions, especially Saint Patrick's Day. Her first attempt at St.Patrick's Day dinner was a disaster. But after a few trials, she nailed the "Best Corned Beef in America and Ireland!" Well at least according to John. 😉 From that day forward Nan's St. Patrick's Day Dinner always drew a crowd and she was famous for her corned beef. She kept her recipe a secret until late into her adult life. It was a way she could get all the kids and grandchildren (and now great grandchildren) together.