The mother of six grown children and recently widowed, she lives in Westbury and works as a social worker at North Shore / LIJ Health Care System.
How would you characterize your adult style of cooking? After marriage and six children - four of them boys - our meals had to be "hale and hearty" and mostly "easy and economical."
Have any of your children become interested in cooking? My son Sean - he's a great cook. He cooks every day for his kids.
Is there one style of cooking you really like? I've gone to basic, plain things - I used to make my own soups. I like making quiche . . . macaroni and cheese with a green salad . . . chicken.
Are there any restaurants you particularly like? Fiore's in Floral Park.
How did this recipe come about? The Doyle family celebrates almost all holidays, especially St. Patrick's Day, and corned beef and cabbage is a given, with Irish soda bread in honor of my mother, who came here from Ireland in the 1920s.
CORNED BEEF AND CABBAGE
50- to 6-pound middle-cut corned beef brisket and spice packet provided with the meat
2 whole carrots
6 medium potatoes, peeled
1 large head cabbage, cut into quarters
pint heavy cream
3 to 4 tablespoons fresh horseradish, chopped
Juice of lemon
1. Place corned beef in cold water to cover. Add contents of spice package and carrots. Raise heat and simmer until meat is fork tender, about two hours.
2. Add potatoes, and continue to cook for half an hour.
3. Add cabbage and cook until soft (about 20 minutes to half an hour).
4. Make the sauce: Whip heavy cream until stiff, then fold in fresh horseradish. Add lemon juice to taste. Scoop into a bowl and scatter parsley lightly over the top.
Makes 4 servings.