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It did not take much time on the internet to find the answer. When poor Irish immigrants arrived in the United States, beef brisket was the cheapest cut of meat that they could find, and cabbage was the cheapest vegetable. In New York City the Irish learned from Eastern European immigrants the process of preserving meat in brine. "Corned" refers to the chunks of rock salt used to make the brine.
So will I be having corned beef and cabbage today? Probably not, since my cousin Gail, her husband Wes, and I are going out for lunch at a Caribbean restaurant!