DF used to have a party on St. Patrick's Day to celebrate his Irish heritage and invite his family to attend (this was before I came along and when his DB still lived alone since DF would hold the parties at his DB's house). This year, DF's godchildren (all from the same family) and their parents (husband is a college friend of DF) will be in town that evening, stopping over during their vacation, so DF would like to fix them a traditionally Irish dish. He wanted to fix lamb stew, but I shot down that idea (I pointed out that WE, the two of us, can't normally afford to eat something that's $8.99/lb just for the meat, but he was planning on fixing enough to feed EIGHT???). He'll be fixing corned beef and cabbage instead (I know he wasn't very happy about the idea -- said, "But the lamb will cost only about $20" -- but I'm still trying to get through to him that it's all of his "only $20" here and "only $10" there that's keeping him from getting out of debt...and the last time we bought a lamb roast it was FORTY dollars, not twenty, and feeding six others would mean that it would all be gone that same night). Anyway, if it were just the two of us, I could see us making a lovely roasted leg of lamb with rosemary potatoes and asparagus in honor of St. Patrick's Day, but I'm not willing to feed expensive food to more than the two of us. We just don't have the money. Besides, I LOVE corned beef and cabbage, as does DF, and there will be fantastic sales for it in a few days.