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Mar 14, 2009 09:28 AM

Shout out for Miriam Reichl's Corned Beef Ham

With St. Patty's coming up I thought I'd alert folks to this recipe, which I think is great if you are ambivalent about the usual boiled corned beef. Purists might not like the method and sweetness, but I've made it for several years and it's always a huge hit. Who knew canned spiced peaches would work so well?

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  1. Miriam is/was Ruth's mother, right? I will definitely try this. Thanks for sharing.

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      1. re: Procrastibaker

        My father was one of the partners in Zei-Mar Deli, on Avenue U. I recall that they made honey beef using a corned beef, and a glaze by combining tomato paste, and honey. Then they would stud it with cloves and bake it. The Avenue U store closed in September of 1980. I believe the Brighton Beach store, which was owned by my uncles closed in 1989. I have a copy of a Zei-Mar menu cover, from 1967, and would post it, but don't know how to attach it.

        1. re: Irwind

          Irwind,I grew up on Homecrest Ave,eating Zei-Mar food. I used to like the honey beef. I'd love to talk with you about the deli. My email is Please write.

      2. re: c oliver

        I recall reading (I think it was in one of her books) that Ruth Reichl's mother's lack of cooking skill was legendary. Perhaps I'm confusing her with someone else, though.

        A famous Brooklyn kosher deli, Zei Mar, made something like this back in the sixties. I believe it had maraschino cherries rather than peaches and it had a sweet, mustardy glaze. They called it "honey beef, Israeli style". It was, of course, a corned beef ham, likely never seen in Israel.

        1. re: embee

          I made this yesterday with colcannon and was it ever a hit. I used a flat as we prefer leaner cuts of meat. My husband is not a fan of corned beef but gorged himself on this and asked how soon we can have it again. This is the only way I'll ever make it again.
          Thanks for the original posting.

          1. re: Hanky

            So glad you liked it! I agree with your husband, so this made me a convert too. What is a flat? A special cut of corned beef? I am curious. I even posted some pics of our meal here:


          2. re: embee

            yes, ruth r writes of her mother's propensity for mixing odd things in the kitchen and for serving spoiled food. (young ruth used to try to guide dinner guests away from food she knew was rotten.)

            presumably, this recipe is one mom got right.