Mateo may have went to the only Catholic high school in the state, but my mom worked at our Catholic church when I was a kid...so I share the Catholic guilt he feels when he messes this up.

For those of you who aren't familiar with the Catholic faith, we don't eat meat on Fridays during Lent (the forty days between Ash Wednesday and Easter Sunday) as an act if penitence and remembrance of when Jesus gave his flesh for his people on Good Friday.

In other words it's also a really good reason to grab a McDonald's Filet o Fish, Long John Silver's or Whole Food Fish and Chips.  I LOVE seafood so it's never really been a big deal to me.  (Seriously, if you saw my plate at the buffet at Cactus Pete's last week at the Chippendales, you'd know that I consider an "all you can eat seafood buffet" a challenge, not a name.)

But this year it IS a big deal to me because St. Patrick's Day falls on a Friday during lent! Does that really mean I should feel guilty about eating Corned Beef on the one holiday a year where people mow it down by the pounds? Nope! Not at all!

Through his authority as Bishop of the Diocese of Boise,  Bishop Peter F. Christensen has dispensed Catholics in the diocese wanting to celebrate the Feast of St. Patrick from having their obligation of not eating meat for this one Friday only! In English? That means let them eat corned beef!

BTW...if you are looking for a cool corned beef dish stop by Old Chicago Downtown! They've got a limited time only Irish theme menu that we decided to try a couple weeks ago and feel in LOVE with the Irish Nachos! They're not really nachos at all! They're kettle potato chips, smothered in cheese, corned beef and come with a side of an incredibly delcious horseradish spiked thousand island dressing!