I love a good boiled dinner. When I make corned beef, I usually do not add veggies to the pot, I focus just on the meat. There are two reasons why I don't make corned beef more often: 1) it is expensive, and 2) it isn't that good for you.
We got a great deal on Corned Beef at Costco - $14 for 4 pounds! This was a deal that I just couldn't pass up.
I'm cooking it in a very simple way, boiling. Since it supposedly takes 1 hour per pound of meat, I had to wait until I had an afternoon at home to cook it. I added the included spices to the pot (boy did it smell good.) After 2h and 45 min, the fork came out easy, so I decided it was done. I kept the pot covered until Keith came home for dinner.
I'm glad that I did not cook the corned beef for 4 hours like the package indicated, we would have had a very soft dinner, indeed!