Corned beef is one of the more basic and surprising kitchen experiments. But I think that people still think it's pretty nuts. I'm staying in California for a couple weeks, and had to buy the ingredients, cook, photograph, and eat this project while staying at someone else's house (sorry for the lack of pictures). First of all--it's really tough cooking somewhere you don't have all your familiar tools! But I think it's a testament to how simple it is to make corned beef that I could pull this project together while on vacation with nothing special. When I served it to my hosts for breakfast with grits and kimchi, they were completely amazed that I'd made this corned beef on the sly in their fridge right under their noses!