Wednesday, March 17, 2010

Irish Cheese and Crab & Artichoke Orzo Salad

Since it's St. Patrick's Day, I thought I'd write about the Irish cheese we bought at Market District last weekend.It was an impulse purchase. Well, sort of. We had received flyers in the mail and Facebook posts about Market District's featured March cheese, Kerrygold Cheddar. Yum. We love cheese. So we had already decided that we wanted to buy some of this cheese. When we went to Market District on Saturday, we discovered that they had a station of Kerrygold cheese samples: Cheddar flavored with Irish Whiskey, Cheddar flavored with Stout, Aged Cheddar. They all tasted wonderful but at $15.99/lb (around that) they were tasty and a bit pricey.

So we pawed through the wrapped chunks and found a smallish hunk of the Cheddar with Irish Whiskey. Sunday night, we enjoyed a few slices of this cheese with dinner. I'm happy to report that it is such a lovely, crumbly, rich cheese that we were not tempted to eat the entire block in one sitting, which I feared. We each had 1.5 slices.Sunday night dinner was Crab and Artichoke Orzo Salad. It's a recipe from Food & Wine May 2006. We've made this dish several times before and it is one of our favorite dishes. We had one can of lump crabmeat leftover from when we purchased it at a terrific price at Market District's grand opening last November plus we had our huge Costco jars of artichokes and sun-dried tomatoes so all we needed was the orzo, which took us quite a while to locate in the pasta aisle at Market District. Usually we buy orzo in a box but there was no boxed orzo; we finally found a bag of orzo tucked into a corner of a shelf.The dressing is a tangy blend of artichokes, white wine vinegar, olive oil, mustard, shallot, basil, and oregano.Mmm. This dish makes a lot so there's leftovers for the week - super easy leftovers since this dish doesn't need to be reheated! Just pull out the bowl and dig in!


  1. Yay for Irish Cheddar! Happy St. Pat's!

  2. I am absolutely IN LOVE with the Kerrygold Irish Stout Cheddar. I have some in my fridge at all times - and in the fridge at work. I'm kind of co-dependent on it to survive. So good!