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Feasting on St. Paddy’s Day Fare
St. Patrick may be the patron saint of Ireland, but many St. Patrick’s Day traditions were born in the United States (so writes Christopher Klein on history.com). So, you know, it’s kind of an American thing. And while you probably won’t see too many grinning leprechauns or giant pints of green-colored beer in our markets, we do love to offer the food that has become a staple of American cuisine this time of year. And I think with everything going on in the world right now, we could use a plate — and maybe even a pint — of something hearty and delicious.
It’s no surprise — Porter & York Corned Beef is on our Big Board Buys right now for just $5.98 lb., (that’s $2.01 off per lb.) and an assortment of authentic, 7-oz. hunks of Kerrygold Irish Cheeses are 2/$7 (you save – wait for it – $7.98 on two packages!). You can get a true taste of St. Patrick’s Day with those items alone, but the curious food lover will find much more in the paragraphs below:
Corned Beef & Cabbage Done Right
Corned beef and cabbage might be a distinctly American invention developed by Irish immigrants looking for a replacement for their traditional dish of bacon and cabbage, but you know what? That’s fine because it tastes amazing and it’s a wonderful tradition. Especially if it’s done right. If you’ve never tried this Irish-American dish or don’t want to take the time to cook it at home, the dedicated folks in our Deli & Culinary Food Services would love to introduce you.
From March 14-17 only, our Delis will carry a special St. Paddy’s Day menu with corned beef, cabbage, Reuben sandwiches and a special beef stew. It’s a three-day-only offering but we always have a hard time keeping up with customer demand. Maybe it’s because our Food Service crew spends hours preparing fresh-cut potatoes, sweet carrots, fresh cabbage, herbs and spices from our incredible Produce Market and slow-roasting it all for hours with the superstar — delicious Porter & York corned beef brisket.
Operating right around the corner in Woodinville, Porter & York is just one of the many local producers we love. It’s the easiest thing in the world to partner with them for Corned Beef and Cabbage when they offer 100-percent Angus beef that’s pasture-raised, grain-finished and aged 28 days. Check out their story at on their website.
Our Culinary team has picked out a special recipe for this week, too — Corned Beef Hash. You can snag an extra pound or so of that Porter & York Corned Beef and pair it with crisp Granny Smith apples, white onions and shredded potatoes for a savory seasonal treat.
Our Own Irish Soda Bread Returns
Our Own Irish Soda Bread is back, too! Our bakers at Central Market Poulsbo have been busy adding lots of juicy raisins and earthy caraway to as many loaves as they can.
Scrape a pat of butter across a fresh slice and pair with our Corned Beef and Cabbage for a truly unique and delicious flavor experience.
Our very own cheese whiz, Shauna Howell, offers up a cheese worth discovering.
Cahill’s Irish Porter Cheddar: This is a stunner to add to any cheeseboard. Its brown-speckled pieces are actually flavored with rich Irish stout beer. It’s one of my favorite “mac ‘n’ cheese” cheeses. I like to shred it up with equal parts good sharp Irish cheddar and my favorite stout instead of milk to make the saucy sauce. But however you choose to enjoy this marbled cheddar, it’s got a yeasty aroma and a hearty flavor great any time of year. No need to be celebrating St. Patrick’s Day — it’s just more fun if you are.
Chris Allen is a copywriter and assistant marketer with Town & Country Markets. He’s a former contributing editor, radio anchor and producer, and an Air Force veteran. He’s also mastered the art of chopping red onions with one hand while sipping a dry Tempranillo in the other.