It's not November, but in a truer sense, every month is Pimento Cheese Awareness Month, and it's important not to miss a chance to bring the minner cheese to the people when you can. I As such, very happy to report that the Woodstock Farmers' Market, in Woodstock VT, is now making its own pimento cheese, based on the recipe I gave them. They have tweaked it some, but here is what I gave them, in the event that it is not convenient for you to visit.
Brother Jonathan’s Pimento Cheese
2 red peppers, roasted.
1 lb Cabot Seriously Sharp Cheddar, grated on large holes of box grater.
4 oz Duke’s Mayo.
2 Tb Korean red pepper flakes.
1 tsp sweet smoked paprika.
1 tsp Tabasco
Roast peppers in 450 oven, turning once or twice, until exteriors are blackened and blistering
(20 minutes or so)
Place roast peppers in bowl, and set bowl inside paper grocery bay, and fold down top.
Allow peppers to cool for approx. 30 mintues, and remove skin and seeds, reserving liquid from
peppers. Rinse peeled peppers if necessary. Chop peppers into approx. ¼” dice
Combine peppers and cheese in large bowl and combine with clean hands or mixing spoon until
Add mayo, using just enough to bind peppers and cheese, and maybe a little more for flow.
Add pepper flakes, paprika, Tabasco, and strained liquid from peppers.
Stir to combine, check seasoning, and serve with mini pretzels or crostini.
Nov 1 is a big day on the Cod calendar, in that 1) our national pink nightmare finally ends, and 2) It's the first day of the best month, Pimento Cheese Awareness Month! New PCAM content on the way but for now, relive the glories of PCAMs past, and please let us know what you doing to raise pimento cheese awareness?
Check out GSG here. Among southern metropoli, Durham can be irritating in the manner of the college roommate who spends a semester in York and henceforth refers to "lifts" and "flats," but between these folks and Parker and Otis, but it is a northern outpost of solid pimento cheese awareness.
The Cod would also like to state a policy of not being mad at sirachannaise. It's the mayoketchup for America's Pacific Century.
Even if you live in one of the many pimento cheese deserts in the USA, you can still raise your awareness, with some help from the handsome men in the brown trucks. Callie's, out of the pimento cheese stronghold of Charleston, SC, will ship you some. Caveat pimento cheese emptor! Thet tell us -- "you must order biscuits to order pimento cheese." Life is like that sometimes. But if you are in a pimento cheese desert, there is an excellent chance that you also live in a county designated as underbiscuited, so, like, two birds, one stone.
*Yes, of course we are interested in reading your UPS delivery guy/pimento cheese fan fiction.
When friends get together and talk about who the real heroes of the fight to raise pimento cheese awareness are, the conversation is not complete without a robot. The pimento cheese bot. Somewhere, there is a loyal robot who diligently re-tweets every mention of pimento cheese, and now even pimeinto* cheese, on Twitter. If you are asking yourself -- "I would like to be more aware of pimento cheese, but how?" the pimento cheese bot is a friend indeed.
We salute you, Pimento Cheese Bot. If we had hands, and if you had arms, we would shake your hand.
Thanks for all the love from the Eaters and Tweeters yesterday. The Cod is passionate about making people aware of pimento cheese, but needs help. In comments or via RT, please tell us what YOU are doing to raise pimento cheese awareness? Please let us know in the comments or via RT. The folks at Saveur dropped a pimento cheese potato gratin that looks absolutely filthy.
Happy Pimento Cheese Awareness Month! November is the month when we work to raise awareness of pimento cheese. This time around, we will be saluting pioneers, starting with chef, author, raconteur and pimento cheese activist Hugh Acheson. He has a solid pimento (or pimiento, as he prefers) in his book, A New Turn in The South, the which just dropped, and which you will be wanting. This is a classic new school pimento cheese recipe, distinguished by fancier cheese, and roasted peppers, rather than jarred pimentos. Also, for many mayo is to pimento cheese as vermouth is to the Martini, as is the case here. If you do make your own mayo, make sure it is comparable in thickness to Duke's or you won't get the consistency you want.
Evidently, Pimento Cheese Awareness Month was not long enough.* In the HuffPo, some dude named "Meathead Goldwyn" asserts that "Carolina caviar" is a "nickname" for pimento cheese. As Cod readers know, pimento cheese is a subject of some interest here, and I've never heard it called that. It does not make a lot of sense, in that the one does not have much to do with the other -- it would be like calling sweet tea "Alabama Armagnac." On the other, alliterative nicknames that involve the name of a Southern state are usually pejorative -- Tennessee Tuxedo, Louisiana Limoncello, Mississippi Mustache, etc. I do not have the resources of the DARE at my disposal, and it is possible that somewhere, someone besides this Meathead has referred to pimento cheese as "Carolina caviar," but a cursory search of the phrase indicates that it actually refers to an entirely different dish, a salsaish dip with blackeyed peas** providing the caviarish element. So the "Carolina caviar" headline in the HuffPo is not so much wrong as misleading and confusing. I guess the HuffPo, and its readers, get what they pay for.