Tidbits: Pimento cheese recipe is one man's holy grail

swthompson@herald-leader.com,Sharon ThompsonJune 6, 2013 

McAdams & Morford Drugs, an old-time soda fountain that was a popular lunchtime spot for more than five decades, was known for its pimento cheese sandwiches.

Long before the drugstore at the corner of Main and Upper streets closed in 1993, Jerry Fitzgerald of Louisville, a former Lexingtonian, tried for years to get the recipe from fountain manager Kay Robinson. She gave him a few hints, but never revealed the true recipe. Fitzgerald has experimented with a variety of recipes and finally has a very close, if not true, recipe.


Jerry's pimento cheese

½ pound sharp Cheddar cheese, shredded

½ pound American cheese, shredded

1 jar (4 ounces) diced pimentos, undrained

1 jar (2 ounces) diced pimentos, undrained

½ jar Hellmann's mayonnaise, about 15 ounces

In a large bowl, mix cheeses together. Add pimento and juice. Mix. Add mayonnaise and mix. Consistency will be thin. Cover and refrigerate overnight and it will thicken.

Bourbon and cheese tasting

Woodford Reserve Distillery is having a bourbon and cheese tasting from 1 to 4 p.m. Saturday.

Woodford's chef-in-residence Ouita Michel will pair artisan cheeses ranging from fresh goat cheese to an aged reserve Cheddar with Woodford Reserve bourbon, which has fruit and toasty nut undertones. Michel is hand-selecting a dozen artisan cheeses from around the world to serve with fresh fruits, local honey, toasted nuts, homemade rye crackers, and sour mash beer bread.

Tickets are $50. Call (859) 879-1953 or email catering@b-f.com. The distillery is at 7855 McCracken Pike in Versailles.

Barbecue-sauce fundraiser

A gourmet barbecue sauce developed by a cystic fibrosis patient at Kosair Children's Hospital in Louisville now is available at Kroger.

Carlos Turner, who was diagnosed with cystic fibrosis at a young age, spent a majority of his life being treated at Kosair. Before he died in August 2008 at age 16, Carlos developed a recipe for barbecue sauce that he kept secret from his family and friends.

Because of his life-threatening illness, Carlos was granted a wish through the Make-a-Wish Foundation. Through this wish, Carlos went on a shopping spree to purchase cooking equipment, utensils and ingredients, to prepare his special recipes, including his homestyle barbecue sauce.

Carlos and the staff at Kosair Children's Hospital determined that his legacy should be the production of his barbecue sauce, which would be sold to benefit Kosair Children's Hospital.

Through a partnership of the Children's Hospital Foundation, Bloemer Food Sales of Louisville (which is manufacturing the sauce) and Texas Roadhouse (which provided initial funding and support to develop and advance the project), the sauce is available in the retail market.

Carlos' Homestyle Bar-B-Que Sauce is made with honey, molasses, brown sugar, and a smoke flavor with an array of spices. A 20-ounce jar is $4.79. Proceeds go to child life, art therapy, and volunteer programs and services at Kosair Children's Hospital.

Stop chopping

Duda Farm Fresh Foods has simplified salad making.

The Florida fresh citrus and vegetable grower is selling Dandy radish ministicks. You no longer have to chop up those little radishes for salads. They also can be used to add crunch to tuna or chicken salad, a topper for soups and salads, or stirred into yogurt for an instant dip. Go to Dudafresh.com.

Dairy farm contest

June is National Dairy Month and the Midwest Dairy Association is having a Dairy Farm PinTourist Contest. Visitors can take a virtual tour of dairy farms through June 28. Go to Bit.ly/Zj08xr. Dairy recipes are available at DairyMakesSense.com.

Sharon Thompson: (859) 231-3321. Twitter: @FlavorsofKY. Blog:flavorsofkentucky.bloginky.com

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