What's smoking now? Prize-worthy cheeses

swthompson@herald-leader.comAugust 28, 2013 

Lewis Shuckman likes to talk about smoked fish and spoonfish caviar, but now he can brag about cheese.

Shuckman's Fish Co. and Smokery in Louisville entered four of its smoked cheeses in competition at the Kentucky State Fair and brought home four blue ribbons.

This is the first year the fair has offered a farm-style cheese category. Shuckman's smoked mozzarella won a gold medal; smoked Parmesan received a first-place ribbon; smoked blue cheese came in second; and smoked muenster placed third.

"We were ecstatic that these products scored as high as they did," Shuckman said. "We've been smoking cheese for about five years for other people, and about a year ago we decided we would do our own. We decided we needed a name. The grandchildren call my wife Mimi, so we call it Mimi's Garden Fresh, and under that label we have six items."

Shuckman's products are available at Good Foods Market & Café, 455 Southland Drive. The Village Idiot restaurant, 307 West Short Street, uses the smoked blue cheese on its burgers.

Shuckman's is at 3001 West Main Street, Louisville. Call (502) 775-6478 or go to Kysmokedfish.com.

Per pound, it's $26,316

Each year since 1964, Kentucky Farm Bureau holds a country ham breakfast at the state fair and auctions the grand champion country ham. Last week, Yum! Brands Foundation paid $350,000 for the 13.3-pound ham produced by Harper's Country Hams of Clinton. The farm bureau donates the money to a charitable group, and this year's beneficiary was the Fund for the Arts. The ham itself was given to Dare to Care Food Bank.

Bigger stake with steaks

Marksbury Farm Market in Garrard County, a processing plant for local meats, now is supplying steaks to two additional Chipotle Mexican Grills. Chipotle restaurants at 2905 Richmond Road in Lexington and 315 South Fourth Street in Louisville join the Chipotle at 345 South Limestone in Lexington in offering responsibly raised beef. Go to Marksburyfarm.com.

An app for kosher cooks

Manischewitz, the kosher foods company, has a free kosher recipe app available for download on all Apple and Android devices. The Manischewitz Recipe & Holiday Guide app comes out just in time for the Jewish holy days of Rosh Hashanah, which begins Wednesday, and Yom Kippur, which starts Sept. 13.

Notable chefs, cookbook authors and home cooks submitted recipes for the app, which also features recipes for occasions including Passover, Hanukkah, Thanksgiving, Shabbat and Shavuot. Other categories of recipes include gluten-free, everyday meals, lunches, side dishes and desserts.

The Manischewitz brand was founded in a small bakery built in 1888 in Cincinnati to make Passover matzo by Rabbi Dov Behr Manischewitz. In 1932, Rabbi Manischewitz opened a plant in Jersey City, N.J., replacing the operation in Cincinnati. The company's products include macaroons, baking mixes and coating crumbs. Go to Manischewitz.com.

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

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