Friday, February 3, 2012

A New Discovery and An Old Love

I made a new discovery in the food world thanks to this week’s selection from the Gourmet Live 50 Women Game-Changers that I and a group of my fellow food bloggers post about each Friday. Today we are focused on Christopher Hirsheimer and Melissa Hamilton, the duo behind Canal House Cooking.

Hirsheimer (who is a woman, by the way) was a founding editor and food photographer of Saveur magazine (one of my favorites!), and Hamilton, a chef, was Saveur’s test kitchen director. Their new publication comes out three times a year and features recipes and images the pair creates in their New Jersey studio on the Delaware Canal.

Canal House Cooking’s publications are beautiful. You can check them out on the website, where you can also order back issues. (I plan to order two of them in the very near future!)

Best of all, on the website I found a recipe for all-time favorite spread—pimiento cheese. I grew up enjoying this cheesy creation on sandwiches, crackers and celery. Mamaw made her own spread. My mom bought hers from the store. (Pimiento cheese always makes me think of my mom, since it's a treat we both enjoy.) I usually purchase it from a local deli here in Topeka, but I was intrigued with the idea of making my own.

This recipe is very easy, and the result is wonderful! I don’t think I will ever buy ready-made pimiento cheese again!

Pimiento Cheese
Makes 2 cups

8 ounces extra sharp cheddar, finely grated
1 4-ounce jar pimientos, drained and chopped
1 teaspoon grated yellow onion [seems like a little, but it makes a huge difference to the taste!]
1/2 cup mayonnaise
1/3 cup cream cheese
1/2 teaspoon salt
1/4 teaspoon pepper
Pinch of ground cayenne

Put the cheddar, pimientos, onions, mayonnaise, cream cheese, salt, pepper, and cayenne in a medium bowl and mix with a wooden spoon until it is well blended and the cheddar becomes creamy. Refrigerate for about 1 hour before serving. It will keep in the refrigerator for up to 1 week.

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Also, be sure to check out my fellow food bloggers to see what they prepared from Canal House Cooking:

Joanne - Eats Well With Others
Taryn - Have Kitchen Will Feed
Susan - The Spice Garden
Claudia -A Seasonal Cook in Turkey
Heather - girlichef
Miranda - Mangoes and Chutney
Jeanette - Healthy Living
April - Abby Sweets
Katie -Making Michael Pollan Proud
Mary - One Perfect Bite
Kathleen -Bake Away with Me
Viola - The Life is Good Kitchen
Sue - The View from Great Island
Barbara - Movable Feasts
Kathleen - Gonna Want Seconds
Amy - Beloved Green
Jeanette - Healthy Living
Linda - Ciao Chow Linda
Nancy - Picadillo
Veronica - My Catholic Kitchen
Mireya - My Healthy Eating Habits
Claudia – Journey of An Italian Cook
Alyce – More Time at the Table
Amrita – Beetle’s Kitchen Escapades


  1. I remember back in the day finding cold pack cheese at our grocers to make cheese balls. It is very similar!

  2. I always loved eating pimento cheese....but haven't had it in years. You have inspired me to give it a try again!

  3. Kathy, it's very easy to make. I'm ready to make a second batch!

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