• lenten journal: homemade

    by  • February 17, 2016 • food, friends, joy, lenten journal • 5 Comments

    When I was crowdsourcing words for my Lenten practice, my friend David sent, “homemade (pimento cheese).” I’ve been thinking about them ever since.

    homemade (pimento cheese)

    turn the gas burner on high
    and lay the peppers on the flame
    till they blister and turn black;
    put them in a bowl, cover it
    with plastic wrap so they sweat;

    grab an old box grater and all
    the cheddar cheese you can find
    in the fridge; press the block
    against the holes and be careful
    not to include any fingertips;

    unwrap the peppers and rub
    the burnt peel away, then
    pull them open and wipe out
    the seeds; cut them into thin
    strips and add to the cheese;

    spoon in the Duke’s mayonnaise
    (accept no substitutes), some
    black pepper, a couple of shots
    of Tabasco sauce, and, of course,
    a friendly splash of bourbon;

    late tonight invite a friend over,  
    pull the cheese out of the fridge,   
    put on some John Prine, pull out
    the bourbon again, and open a 
    fresh tube of Ritz crackers; enjoy.



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    5 Responses to lenten journal: homemade

    1. Deb Ruotolo
      February 17, 2016 at 11:43 pm

      Did you make those pimento cheeses sandwiches for church tonight? They rocked!

    2. February 18, 2016 at 7:25 am

      Beautiful. Also delicious!

    3. Leah
      February 18, 2016 at 7:39 am

      This very day!

    4. Maggie Dolbow
      February 18, 2016 at 7:49 am

      Got a little chuckle this a.m……

    5. Charles R. Smith
      February 18, 2016 at 9:48 am

      ALWAYS Dukes! Hope you can find it in New England!

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