Pimiento Cheese With Honey – A Tribute To The Masters’ Tournament

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The Masters’ Golf Tournament in Augusta, Georgia always makes me crave the pimiento cheese of my youth. It’s a Southern delicacy, and the Masters’ sells tasty pimiento cheese sandwiches wrapped in green wax paper.

Most pimiento recipes these days call for extra sharp cheddar cheese, but my mother L.J. made hers with Velveeta. Both versions are terrific.

The honey called for in this recipe is there to enhance the other flavors, not to make the pimiento cheese sweet. Try it and see!

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Yield:  8 sandwiches

Ingredients:

16 ounces extra sharp yellow cheddar or Velveeta, grated

2 jars of pimento, drained and chopped

8 tablespoons mayonnaise

1 1/2 – 2 teaspoons hot pepper sauce

1 teaspoon honey

1 teaspoon grated vidalia onion

salt to taste

16 slices of good whole-wheat or white bread

Directions:

Mash cheese, pimento, mayonnaise, honey, grated onion, and hot pepper sauce in a small bowl with a fork until well combined.  Season with salt to taste.  Cover and chill 1 hour for flavors to blend.

Serve on two slices of bread (with crusts removed, if desired).  For an authentic “Masters” touch, serve with a thin slice of sweet vidalia onion and a sprig of watercress on top.

This is also an excellent spread for crackers or a dip for vegetables.

Poetry Month – W.H. Auden’s “Musee Des Beaux Arts”

“Musée des Beaux Arts” (French for “Museum of Fine Arts”) is a poem by W. H. Auden from 1938. The poem’s title derives from the Musées Royaux des Beaux-Arts de Belgique in Brussels which contains the painting Landscape with the Fall of Icarus, thought until recently to be by Pieter Brueghel the Elder,though still believed to be based on a lost original of his.

The painting portrays several men and a ship peacefully performing daily activities in a charming landscape. While this occurs, Icarus is visible in the bottom right hand corner of the picture, his legs splayed at absurd angles, drowning in the water.

The allusions in the first part of the poem to a “miraculous birth” and a “dreadful martyrdom” refer obliquely to Christianity, the subject of other paintings by Breughel in the museum that the poem evokes, “The Census at Bethlehem” and “The Massacre of the Innocents”. The “forsaken cry” of Icarus alludes to Christ crying out on the cross, “My God, why hast thou forsaken me?”

The Census at Bethlehem

The Census at Bethlehem

About suffering they were never wrong,

The old Masters: how well they understood

Its human position: how it takes place

While someone else is eating or opening a window or just walking dully along;

How, when the aged are reverently, passionately waiting

For the miraculous birth, there always must be

Children who did not specially want it to happen, skating

On a pond at the edge of the wood:

Massacre of the Innocents

Massacre of the Innocents

They never forgot

That even the dreadful martyrdom must run its course

Anyhow in a corner, some untidy spot

Where the dogs go on with their doggy life and the torturer’s horse

Scratches its innocent behind on a tree.

The Fall of Icarus

The Fall of Icarus

In Breughel’s Icarus, for instance: how everything turns away

Quite leisurely from the disaster; the ploughman may

Have heard the splash, the forsaken cry,

But for him it was not an important failure; the sun shone

As it had to on the white legs disappearing into the green

Water, and the expensive delicate ship that must have seen

Something amazing, a boy falling out of the sky,

Had somewhere to get to and sailed calmly on.