About two years ago, a researcher for Molly O’Neill contacted me about a pickled green tomatoes recipe that I had posted from my sister Angela. She liked the family twist on the recipe and interviewed both of us, but when we didn’t hear anything back we assumed that the recipe had not been selected for her upcoming book. So you can imagine my surprise when I received an email last fall announcing the arrival of One Big Table, and then my delight to learn that they had included the recipe (page 71).
Even if our recipe had not been included, I would have bought O’Neill’s book in a heart beat. It’s more than just a cookbook, it’s full of stories of the incredible bounty of dishes that make up American cuisine, and is as eclectic as the mix of people who’ve chosen to make this country their home. There’s a certain romance, a sense of nostalgia brought on by flipping through the pages and spotting names of dishes that I remember from childhood or even my travels overseas, and I appreciate the evident care taken to absorb the depth and breadth of the cultures represented in our country. The book features many food bloggers, some you may recognize and others may be new to you: Todd Porter and Diane Cu, Doug Ducap, Manisha Pandit, Ben Herrera Beristain, Annie Lau, Deseree Anne Kazda, and too many more to list here.
While we were visiting my parents over spring break, my mother chose to make Dorothy Steen’s Award-Winning Pimento Cheese Dip (page 56). Pimento cheese dip (aka Carolina Caviar, Atlanta Pâté, and a few other colorful names) is a southern classic with many variations. The basic recipe has sharp cheddar cheese, mayonnaise, and a jar of chopped pimentos, and after that it’s up to the cook’s tastes. You can serve it chilled or baked, it’s entirely up to you, just have a pile of crackers or pita chips ready and you’ll have a fast and delicious southern treat for any party.
I am giving one copy of this terrific cookbook along with a signed bookplate from Molly O’Neill. To enter, leave a comment telling us about your favorite family recipe. Please make sure your email address is correct so I can contact you if you are the lucky winner. Apologies to my international readers, but the book can only be shipped within the continental U.S. The contest closes at 8 P.M. EST on May 9, and Random.org will select the winner. Look for the announcement of the winner in this post soon after.
UPDATE: Congratulations to Lisa S., winner of the book and signed bookplate!
[Disclosure: I purchased my own copy of the book and am providing the book for this giveaway.]
DOROTHY STEEN’S AWARD-WINNING PIMENTO CHEESE DIP
Adapted from One Big Table, by Molly O’Neill.
Makes about 3 cups.
16 ounces (454 g) sharp cheddar cheese, shredded
4 ounces (113 g) canned pimentos, drained and chopped
1/4 cup (52 g) mayonnaise
1 tablespoon lemon pepper
1 tablespoon fresh lemon juice
2-1/2 teaspoons Worcestershire sauce
1/4 teaspoon kosher salt
1/8 teaspoon freshly ground black pepper
1/8 teaspoon hot sauce
In the bowl of the food processor, process all ingredients until combined but slightly chunky, about 15 seconds. Transfer to a serving bowl, cover, and refrigerate until the cheese has set and the flavors blended, about 2 hours. Serve with whole grain crackers or thinly sliced baguette.