Wednesday, April 4, 2012

Spreads of the South Tour: Benedictine


Gooooood question. My jewelry situation is a disaster zone and because of it, I probably only wear about 10% of what I have. A total tragedy. I love the pics you posted and am inspired! Looking forward to some reader tips too! Someone must be doing this right.

Your post about mint last week reminded me that I promised another stop on our 'Spreads of the South' tour: Benedictine! Which happens to be the loveliest shade of mint.

No, not him. 

Benedictine is a lil' spread created at the turn of the century by Miss Jennie Benedict (pronounced Ginny for all you Yankees) of the one and only Louisville, Kentucky.

Louisville Courier-Journal

Now this is a spread I can get behind. 

Where pimento cheese is hearty and filling, Benedictine is cool and refreshing. Perfect for tea sandwiches or crudités. Check out this article in the Courier-Journal about the history of Benedictine (riveting) and the original recipe: 

Benedictine spread
8 ounces of cream cheese, softened
3 tablespoons of cucumber juice
1 tablespoon onion juice
1 teaspoon salt
A few grains of cayenne pepper
2 drops of green food coloring

Now, I know what you're thinking "You had me until 'food coloring'". Well I'm here to tell you that I think adding food coloring to your food every once in a while is good for the soul, and don't ignore this step. 

So, add this deliciousness to the Derby party menu I know you're all planning and let me know what you think!


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