Last time on this column, we mentioned the Kentucky Derby, and we also mentioned the words “human consumption.” Put the two together, and what have you got? Well, yes, you’ve got that, but you’ve also got the very hot topic of Cuisine of Kentucky! [marquee lights flash]
Perhaps, like me, you did not know that Kentucky had cuisine worthy of note, but that bastion of important things known as Wikipedia has decided that the subject deserves its very own article, so let’s check it out, shall we? After all, Kentucky was named the 44th healthiest state, so they must be doing something right!
beer cheese (also called snappy cheese): a processed cheese spread made with beer and garlic.
benedictine: cream cheese, cucumbers, and green food coloring combined into what was traditionally a sandwich spread but is now used as a dip and in other applications.
burgoo: a spicy, thick stew. Wikipedia says it was traditionally made using “whatever” was available. Mmm!
chess pie: a sweet custard cornmeal pie. There’s a interesting story about how this pie got its name, but since everybody who knows the story is dead, that’s pretty much the end of that. So let it be a lesson to you: blog your nomenclature tales, or the people of 2234 will be ill-informed.
Derby Pie: the name is actually a trademark of the Melrose Inn of Kentucky, but plenty of best-guess recipes are made for this pie, which is associated with the Kentucky Derby. Ingredients include chocolate, walnuts and/or pecans, and bourbon.
modjeskas: caramel-covered marshmallow candies. Named for Polish actress Helena Modjeska (1840-1909), who once visited Louisville, performed a play, and then promptly left. A candymaker decided to name the confections after her because he so enjoyed the play, even though it was by Ibsen.