Wednesday, September 21, 2005

A Random Saturday, Part One

DucCat had made the run earlier in the day to George's Cheese Shoppe. He returned with a fat wedge of Piave, a supplemental Morbier, a new-to-us Chaource Lincet, and a fresh rasher of Usinger's liverwurst.

One would think that we were full-on ready to tackle a leisurely evening of cheese and wine out on our back patio, in the enticingly less humid conditions that were beginning to prevail.

I looked at the happy selection little cheeses, and the enchanting tube of liverwurst.
DucCat caught my expression and mirrored it.

Almost in unison, we sighed, "There's just no neo-pimento cheese..." Everything was promptly tucked away, and we sped on over to Cowboy Syd's.

Now that's the good stuff. A nice, big, fat pile of Syd's maddeningly addictive neo-pimento cheese, with housemade crackers, tenderly pickled okra, and just because he knows we love the stuff, slices of his carefully cultivated bread.

That's a platter to behold, but something was still missing...

Ah, yes. A Ridge 2003 Three Valleys. An excellent and quaffable partner for such a fine cheese.

This is a rich, deep, well-balanced wine, full of yummy fruit and a luscious, well-delivered body. It's really just pure grooviness. Since discovering Ridge, I've just loved loved loved them. And the fact that it goes so well with the fabulous neo-pimento cheese is just a plus.

The evening lingered, and so did we. I will not be ashamed to point out here DucCat's shirt, signed by Ducati's Eric Bostrom and Neil Hodgson. Not that he's bragging that he met them, or anything. The quietly fading night, the fabulous wine and cheese, and the intoxicating company kept us seated and chatting just a bit longer.

DucCat's Mom, a proper Southern lady, says that Syd has some of the best pimento cheese that she has ever tasted.

I would not disagree.


Anonymous Richard Leader said...

Forgive my limey ignorance - what is neo-pimento cheese???
Is it a cheese with pimento in it? You might have to sell this one to me!

September 22, 2005 12:15 PM  
Blogger s'kat said...

It's Cowboy Syd's take on that Southern classic, pimento cheese. Every family has their own particular twist, but it typically contains sharp cheddar, mayo, various spices/flavourings, and yes, chopped jarred pimentos.

Trust me, it eats better than it sounds!

September 22, 2005 12:30 PM  
Blogger Mona said...

Cool post..that plate looks great. Where is this place?

September 22, 2005 12:31 PM  
Blogger s'kat said...

Cowboy Syd's is in the new Port Warwick development of Newport News. Click on the 'Cowboy Syd's' name in the posting above, and it will take you directly to the website.

Bonus: we found out that evening that he actually sells it jarred, and ready to go. This could be very dangerous... neo-pimento paninis, oh my!

September 22, 2005 12:34 PM  
Blogger Joe said...

Great post! I love the shirts!

September 22, 2005 10:29 PM  
Blogger Anna said...

Shelley, you could make a pair of boots look appetizing. Great photos!

P.S. I didn't smack any asses in Birmingham, but will do my best next year. Still working on the write up.

September 24, 2005 11:45 PM  
Anonymous joe said...

i love ridge as well and keep a few bottles of the three valleys on hand at all times - pretty good value!

September 26, 2005 11:21 AM  

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