Rachel Wharton’s Pimento Cheese


Because we had some technical issues with the first broadcast of “Someone’s In The Kitchen With…”, I’m afraid many of you missed Rachel Wharton’s very winning recipe for pimento cheese. As you can see by the picture, this is a pimento cheese to be reckoned with: it’s spicy, it’s tangy, it’s creamy, it’s fluffy and it’s very, very hard to stop eating. (Cholesterol be damned.) So for those who missed the video, here’s how you make it.

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Someone’s In The Kitchen With… Rachel Wharton!

In just a few hours, the one and only Rachel Wharton (James Beard Award winner, writer for Edible Brooklyn, Edible Manhattan and the new Gilt Taste) is coming over to teach me her recipe for pimento cheese. I’m about to go food shopping for it, but join us at 3 PM EST right here or, if you want to join the chat (and please do! we want questions!) click here.

UPDATE: So we had some technical problems along the way (the video would freeze every so often and people couldn’t get into the chat room), but Episode 1 of “Someone’s In The Kitchen With…” was a lot of fun—this pimento cheese is so amazing, I can’t stop eating it (here’s the recipe)–and now the video is archived and watchable above. Thanks, Rachel, for being such a great first guest!

Excellent Pork Chop House


When going to lunch with a James Beard award winner, it’s best to let them choose the venue.

Such was the case when I had lunch with Rachel Wharton last week. I first met Rachel years ago when she profiled me for The Daily News and we ate lunch at S’Agapo in Queens. I thought Rachel was one of the quirkiest and most spirited food writers I’d ever met and also one of the hardest working. Now her hard work has paid off: she won the 2010 James Beard award for her “Back of the House” columns that appear in Edible Brooklyn and Edible Manhattan, beating out luminaries like Colman Andrews and Dara Moskowitz Grumdahl in the food-related column category.

Which is all to say that Rachel really was the one to choose where we’d eat lunch when the lunch date we’d planned arrived last week. I pitched Chinatown and sure enough Rachel came back with a James Beard Award-worthy response: “Excellent Pork Chop House.”

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Rachel Wharton’s Bodega Beans


Monday night I went to a friend’s play reading that let out at 9:30. I was starved. I considered grabbing a bite (I was in the No Man’s Land of 35th and 8th Ave.) but then I decided I’d head home and grab a can of chickpeas from the bodega and make bodega hummus. (See here).

As fate would have it, though, on the subway I ran into the unmistakable, inimitable Rachel Wharton of The Daily News who I journeyed to Queens with this summer. Rachel has a degree in food from NYU, so I put her to the test: “Rachel,” I said, “I want to make a quick easy dinner with something I can get from my corner bodega.”

“Beans,” she answered.


“Yes,” she continued. “Beans. I ate beans all through college. With some onion, garlic, or whatever you have, they’re delicious.”

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