Green With Envy

 I wish I could have been at the Masters, in this epic year, to see Phil Michleson hug his beautiful wife after winning! It is always in good taste to be head-over-heels in love with your wife and not afraid to shed a tear in the public arena over matters of the home. It's poetic irony that a family man like Phil, who is so outwardly in love with his wife, should win the Masters at a time when the focus has been on the indiscretions of others. Yeh! This would have been the year to go! To watch Freddy Couples and Tom Watson defy the odds. To eat an infamous pimento cheese sandwich on white bread from my little green waxed paper wrapper. To bask in the sun in Amen Corner. I'm green with envy!

I think I'll have my own private celebration with a picnic in Reynolda Gardens among the blooming azaleas with my pimento cheese sandwich on white bread with an Arnold Palmer iced tea.

In 2003, Golf Digest hired Gourmet magazine Food Editor Ruth Cousineau to create her own recipe approximating the Augusta Pimento Cheese sandwiches. Here is her recipe:

Southern Pimento Cheese Sandwich

Ingredients: 4 oz. extra-sharp Vermont white or yellow cheddar, finely grated ( 1 1/2 cups); half a jar of pimento (3 oz.), drained, finely chopped (1/4 cup); 2 tablespoons mayonnaise; 1/2 teaspoon hot pepper sauce; salt to taste; 4 slices of good old fashioned white bread; 4 thin slices Vidalia or other sweet onion; 1 cup watercress sprigs, tough stems discarded.

To prepare: Mash cheese, pimento, mayonnaise, and hot pepper sauce in a small bowl with a fork until well combined. Season with salt to taste. Cover and chill 1 hour for flavors to blend. Spread pimento cheese evenly on bread. Top with onions and watercress sprigs. Cut each sandwich into triangles and serve. Makes 2 sandwiches. The recipe called for whole wheat bread, and I changed it to old fashioned white. It's hard to break with tradition. I wonder if the Master's classic pimento cheese sandwich is still just a $1?

It is not too late to see your favorite golfers (and their wives) this season. Tickets are still available for the 2010 Quail Hollow Championship, formerly the Wachovia Championship, which takes place April 26 - May 2 in Charlotte.

Of course, if you give a girl a ticket, she gonna' want something to wear! Something  that is spring-chic or golf-coursey casual. So, while you are picnicing at Reynolda Gardens, stop by the new J. McLaughlin at Reynolda Village. You'll love the hip styles and bright colors, perfect for a day on the golf course or for dinner in the clubhouse.

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