Cheeseball for the Holidays

Dec 12, 2011

The Market on Holly's Mary Pat Brandmeyer & Jim Carmack

Let us rephrase: not cheeseball as in corny or goofy, but cheeseball as in yummy goodness. But let’s start from the beginning.

In 1951, Jim Carmack was a naval aviator pilot. He and his wife Betty Jane were spending their first holiday together in wedded bliss. Then Jim got a hankering for a tasty cheeseball. Betty found a recipe and made one for her young husband. Their bliss stumbled when Jim said he was “unimpressed.” Betty Jane told him to go ahead and create his own recipe to satisfy his discriminating palate.

So he did.

Through the years and after raising five children (who have produced seventeen grandchildren), Jim has perfected his cheeseball to be the creamy, smoky—with a hint of heat—creation that it is today. Usually only available to friends and family, 84-year-old Jim has decided to go into business. His 12-ounce cheeseball is now available for public consumption locally at The Market on Holly.

Giving back to the career he held as a young man, Jim gives a portion of the proceeds to the USO.

Jim’s Cheeseball
The Market on Holly
57 E. Holly St., Old Pasadena, 626.844.8811

5 Responses for “Cheeseball for the Holidays”

  1. meg says:

    Jim’s Cheeseball is THE BEST!!!! The holidays wouldn’t be complete without it, a true holiday tradition! and it will be wonderful to have it available all year long!

  2. Cathy says:

    So far I’ve bought 5! And ordering more for Christmas gifts! It’s fantastic.

  3. natalie says:

    Jim’s cheeseball has been a Christmas tradition in our family for more than 20 years. My extended family always looks forward to it. We have been known to “horde” our cheeseball gift, and are so glad that Jim’s creation is now available at the wonderful Market on Holly in Pasadena. There is truly nothing like it…yum!

  4. kyle says:

    Finally we can have more than one of Jim’s Cheesballs this holiday season. It is the BEST ever!
    Try one and I guarantee you will be back for more.

  5. Caroline Purvis says:

    Ok, I’m in. I’ll go get a cheeseball for our party on Friday.



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