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.
The Market on Holly
57 E. Holly St., Old Pasadena, 626.844.8811