Louisiana’s Mimi Kirzner is making the world a better place through her homemade jam and marmalade.
Louisiana Chef Mimi Kirzner’s roots date back to the 1800s, when her family’s tradition of resourcefulness began with Cohn Brothers General Store in Lorman, Mississippi. Her descendants sold everything from barrels of flour to ladies’ hats, finally closing in the 1970s. When Kirzner decided to debut her own line of food products in 2010, she named it after the general store and bounced from Alabama to Georgia to Missouri before settling in her home state of Louisiana.
Since then, her Southern condiments have been enjoyed by residents of Alexandria, Louisiana, located in the middle part of the state, at her store The Kitchen Warehouse. The shop’s popular Grilled Cheese Bar, where Kirzner serves up creative sandwiches daily, is a local favorite, along with her jam and marmalade. Until now, you’d have to be passing through Alexandria to get a taste, but Kirzner’s products became available online earlier this spring.
Her Tomato Jam is a combination of freshly stewed tomatoes, jalapenos, lime, ginger, sugar and seasoning. She recommends serving it over goat cheese as an appetizer or to accentuate the “T” in a BLT sandwich. Her savory Onion Marmalade combines fresh onions, balsamic vinegar, wine, sugar, brown sugar and seasonings. Both products come in 12.5-oz. jars and are priced at $8.75.
Kirzner has plans to add more products but, for now, her marmalade and jam are doing a fine job of making the world a better place. “It’s my belief that everything can be solved around the kitchen table and in this fast-paced world, I hope that my foods get people to sit down, relax and share the love.”
Thanks to Kirzner for sharing the following recipe with us. We envision families gathering around the grill and fighting for a taste of these. To order, visit www.cohnbrothers.com.
Fresh Herb Sliders With Cohn Brothers Tomato Jam or Cohn Brothers Onion Marmalade
1/2 cup softened butter
2 T mixed fresh herbs (chives, parsley, oregano)
3/4 lb. ground sirloin
3/4 lb. ground chuck
1/2 cup butter
Salt and pepper to taste
For compound butter, mix all ingredients together until well blended. For the sliders, mix ingredients well and make into mini patties. Remember that the burger will shrink on the grill, so make them a little larger than your mini roll or bun. Grill until medium well, place on bun and top with Cohn Brothers Tomato Jam or Onion Marmalade. Additional toppings of cheese, onions, lettuce, etc. are optional.