Thursday, June 9, 2011

Pimento Cheese and What I've Been Up To

"A Sister is a Forever Friend" ~ Unknown

I'm back and I've missed all of you.  I did sneak occasional peeks at your posts and can't wait to catch up.

My sisters came.  We spend a week in October together in our Virginia hometown and environs.  Several years ago, it was decided that a week just wasn't enough so we started spring visits.  One spring here with me.  The next spring with a sister in Florida.  This year, it was my turn

It doesn't take a lot to entertain us as we simply want to spend time together.  Time reminiscing, laughing, still denying ruining a favorite sweater worn without permission, apologizing again for losing a favorite bracelet, watching scary movies while eating popcorn and whatever else strikes our fancy.  There is usually no planned agenda.  It works for us.

We always, always have at least one pimento cheese sandwich per visit.  
In the many moves of my marriage, I've been surprised at how little prized (or known) pimento cheese is in many parts of the country.  Thankfully, my paternal grandmother's recipe is imbedded in the food sphere of my brain!!

First a trip to Whole Foods for the best cheese.

Nanny's Pimento Cheese with a tweak by me.

1 # sharp cheddar (here's the tweak--Nanny used "rat" cheese)
3 Tbsp sweet pickle relish with a little of the juice
1 4 oz jar of chopped pimentos, drained
3-4 Tbsp good mayonnaise (Duke's in the south.  Hellman's in the north)

1.  Grate the cheese (I use the food processor.  Nanny had a food grinder)
2.  Stir the rest of the ingredients into the cheese and adjust the pickle juice and mayonnaise to your taste.
3.  Serve on a good white or multigrain bread.
4.  Grill in a little oil or eat plain.


Add a basket of cherries for dessert.