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A perspective of cuisine and culture

Welcome to Southern Pimento Cheese. I’m thrilled you’re here- Southern cuisine and culture are my passion.  My prayer is that these stories will inspire you and also harken you back to great memories of your heritage and loved ones you remember fondly.  Pimento Cheese has a special reverence in the South and folks pass down recipes from generation to generation. SouthernPimentoCheese is my attempt to remember the past and preserve memories for the future.  Let's share stories and recipes to treasure for generations. Pull up a chair and join us!

 Ms. Elizabeth was a lady with all that implies.  She carried herself with humility, class, and a work ethic second to none. I learned much from her. Into her 90's she worked everyday, cooked a full meal every morning and evening  including a family gathering for 20 every Sunday. I never heard a compliant or a sigh of, "what should I cook?"  It was always amazing and always delicious.  I don't think she ever measured anything but her dishes were always perfectly seasoned and fantastic.  A shining example of the greatest generation. Born in the depression, grew up on a dairy farm, married, squirted out 3 babies and worked a full time job at the family store her husband started.  She did all of this with a smile and a grit that was always present on her face.  Grown men feared her and all that knew her respected her.  Anything she made was a treat and I cherished the time we had together.  In her setting years she had the foresight to give my wife some 3x5 index cards scratched with feeble penmanship of her best dishes.  Every holiday I smile as my wife tenderly reads those cards and creates the dishes Ms Elizabeth perfected.  I am convinced that food has a mesmerizing power to connect us to both the present and the past.  It also connects the living with those loved ones passed on.  They are gone but never forgotten.  Nothing but food has the nostalgic elegance so easily provoked with a smell or bite.  With one bite I am back in time enjoying a pimento cheese sandwich w Ms Elizabeth after mowing the yard on a Saturday in July over 2 decades ago.  Hot doesn't even describe the day, but we were in the shade after working with the ceiling fan spinning and the tea glass sweating  just like us.  We laughed, and talked about the topics of the day.  It was a good day.  That sandwich was delicious but our time together was precious. Thankfully that spot in time is forever captured every time I shred yellow cheddar cheese, and stir in some diced pimentos and a bit of mayo.  How amazing is that?  Thank you Ms. Elizabeth for the time you shared with me and the love to us you shared through food that continues to this very day.

December 8, 2018

Christmas cookies:

Pictured is a sad example (LOL)

Is there anything that transports you immediately to your childhood more than Christmas cookies?  When I smell gingerbread baking or taste the buttery graininess of sugar cookie batter, I am immediately 10 years old.  Me...

July 13, 2018

 Ms. Elizabeth was a lady with all that implies.  She carried herself with humility, class, and a work ethic second to none. I learned much from her. Into her 90's she worked everyday, cooked a full meal every morning and evening  including a family gathering for 20 ev...

July 6, 2018

This food has become what love looks and tastes like to me.  Although obviously not uniquely Southern, the time required and the love required to make a homemade lasagna fits itself well into Southern cuisine and culture.  We are very "extra" and enjoy going the extra...

April 12, 2018

Grits are sacred.  A bold stand out of Southern cuisine.  Grits top the list as quintessential Southern.  I am surprised at how many people I meet that have not tried grits and equally surprised at how many people tell me they find grits disgusting.  They just haven't...

April 4, 2018

Chicken Wings.  The flavor profiles are endless.  I think of messy, satisfying, spicy, fried goodness.  The perfect finger food.  Enjoyable and satisfying.  I crave them at least 4-5 times a week.  Drummies or flats: I'll take either.  There is a 10 napkin minimum rule...

April 2, 2018

Hot buttered biscuits.  Drool.  Saturday is the perfect day for homemade fresh out the oven biscuits.  Pile on the Chilton County, Alabama peach preserves, bacon, eggs, links, patties, even just plain are wonderful and satisfying.   Gravy is always a great option.  Red...

March 29, 2018

Crazy isn't it? How certain relatives trigger memories of certain foods and how many foods remind me of loved ones long gone.  Nothing is more nostalgic that BBQ.  The quintessential American cuisine that has split families and regions over flavor profiles.  I am obses...

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