60 comments

  1. says:

    May 21, 2014 at 8:10 am

    These pictures are awesome!! I too moved to New York for 5 years after growing up in South Carolina (and now I’m back in the south). I’ve never made pimento cheese, though, so I will have to give this a try! I had totally forgotten about the word “pooted”!! People totally used to say that when I was a kid. That gave me a good laugh :)

  2. says:

    May 21, 2014 at 9:28 am

    Ha “pooted”.. that is definitely southern.. much like the greatness of pimento cheese. This looks amazing, especially with those choux puffs…

  3. says:

    May 21, 2014 at 10:31 am

    I’m taking your recipe as a sign that I have to make this. It’s been on my mind a lot lately! Serving it with choux puffs sounds so, so good!

    • says:

      May 23, 2014 at 12:29 am

      Yes! I’d never had it on choux puffs before and while it might not beat a good old Ritz cracker in terms of sentimentality, it’s pretty darn good…. I hope you like it if you try it, Maria :)

  4. says:

    May 21, 2014 at 10:39 am

    Sounds like the process of making a “personal” recipe for pimento cheese would be a day well-spent in the kitchen. I was in the south for college (well, Chapel Hill, so not quite the hxc South!) and I unexpectedly miss it all the time…

    http://thatumamilife.wordpress.com – a clean eating bento blog. Japanese or Asian-inspired.

    • says:

      May 23, 2014 at 12:31 am

      Chapel Hill!! You might not like to hear where I went to school……. haha… :( I can see why you’d miss it though — I love your area and Franklin St has SUCH GOOD FOOD!

      • says:

        May 23, 2014 at 1:02 am

        Oh no! Frowny face indeed! In that case, I think we both just have to agree to love to hate, in the best sense/tradition possible!

        And, Durham isn’t doing too badly itself, food-wise! I was at the courthouse judging a mock trial tournament last semester and was super impressed with how well downtown Durham has developed. Lots of little artisan and small batch shops!

        • tworedbowls says:

          May 23, 2014 at 8:25 am

          It’s so true!!! It happened as I was leaving and I’m bummed I wasn’t around to see it develop more… also HAHAH omg even the computer knows about our rivalry.. I had no idea that was going to show up as an angry face!!! -__- I have to say as the years go by since I’ve graduated when I come across someone else from the RDU area, it’s more a kinship than enmity now :) so “love to hate/love to love”? ;) <3

        • says:

          May 23, 2014 at 10:25 am

          I feel the same way! Carolina and RDU are so often overlooked as kickass places to live and go to school, it’s always great to meet someone that “gets it.” Have a great weekend!

  5. says:

    May 21, 2014 at 10:49 am

    I love it! I am serving pimento cheese at my wedding, during the cocktail hour. My friend and I are going to make it a day or two beforehand and serve it on trays with Ritz crackers (the supposed “correct” way in the South) along with my friend’s pimento goat cheese. Do you like goat cheese? If so, send me your address (seriously–email it to me!) and I will send you some. I used to work for her goat cheese company in Alabama, and often had bread from the farmer’s market slathered with pimento goat cheese for dinner.

    Speaking of farmer’s markets, the ginormous one at Logan Square (I think it’s kind of like the Union Square one in NY) opened last week but I didn’t make it. The ones closer to me in the suburbs start in 2 weeks, which feels like an eternity from now, doesn’t it?

    • says:

      May 23, 2014 at 12:34 am

      GURL. Pimento cheese at your wedding? I always knew you were a culinary genius but Katherine you are a culinary genius. You just won the award of best wedding of ever. And also, pimento goat cheese just blew my mind in the best way.

  6. says:

    May 21, 2014 at 11:31 am

    Pimonto cheese is one of those mythical things that I’ve read about but never actually eaten (a bit like biscuits). I feel like I should try it but I also feel like once I do, there’s no turning back and there will be pimento cheese on EVERYTHING.

    • says:

      May 23, 2014 at 12:34 am

      Hahahaha! That’s been my life since I made this on Saturday. Pimento cheese OD…… I’ll be so interested to hear how you like it if you do end up trying it sometime!

  7. says:

    May 21, 2014 at 12:29 pm

    I loved this post so much, especially for its honesty and thinking back to your roots! Yay Trader Joe’s (they save me EVERY day–that cookie butter? Uh, yeah. And that hummus? YES). I’m glad you found a way to do it on your own, though, and these photos just blow me away. Thank you for sharing, and have a lovely day.

    • says:

      May 23, 2014 at 12:36 am

      Aw, thanks so much, lady. That means a lot (I was worried it was a little negative!) and I so appreciate you saying it. YES to TJ’s everythang! Hope you’re having a lovely week yourself!

  8. says:

    May 21, 2014 at 1:37 pm

    pimento cheese has never been appealing to me before reading your post, cynthia! and to make savoury cream puffs…i die!

  9. cakeoversteak says:

    May 21, 2014 at 3:38 pm

    These pics are great … again. I have to mention that I went back through your older posts the other day to see how this blog has evolved, and WHOA! Girl, your photography has come SO FAR in the relatively short time that you’ve been blogging. I love your setups – it’s very Food52-esque and also reminds me of Linda’s photography on The Tart Tart (two super compliments). Keep it up! It’s so inspiring.

  10. says:

    May 21, 2014 at 4:09 pm

    i feel like we were in the opposite scenario, because i never knew that pimento anything existed but in the center of olives! frank took me down south 4 years ago to meet his family and it was my first time below the mason-dixon, every time i looked on a menu it had something to do with pimento, i had no idea why it was such a thing. but nowadays i get the cultural/regional pimento divide. and it’s funny how you describe not really identifying as a “southerner”, frank doesn’t either – he doesn’t even have an accent! but there are some things, especially food items, that are super southern about him similar to your affection for pimento cheese!

    • says:

      May 23, 2014 at 12:40 am

      It’s so funny and gratifying that you said that about your man! It resonates with me — I don’t have an accent either, but as the years have gone by little things have popped up here and there that I never knew I had in me and never knew was Southern. Mm mm, that food. ;) I hope you’re having a lovely week, Linds! (Did you see Memorial Day is supposed to be HOT — can’t wait!!!!)

  11. says:

    May 21, 2014 at 5:30 pm

    I’ve never heard of anything like this before! It’s like a cocoa puff but with CHEESE. ugh. so good! And those peppers make it look so dang pretty (it’s the first thing I noticed!) I thought they were bits of strawberry or something at first, your photos are gorgeous, as always :) And you are TOO funny, I love this post, and you and your “poots” LOL. I will try to use that (although it will probably not stick), it sounds so much more lady-like…

    • says:

      May 23, 2014 at 12:42 am

      Bahahaha it’s the funniest word, isn’t it? It makes me giggle every time. I hope you’re doing wonderfully, Jess — and not too busy! Thanks so much for such sweet words <3

  12. says:

    May 21, 2014 at 6:04 pm

    Love the pics as always, Cynthia!

    Funny how this is not the first time I hear about not findin southern ingredients in NY. I mean, I found 100% Italian brands that I couldn’t find in Italy in NY, so how’s that even possible?!
    I feel exactly like you about feeling at home. It’s actually a feeling that can provide a learning process, so I enjoy it more now.

    The closest I’ve ever been to the south of the US was watching the prince and the frog, I guess. Also, the US headquarters of the company I work for is in Atlanta. God, the accent down there!
    I would pretty much die if I ever were to go there. These would make me so sick xD
    But you made them so they’re gorgeous <3

  13. says:

    May 21, 2014 at 6:15 pm

    haha — I find Urban Dictionary disturbing, and often wrong, as well! Oh wow, this post reminds me of the one time I ate a pimento cheese sandwich when visiting friends in Tennessee, on white bread, at a tiny cafe on the porch under a very humid sun. It was perfection. It’s true, I’ve never seen it around here locally! Would love to try this for a cookout this weekend! Your photos are gorgeous — nothing new there, but, I’m ga-ga for them anyway! ;)

    • says:

      May 23, 2014 at 12:45 am

      Aw, thank you so very much — you’re so kind! And right?! I’m kind of scared to open it whenever I see a link pop up. Lol. (And yet morbidly curious…) Your pimento cheese experience sounds just perfect, and quintessentially southern :)

  14. says:

    May 21, 2014 at 11:54 pm

    I have never actually had pimento cheese. Now though, now I need to give it a try and stop being freaked out buy mayo. This looks awesome!

  15. says:

    May 22, 2014 at 9:36 am

    Your photos get more and more beautiful every week, Cynthia – so inspiring! And I love your twist on Southern food – all the way from England it seems awfully exotic… Need to try pimento cheese. Xx

    • tworedbowls says:

      May 23, 2014 at 8:27 am

      Haha not crazy at all!!! In fact, I think there’s prob a sizeable portion of the US who doesn’t even know what it is ;) And also LOL at the Tundra — you caught me being hyperbolic. I moved to Boston initially after leaving the South and it was my first serious winter of any kind, but I’m pretty sure my friends from Canada thought it was positively balmy (as you might have, too!)

  16. says:

    May 22, 2014 at 3:29 pm

    If I could have found jarred pimiento peppers I would have made this ages ago, but for some reason did NOT think to use roasted red peppers. Thanks! Also, I probably should search a little harder for jarred pimientos because they have to be around here somewhere, right? :) I love the sound of this with a sleeve of crackers on a warm day.

    • tworedbowls says:

      May 23, 2014 at 8:28 am

      You’ll have to tell me how you think roasted red peppers match up if you try that! But yes!! I think you could find jarred pimientos — I was actually really surprised at how available those were (when pimento cheese is practically unheard of). I used Goya brand and found it in the Mexican food aisle at my Key Foods. Hope you track some down too :)

  17. says:

    May 23, 2014 at 2:28 am

    If it says cheese in it, I’m eating it. Yumm! I want to stuff that in a mushroom. I think it’s quite interesting to hear Americans speak about parts of their country like it’s a total alien thing. It goes to show how diverse people are, especially when it comes to food. I’ve lived here only for two years and I definitely see the differences even though I have no way of describing it to family in Indian. To them, American food is flavourless junk a la McDonald’s. I’ll try opening their eyes someday. Now please pass the pimento cheese. I would like to dip fries in them.

    • tworedbowls says:

      May 23, 2014 at 8:32 am

      AMEN! And omg… pimento cheese-stuffed mushrooms are a new level of genius, Edlyn. AND fries!!! AAHH! Are you sure you aren’t Southern?

      I completely agree with you too re: American regional cuisines. It’s really so interesting — like, even though I am pretty familiar with Southern cuisine, I know next to nothing about Louisiana-style Cajun food, a whole different kind of Southern … The diversity is part of why I found it so hilarious that only TJ’s had pimento cheese. It’s like part of their whole trend with making exotic foods accessible in little frozen packages…. but it’s from a place right here in the US! Too funny.

      Thanks for this totally awesome and thoughtful comment, Edlyn :) You’ve started my Friday off right!

  18. amy says:

    May 24, 2014 at 7:37 pm

    We moved to Savannah, GA from Seattle two years ago, and it took me approximately 18 months to muster the courage to try pimiento cheese! The homemade stuff is my new guilty pleasure on crackers, though choux puffs look divine, too!

  19. says:

    May 27, 2014 at 11:11 pm

    These look great! I’ve never tried pimento cheese before either – Curious about the taste. Will have to bring this up at the next wine and cheese party =) By the way, have you heard of the writing process blog tour? I’d be great if you could join in, let me know if you’d like to and I can forward you the details!

  20. says:

    May 28, 2014 at 12:27 pm

    aw!! i am fascinated by the american southern foodstuffs!! i am very far away, in vancouver, bc canada! (here it is a mega melting pot of ALL cuisines, with a strong emphasis on asian) …! i’ve never tried pimiento cheese, but DANG IT all stuffed into a beautiful choux puff, this looks delicious!!! cynthia your blog is completely DROOL worthy!! xo

  21. says:

    May 28, 2014 at 8:29 pm

    i went to Egg in Williamsburg today and they had pimento cheese on the menu! i thought of this post. :) i went to college in the South and came away with a love of southern food too – especially sausage, biscuits & gravy (which is also available at Egg, incidentally). also, tangentially related: Wangs (http://parkslopestoop.com/blog/food/wangs-brings-asian-spin-on-chicken-to-union-street) on Union St. has great fried chicken and other Southern dishes with an Asian twist. i’ve had it a couple times and love it!

  22. says:

    August 20, 2014 at 10:32 am

    Wow! I looks like I have a great search ahead to answer 2 questions – how likely it is that I will find a pimento cheese in a tiny country far, far away from the States and if not, how likely it is that I will find pimentos :)

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