Pimento Cheese Bacon Burger

Homemade Pimento Cheese

how do you make pimento cheese

Pimento Cheese is most certainly a Southern institution in itself around these parts, but imagine my surprise when I began to research it and found its roots were not in the south at all,  but in New York around the turn of the century in the early 1900’s. Cream Cheese had been introduced a decade earlier, and with the beginning of imports of the Spanish peppers “Pimiento”, it wasn’t long before the two were married together to form a spread that filled celery sticks, white bread sandwiches and was served alongside crackers at every picnic across the country.  Interestingly enough, the “i” was dropped from most spellings and it became simply “Pimento Cheese” at some point along the way.

Homemade Pimento Cheese crackers

After World War II, it literally disappeared from the North, but the good ol’ southerners, who love their cream cheese, shredded cheddar cheese and mayonnaise kept the staple alive and you can find it in tubs in most grocery stores by the deli meat.

Growing up in Michigan, I couldn’t remember eating pimento cheese until my mom corrected me by letting me know we used to get it in those small juice glass-sized jars that you pop the lid off with a spoon. I thought how funny that was because one of those tiny jars would barely make a sandwich here in the south, where the spread is lavishly sandwiched between two slices of plain ol’ white bread. Mom said they used to wash the little jars and use them for juice glasses afterward.

recipe for pimento cheese

It’s actually a simple thing to whip up a batch, and the homemade version is leaps and bounds ahead of the store-bought. Use the best mayonnaise possible like Duke’s or Hellman’s, and make sure you use either a food processor or a hand-grater when you grate your cheese choice (typically sharp cheddar) yourself. The pre-shredded bags at the store are coated with something like cornstarch to keep it from sticking and won’t be near as good.

how do you make Pimento cheese

Below is my humble gourmet version I’m dressing up for some delicious cheeseburgers for an upcoming recipe, but I must confess, I ate half of it last night with a sleeve of crackers and a fresh glass of iced tea, just like any good southerner would do.

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< id="mpprecipe-ingredients-list">< id="mpprecipe-ingredient-0" class="ingredient" itemprop="ingredients">2 oz. cream cheese, room temperature< id="mpprecipe-ingredient-1" class="ingredient" itemprop="ingredients">1/2 c. good mayonnaise like Hellman's or Dukes< id="mpprecipe-ingredient-2" class="ingredient" itemprop="ingredients">1/2 c. sour cream< id="mpprecipe-ingredient-3" class="ingredient" itemprop="ingredients">1 1/2 c. freshly grated sharp cheddar cheese< id="mpprecipe-ingredient-4" class="ingredient" itemprop="ingredients">1/2 c. freshly grated Parmesan cheese< id="mpprecipe-ingredient-5" class="ingredient" itemprop="ingredients">1/2 c. smoked Gouda cheese< id="mpprecipe-ingredient-6" class="ingredient" itemprop="ingredients">1/2 c. chopped roasted red peppers< id="mpprecipe-ingredient-7" class="ingredient" itemprop="ingredients">1/2 t. garlic salt< id="mpprecipe-ingredient-8" class="ingredient" itemprop="ingredients">dash of cayenne pepper or tabasco

< id="mpprecipe-instructions-list" class="instructions">< id="mpprecipe-instruction-0" class="instruction" itemprop="recipeInstructions">Add all to large mixing bowl and mix well being careful not to mash cheese too much.< id="mpprecipe-instruction-1" class="instruction" itemprop="recipeInstructions">It helps to smash the cream cheese first with the mayo and sour cream to incorporate better once the cheeses are mixed in.< id="mpprecipe-instruction-2" class="instruction" itemprop="recipeInstructions">Keep refrigerated

Homemade Gourmet Pimento Cheese Recipe

How to Plant Potatoes in Towers #2

Growing Potatoes in Towers

I thought I’d give you an update on our Potato Tower experiment.

Sometime around the end of March, or about 4-5 weeks after we planted the seed potatoes (we planted on February 20th), we started to see wee little leaves popping out of the hay on the sides and the top of the towers!

I was so excited!

I don’t know why? Maybe because I didn’t believe it was going to work?

But it did!

We continued to water the towers with about 1-2 inches of water per week.

This was about 3 weeks later on April 17th.

potato tower sprout

And this was a few days ago (about May 1st). You can see our towers over to the left of the picture by the fence.

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We still have some progress to be made on our towers. The potatoes need to flower and then the foliage needs to turn brown before it’s time to dump them out. I will keep you updated!

Want to read How to Plant Potatoes in Towers #1?  Click here!

Oklahoma City Festival of the Arts

OKC Arts Festival 2016

For over 50 years, the Oklahoma City Festival of the Arts has been a welcome sign of spring and entertainment in downtown Oklahoma City.

Kid activities Oklahoma City Arts Festival 2016

Mr. Wonderful and celebrated our 11th anniversary this past weekend. We ate at one of our favorite places Friday night and then on our actual anniversary, we hit the Festival.  It was a glorious day outside.

OKC Arts Festival 2016

In past years, the Festival has been located around the Myriad Gardens area but this year it tried out new digs at Bicentennial Park in front of the Civic Center Music Hall.

OKC Civic Center The Conductor statue

There is something for all ages at this event including events for the kids like face painting and pottery making.  The pottery booth was really neat. The kids could paint their pottery and then wait while it was fired and then cooled in buckets of cold water and then presented to them.

kid event activities okc arts festival 2016

And of course for the adults there is live performance on three stages with a line-up of musicians.

music stage OKC city arts festival 2016

There was also a bunch of artwork in varying forms to browse through including pottery, paintings, yard art, sculptures and furniture. I’ve tried to include the names of artists in the following pictures. All were amazing but there were a few I couldn’t locate….

I loved these metal horses by Malen Pierson.

metal horse sculptures oklahoma city arts festival 2016

Wouldn’t those be cool out on your front lawn?

metal sculpture okc arts festival

And this horse photography by Dona Bollard…swoon. dona bollard art horses

So many creative things to fawn over at the Oklahoma City Festival of the Arts this year.

art pieces oklahoma city festival of the arts 2016

Sculpture by Ancizar Marin

I was so fascinated by these lawn ornament weather spinners.

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I love how the Festival features a wide variety of local eateries on the International flavors of Food Row and partner each eatery with an area non-profit organization.

We chose this- from one of our favorite food trucks – Taste of Soul Egg Roll which was paired with Harn Homestead Museum, also a fav! Taste of Soul Egg Roll at Oklahoma CIty Festival of the Arts

Their egg rolls are huge and delicious – we had one Chicken and one Ground Turkey Jalapeno Egg Roll plus a side of fried rice. The Turkey Jalapeno was amazing!

And then we had to stop at this guy’s place – C’est Si Bon Catfish & Po-Boys.

Ken Mills C'est Si Bon Oklahoma CIty

He makes some of the BEST catfish you will ever taste – and the sauce? LIQUID GOLD I tell ya!

If you’re ever in town for the Oklahoma City Festival of the Arts, make sure you allow plenty of time to visit.

Downtown Oklahoma City Festival of the Arts 2016

It’s a great treat in the spring!

2016 Oklahoma City OKC Festival of the Arts


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