Janet, Hemlockman, Ardell... All you Southerners brace yourself. I know this is hard to believe, but here it is:
Yankees have never heard of pimento cheese!
This fact came up at lunch recently. I was telling everybody what a shame it is they can't eat pimento cheese and somebody said I should get them some, and one thing led to another and Benny sent us some pimento cheese! Packed with little freezy pouches! We couldn't decide if we should try Mrs Stratton's (my favorite) or the fancy schmancy deli brand Benny recommends. So he sent both.
Here they are, lovingly displayed for the New Englanders' first excursion into fine cup salad eating. That's Mrs. Stratton's on the left, and Nabeel's on the right. You can also see the corner of the potato chip bag. Very important. Not shown but definitely there were tomatoes, mayo and white bread. Sonia, who is not a true New Englander but a Texan, has had pimento cheese before, and did an excellent job of hunting and gathering cheap white bread from a gas station. But I have to say that she was adamant about NOT adding mayo to the tomato side of the sandwich, and made it impossible for me to convince the Yankees that it is an essential ingredient. Oh yeah, we also had ground black pepper, another essential ingredient.
The "rodent limb" article has nothing to do with pimento cheese. I just added it to the table for ambience. Presentation is everything!
Diners were asked
a) how do you like pimento cheese?
b) which do you prefer, Mrs. Stratton's or Nabeel's?
c) anything else?
did not answer survey
It was fine... However I'd prefer it as a spread on a cracker as opposed to a sandwich. And I wouldn't ever add mayo. (fool!)
Nabeel's had a more "natural" flavor (ex., I could taste the roasted red pepper), so I'd probably go that route. Mrs. Stratton's' tasted a bit like velveeta...
It wasn't as scary as I was expecting.
will not eat cheese or cheesy things
did not return survey, but came over and verbally told me... uh, something. I'm not sure. I think she said it was okay, but would be better on crackers (idiot!)
Food wussy. Will not try new things.
3. Everyone else at our lunch table is a bunch of losers, apparently. Won't eat processed cheese spread... I don't think they're even FROM this country!
It was a wonderful event. Sorry, but I have to say that my taste buds (and stomach) did not like the Mrs Stratton's . Nabeel's was much better, in my opinion.
I thought it was great -- and I prefer the Nabeel's.
Sorry, I didn't care for it. The Nabeel's looked better though.
And the chips were great! :-)
Give Benny our thanks.
not shown Me
Mrs. Stratton's is the BEST!
Wendy very carefully removed all of the pimento from her pimento cheese! And still could not handle it! And she was the most eager of all eaters, because her middle name is Stratton. Then she went for the Nabeel's! What is it with her anyway?
It is not at all like Chris to be silent. Very odd that he did not respond to the survey.
I don't think ANYBODY even TRIED the little thin layer of mayo next to the tomatos!
More kudos to Sonia! She commandeered the toaster from the cafeteria so we could toast the white bread! And we got "scolded" by facilities for having a toaster under the fire alarm! WHEE!
Sonia also said pimento cheese reminds her of funeral food, which caused much clucking and poo-pooing from the Yankees. So she dug up the following UNDENIABLE PROOF!
"... Technically, pimento cheese should be called pimiento cheese, since it's made with pimiento peppers. But somewhere along the way, Texans, known for malapropisms and creative spellings, (heck, the name of the state is even a refashioning of a Caddoan word, Tejas, which means friends) took out the extra "i" and decided to call it pimento. It certainly rolls off the tongue a lot easier that way.... Not surprisingly, the same qualities that make it a great celebration food—its softness, its tastiness, its lack of challenge and its ability to sit out on a buffet for hours without refrigeration—also make it a popular funeral food. I don’t mean to sound ghoulish, but death is a fact of life. And my mom, who’s an Episcopalian priest, has had many experiences with Texas funeral services and confirms that at every one she officiates at, there is always pimento cheese...."
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And from finalist 1 in the 2003 Pimento Cheese Invitational (yes, you read that right):
"... my "Pimento Cheese Story" is about my very special aunt who lived there her entire life... An indication of how closely her pimento cheese sandwiches were associated with her is indicated by the fact that her minister, Daniel Hathorne, mentioned them in his sweet eulogy for her. He said that he didn’t know who had been making the pimento cheese sandwiches in Heaven before she got there, but they were going to have to move over now because she was going to be in charge.... It is not that she didn't have other items in her food repertoire, she was a marvelous and experimental cook. (When she would eat out, she would come home and try to replicate something if she enjoyed it.) She just knew that everyone loved (and expected) her sandwiches. So, anyone was ill, had a death in a family, had company coming or there was a church gathering here she came with her wonderful platters of sandwiches. She made them for my parent's fiftieth wedding anniversary, but most of them never made it out of the church kitchen, my friends helping with the celebration and family members sneaking back had pretty much devoured them before we could put them out. When a relative lost her mother, her granddaughter Beth Mann then either 3 or 4, took the sandwiches that Lella brought to a back bedroom because she didn't want to share them!"
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