Pimento Cheese ~ I know what your thinking … pimentos? Really? Belch! Believe me, I thought the same thing. I was used to seeing pimentos only in my olives swimming in a vodka martini. Why would one want to actually eat a pimento sans vodka? One word – Cheese. If you’re from the south you are used to seeing pimento cheese in many forms – as a basic dip, on tea sandwiches or on wraps to name a few. I was introduced to this glorious combination at one of the first parties we attended in Texas and recently I have discovered what I think may be THE BEST Pimento Cheese around by Words and Food. When I am able to come by it, I almost always buy way to much (is there such a thing?) and always share. For those that I have been able to partake in this little Words and Food treat – the reviews are ALWAYS: OMG! SO good! and WHAT? … Pimentos? YUM!
Only one slight problem … Words and Food and owner Janice Schindeler are located in Houston. Janice Schindeler came upon the farmers market booth scene back in 2004 – after she lost her job as food editor at the Houston Chronicle – starting with baked good such as cookies and seasonal quick breads. Many years prior, Schindeler had worked at Ouisie’s Table back when it was on Sunset Blvd. and one of her jobs was to make the pimento cheese. What Schindeler now sells at the market is based on her memory of what she learned to make there. “Pimento Cheese is such a classic southern, country flavor I thought it would be a super product to bring to the market,” says Schindeler.
If you happen to be in Houston (or a Farmhouse Delivery member), you can easily get your hands on this cheesy goodness and you MUST – GO NOW! Wait, first check to see if they are open, then GO! You can thank me later. For everyone else you can check out my Pimento Cheese recipe that tries to duplicate the original. Schindeler declined to share her oh-so-delicious recipe with me and I don’t blame her but I’d say this one is pretty darn close. Now you too can enjoy those pimentos!
Grab the crackers!