Recently, I've been trying to expand my food "vocabulary," so to speak. I have been called, on more than one occasion, by people who otherwise like me, a picky eater. And, they may be right.
I'm (mostly) vegetarian by choice, gluten-free by necessity. That makes what I eat different than what a lot of people eat already. My last post explained my issues with fruit. And my food issues don't end with fruit. I'm pretty particular with the tastes I like and have unnecessary fear about unfamiliar foods. This never really bothered me all that much until I gave birth to the three pickiest eaters in the state of North Carolina. I've become determined for all of us to get over our fears of unfamiliar foods. This is quite a challenge with my children. But me, I can have some control over myself.
A couple weeks ago, we were visiting a friend in Charleston, who happens to be the owner/chef of a delightful restaurant called Five Loaves. He made us some pimento cheese as an appetizer. I thought to myself, "I don't like pimento cheese, but I need to be polite." So, I took a bite. Then another one. And another one. :)
Evidently, I just didn't like nasty pimento cheese, the kind you get at the supermarket deli or the kind somebody made out of velveeta for the office covered dish. As it turns out, if it is good pimento cheese, I like it a lot.
So, this isn't my friend's pimento cheese recipe (but if you want to try that, go to Charleston and eat at Five Loaves. You won't regret it). This I found on allrecipes.com. I made it without the jalapeno and I added another cup of cheddar. We loved it, even the 2 year-old. I will be making it again. Check it out here.