My daughter and I prepare most everything we eat.
As I was making this tonight, I wondered how many other people prepare a meal for one. It’s easier to grab something at a restaurant, or fast food chain, but for me, that gets expensive, and I’m particular about what goes in my body.
My tried and true cookbook is 100 Days of Real Food.
Have you ever gone by the recipe, and it didn’t make enough, or it made too much? I haven’t found that happening with these. I feel successful when I cook.
This recipes are designed for 2 adults and 2 children, (her family), and I made this in its entirety, to have some later. The recipes are easily cut in half, for when my daughter is not here, or make the whole thing, and freeze what’s left.
After leaving North Carolina, and moving to Texas, it was difficult to find good Pimento Cheese. The author of this cookbook is from Charlotte, NC, and she knows my heart.
Use Organic ingredients if you can:
2 cups shredded sharp cheddar cheese (I grate half smoked and half sharp cheddar. Tillamook brand)
1/2 cup cream cheese softened
3 Tablespoons diced, jarred pimento, with juice (I use olives instead)
1 clove garlic, minced
1/2 teaspoon Dijon mustard
1/4 teaspoon Paprika
1/8 teaspoon ground black pepper
1 or 2 drops of hot sauce
Whole-grain crackers, for serving (such as Ak-Mak brand. I use Wasa)
Mix all ingredients, except crackers, with a wooden spoon.
The original recipe says to spread the crackers, lay them on a baking sheet, and bake at 350 degrees for 5 to 7 minutes.
Instead, I lightly broil them until melted. Along with my evening meal, or before bed, I drink a cup of Taheebo Tea to elevate my immune system. A couple of droppers full, in a cup of hot water with honey is very soothing.