“Memorial Day Pimento Cheese”

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“Memorial Day Pimento Cheese Sandwiches with Arugula”

Graveyard Cleaning Day was what I thought Memorial Day was when I was a child. I have vague memories of going to visit & clean up family graves with my Grandmother & Aunts. Raking & tidying up all the winter debris that had collected around the headstones, maybe leaving a fresh wreath. As with all Southern ritual outings food was involved. Simple sandwiches, maybe some chips and pickles, sweet tea.

 I know that I am a child of the South when I get out the jar of Roasted Red Bell Peppers/Pimentos and the slab of Cheddar cheese, start chopping and grating, dolloping mayonnaise, sprinkling black pepper & a bit of salt into a bowl for “Pimento Cheese Sandwiches”.

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I cannot remember a time I did not love Pimento Cheese spread. My Grandmother, my Mother, real Aunts, surrogate Aunts, Mother’s of friends all made it for quick and easy run-out-to-play food, cool food for hot summer days, sandwiches to take along in cars to visit the deceased.  When I was a child it was always spread on slices of soft white bread, no arugula or fancy lettuces, maybe a slice of homegrown tomatoes….that was all.

Gussied up a bit….good white Cheddar & roasted red peppers chopped… all mixed together with a generous dollop of mayonnaise, freshly ground black pepper and kosher salt, thickly spread over sliced whole grain bread…this is the Pimento Cheese I made for my girls. They still like it and every now and then ask for it. We do not visit the graves of our departed, tidy up and leave wreaths, but on this Memorial Day/Grave Cleaning Day/Decoration Day we will be together and enjoy our ‘mento cheese sandwiches.

Here is what you will need:

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1/2 cup chopped Roasted Red Bell Peppers

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2 cups grated White Cheddar Cheese

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Mayonnaise (to your liking)

Salt & Black Pepper

Arugula

Here is how you do it:

1. Mix it all together in a bowl. Adjust salt & pepper to suit your taste.

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2. Store in a jar with a tight-fitting lid until ready to make your sandwiches. Spread on slices of whole grain bread. Add arugula.

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Bite. Chew. Enjoy. Celebrate.

“memorial day weekend dinner party”

How important it is for us to recognize and celebrate our heroes and she-roes!  ~Maya Angelou

The city on a holiday weekend is one of my favorite places…the traffic quietens, lots of folks have left town and a general hush falls over everything. We were invited to our good friends, John & Liz,  for a Sunday evening Memorial Day Weekend Lobster dinner party with a couple of other friends. Our hosts provided a great Cheese Platter, the Lobster, roasted asparagus, an unbelievable chocolate dessert & the wonderful ambience. We, the guests, brought a fresh garden salad, a bulghur & vegetable salad, hummus & pita, a fresh baguette, wine & Pimm’s No. 1.

We had lots of laughs and a memorable dinner.

Cheese & Wine for starters.

Jill's Hummus made from dried, cooked & blended chickpeas & tahini..the best.

Sandy's Pennywise Cab...

It's a Pimm's kind of summer!
Liz's fresh asparagus ready to be roasted!
Beautiful simple elegant centerpiece.
Warm fresh baguette....time to dine.
Homegrown & organic, Red & Green Romaine, Red & Green Oak Leaf Lettuces, Spinach, Buffalo Mozzarella & Heirloom Cherry Tomato Salad.
8 minute Lobster Tails...perfect!
Asparagus roasted with Parmesan...
Bulghur with Vegetables...another hit from Jill!
Dinner parties are naturally romantic and cozy.....
...and there was drawn butter...
...eating with our hands....
Liz made the dark chocolate crunchy crust with sea salt for this dreamy tart. Local dairy full fat whipping cream by John on top!

“Life is short…have dinner parties.”