The Sharing of Recipes: Pimento Cheese.

picture-1In honor of the Masters this week, here is a wonderful and time honored traditional recipe for Pimento Cheese.

Because of my passion for traditions and recipes, an obvious question I posed .. where does this tradition of serving pimento cheese sandwiches at the Masters come from anyways?

The answer is delightful. In true Southern fashion, families in the South generally had to eat what they grew on their own farms - fruits, vegetables, grains. At that, very few Southern farms made their own cheese, and when they did it was white cheese, like ricotta or mozzarella. Yellow cheese was a delicacy for Southerners, and thus generally reserved for the upper class or special occasions.

That being said, they took the precious yellow cheese, added mayonnaise (again, in true Southern fashion) and pimentos which were grown locally across the South to make the fine spread. The Masters, being the epitome of golf and of the elite, began the time-honored tradition of serving the pimento cheese sandwich - which is one of their most popular by far.

Do enjoy!

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The Sharing of Recipes: Buttons & Bowties.

buttons-bowtiesA very yummy recipe today ... an easy & charming southern cookie recipe ... Buttons & Bowties! I love the recipe on so many levels. First, I think it's pretty easy to see that this was a popular one in our family from the huge stain across the card. A little hard to read, but well worth the efforts!

Second, the buttons. I've seen several variations of button cookies - very cute, very easy to do and they make for a great presentation for a special homemade gift. The cutest probably being for baby showers, with the buttons threaded together & sweetly packaged in a little box. buttons-bowties-b

And lastly, the bowties! Certainly my favorite - sort of reminds me of seersucker suits, southern weddings & summertime. I am quite certain a bowtie-exclusive post will follow very soon!

And remember - be sure to roll the cookies in the sugar when they're good & hot. Delish!

Thanks to Mom for deciphering the recipe below ...

Buttons & Bows ____ Preheat oven: 400˚ Bake

____ Mix the following in a medium bowl to make a soft dough:

2 cups Bisquick® Original baking mix

1/3 cup milk

2 tablespoons sugar

1/4 teaspoon ground cinnamon

1 egg

____ Sprinkle (LIGHTLY!) counter with flour

____ Put dough on surface, and knead quickly and lightly (if you knead for too long, the dough will turn hard)

____ Roll dough with rolling pin until it is ½” thick

____ Cut dough with biscuit cutter or shape as you want (be creative! Roll out the letters for your initials, make shapes, tie into pretzel knots, make buttons and bows, etc!)

____ Place shapes on cookie sheet

____ Bake 8-10 minutes or until the tops are light brown

While you're shapes are baking:

____ Clean up what you can

____ Melt 1/4 cup butter in saucepan over LOW HEAT

____ Put 1/2 cup sugar in a small bowl

____ Take cookie sheet with baked shapes out of oven (use oven mits!), and remove with a spatula—place on drying rack

____ While they are warm, dip in melted butter, then dip/roll in sugar

____ Clean up kitchen while they cool/dry