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Thursday, January 6, 2011

Cheese Glorious Cheese!

Each year my sister sends me the most delicious cheddar cheese, straight from the cows at Mississippi State University. Within a couple of weeks, we will have worked our way through this entire block. We started last night with saltines and summer sausage. For breakfast I made cheese toast. And the list goes on.

Perhaps Southern writers are food-obsessed, even those of us who write books for children. Using my handy-dandy Scrivener search tool (have I said enough how I adore writing in Scrivener? Check out the new widget, top right of my blog), I realized this morning that I had no fewer than 6 references to pimento cheese in a middle-grade novel, a book for kids, not about food. I sliced 3 of them right out.

Unlike some of my friends, I'm not a fabulous cook. I don't pretend to throw parties like my friend Ivy's or write about food with the flair of my friend Lee. But it's hard to describer a July 4th picnic or Dinner on the Ground without pimento cheese sandwiches. So happy to have this cheese as inspiration today. Good food for thought and great hors d'oeuvres. Thanks, Sis!

3 comments:

Joyce Moyer Hostetter said...

I do think southerners are quite self-conscious about our foods. And in many ways they help provide identity to our characters and our stories. And pimento cheese - of course! It's a very hot topic if you ever search it out on the web. Lots of people know exactly how it should be made and they don't necessarily agree!

Just wondering - did you eat banana sandwiches in Mississippi?

Augusta Scattergood said...

Aha, Joyce. Banana sandwiches. I think we're channeling Elvis today!

Mr. Haney said...

Nothing says Southern hospitality better than pimento cheese. I make a couple of batches a month and serve it on Westminster crackers to anyone stopping by. After reading your page, I'll have to make a batch today!