Tuesday, July 22, 2008

Peach Cobbler Murder

I love to read and one of my favorite types of novels are muder mysteries. As seen in an earlier post, I like Diane Mott Davidson, and I have recently found a similar writer. Her name is JoAnn Fluke and she also writes murder mysteries and her main character is involved in food. She has ten Hannah Swensen murder mysteries in print right now, and I have just read Peach Cobbler Murder.

I picked it up at the library right before I left to go on vacation with my family, and I have to say that I couldn't put it down! It was a really cute read and I enjoyed it very much. I'm hoping to get the first book to read, titled Chocolate Chip Cookie Murder. I hope you'll look her up and hopefully pick up one of her books. You can see all of them at www.murdershebaked.com

Monday, July 21, 2008

Summer Sandwich

I know that I haven't posted in a little while; sorry, it's been a busy summer so far. My older sister is getting married at the end of the summer, so that's been keeping our family busy, plus we just recently got back from a week long family reunion. It is, by far, one of my favorite weeks of the year, and part of the reason is lunch.
I know that seems like a really silly reason, but I'm pretty sure that lunch is one of my favorite things about the reunion. Since we've been going (this past year was number 17) my mother has always fixed pimento cheese, and I must admit, it is one of my favorite summer sandwiches. The only other sandwich that really competes during the summer would have to be the tomato sandwich with garlic cream cheese, but that's a previous post.
Anyways, pimento cheese is a Southern staple, not only as a favorite lunch, but it's also wonderful on a Stone Wheat cracker as an appetizer or you could serve it warm and melted on a piece of toast. And what helps to make it wonderful is that fact that it's so easy to fix.
This is my mother's recipe.

Pimento Cheese

White Sharp Cheddar Cheese ( I like to use Cracker Barrel cheese) 16 oz, grated
Chopped Pimentos, drained (canned) 8 oz
Garlic, freshly pressed- one clove
Sweet only, finely grated- one scant tablespoon
Mayonnaise (I like to use Duke's) as much as is needed

It's easiest to grate the cheese in a food processor. Combine all ingredients in a large bowl until well mixed. Give it time to chill so that the flavors can meld.

Enjoy your summer sandwich!