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Kicked up Pimento & Cheese

25 Jun

If you’re from the South like me, then pimento & cheese was probably a staple around your house growing up. But when mom and I offered to bring pimento & cheese to a get together at a friends house, they had no clue what we were talking about. They’re from the North. So if you’re also from the North, do yourself a favor and make some pimento & cheese.

pimento and cheese

Not only does P&C offer wonderful flavor, but it’s simple and makes for a quick meal. Spread on some toasted bread and you have a wonderful sandwhich. To use it as an appetizer, spread it on crackers or celery and watch peoples’ faces light up with happiness!

pimento and cheese 3.1

For the pimento & cheese:

  • 1 8-oz block sharp cheddar cheese
  • 1 8-oz block pepper jack cheese
  • 1 8-oz block sharp white cheddar
  • 1/2 cup mayo (or greek yogurt)
  • 1/4-1/2 cup olive oil
  • 2 tablespoons chopped jalapenos
  • 1 4-oz jar pimentos
  • 1/2¬†teaspoons pepper or McCormick Hot Shot

Shred the three blocks of cheese. Don’t cheat and buy pre-shredded because you’ll regret it. Add the remaining ingredients and mix until moist.


If you don’t like spicy, leave out the jalapeno and substitute more cheddar or monetery jack cheese for the pepper jack. If you’d like to turn it into a warm dip, add an 8-oz block of cream cheese and bake at 350 for 20 minutes or until cheese gets melty and bubbly. Enjoy!

Sweet & Savory Chicken Salad

14 May

For starters, Happy (belated) Mother’s Day to all you special women out there! Life without my mom would be unfathomable, for she’s my best friend, my guiding light, and my heart. So when you read this mom, know that I love you (in case I don’t say it enough).

Mom and I

With that being said, friday night, as an early mother’s day gift, I cooked my mom one of her favorite meals.. Chicken Piccata. With it being just the two of us, you can imagine the amount of chicken leftover. Instead of freezing and forgetting about it, I decided to pan sear the remaining chicken, forcing myself to later make use of it. While scrounging around for lunch today, I remembered my pre-cooked chicken and turned it into these two recipes for chicken salad. Warning: I measured almost nothing out so these recipes are a “make it your own” sorta deal.

Sweet Chicken Salad

For the Sweet Chicken Salad:

Shredded chicken

Light mayo

Finely chopped sweet apples

Finely chopped dried mango

Finely shredded sharp cheddar cheese

Unsweetened shredded coconut

Dash of celery salt

Combine all of your ingredients, using as much or as little as desired. Other additions could include raisins, chopped cherries, or bacon.

Savory Chicken Salad 2

For the Savory Chicken Salad:

Shredded chicken

Herb Greek yogurt (recipe follows)

Finely chopped green bell pepper

Parmesan cheese

Combine ingredients using  measurements to suit your tastes. Other bell peppers, feta cheese, or mini pepperonis could also be included.

For the Herb Greek yogurt:

For every 1 tablespoon of nonfat plain Greek yogurt, add 1/8 teaspoon each celery salt, rosemary, basil, and chives. Refrigerate at least an hour to allow the flavors to meld.


Recipes for chicken salad are so versatile, and I enjoyed these both! They can easily be served as a meal on a bed of lettuce, atop a croissant, or in a wrap. For an easy appetizer, ball the chicken salad with a melon scoop or mini ice cream scoop and top on crackers or Melba toast.

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