Tuesday, October 18, 2011

Pimento Cheese.... It's a Southern Thing.

For most of you, you already know that my husband was born and raised in the South, North Carolina to be exact. For him Pimento Cheese was a staple in his house. When we lived there for two and half years his grandmother would serve pimento cheese at least once a week and if it wasn't on the dinner table for a meal it was in the refrigerator for a "any time of day" snack.
To be honest, at first I didn't touch the stuff....cheese, mayo and pimento's....bla! But as time passed and it was obvious that it was always going to be apart of a meal...hahaha.... it grew on me and now I love it! 
We recently took a trip to North Carolina (hadn't been back in a year) and his grandmother, as tradition would have it, had a fresh batch of pimento cheese waiting for us :) 
Not having the recipe written down, counting on my memory of watching his grandmother put a little bit of this and a little bit of that into her pimento cheese, yesterday's pimento cheese batch was a success! (according to Chris..... and I must say he's a little bit of a pimento cheese snob)  
Pimento Cheese goes great with a bowl of soup or chili served on a cracker or slice of french bread.... Also, as a sandwich or cheese ball (for party's) No matter how you serve it or eat it, it's delicious! And yes, it may be a "Southern Thing" but in my family it's become a "Traditional Thing" Enjoy!! 
Pimento Cheese

1- 8 oz. block Cheese, shredded
1- small jar of Pimento's
1 - 2tbsp. of Mayo (just enough to bind everything together)
black pepper

Combined all the ingredients in a bowl, refrigerate until cold (20 min.) and serve.  

ps. if you live where they sell the "premade" pimento cheese in the deli section at your grocery store, don't buy it.... homemade so much better plus you can control the ingredients and quality! 

Monday, October 10, 2011

Applesauce Coffee Cake

Made this for the first time last week for the Mother's In Touch group at church.  It turned out great!  
So I thought I would share it with you.  Serves 9

1 3/4 cups all purpose flour
1/2 cup sugar
1/2 cup plus 1 Tbsp. butter
1/4 cup chopped nuts
1/4 cup brown sugar
1/4 cup quick cooking oats
1/2 tsp. cinnamon
1 1/2 tsp. baking powder
1/2 tsp. baking soda
2 beaten eggs
1 cup applesauce
1 tsp. vanilla

Pre-heat oven to 375 degrees.  In a bowl combine 3/4 cup flour and sugar; cut in 1/2 cup butter.  Till it resembles coarse crumbs.  For topping, remove 1/2 cup crumb mixture into a separate bowl; stir in nuts, brown sugar, oats and cinnamon.  Cut 1 more tbsp of butter into the topping mixture. Set aside.
To remaining crumb mixture add remaining flour, baking powder and baking soda.  Add beaten eggs, applesauce and vanilla; beat till well blended.  Pour batter into a greased 9x9 pan.

Sprinkle topping on batter.

Bake at 375 degrees for 30-35 minutes or till toothpick inserted near the center comes out clean.  Serve warm.  Enjoy!

Wednesday, October 5, 2011

Chocolate Peanut Butter Cup Torte

I found this recipe while searching through my old Pampered Chef cookbooks.  It is easy and delicious!  One small slice will completely satisfy your sweet tooth.  The first time I made it I didn't even get to try a slice because it was gone in an instant!  Serves 14-16

Nonstick cooking spray with flour
1 pkg (18-21oz) traditional or chewy brownie mix
3 eggs
1/2 cup plus 1 Tbsp vegetable oil, divided
1/4 cup water
1/4 cup creamy peanut butter
6 pkg (1.5 oz each) peanut butter cup candies
1 bag (10 oz) peanut butter morsels
2 cups mini marshmallows

Preheat oven to 350 degrees.  Spray torte plans with nonstick cooking spray with flour.  Place 8 in. circles of parchment paper over centers of pans; set aside.
In a mixing bowl combine brownie mix, eggs, 1/2 cup of oil, water and peanut butter; mix well.  Divide batter into two pans, spreading to edges.  Bake 10-12 mins or until centers feel firm to the touch.

Meanwhile using a knife, dice peanut butter cups; set aside.  In a microwave safe bowl combine peanut butter morsels and remaining 1 Tbsp oil; microwave on high in 30 second intervals, stirring each time, till all are melted and smooth.  Spoon 1/4 cup of peanut butter mixture into a resealable plastic bag; set aside.  Fold marshmallows into remaining peanut butter mixture.

Remove pans from oven to a cooling rack.  Let brownies stand in pans 4 minutes.  To Assemble torte, invert one brownie well-side up onto a platter of your choice. Using a spoon, spread marshmallow filling into brownie well.
Take the second brownie and place it well-side up on top of the bottom layer.  Evenly distribute diced peanut butter cup into the brownie well.  Trim the corner off the plastic bag to allow melted peanut butter mixture to flow through; drizzle over torte.  You can serve immediately or make ahead one day prior to serving.  

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