Transplants to the South have come here for a variety of reasons. Natives remain for similar reasons. Pimento cheese is one of them.
Processed versions can be found almost anywhere south of the Mason-Dixon, but the homemade stuff will give even a hurried yankee cause to linger.
Pimento cheese is simple to prepare and an excellent staple for drop-in company or mid-day snack served with celery sticks or homemade crackers. If you really want to go all out, make it with house-made mayo. Then just sit back with an iced tea in hand, and watch it disappear.
Homemade Pimento Cheese: (Adapted from Martha Stewart)
*3 cups high quality sharp cheddar, shredded
*1/2 cup mayonnaise
*1/3 cup chopped pimento (you can find these roasted and jarred in most groceries)
*1 tablespoon pimento juice
*fresh ground black pepper
*dash of cayenne
Blend all ingredients together in a medium mixing bowl. Store in airtight glassware. Serve with high quality crackers and/or veggie sticks.