I read not too long ago that children do not have a fully developed sense of taste. As a parent, I can say that there is no doubt to the truth of this. My kids seem to have a disdain for anything that smacks of deliciousness. As inconvenient as this may be, it’s the way it is, and there isn’t anything I can do about it. Trust me on this one, I’ve certainly tried.
As a former child myself, I can tell you that my tastes have changed over time and pimento cheese is a prime example. When I was a kid, I couldn’t stand the stuff. It’s texture was weird, it had a strong somewhat sour taste, and it was just generally funky looking. My mom even made her own pimento cheese, but that still wasn’t tasty enough.
Oh how the times have changed!
I love pimento cheese. I love to put it on crackers and have a little snack. I slap it on bread and have a sandwich. I don’t know what triggered the change really. One day I saw a tub of pimento cheese at the supermarket and had to have it.
Oh, and I’ve also developed a taste for my mom’s recipe.
Pimento cheese is supposed to be a Southern thing. If you’ve never tried it before, I strongly suggest you go out right now and find some. It’s worth the effort.
(Geez. Is there anything more boring than a pimento cheese post?)
Photo by Wright Bryan, NPR.