Pimento Cheese Spread, a link between facial expressions and feeling emotions, and health linked with sunlight

UPDATE, February 2013: Updated Pimiento Cheese recipe posted.

This recipe is a modified version of the Pimento Cheese recipe from the April/May 2010 issue of Garden and Gun magazine. The recipe is from Sarah O’Kelley, co-owner and co-chef of the Glass Onion in Columbus, Georgia.

And no, I’m not a big fan of pimentos. Or a big fan of mixing mayonnaise and cheese. But according the article, pimento cheese is a very common Southern dish and so I asked Mom (who is from the South) if it was a dish she was familiar with and did she like it? Her answers were yes and yes. So I gave the recipe a try.

And after giving it a try, Mom said she liked it and that this version was actually quite a bit better than the much blander version she was used to.

Pimento Cheese

  • 1 cup or 4 ounces grated sharp orange cheddar cheese cheese
  • 1/4 cup mayonnaise (Chef O’Kelly insists in the article that Duke’s is the only brand to use for this dish, but I committed sacrilege and used regular Kraft Lite mayonnaise)
  • 1/4 cup diced pimento peppers, drained (the 4 oz. bottle of diced pimento peppers I found in the grocery store worked perfectly for this)
  • 1/8 cup chopped green onion, both white and greeen parts
  • 1/2 tsp black pepper
  • dash of salt
  • dash of Tabasco sauce
  • dash of cayenne pepper

Mix all ingredients in a bowl with a rubber spatula. Can be served immediately or can be refrigerated to let the flavors meld before use.

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Neurophilosophy is a blog I have not encountered before, but after reading the following post Botox may diminish the experience of emotion, I think I’ll start following it (if I can get my browser to use the RSS feed for it).

The entire post is well worth reading, but here’s an excerpt that’s a good overall summary:

Botox, which is used by millions of people every year to reduce wrinkles and frown lines on the forehead, works by paralyzing the muscles involved in producing facial expressions. A study due to be published in the journal Psychological Science suggests that by doing so, it impairs the ability to process the emotional content of language, and may diminish the quality of emotional experiences.

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And from the April 24th issue of Science News, UV radiation, not vitamin D, might limit multiple sclerosis symptoms, by Nathan Seppa.

There’s been a lot of research in the last few years about Vitamin D suggesting that a lot of chronic health problems may relate to Vitamin D deficiencies. With more people working indoors and spending less time outdoors even when they’re not at work, Vitamin D deficiency may have become more widespread than realized.

But now some new research suggests that it may not be just Vitamin D that people get from sunlight. There seem to be other benefits, possibly related to the sunlight having an ultraviolet component.

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