Did you know those spicy pimentos were first mixed in to protect fresh cheese from flies? Did you know the spread’s origins may actually be from up North? But then our companies — Star Foods in Burlington, Ruth’s Salads in Charlotte — began making it, and then we all started eating it, and before long, pimento cheese belonged to us.
Some grits recipes are passed down for generations. Other flavorful preparations are created in the kitchens of innovative chefs. Then there are those newfound traditions born from curiosity and happenstance.