The other day I tried to make my favorite pimento cheese recipe. It's in the Lee Brothers cookbook, and it's so much better than the gloopy mayonnaise version with jarred pimentos that I used to get after soccer games as a kid (in the South, there's always time for a mayonnaise-based sandwich, even in 90-plus degree heat).
The only problem was that I forgot to buy the red bell pepper I needed. And these days, when I forget something at the store, there's no quick popping out for 5 minutes anymore. Loading up the Gravy Baby and all his accroutrements requires at least 30 minutes, plus additional stopping time so that the squawking Chinese ladies at the market can coo over him. Luckily, I had some jalapenos on hand, so I blackened those. Oh, and I added a shot of bourbon. Because bourbon makes everything better.