Nana is DH's mother...and I can't get enough of her pimento cheese. The optionals are the stuff that I add when I want to dress her's up..but for the kids, just the way she makes it is wonderful. We serve it with ritz crackers and celery. We prefer to use the Vermont or Kraft brand of cheese. We like to eat it warm too cause it is more spreadable and who wants to wait till it's cool?