November 30th already? I’ve been having so much sticky fun, I hate to see the party end (sniff)!
This has definitely been the nuttiest November on record here at Alphabet Soup. So glad all you giddy goober peas emerged from your solitary shells, sent in poems, and feasted with us every Friday. At first I wasn’t quite sure whether I’d be spreading it on thick or thin, but thanks to all the generous Peanut Butter Poets, we had just the right amount of food to savor and digest each week. I’m so glad Father Goose Charles Ghigna initially suggested a Peanut Butter Poets Poll. It was the perfect
excuse inspiration to turn a singles poll dance into a month-long poetry party. :)
We’re topping things off today with another lipsmacking menu that brings to mind Santa and his elves. Actually, Santa never had it so good with this bevy of beauties: Linda Baie, Cathy Ballou Mealey, Betsy Hubbard, Mary Lee Hahn, and Renée LaTulippe. And Santa himself? None other than our brilliant, beloved (and oh so cuddly) Children’s Poet Laureate, J. Patrick Lewis (who, BTW, is also this week’s Eye Candy)! No, we don’t mess around here. We serve up only THE BEST.
Are you ready?
Help yourself to a Peanut Butter Cup mustache (nibble gently, close your eyes, and think of Pat),
put on these magic peanut slippers,
and once again, go full-tilt, shell-shocked, cracked to the nines NUTS!
If peanut butter be the food of love, spread on . . .
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♥ LINDA BAIE ♥
I have been all over the place with my likes through the years, but lately the best for my taste buds, with apples, is Jif natural creamy. I used to love chunky, but my grandson finally persuaded me to change, & I did for him, of course. For a treat, my daughter says to have honey roasted peanuts ground at Whole Foods. My friends who know how much I love peanut butter keep telling me to try cashew butter, but I still haven’t. Maybe someday! I am loyal to my PB.
yes, you oughter
better than those other treats
it’s really really
good to eat
(jelly topping makes it sweet)
when adding some
and do remember
when late at night
you feel the need
for something light
just dip a spoonful
from the jar
then add some Ritz
for a snackin’ blitz
it’ll fill your tum
make you hum
yum and yum
Copyright © 2012 Linda Baie. All rights reserved.
Linda at TeacherDance
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♥ CATHY BALLOU MEALEY ♥
I’m 100% neutral to the brand and smoothness or creaminess of the PB as long as there is an equal proportion of Nutella on the bread, toast, or waffle!
. . . there is one last unfilled category near and dear to my heart, peanut sesame noodles. I fell in love with them at an MIT haunt called Mary Chung’s, where the addictive dun dun noodles with shredded chicken were an absolute mouth-burning must. I’d be remiss if I didn’t send you my ode to the ever-delightful, endlessly delicious Mary Chung dun dun noodles.
AN ODE TO MARY CHUNG’S
Peanut butter, sesame
Honey, scallion, dried chili.
Melt and stir them in the pot,
Add some noodles, boiling hot.
Shredded chicken — toss on top,
Yum yum dun dun — I can’t stop!
Copyright © 2012 Cathy Ballou Mealey. All rights reserved.
Cathy Ballou Mealey at bildebok
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♥ BETSY HUBBARD ♥
I was excited to see your posts dedicated to peanut butter. I am a loyal peanut butter fan and am glad that so many people are giving it some due respect. I am a straight up creamy Jif girl.
A PEANUTTY MISTAKE
Peanut butter crunchy
peanut butter cream
peanut butter fluff
would be a peanut butter dream.
Peanut butter crackers
or peanut butter cake
but peanut butter beets would be a
Copyright © 2012 Betsy Hubbard. All rights reserved.
Betsy at Teaching Young Writers
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♥ MARY LEE HAHN ♥
My favorite brand is Naturally Nutty. They have amazing flavors and all kinds of nut butters, but my favorite is Butter Toffee Peanut Butter. It has flax seeds and hemp seeds in it to add to the crunch and the healthiness.
Peanut Butter Goes with ALMOST Everything
for my peanut butter
that you’ll never see:
Copyright © 2012 Mary Lee Hahn. All rights reserved.
Mary Lee at A Year of Reading
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♥ RENÉE LATULIPPE ♥
It’s a good thing I’m not much for brand loyalty, since the only PB brand I’ve found in my area in Italy is the Dutch brand Calvé. And it’s gooood. Very dense and smooth (97% peanuts!) and yummy with strawberry jam. Only problem is that the jars are too small (Italians are not given to excess).
I suppose baloney
would do in a pinch
or even pastrami
piled an inch
high on some rye
a swipe of dijon –
that most fragrant
but I’d never betray
you, my legume love
now you spin me
in this nutty
I’m jelly before
your butterly beckoning
and this is my
with cold cuts, pâtés,
spreads, I’m through
I’m stuck on you.
Copyright © 2012 Renée LaTulippe. All rights reserved.
Renée at No Water River
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♥ J. PATRICK LEWIS ♥
Ho ho! Nothing finer than an off kilter recipe concocted by the one and only to officially ring in December merrymaking!
Pat: I’m a chunky kind of guy — literally! Ha.
CHRISTMAS PEANUT BUTTER COOKIE RECIPE
Though ingredients can be identified only under
electron microscopes not yet invented, try to find,
An ebenezer of anti-humbug flour
A pot of rainbow residue
2 dew drops from a Middle-Earth flower
4 Chicken Little egg yolks
A learical of peanuts from the rare Bong-tree
A paradise of charlie brown sugar
Add entire contents to a sieve that’s been to sea.
Stir with the whisk broom of a garden gnome.
Roll into succulent circles, then spork.
Bake at 350° on INDESCRIBABLE.
Let cool past impatience.
Share (if you must).
If recipe fails, add wit and good cheer.
Otherwise you will spend a dreary Christmas
with dullards like ginger snaps, Pfeffernüsse,
and, give me strength, Aunt Mae’s fruitcake.
Copyright © 2012 J. Patrick Lewis. All rights reserved.
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Was that as good for you as it was for me? Oh, so magical! I especially love “the whisk broom of a garden gnome.”
Wonder if you can smoke those Bong-tree peanuts? :)
It was also interesting to hear what things peanut butter does and does not go with, and to have Cathy add some spice to the mix. I’ve since learned about a few other combinations I’d be hesitant to try, among them, PB with pickles, olives, Marmite, horseradish, and onions (Ernest Hemingway liked thick slices in his PB sandwiches). But I really need to break out of my PB&J-only mindset, since PB is great in soup (made my first batch recently) as well as in stir fry sauces and salad dressings. I will heretofore follow up on all my “butterly beckonings.”
Good to know: New York Mayor Michael Bloomberg’s preferred last meal would be Toasted Wonder Bread, melted Skippy Super Chunky PB, bananas and bacon (he’s an Elvis-y kinda guy).
But wait! There’s more!
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♥ PEANUT BUTTER POLL RESULTS ♥
Truth be told, choosy moms are still choosing Jif®. It’s touted all the time as America’s #1 favorite and our poll confirmed that. Jif was an early frontrunner and never lost its lead. Second to Jif was the “Other” category, followed by Skippy, Peter Pan, and last, lonely Smuckers. More Jif fans preferred creamy to crunchy.
Of those who chose other brands or had no particular brand preference, more females liked chunky/crunchy, disproving the theory that women usually go for creamy.
These crunchy “other brand” females also tended toward the all natural options, breaking from tradition and hydrogenation, often eschewing salt and sugar, embracing the formerly male-dominated chunky hunk peanut butter world.
I am woman, watch me shatter the jar.
The willingness of both genders to try new brands reflects a more health-conscious, food-savvy society taking full advantage of the seeming endless variety of choices currently available. Among the U.S. brands mentioned:
- Crazy Richards
- Naturally Nutty
- PB2 (powdered form)
- East Wind
- Trader Joe’s
- Smart Balance
old mature enough to remember when Skippy ruled supreme and how big a deal it was when Jif first came on the scene (1958). Needn’t feel sorry for Smuckers brand — the J.M. Smuckers Co. owns the Jif trademark along with a whole bunch of others (Pillsbury®, Crisco®, Dunkin’ Donuts®, Folgers®, et. al.)
This poll was so much fun, I’ve decided to do a different poll every week, so please visit the sidebar often (and bring refreshments)! :)
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STICKY THANKS ONCE AGAIN TO ALL THE PEANUT BUTTER POETS!! AND THANKS TO EVERYONE FOR CELEBRATING PEANUT BUTTER LOVERS MONTH WITH US HERE AT ALPHABET SOUP!
♥ Seriously good: Nora Ephron’s favorite Peanut Butter Sandwich Cookies (via Epicurious)
♥ Don’t miss “15 Ways with Peanut Butter” at Cooking Light for more great recipes.
♥ New book alert: Creamy & Crunchy: An Informal History of Peanut Butter, the All-American Food by Jon Krampner (Columbia University Press, 2012)!! Jon shares his original recipe for a “Simon and Garfunkel” sandwich at the Peanut Butter Lovers blog.
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Our favorite Peanut Butter and Jellyfish poet Amy Ludwig VanDerwater is hosting today’s roundup at The Poem Farm. Please take her this Peanut Butter Nutella Cupcake:
Do you think it’s big enough? Enjoy all the poetic goodness and keep spreading the love!
Always and forever, NUTS TO YOU!
*Peanut Flat Slippers via BuySlipper.com
Copyright © 2012 Jama Rattigan of Jama’s Alphabet Soup. All rights reserved.