It’s Peanut Butter Lover’s Month!
Not that I need an excuse to spread it on extra thick or anything. Why, just this morning I had a nice slice of lightly toasted multi-grain bread slathered with 365 All Natural Creamy Peanut Butter and Hawaiian Sun Guava Jelly. Don’t you love the way peanut butter melts on warm toast, making you lick the corners of your mouth after biting into it? Mmmmmmm!
If I’m feeling extra naughty, I’ll forego the jelly and spread on some Nutella. Then there’s my peanut butter and apple mid-morning snack, the late afternoon Reese’s PB Cup or PB on celery pick-me-up. Sigh. I blame my addiction on my dad, who always seemed to be snacking on cocktail peanuts while I was growing up. Sound familiar?
What about peanut butter cookies? Alas and alack! I married a man who does not like them. Len took PBJs or fluffernutters to school for lunch every day and he somehow (very strangely) associates peanut butter cookies with that (the average American boy eats approximately 1500 PB sandwiches before the age of 18). To this day, I’ve never seen him eat a PB sandwich or a PB cookie, though he loves PB on Ritz crackers. Go figure.
It’s interesting that adults actually eat more peanut butter than kids. Aside from being a great source of plant protein, dietary fiber, Vitamin E, niacin, and cool minerals such as iron, calcium and magnesium, peanut butter simply calls up a host of happy childhood memories. Want a cookie?
PEANUT BUTTER COOKIES
by Edwin Romond
My mother made them from memory
giving me my own memory of winter
in our kitchen, the salty aroma
of peanut butter cookies from the oven,
and the torture of waiting for them to cool
on the window sill overlooking Albert St.
in the Eisenhower 50s of my childhood.
I remember her mixing brown sugar,
butter, and spoons of Skippy. She never
checked a cookbook and they tasted
like no other cookies tasted. “I just know,”
she’d say if I asked her how she did this
then she’d wrap them in foil and sing
along with Perry Como on our radio.
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♥ LET’S CELEBRATE WITH A PEANUT BUTTER POLL AND MORE PEANUT BUTTER POEMS! ♥
Some of you may remember when our favorite mustachioed poet, Charles Ghigna, shared his own peanut butter poem at the Father Goose blog, and those of you who’ve seen the wonderful Poetry Friday Anthology know about Robyn Hood Black’s charming mouthful, “Snack Rules,” which Joy Acey shared here. Proof positive that poets love peanut butter!
Charles came up with a fun suggestion: to offset all the ridiculous political polls we’ve been inundated with recently, why not do our own PEANUT BUTTER POLL?
Yes, inquiring (and hungry) minds want to know!
1) What’s your favorite brand — and even more intriguing — creamy or chunky?
- Check off your fave brand in my sidebar poll or tell us in a comment.
- Tell us whether you prefer creamy or chunky in your comment.
- You don’t have to be a poet to participate in the poll.
2) If you’d like to help us spread it on even thicker, write your own peanut butter poem:
- Send it to me anytime this month: readermail (at) jamakimrattigan (dot) com.
- I’ll post all peanut butter poems on November Poetry Fridays as I receive them.
For the record, Father Goose Charles likes Peter Pan. Supposedly, East Coasters prefer creamy, while West Coasters like chunky, and women and children like creamy while men like chunky. Is it true? Can’t wait to hear about your preferences and feast on your poems!
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♥ IN A NUTSHELL♥
- Two former U.S. Presidents were peanut farmers: Thomas Jefferson and Jimmy Carter.
- Other famous peanut butter lovers: Elvis, President Bill Clinton, Julia Child, Larry King, Jack Nicholson, Tom Selleck, Kim Basinger, Barbara Walters, Olympian Bonnie Blair, Barbara Bush, Dan Rather, Madonna, Cher, William F. Buckley, Billy Joel, Julia Roberts, Bill Cosby, Jerry Seinfeld and Michael J. Fox.
- Americans eat about 3 pounds of peanut butter per person each year, totaling about 500 million pounds… enough to cover the floor of the Grand Canyon.
- It takes 772 peanuts to make a 16.3 oz jar of peanut butter.
- In George Washington Carver’s 1916 Research Bulletin called How to Grow the Peanut and 105 Ways of Preparing it for Human Consumption, he included three recipes for peanut cookies calling for crushed/chopped peanuts as an ingredient. Peanut butter was not actually listed as an ingredient until the 1920’s.
- What about those famous criss-cross tine marks that characterize peanut butter cookies? Earliest PB cookies were rolled out thin and cut into shapes. First recipe that mentioned marking them with a fork was published in the Schenectady Gazette on July 1, 1932.
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Donna at Mainely Write is hosting this week’s Roundup. Do you think she likes creamy or chunky? Enjoy all the poetic goodness being shared in the blogosphere, send me your peanut butter poems, and help me SPREAD THE WORD!! 🙂
A peanut sat on a railroad track,His heart was all a-flutter.The five-fifteen came rushing by–Toot toot! Peanut butter!~ Anonymous
This post is also being linked to Beth Fish Read’s Weekend Cooking, where everyone is invited to share their food-related posts (fiction/nonfiction/cookbook/movie reviews, recipes, photos, musings, etc.). Put on your bib and join the party!
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