I love peanut butter.
I probably actually spend more time thinking about it than the average person. I get up and have a spoonful in the middle of the night sometimes (I am nursing, in case I need an excuse).
Growing up my favorite candy was Reese Cups. I once ate most of a big bucket of co-op peanut butter before I was discovered (those weigh 5 pounds). My mother often tells about watching me eat spoonfuls of peanut butter while sitting on the potty as a toddler. Imagine my excitement and surprise when my elementary TAG teacher made a chocolate and peanut butter cup (yes,drinking cup) for a peanut butter recipe thing we did. I mean, as if it wasn’t awesome enough that we were doing a unit on peanut butter. She taught me that there were people who thought about peanut butter, people who knew there was more than just peanut butter and jelly sandwiches. That peanut butter and chocolate cup (it must have been some kind of pudding or something) was a like a dream come true, but a dream that I didn’t even know I had had.
I even based a lot of my initial good thoughts about my husband on his admission that he, too, eats peanut butter with a spoon. I have since found out that he doesn’t do it with the frequency as I do, but still it was a connection in those tenuous early days.
I like it salty with only the smallest hint of sweetness. My current favorite is the Whole Foods Brand Chunky style. I always buy the big jar. Sometimes I have to buy Jif from the drugstore down the street – it’s too sweet, but better than going without.
Eating it with a spoon is fine and dandy and will get you through in a pinch, but here are some of the things I’ve been doing with it lately.
- Raspberry, Banana, Peanut Butter, Milk - impossible to photography, amazing to consume. Margot likes to drip this on the floor around the tv after she has had her fill in the mornings.
- Kale, Banana, Peanut Butter, Milk – delicious and green – you know you are doing something good when you drink this. Margot will occasionally guzzle this one while we watch the Today show.
- Banana, Peanut Butter, Milk – The basic one when we are out of everything else or I can’t deal with any more kale/healthy pretenses. I consider this one to be both a main dish (breakfast) and a dessert in the evening. Brandon thinks these are all disgusting by the way.
- Apple Slices
- Graham Cracker
- Banana Bread (this is the only way I care to eat banana bread now)
- Ice Cream - Vanilla is best, but chocolate will do
- Plain Yogurt with honey
- Challah Bread
- Chocolate Loaf
- Spoon, Butter Knife, or Index Finger
- Pizza Dough Bread (this is an desperate measure as salty on salty is not the best, but in a pinch it will do)
- Any application really. It mixes so well with heavy cream and sugar that I had to put an end to doing so at home because I didn’t want to ever stop. I could whip that up and it is straight from the bowl, and then feel really very bad.
Over the Top – Actually Probably Gross
- Elvis Presley Sandwich – this one will make even me sick, but is wonderful while eating.
- Peanut Butter and Cheese Sandwich – as I recall this was a staple at a childhood friend’s house. Sounds bad, but isn’t. Okay, I haven’t had this in years, but have very fond memories of it.
Interestingly enough I don’t love it in hot dishes. At least the ones we have tried to cook at home. It makes it too thick and dry. Most likely I just haven’t found the right recipe yet because why should my love for it stop when the temperature changes?
How do you eat it?
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