I am a huge fan of peanut butter. For me it’s right up there with chocolate as one of the major food groups, so I’m glad to have a month to celebrate this delicious fare. Besides being tasty, peanuts are also good for you. Peanuts have a high percentage of protein, and peanut butter provides protection against cardiovascular disease due to high levels of monounsaturated fats and resveratrol.
As far as the history of this celebration, the Website peanutbutterlovers.com has this to say: “Southern Peanut Growers, representing southeastern peanut farmers, started the celebration as Peanut Butter Lovers Day on November 4, 1990. November 4 marks the anniversary of the first patent for peanut butter, applied for by Dr. John Harvey Kellogg on November 4, 1895. It grew to a month-long celebration in 1995 when peanut butter celebrated its 100th birthday!”
We, of course, use peanut butter in a variety of ways. It’s unmatched as a sandwich spread, especially when paired with your choice of jelly. It makes for great candy, as peanut butter cups. It is used extensively in baking, such as peanut butter cookies. You can also make peanut butter soup, which is very good. I have a spicy recipe, but you can get a milder version at Mount Vernon near Washington DC.
Peanut butter is always needed by your local food bank, so this is the perfect month to buy a jar (or more) to donate to them.
It’s also easy to make. I saw a rather elaborate recipe online, which made me laugh. When I make peanut butter, I take a sixteen-ounce jar of dry roasted peanuts – choose how salty you want them – and toss them in a food processer. I whizz them around until they are small pieces, then add a little peanut oil – just enough to hold them together. From first to last, it takes perhaps five minutes, and is much better than what you buy in a store.
And don’t forget that one of our recent Presidents, Jimmy Carter was a peanut farmer.
Quotes about peanut butter
I make a mean peanut butter and jelly sandwich.–Jack Black
I mostly eat peanut butter sandwiches. Peanut butter and banana, peanut butter and jelly, peanut butter and potato chips, peanut butter and olives, and peanut butter and marshmallow goo. So sue me, I like peanut butter.–Janet Evanovich
When I’m in the mood for room service, my favorite order is a peanut-butter-and-jelly sandwich.–Pharrell Williams
Do you want to make a tamale with peanut butter and jelly? Go Ahead! Somebody will eat it.–Bobby Flay
Everyone has the talent to some degree: even making a peanut butter and jelly sandwich, you know whether it tastes better to you with raspberry jam or grape jelly; on chewy pumpernickel or white toast.–Anna D. Shapiro
Peanut butter and jelly sandwiches are a great example of a perfect snack. They can go a long way.–Jozy Altidore
The best thing I can make is a peanut butter-and-jelly sandwich.–Mario Diaz-Balart
We didn’t have any money and lived on peanut butter and jelly, and I loved it.–Ronnie Van Zant
If you don’t mind smelling like peanut butter for two or three days, peanut butter is darn good shaving cream.–Barry Goldwater
Nothing takes the taste out of peanut butter quite like unrequited love.–Charles M. Schulz
My favorite sandwich is peanut butter, baloney, cheddar cheese, lettuce, and mayonnaise on toasted bread with catsup on the side.–Hubert H. Humphrey
Who would guess that a peanut butter and bacon sandwich is so good it will bring tears to your eyes? It does. Add lettuce, and you have a complete meal, with every known daily nutrient needed by the average 200 pound man.–Roger Welsch
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