National Peanut Butter Lovers Month

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.

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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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National Peanut Butter Cookie Day

June 12 is National Peanut Butter Cookie Day. Did you know peanut butter cookies are a recent invention? The Aztecs invented peanut butter in the 14th century, but peanut butter cookies didn’t become an American favorite until the early 1900s.

The first person to really promote the use of peanuts for human consumption was George Washington Carver. In 1916, he published a paper called “How to Grow the Peanut and 105 Ways of Preparing it for Human Consumption,” which had three recipes for peanut butter cookies. It also has all sort of other peanut recipes for soup (if you’ve never had peanut soup, you are really missing something!), bread, muffins, cake, and all sorts of other things. The paper also extols the uses and health benefits of peanuts. You can find the complete paper on the Web at http://aggie-horticulture.tamu.edu/fruit-nut/carver-peanut/. It’s a fascinating read.

In 1932, the Schenectady Gazette published the first peanut butter cookie recipe that called for crisscrossed fork marks on the top. Today, a peanut butter cookie just wouldn’t be quite right without this iconic decoration!

I love peanut butter cookies, but as a diabetic, I substitute applesauce for much of the sugar in the cookies (and use sugar substitute for the rest), and whole wheat flour for white. I also make my own peanut butter by grinding up peanuts, which takes about five minutes in a food processor, so it is also sugar free. You can find recipes for relatively healthy cookies by looking up “sinless peanut butter cookies” on the Web.

Healthy or not, enjoy a peanut butter cookie on its special day!

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I couldn’t find quotes about peanut butter cookies, so here are interspersed quotes about peanut butter, and quotes about cookies.

Man cannot live by bread alone; he must have peanut butter.–James A. Garfield

Cookies are the sweetest little bit of comfort food. They are very bite-sized and personal.–Sandra Lee

I make a mean peanut butter and jelly sandwich.–Jack Black

Think what a better world it would be if we all, the whole world, had cookies and milk about three o’clock every afternoon and then lay down on our blankets for a nap.–Barbara Jordan

Nothing takes the taste out of peanut butter quite like unrequited love.–Charles M. Schulz

Today me will live in the moment, unless it is unpleasant. In which case me will eat a cookie.–The Cookie Monster

Oreos and peanut butter; I like that. And peanut butter and apples, peanut butter and chocolate.–Jacquelyn Jablonski

My grannies would both bake things like shortbreads and cookies. I think whenever I smell those kinds of things it really takes me back to my childhood.–Curtis Stone

We have a rule here: Anything below 36 inches has to be brown or black – the color of chocolate or peanut butter!–Candice Olson

I think cookies are sort of the unsung sweet, you know? … A plate of cookies is a great way to end dinner and really nice to share at the holidays.–Bobby Flay

I cannot walk past Peanut Butter M&Ms and Oreos.–Horatio Sanz

A balanced diet is a cookie in each hand.–Unknown

Do you want to make a tamale with peanut butter and jelly? Go Ahead! Somebody will eat it.–Bobby Flay

The house smelled musty and damp, and a little sweet, as if it were haunted by the ghosts of long-dead cookies.–Neil Gaiman (American Gods)

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 (Diggin’ In and Piggin’ Out)

Remember, there are cookies waiting here for you.–Dean Koontz (Deeply Odd)

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 Shapiro (A Feast of Words)

Whatever happened, at least we had cookies.–Diana Rowland (Vengeance of the Demon)

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