Tuesday, January 27, 2015

Enough with the soup. I need to be more creative than just open a can of some slop. It was nice to see the tri-state area shut down completely. A joint decision of three Governors of three states to stop all transportation and all major events like basketball games and Broadway was cancelled. No one really complained even though we never got the three feet of snow promised. I’m sure it cost people lots of money not to do any business for an afternoon and evening. We should do it more often even if it is just to hear the silence and be able to walk down the middle of a street.

So they forced you to go home and you forgot to buy the milk, bread and eggs we all seem to need all the time. There is always that jar of peanut butter that never seems to spoil. Suddenly peanut butter is hot and I mean that could be literally. There is a shop in Manhattan called Peanut Butter & Co. that sells just that. There is a variety that could set your mouth on fire called The Heat is On that is a jar of the stuff but blended with fiery  spices. Foods from India and Thailand use peanut butter a lot.  Ok forget the hot stuff and forget that mushy mess at the bottom of your backpack that once resembled a sandwich.

This place sells a distinctive sandwich that includes peanut butter with spices, pineapple jam and grilled chicken. It is an American Classic but with a twist of Thailand in it. This place has thought of 50 different kinds of peanut butter sandwiches you can make. Peanuts and peanut butter has been used in African, Indian and Asian cooking for hundreds of years and as those cultural influences start to develop more in the United States we start matching them up with American foods. He sells stuff called White Chocolate Wonderful which is   simply peanut butter blended with sweet white chocolate. To try to see what it tastes like, well just put some peanut butter and white chocolate in your mouth at the same time and done.

The store has about three thousand customers each week looking for a sandwich. There is one called The Elvis for non- dieters. Try peanut butter, bananas ,bacon, and honey on bread and then grill it . Interesting. The National Peanut Board( yes America has one) says that the average American child will eat 1,500 PB&J sandwiches before graduating high school. It is an $800 Million dollar industry. The only thing that could slow you down from eating the creamy stuff is Arachibutyrophobia which is the fear of getting the stuff stuck to the roof of your mouth.  It is a fear worth trying to get over so that you can try new versions like, The Bees Knees which is peanut butter with blended honey, Mighty Maple blended with maple syrup, Dark Chocolate Dreams blended with well you know by now.  By then your teeth are a dentist’s delight.

Two United States Presidents were peanut farmers. Thomas Jefferson and Jimmy Carter.                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                      

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