Copyright 2011, CABS for Reflections From the Fence
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Here is the deal, I rather LOVE food. I just don't enjoy shopping for it, or preparing it, or even cleaning up after it is devoured. The simply perfect foods are things like apples, cut into quarters, chow down. Or yogurt, open container, insert spoon, chow down. Nuts work well too, numma numma, chow down. Cheese cubes, ya, another numma numma, chow down.
Now it is not that I am a bad cook, I just don't enjoy the process. I have been told my baked beans are pretty good, ditto for my cheesy scalloped potatoes. I have a recipe that I sorta cobbled together for nachos that I am rather proud of. And, there is the famous family cheese cake recipe passed down from my mother. There are some Christmas cookie recipes that are favorites too, one, again, from my mother, the other from a friend. Both of those involve pecans or walnuts.
But, honestly these days I would rather travel, take photos, write blogs and do family research. Man and I frequently lament that what we need is a wife, one that LOVES to cook. Trouble with that is that we would probably both gain a few pounds, OK, a LOT of pounds. Maybe it is a good thing that I don't cook a lot.
All this said, I do have a favorite food, no, not chocolate, not yogurt (although that is a close second). My fav food has to be peanut butter. Remember that apple, ya, did I mention that it would be smothered in peanut butter? Well, it would be! One of my fav comfort foods when just NOTHING else will do, a peanut butter and jelly sandwich. Ya, simple, but, I'll bet you have lots of wonderful memories attached to that simple PB & J, from your childhood. Sure ya do!
How 'bout peanut butter pie, second only to cheese cake in my estimation! I used to maintain a running list on what restaurant had the best peanut butter pie - - I loved it that much. Now, I don't mind a little chocolate with it, but, I want more peanut butter than chocolate and I want it to really taste like peanut butter, give me the flavor baby!! Oh, and please, please, please, do not put those mini chocolate chips in there, those horrible little things taste like wax, like totally ruins the pie no matter how creamy and peanut buttery it may be! Nix the chips!
Oh, and have you ever tried peanut butter ice cream topping?? My preference, heavily drizzled over really good vanilla, french vanilla, even better!
Peanut butter on toast, not bad. Better, peanut butter on toasted chocolate chip bagels. Best source of chocolate chip bagels found so far is a little bagel shop in Ann Arbor Michigan. They sell out VERY early in the morning, EVERY morning!
Of course, I am a tried and true fan of Reese peanut butter cups. And, those Easter eggs Reese puts out, that are about 2 inches wide and 3 to 4 inches long and I swear they are 1/2 inch thick. TO DIE FOR!!
Maybe my most favorite use of peanut butter is to add a bit of kick to brownies and s'mores. Yaaa, sounds pretty good eh??? Take a moist brownie, heavy on the chocolate, nuts of choice (or not), and even add some chocolate frosting if you must. Now, add peanut butter. My mad method of managing all this gooey yummy brownie/frosting/peanut butter mess is to turn the brownie over, glob the peanut butter on the backside. Frosting on one side, peanut butter on the other, stand over sink and start munching. Yes, you will require cleaning up afterwards, that's the point of the sink standing!
The s'mores with peanut butter actually was something my brother dreamed up one night around a campfire. We were burning marshmallows for s'mores when he requested peanut butter. I really thought he had gone over the edge, but, he does love his peanut butter. (Must be a family thing, eh?) So, I dug out the peanut butter and sat and watched as he smeared one graham cracker with the PB, and then added the roasted/burnt marshmallow and chocolate and another square of graham cracker. He pronounced it as excellent. I hesitated, asking, "really?" But, I did not hesitate long, made myself one and have never looked back!
Yep, peanut butter rules, oh, and make that smooth if you please, simply smooth, thank you.
* Photo of the Reese peanut butter cup courtesy of Evan-Amos and Wikipedia.
** Remember, Reese/Hershey owns the copyright to the name, the product. I have received not one thing from them for mentioning them here in my blog. If they send product later, as a thank you, like that's gonna happen, NOT, but if they do, I am going to enjoy it. They have a web site here, with photos of products, I had to clean the drool off the keyboard.
*** Jar of peanut butter photo courtesy of PiccoloNamek and Wikipedia.
**** Amish peanut butter, not discussed here, could be an entire post, which Amish community makes the best and which store/restaurant in which Amish community stands out above all the rest. Ya, I have a fav there too!
***** This post really needs a warning label, "THIS POST CONTAINS EXTRAORDINARY AMOUNTS OF CARBS! And, no my friends, this Demon sufferer rarely enjoys diabetic diet busters these days. But, those apples -- I still smother them in peanut butter.