Peanut Butter 365



If it were up to River, Lily, and Canyon, all I would serve for breakfast, lunch, and dinner would be peanut butter sandwiches on homemade bread. For snack, they would probably happily eat peanut butter on a spoon which Darling D introduced them to followed by some smooshed between two crackers. Oh yeah, let’s not forget peanut butter grilled between two tortillas which is not quite mommy preferred, but loved by the masses in our house.

When I was younger, my mother would always (she did serve other foods) make me peanut butter sandwiches – no jelly – just peanut butter. I don’t think I missed the jelly because all I knew were peanut butter sandwiches. Later, I moved up to tuna fish. I ate the former and was filled and never wanted for another type of sandwich. One thing I did do was promise myself I would never eat another peanut butter sandwich when I became an adult or for the rest of my life for that matter.

Then came the college days and as many of you know and can remember, when you’re hungry, you will eat anything. My dad was faithful in sending care packages and among all of the other cool things he would send, peanut butter and tuna fish (I’m really only talking about peanut butter here) were always included in my packages. So there I was, an adult, breaking a sacred promise I had made to myself, and eating peanut butter sandwiches once again.

Now that I am older and a little wiser, I’ve come to realize that peanut butter is pretty cool. If a hunger pain hits me, then one spoonful (I usually prefer it with bread or on a cracker) of peanut butter will calm my grumbling stomach. It’s like magic! Peanut butter is the “hunger patch.” As far as divine, culinary cuisine is concerned, you probably won’t see peanut butter sandwiches on the menu, but I bet there may be one recipe, or two, that contains peanut butter.

It has gotten a bad rap lately because of the rise of people, especially children, who have peanut allergies. Because some of these exposures have resulted in deaths, a peanut butter sandwich is not as appealing as it used to be. One of my sisters is in the “peanut allergy” club and has, on more than one occasion, experienced life threatening exposures that have sent her to the hospital. There really is no clear cut reason as to why some people are allergic and others are not, which is why I waited until each child was two years old before introducing peanut butter into their diet. Canyon, actually had his first peanut butter sandwich at the age of 19 months. I don’t know where waiting for the age of two came from, but it just seemed “safe.”

My sister, like so many others have learned how to manage living with peanut allergies and have made it not the primary focus of their lives. They know what to look for and avoid and also some substitutes (like hummus – another favorite) which are also quite yummy. Food allergies are another great reason to cook at home because you know what ingredients are used in your food and there is less chance of someone forgetting or accidentally adding that allergy reacting ingredient. Don’t ask my sister about the time I served her pesto (peanut ingredient). Oops! Don’t worry. She’s okay.

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  • Comment from Rana

    We are peanut butter on spoon fanatics too. My mom introduced that to me when I was a kid. Peanut butter and Jelly is a staple at our house. It is funny… who came up with that number of waiting till two or three years old to serve it to children? I ate it when I was pregnant with the twins and they had it when they were toddlers and we have not had any problems. Thank God I don’t think I could live with out it.


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