Tuesday, March 1, 2011
National Peanut Butter Lovers' Day
Today is a holiday that almost anyone can celebrate: National Peanut Butter Lovers' Day! (Those with allergies are excused, of course, but the rest of you are expected to be throwing a party.)
In case there was any doubt left in anyone's mind, I am one of peanut butter's biggest fans. It truly is the most amazing food!
Cookies, muffins, pies, candies ... the treats that we simply couldn't live without are good options for your festivities. No day is complete without a little something sweet, after all!
You can feast upon sandwiches: the classics -- like PB&J or Fluffernutter -- or a fabulous grilled Elvis, warm and gooey and so satisfying with peanut butter and banana oozing out from the bread (I always add a shmear of honey, too). Or then there's a healthier option, featuring peanut butter with apples. Prepare a buffet table, and let folks pick their favorites!
There are even savory international favorites -- like African Peanut Soup or Thai noodles or Asian dipping sauces. You can plan an entire meal, from appetizers to entrees to desserts, with this indispensable ingredient. And feel free to do so today!
National Peanut Butter Lovers' Day is a cause for celebration and adoration. How many other foods are so adaptable??? I adore blue cheese and Dijon mustard, and use them in everything from salads to sandwiches to eggs to pasta; but even *I* draw the line at desserts!
And while foods like chocolate or jam can be used in entrees -- for example, I always add chocolate to beef/pork-based chilis, and jam is lovely in a sauce over chicken -- they have some specific savory uses but not a wide variety of them.
Peanut butter, however, is glorious at any time of day and for any meal!
So enjoy! Celebrate!!! Truly, today is a very special day ... :)
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