A moment of your time, if I may? Allow me to wax poetic over the beauty, the perfection that is a peanut butter and jelly sammich.
The endless iterations, the variations on the theme, the altered states of pb&j-dom, the ratios. Ah yes, the ratios.
This might be an IMHO, so move if needed.
I was spreading my personal fave, chunky, onto whole wheat the other day when I got wondering. At what point does the peanut butter and jelly overtake the bread? When do the two slices of bread become nothing more than a peanut butter delivery system ( much in the same way that a lobster tail is nothing more than a deliver system for drawn butter, but I digress ) ?
Now, just as we might observe the ratio of bread:peanut butter:jelly, we might similarly touch upon Brand snobbiness. What brand must you have, forsaking all other brands? Me, I am a store-brand whore. I don’t care if it’s Shop-Rite, Jewel, Pathmark or any other darned store brand just as long as it’s chunky. Super-chunky is preferable. OTOH, I am a damned snob about my jelly. I home-make my jams and so I think that the last time I had commercially made jams or jellies, Richard Nixon was in hot water for some break-in or somesuch.
Bread? Never been too picky. It’s the time of year when I set aside my low-carb lifestyle so I can enjoy one of life’s most incredible culinary gifts: Peanut Butter and homemade Spiced Peach Jamm on matzoh. Oh yes, chunky pb & j on matzoh. A gift. SUCH a gift !!! ;j
What do you love? What must you have? What combinations make you blissful? Which are barely palatable? Yes, bring in the oddities and offshoots. What have you done with peanut butter that might frighten those not as open-minded as, say, your average Doper?
I happen to adore peanut butter and banana sandwiches. They contain the same caloric content as fourteen TastyKake pies, but what of it? We’re talking peanut butter and banana. Please.
My daughter, the Fem-Bot ™, went through a phase where she ate peanut butter, jam and ham sandwiches. This frightened me and yet, I had to respect her adventurous spirit.
How do you take yours?