I cannot remember a time when I didn’t love a peanut butter sandwich. Some of my earliest food memories involve making my own peanut butter and chocolate sprinkle sandwich after school. (Warm it for 10 seconds in the microwave – trust me on this.) These days, I’m still a big-time peanut butter sandwich lover and usually enjoy my PB with fresh sliced bananas, or even savory with some pickled vegetables, torn basil and a sprinkle of sriracha. But there’s really nothing more nostalgic and tastier to me than a peanut butter sandwich made with homemade jam or jelly.
When or why Southerners started boiling peanuts no one knows exactly. But good ideas have a way of spreading and, today, Southerners know how great boiled peanuts are. Not only are boiled peanuts called “the caviar of the South,” but they are also the official state snack of South Carolina. From Labor Day on into the holiday season, boiled peanuts are abundantly available at roadside stands, gas stations, ball games, festivals, and anywhere else people gather for fun.
With the kids out of school and a limited budget, you’re probably thinking about how to entertain the family this summer. Put on the sunscreen and check out some home-based and budget-friendly ideas you can do in your own backyard:
What do you think of when you hear the word summer? I love the beautiful weather that comes with summer, relaxing by the pool, and of course the food! Let's dive into some great poolside snack ideas. When I think of snacks, I want them to be convenient and tasty. I have compiled a list of my favorite 25 snacks to pack for summer fun.
Let’s talk about it. We all know them. The peanut obsessives in our lives who plow through a bag of peanuts at the ballpark before the second inning. The ones who don’t even bother with bread or an apple and just get their peanut butter fix with a jar and a spoon. While it might seem obvious that they’ll appreciate a gift of peanuts or peanut butter, why not give them something that fits their niche but adds a wonderful twist?
If you’re going to go to all the fuss of throwing a party, then make it a memorable one. No offense to mom, but those old-school recipes laden with mayonnaise aren’t going to go over well with a refined foodie crowd. Check out these recipe ideas for a more sophisticated (and tasty!) soirée.
To keep our energy levels up, each meal and snack should contain a good proportion of carbohydrates (the more whole grain or fruit/veggie based, the better), protein and good fats. Peanut butter is a natural fit as it provides more protein per ounce than any other nut as well as a great dose of mostly unsaturated fats – the good kind. Not to mention, it is shelf stable so packing it for lunch or a snack makes it more portable than most options.
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