For a 15 year stretch growing up in Nebraska — from age five to 20 — I ate a toasted — toasting the bread made it a hot meal — peanut butter and jelly sandwich three times a day: One for breakfast, one for lunch and the final one for a late-night snack. 


I was forced to each so many peanut butter and jelly sandwiches because
that was all there was in the house I could make myself and it was also
a fast way to get some fuel into your body. I used Wonder Bread, Jif
peanut butter and, of course, Welch’s grape jelly to create my trinity
of masterpieces.

I now cringe at the thought of all the refined sugar
in that mandatory childhood trough.
Over the last 15 years the bread became wheat and the peanut butter
changed from Jif to Skippy — because Janna
grew up eating Skippy. Some say Peter Pan peanut better is the best
tasting, but we have yet to try it — perhaps because of that scary
cartoon on the label.

We also experimented with a wide variety of jams
instead of grape jelly. We found moderate taste successes.
Today when we get a craving for our childhood, we drop in two thick
slices of a 12-grain wheat bread in the toaster, push on some chunky
organic peanut butter and drizzle around a natural strawberry compote
with no added sugar. It’s a resurrected — and healthier — manna in a
mouthful.

125 Comments

  1. I always enjoy a good peanut butter sandwich. Crunch peanut butter is the best. However, for some reason, I don’t like jelly with peanut butter.
    I’ll eat jelly on toast or English muffins.
    But, I’ll never mix peanut butter and jelly.

  2. Oh, I’m still a PB&J eater. I grew up eating Peter Pan, and I have to say I do like it a little bit better than Jif.
    But the ultimate comfort food sandwich is peanut butter and banana, and I don’t mean spread the peanut butter on one piece of bread, slice a banana on the peanut butter and then top it off with another piece of bread.
    You take the banana, slice it in a bowl or on a plate. Then take a tablespoon of peanut butter and mix it with the banana. Just smush it all up together really well – that’s why a plate might be more helpful than a bowl. Then slap that between two slices of bread. Depending on how big your banana is (wait – that didn’t come out right… 😕 ) you might have some peanut butter and banana mixture leftover.
    An ice cold Pepsi and a couple of helping of cheesie poofs make it a splendid meal! 😀

  3. Oh, I’m still a PB&J eater. I grew up eating Peter Pan, and I have to say I do like it a little bit better than Jif.
    But the ultimate comfort food sandwich is peanut butter and banana, and I don’t mean spread the peanut butter on one piece of bread, slice a banana on the peanut butter and then top it off with another piece of bread.
    You take the banana, slice it in a bowl or on a plate. Then take a tablespoon of peanut butter and mix it with the banana. Just smush it all up together really well – that’s why a plate might be more helpful than a bowl. Then slap that between two slices of bread. Depending on how big your banana is (wait – that didn’t come out right… 😕 ) you might have some peanut butter and banana mixture leftover.
    An ice cold Pepsi and a couple of helping of cheesie poofs make it a splendid meal! 😀

  4. I’d never eat Goober.
    My 8-year-old son loves peanut butter and grape jelly sandwiches, so it must not be genetic.
    I do like maple syrup with bacon, however, so I’m not opposed to mixing foods.

  5. I’d never eat Goober.
    My 8-year-old son loves peanut butter and grape jelly sandwiches, so it must not be genetic.
    I do like maple syrup with bacon, however, so I’m not opposed to mixing foods.

  6. Hello Ms. Carla!
    What is the difference between Peter Pan and Jif? Sweeter? Consistency? Better melting?
    I tried the peanut butter and banana recipe you describe that should NOT be used. I guess I should try it following your more complex method. It sounds delicious!
    What’s a cheesie poof? Is that like Cheetos or something?

  7. Hello Ms. Carla!
    What is the difference between Peter Pan and Jif? Sweeter? Consistency? Better melting?
    I tried the peanut butter and banana recipe you describe that should NOT be used. I guess I should try it following your more complex method. It sounds delicious!
    What’s a cheesie poof? Is that like Cheetos or something?

  8. Chris —
    Goober is awful. I like a lot of peanut butter and a little bit of jam/preserves. Goober is mainstream and the absolute 50/50 middle: You get exactly as much peanut butter as jelly in the jar. That equanimity clashes tastes in a bad way when mixed in my mouth.

  9. Chris —
    Goober is awful. I like a lot of peanut butter and a little bit of jam/preserves. Goober is mainstream and the absolute 50/50 middle: You get exactly as much peanut butter as jelly in the jar. That equanimity clashes tastes in a bad way when mixed in my mouth.

  10. I think Peter Pan is a bit sweeter, but I only eat smooth peanut butter. I don’t care for chunky. I’d rather eat a handful of peanuts.
    Yes, the more complex method is yummy! In my opinion anyway.
    And yes, a cheesie poof is like Cheetos or something similar. It’s a reference to Cartman on “Southpark.”

  11. I think Peter Pan is a bit sweeter, but I only eat smooth peanut butter. I don’t care for chunky. I’d rather eat a handful of peanuts.
    Yes, the more complex method is yummy! In my opinion anyway.
    And yes, a cheesie poof is like Cheetos or something similar. It’s a reference to Cartman on “Southpark.”

  12. I like peanut butter and banana. Crunchy peanut butter on top of a split banana without bread is also a favorite. And, I’ve eaten peanut butter on apple slices.
    Maybe peanut butter and jelly is just too sweet for my tastes. I bet the couple of times I had PB&J sandwiches when I was young, I put too much jelly on them. Maybe I need a subtle taste of strawberry jam instead of a gooey sweetness overkill.

  13. I like peanut butter and banana. Crunchy peanut butter on top of a split banana without bread is also a favorite. And, I’ve eaten peanut butter on apple slices.
    Maybe peanut butter and jelly is just too sweet for my tastes. I bet the couple of times I had PB&J sandwiches when I was young, I put too much jelly on them. Maybe I need a subtle taste of strawberry jam instead of a gooey sweetness overkill.

  14. Chris —
    Fresh-ground peanuts into peanut butter is the absolute best. It’s creamy and chunky and not sweet at all because it is 100% peanuts.
    Yes, I use just a tablespoon of peanut butter to 3/4 of a teaspoon of jam — peanut butter on one half and the jam on the other half and then I smush both sides together to intermingle and melt a bit.
    Too much jam is a bad thing!
    Have you ever put peanut butter on celery? Now that’s an interesting taste treat.
    I’m going to try your other suggestions!

  15. Chris —
    Fresh-ground peanuts into peanut butter is the absolute best. It’s creamy and chunky and not sweet at all because it is 100% peanuts.
    Yes, I use just a tablespoon of peanut butter to 3/4 of a teaspoon of jam — peanut butter on one half and the jam on the other half and then I smush both sides together to intermingle and melt a bit.
    Too much jam is a bad thing!
    Have you ever put peanut butter on celery? Now that’s an interesting taste treat.
    I’m going to try your other suggestions!

  16. That’s the best post I’ve read all week. Haha, we too did the conversion to healtier pb&j. My husband loves peanut butter. We have whole grain bread, organic peanut butter, and organic sugar free grape jelly. (Sometimes we even spray a little ‘I Can’t believe it’s not butter’ on the toast.) hehe

  17. That’s the best post I’ve read all week. Haha, we too did the conversion to healtier pb&j. My husband loves peanut butter. We have whole grain bread, organic peanut butter, and organic sugar free grape jelly. (Sometimes we even spray a little ‘I Can’t believe it’s not butter’ on the toast.) hehe

  18. Oh, no, there was bread. Spread the peanut butter on one slice. Put down one layer of plain potato chips and then place the other piece on top.
    And it was always Charles Chips – a brand that used to be sold in a large tan-colored tin. Once you bought the tin, you just bought bag refills.

  19. Hi Paige!
    It is a delight and pleasure to meet you and I thank you for your fine comment and I commend your excellent taste in PB&J!
    😀
    I haven’t tried your spray method but it sure does sound interesting! Do you spray it on both pieces of toast or only on the jelly side?

  20. Peanut butter and a sliced jalapeno pepper are also great, especially if the bread is dark, rich, and heavy with the sheer weight of coarsely ground and sprouted grains. Often, I’ll switch from peppers to a good dill pickle.
    Also, David, to throw in a reasonably related question, what generally are you eating or not eating these days? Specifically, are you still vegan? I run competitively, bike hard, hike in the mountains, etc., and I find that a lacto-ovo vegetarian diet suits me best. Without an intensely concentrated source of full-spectrum amino acid protein I begin to hear warning messages from my body: “protein, please!” I do, however, make certain I know the source of my yogurt, cottage cheese, and eggs, and I periodicaolly check on the welfare of the animals that provide me these marvelous gifts.
    Cheeers,
    –Jim

  21. I never had peanut butter before coming to USA; I think it is an acquired taste. I love peanuts, but the peanut butter….well…I know its healthy…. 😀
    I used to have butter or ghee (some kind of clarified butter) on my bread back home, our bread is a bit different, known as ‘’naan’’ or ‘’chapati’’ (something close to tortilla) and we used to sprinkle butter or ghee on it when it is steaming hot – yummy…. 😀
    It takes time to cook so I don’t have the luxury to have it everyday, I eat the peanut butter sandwich as a substitute and I like it!

  22. Hi Jim–
    Welcome to this blog!
    I can’t handle jalapenos for some reason. They really fire my mouth. Habaneros are out, too, I recently learned, because they make me sick. I do like Frank’s Hot Sauce, though. Pretty good stuff.
    Your question about Veganism is interesting and on point. It is much easier to follow a Vegan diet in Manhattan than in Jersey City because every corner in Manhattan you can find something worthy of eating. There’s a new Whole Foods and Trader Joe’s in Union Square so the pickings are getting even richer and deeper.
    It is difficult to be staunchly Vegan because the food labels are often wrong or misleading or incomplete. There is butter and dairy and egg in almost everything out there you don’t make yourself from scratch… so we try not to sweat that to the point of making ourselves sick we worry and do the best we can with what we have and super-focus our “Veganism” on goods like clothes and other things we positively know did not come from animals.

  23. Hey Katha!
    Thanks for sharing your cultural acclimation to peanut butter! It certainly is an acquired taste. In a pinch you can dig out a spoon and eat straight from the jar, but that takes practice to get it all swallowed without choking yourself dry.
    😀
    I love all Indian bread. I wish I could make it at home but that’s pretty much impossible without a clay oven, right?

  24. Yup! I agree with you on the chocking part!
    You can make the simplest form of bread called roti (flat breads) without the clay oven; but it is still time consuming and you will need some special utensils for that.
    http://www.indianfoodsco.com/Recipes/breads.htm
    And perhaps the Dal – fry (fried lentil soup) is one of the best side dish to accompany it that can be cooked at home and doesn’t take much time. I cook it regularly and have it with toasted bread! 😀
    http://www.food-india.com/recipe/R001_025/R008.htm

  25. If you love peanut butter and haven’t tried anything from the site I linked, you’re surely missing out. 🙂
    If you’re as big a fan of potato chips as you say I insist on somehow sending you a few bags of Tim’s Cascade Style chips – they’re only sold in Washington and Oregon I think.

  26. 😆 Love the choking part, Katha! Harr! I do feel for you, though…
    If I need a “tool” to make bread I am out of luck.
    Dal Fry, OTOH, is delicious! I love lentils! You are making me hungry!
    We usually eat at the Indian buffet on Saturdays and Sundays in Little India in Jersey City. It’s nearby and the price is really great and everyone in there eating with us is Indian — so that’s usually a good sign the food is good and a good value.

  27. Call me crazy, but I have always loved mixing things together. Sometimes when I’m feeling lazy but hungry I have ramen noodles with peanut butter and soy sauce. My peanut butter of choice? Adam’s 100% Natural. Sole ingredient being peanuts, of course. 🙂
    I’d be more than happy to send you some tim’s cascade chips. Hee hee. Just let me know where to send them.

  28. Yeah….someone told me peanut butter tastes good straight from the jar……: D I tried it once but couldn’t manage to swallow the whole thing …somehow it got stuck in my mouth and I had that thick, sticky taste for the whole day…..:(
    I am glad that you are hungry….I told I can make very good non spicy, non dairy vegan food!
    Good to know that you like Indian food – but one thing I never saw in any Indian restaurant that was a dish made of ‘’bitter guord’’ (popularly known as Karela – a tropical vegetable which is bitter) – it has an acquired taste, comes as a starter (lightly sautéed or stir fried) works as a blood purifier and I love it! I can’t even find the vegetable itself in any Indian grocery nearby!
    You can not make ‘’roti’’ without the tawa (cast iron griddle) and a rolling pin …. 🙁

  29. Katha —
    Yeah, if you’re going to go commando with peanut butter on a spoon you need to use a small quantity and make sure you have something near you like water or milk to wash it all down.
    Oh, I know Indian food is delicious and Vegan! A friend of mine wanted to make me a traditional Indian meal — something with a lot of protein in it — with chunks of some kind of milk — she said it is very popular but since it was made with milk I should not eat it. Do you know what she was talking about?
    Your “bitter gourd” sounds sort of like the infamous Korean “Kimchi” —
    http://www.treelight.com/health/nutrition/KimchiHealthy.html

  30. Do you know if it was a dessert or a main dish? I presume she was trying to make something with Paneer (kind of Ricotta cheese, much drier and unsalted, vegetarian safe but not vegan safe) – which you can not eat being a vegan.
    ‘’Bitter Gourd’’ is something like ‘’kimchi’’, known as bitter melon and balsam pear too…
    http://www.evergreenseeds.com/evergreenseeds/bitgourbitme.html
    You can have it stuffed; as you have stuffed tomato or bell pepper…..delicious!

  31. Hi Katha!
    Yes! It was Paneer. It was a main dish she was describing. She was going to cook it up for me and bring it the next day. It sounded super-delish.
    Your “bitter gourd” sounds wonderful! I hope I can find a way to try it one day!

  32. Katha!
    My friend said Paneer is used as a meat substitute in India — it has a sort of chewy texture that covers all your protein needs.
    If bitter gourd is really that bitter I probably won’t be able to eat it! I can’t handle really spicy stuff!
    Here’s another question for you Katha: When you finish eating in an Indian restaurant there are seeds you are supposed to take after the meal to, I guess, freshen you breath. I have seen the seeds candy-covered like “Good ‘N Plenty” candies and I have seen them in their natural state. What are those seeds? What are they called? Are you supposed to swallow the seeds when you’re done chewing them or do you spit them out? How much should one take to get the desire effect?

  33. Hey David!
    Yes! Paneer is a meat substitute in India.
    The seeds you are talking about are feenel seeds, known as ”saunf” in Hindi,
    http://www.agriculture-industry-india.com/spices/fennel.html
    It not only freshens your breath, it also helps to digest food – as you know Indian food is a bit (!) spicy! If you like the taste you can swallow it – that is the way we have it. You can have 1/3 – ½ tea spoonful or more if you like – won’t harm you. Fennel seeds also help to soothe cold – it can be mixed in your tea with ginger root – helps a lot!
    The vegetable itself is bitter (I cannot think of any American or other food that can come closer to it in taste, rather ”bad taste”) – you don’t have to make it spicy! We used to boil it and mash it with boiled potato (something like mashed potato) and have it as a starter. Bitter gourd is helpful to keep your blood sugar and cholesterol level low, helps to prevent any kind of blood disorder too.

  34. I would imagine there are more comments on this than yesterday’s post because people would rather think of pleasant thoughts than the ugly realities of this world 🙂

  35. Here, here! PB&J is a lot more fun than anthrax talk.
    What do you think about the new PB&J sandwiches that can be bought at the store that are already pre-made with the crust cut off?
    I decided to plug that concept into Google and I found Gordon Davidescu has some thoughts on the matter published in GoInside.
    “I have also recently seen pre-made peanut butter and jelly sandwiches with the crust already cut off. To me, this goes beyond sloth.”
    http://goinside.com/03/7/needs.html
    My son loves the idea of me buying pre-made PB&J sandwiches for him for some reason. Our son’s school also offers these sandwiches in their Marketday fundraiser.
    Of course, he isn’t paying the bills, so we’ll stick with the original “make it yourself” variety that costs a lot less than the factory-made variety.

  36. Here, here! PB&J is a lot more fun than anthrax talk.
    What do you think about the new PB&J sandwiches that can be bought at the store that are already pre-made with the crust cut off?
    I decided to plug that concept into Google and I found Gordon Davidescu has some thoughts on the matter published in GoInside.
    “I have also recently seen pre-made peanut butter and jelly sandwiches with the crust already cut off. To me, this goes beyond sloth.”
    http://goinside.com/03/7/needs.html
    My son loves the idea of me buying pre-made PB&J sandwiches for him for some reason. Our son’s school also offers these sandwiches in their Marketday fundraiser.
    Of course, he isn’t paying the bills, so we’ll stick with the original “make it yourself” variety that costs a lot less than the factory-made variety.

  37. I am with you guys!
    ‘’Anthrax talk’’ reminded me of the situation of drug testing and health condition in my own country……I got angry….saw the pointlessness of my anger and then got drifted by something else.
    Am I behaving like an Ostrich? Burying my face in the sand, pretending that everything is alright and leaving the rest of my body, mind and soul unprotected?

  38. I am with you guys!
    ‘’Anthrax talk’’ reminded me of the situation of drug testing and health condition in my own country……I got angry….saw the pointlessness of my anger and then got drifted by something else.
    Am I behaving like an Ostrich? Burying my face in the sand, pretending that everything is alright and leaving the rest of my body, mind and soul unprotected?

  39. Hi Katha!
    Hey, I love fennel when its grown out of the seeds! It has a nice licorice taste. Yummy stuff in a salad.
    Yes, those seeds look like fennel — but there are a couple more things mixed in there bigger in size than fennel and some are little round dots of something. I always swallow mine after chewing, Janna spits hers out. The candy-covered ones are much easier to swallow.
    😀
    Ah, there’s a difference between “bitter” and “spicy” — that makes sense. This is something Iwill have to find a way to try!

  40. Hi Katha!
    Hey, I love fennel when its grown out of the seeds! It has a nice licorice taste. Yummy stuff in a salad.
    Yes, those seeds look like fennel — but there are a couple more things mixed in there bigger in size than fennel and some are little round dots of something. I always swallow mine after chewing, Janna spits hers out. The candy-covered ones are much easier to swallow.
    😀
    Ah, there’s a difference between “bitter” and “spicy” — that makes sense. This is something Iwill have to find a way to try!

  41. Mr. Gordon —
    Isn’t revealing the ugly realities of the world a main reason we blog? Or do we only blog to have fun and chat?
    We are still disappointed you never chose to comment on the Eli entry! You could have taught us so much!

  42. Mr. Gordon —
    Isn’t revealing the ugly realities of the world a main reason we blog? Or do we only blog to have fun and chat?
    We are still disappointed you never chose to comment on the Eli entry! You could have taught us so much!

  43. Chris!
    You must know a human life is not having fun but about shedding light on the misery surrounding you!
    I’m with Gordon on the no-crust sandwiches. All the health and vitamins are stored in the crust!
    If you must cut off the crusts, send them to me so I can eat them — they’re the best part of any sandwich.

  44. Chris!
    You must know a human life is not having fun but about shedding light on the misery surrounding you!
    I’m with Gordon on the no-crust sandwiches. All the health and vitamins are stored in the crust!
    If you must cut off the crusts, send them to me so I can eat them — they’re the best part of any sandwich.

  45. Katha —
    Don’t stand with Gordon and Chris on Anthrax — Chris was the main participant in that thread! Really! He’s holding raw goat skins behind his back to make a drum out of you!
    Yes, you are an ostrich and that should be your Avatar here! Don’t worry about burying your head in the sand. Gordon will feed you potato chips from Washington and Chris will feed you crustless sandwiches from Indiana.

  46. Katha —
    Don’t stand with Gordon and Chris on Anthrax — Chris was the main participant in that thread! Really! He’s holding raw goat skins behind his back to make a drum out of you!
    Yes, you are an ostrich and that should be your Avatar here! Don’t worry about burying your head in the sand. Gordon will feed you potato chips from Washington and Chris will feed you crustless sandwiches from Indiana.

  47. PB&J talk might be more fun that anthrax talk, but anthrax talk is probably more important in the long run, so I’m with both of you.
    Here’s something neat I discovered about peanut butter: Peanut butter contains good oils that lower LDL and raise HDH cholesterol. We all can eat peanut butter and feel good about it.
    http://www.hsph.harvard.edu/nutritionsource/fats.html
    Your blog does a great job of balancing the serious with the fun, so we don’t get overwhelmed when our pendulum is swinging in the wrong direction.
    (How’s that for including the topics from the last couple of posts!)

  48. PB&J talk might be more fun that anthrax talk, but anthrax talk is probably more important in the long run, so I’m with both of you.
    Here’s something neat I discovered about peanut butter: Peanut butter contains good oils that lower LDL and raise HDH cholesterol. We all can eat peanut butter and feel good about it.
    http://www.hsph.harvard.edu/nutritionsource/fats.html
    Your blog does a great job of balancing the serious with the fun, so we don’t get overwhelmed when our pendulum is swinging in the wrong direction.
    (How’s that for including the topics from the last couple of posts!)

  49. Yes, I know –
    I read the post with great interest and am aware of the participants.
    On the ‘’seed talk’’ – fennel can be of different varieties, I assume it was mixed with big/ small cardamom and roasted coriander seeds and may be very little amount of bishop’s weed (known as Ajwain) – the whole mixture works as a very good digestive.

  50. Yes, I know –
    I read the post with great interest and am aware of the participants.
    On the ‘’seed talk’’ – fennel can be of different varieties, I assume it was mixed with big/ small cardamom and roasted coriander seeds and may be very little amount of bishop’s weed (known as Ajwain) – the whole mixture works as a very good digestive.

  51. Well I don’t remember ever saying anything about crust but I’m all about eating crust – and now that you say that all the good stuff is in the crust it’s all the more reason for all of us to eat the crust – Elizabeth avoids it, unfortunately.
    I’ve added a comment to the Eli post – my grandfather’s name was Eli. I don’t know how enlightening my comment was but heck, it’s just my two bits. 🙂
    Speaking of which, I sent you a whole article about web comics.

  52. Well I don’t remember ever saying anything about crust but I’m all about eating crust – and now that you say that all the good stuff is in the crust it’s all the more reason for all of us to eat the crust – Elizabeth avoids it, unfortunately.
    I’ve added a comment to the Eli post – my grandfather’s name was Eli. I don’t know how enlightening my comment was but heck, it’s just my two bits. 🙂
    Speaking of which, I sent you a whole article about web comics.

  53. “He’s holding raw goat skins behind his back to make a drum out of you!”
    There was an abandoned goat wandering the fields near my neighborhood about a year ago. A farmer had his land bought out by the state for a flood control project and left the goat behind. I saw it one day when I was driving by the farm. It was staring at the cars driving by.
    Here are the people who rescued the wandering goat from those would might have turned it into a goat skin:
    “Cast-A-Way Cats is a small No-Kill, private organization not funded by any other groups-only by the kind support of the general public. We respond to calls on abandoned/abused/throw-aways/or just lost cats/dogs/goats.”
    http://www.1-800-save-a-pet.com/shelterpages/70348.html
    Now, I’m wondering if the goat had anthrax?

  54. “He’s holding raw goat skins behind his back to make a drum out of you!”
    There was an abandoned goat wandering the fields near my neighborhood about a year ago. A farmer had his land bought out by the state for a flood control project and left the goat behind. I saw it one day when I was driving by the farm. It was staring at the cars driving by.
    Here are the people who rescued the wandering goat from those would might have turned it into a goat skin:
    “Cast-A-Way Cats is a small No-Kill, private organization not funded by any other groups-only by the kind support of the general public. We respond to calls on abandoned/abused/throw-aways/or just lost cats/dogs/goats.”
    http://www.1-800-save-a-pet.com/shelterpages/70348.html
    Now, I’m wondering if the goat had anthrax?

  55. Chris!
    I love you post — yes, this blog has its own pendulum inertia! It’s just fascinating to me to see which posts get the most comments. It’s completely unpredictable!
    Thanks for the peanut butter link. It is a super-healthy source of protein and GOOD fat our bodies crave.

  56. Chris!
    I love you post — yes, this blog has its own pendulum inertia! It’s just fascinating to me to see which posts get the most comments. It’s completely unpredictable!
    Thanks for the peanut butter link. It is a super-healthy source of protein and GOOD fat our bodies crave.

  57. Can’t say I like peanut butter a great deal, I’ll eat a peanut butter and honey sandwich once in a while if that is all we have prior to grocery shopping. Seems a lot of stuff here in the States has peanut butter in it.
    As a very young child Mum feed me eggs a lot. They must have been cheap. I had them for breakfast, lunch & dinner every day for a while. Probably why I don’t eat a lot of egss now.
    Mik

  58. Love that website, Chris! The goat was likely immunized if it was on an American farm. The goat skins in question in the New York case were imported (illegally, it seems) from countries that do not have strict rules for handing raw hides.
    The latest news today is doctors do not think the man will survive his anthrax poisoning. Investigators found anthrax contamination in his van, his workshop and in his apartment. Officials don’t think anyone else was infected. Workers are decontaminating everything now in bio-hazard suits and Mayor Bloomberg is getting hit in the press and in neighborhoods for being “over-reactive” to the anthrax scare since it was isolated to one man! As you know, I argue just the opposite in my post on the matter.
    When we moved to Jersey City, we saw a possum — a huge one around 20 pounds — cowering on the street between garbage cans near a main highway. The possum had a giant slash on its head where someone had obviously tried to unsuccessfully kill it. It was shaking and bleeding. We called a local animal rescue organization – a husband and wife operation – and they zoomed over in their mini-van and rescued the possum.
    Do you know how you get a possum into a giant cage? You cover the cage with a blanket so it looks like a little cave and not a metal prison and then you position the “cave” right in front of the possum’s head. Next you go behind the possum and crinkle a giant sheet of cellophane. The sound drives the possum directly ahead into the cage. It’s like they get hypnotized by the terrible sound and will run to the nearest safe haven to escape the sound!

  59. Hey Mik!
    Ah! Peanut butter and honey make a great combo! You’re right there are peanuts in everything in America and for those who have an allergy to peanuts there is death lurking in every unknown bite. Even a trace amount of peanut can make some people immediately and deathly ill. There was a story in the news a few weeks ago of a young man who died after kissing the lips of his college girlfriend because she had been eating peanuts earlier in the day and the trace amount left on her lips was just enough to kill him – so you don’t have to eat a peanut to die from one.
    Eggs! A childhood of eggs! That has a sad ring to it, Mik.
    I’ve never had a pickled egg before though I’ve seen them offered in some bars. I can’t imagine why they would taste good.

  60. David, that is a fine question. Around these parts Wonder Bread used to have the approval of the Seattle Va’ad – board of rabbis that certify things as being kosher that are made here – but the Wonder Bread plant shut down.
    Bread requires baking – and the baking of the bread requires involvement of a Jew in order for the product to be kosher. Even if a Jew turns on the oven in the morning and that’s it for the day – if the oven isn’t used for non-kosher foods and the ingredients are all okay – it’s okay. There are some modern ovens that can be turned on by phone – so some kosher organizations literally phone it in!
    Why aren’t more breads kosher? Beats me. They sure should be, though. It doesn’t cost that much.

  61. Eh – not too well. You have to assume that a product has no kosher supervision if they don’t make any effort to put it up there.
    Of course, ilovepeanutbutter doesn’t mention it on their site and it is supervised by the orthodox union.
    I prefer sprouted grain bagels anyway – complex carbs are yummy! 🙂

  62. I’m with you on the complex carbs, Gordon!
    I understand you have to be vigilant — it’s good you have a network of friends and rabbis and an entire worldwide community looking out for the health and well-being of each other’s eating habits. I wish Vegans had the same powerful network!

  63. Enjoy your food tomorrow! 😀
    More over you might wanna ask the restaurant guys about Bitter gourd/ Karela – if you can find it in any nereby Indian grocery. If you can manage to eat a medium/ small size of a bitter gourd everyday for a month or two it will help you maintain the balance in cholesterol and sugar level in blood. You have to eat it raw, boiled or steamed though…. with salad or other veggies….not stir fried!!! Though it taste much better when fried!

  64. Do you have any idea how much trans fat you’ve consumed? Enough to guarantee heart disease. You should eat only peanut butter that separates into oil & peanut solids when it’s left on the shelf. Everthing else contains trans fats. The safe level of trans fat = 0.

  65. 2 slices of whole wheat Arnold’s bread, Smuckers natural peanut butter, and welch’s grape jelly–toasted of course—it gives me a quick burst of energy is beats eating a donut or cookies ==
    to your health