In the lead up to Mother’s Day, Bon Appetit posted “Mother Knows Best” a compendium of food and cooking related advice from BA staffers’ moms.
This one, from Senior Food Editor Dawn Perry, really stood out:
“I’ve said it before and I’ll say it again: Biddy says, “A peanut butter and jelly sandwich tastes really good when someone else makes it for you.” Essentially, it’s the thought that counts. She’s the best.”
I think about all of the things that we make, or that are made for us, and how the act of someone preparing a meal, even as simple as a PB & J sandwich, can be a real sign of love.
Peanut Butter Jelly Time
Both of my parents are great cooks, but the perfect PB & J comes courtesy of my dad. Now, this recipes predates the gluten free, sugar free, dairy free, all-natural almond butter days, but that is also what makes it so good (and simple!).
- Two slices of Publix challah (egg bread) – it’s got to be challah and it’s got to be from Publix – toasted just ever so golden brown.
- A heaping knife-full of Peter Pan creamy peanut butter on both pieces of bread.
- An almost equal and even layer of Polaner All Fruit Seedless Strawberry jelly on both pieces of bread.
- Press together and eat, quickly, with a big glass of milk.
Thanks, Dad! What do you enjoy more when other people make it for you?
Also, here is some additional PB&J inspiration: kid-friendly options and outrageous spins on a classic.
Welcome to Day 2 of rain in Washington, DC. Here is the thing, when it is raining I feel like blech. I don’t want to run, I don’t want to think about how my hair is growing (wider/frizzier) by the moment, and I don’t want to get wet (and in DC, cold). All I want to do is read, watch, eat.
Some might say this is the perfect weather for grilled cheese and soup. Even that sounds too time consuming… I want salty, crunchy, nutty peanut butter and sweet, fruity jelly.
Please note, if you are ever making a PB + J sandwich, treat yourself right and do the trick my dad taught me: Toast some fresh Challah, egg bread/brioche, and then slather both pieces with peanut butter and then both pieces with jelly. The warm bread ups the flavor and out of this world comfort of this food and pairs amazingly with a cold glass of milk.
|Bite courtesy of yours truly
How about this for breakfast?
This clever design comes from Serious Eats and NY’s Peanut Butter Co – a restaurant that serves up so many PB & J sandwiches that they created one for every day of the year. Photos of the clever creations are now on display at the Nutropolitan Museum of Art!
High Class PB & J?
This clever idea come from Bon Appetit’s new blog the Kookery. The clever concept was for choosy mom’s with ever choosier kids. Frankly, I think this works for 26 year old kids too..
Decadent PB & J
These Peanut Butter and Jelly Cups might be the most brilliant thing ever. The deliciousness of a Reese’s Peanut Butter Cup and a peanut butter and jelly sandwich? Heavenly…
What do you crave for comfort foods? How do you like your peanut butter and jelly time?