The history of how peanut butter met jelly is a little fuzzy, but one thing is for certain – they were meant to be together.
Maybe you had a snack today. Or, maybe you’re planning on it.
Either way, consider yourself trendy.
The era of snacking seems to be upon us, whether that means munching between meals or fully replacing meals with snacks. A whopping 94 percent of Americans are snacking daily, according to a report by Mintel, a global market intelligence agency, and about half are snacking more than once a day.
Rob Connoley is a James Beard semi-finalist for Best Chef – Southwest. With a passion for seeking the greatest ingredients that Earth has to offer, he has received acclaim in the New York Times, Saveur magazine, Sunset magazine, and Gastronomica. In this Q&A, Chef Connoley talks about his new cookbook, ACORNS & CATTAILS: A Modern Foraging Cookbook of Forest, Farm & Field, which focuses on the concept of foraging. Learn more about his new cookbook and how he incorporates peanut butter in his recipes.
Whether you’re hosting a party or entertaining for friends, the food you serve should be a memorable part of the event. Passed hors d’oeuvre are a little passé. Why not get your guests involved in a more interactive and inspiring way to nosh? Try a do-it-yourself peanut butter sandwich bar to enliven your soiree.
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?
Imagine: It’s race day. The temperature is just right, the air is fresh, camaraderie is high and your best run seems like it’s at your fingertips. But if one critical piece of the picture – nutrition – is missing, the race will probably not be your most enjoyable or fastest. Whether you’re running a 5K or a marathon, include nutrient-dense foods before and after the race.
No one likes to get a parking ticket. But paying for the citation with a donation of peanut butter is an awesome way to give back, especially for those in need. For the second year in a row, The University of Texas San Antonio (UTSA) conducted their “Peanut Butter Parking Campaign” with the dual purpose of educating students about parking on campus, and creating awareness about local food insecurity and why food banks want peanut butter.
Peanuts and Coke aren’t the only drink to incorporate America’s favorite nut. Greg Best is a master mixologist who has worked with peanut ingredients for years, and he loves the flavor that peanuts add to a drink. He was one of the founding partners of the renowned Holeman & Finch Public House, and he recently opened one of the hottest bars in Atlanta today, Ticonderoga Club. Best knows a thing or two about operating a successful mixology program. So we sat down with him to find out how he’s popularizing peanuts behind the bar and get the scoop on his favorite peanut cocktail.
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