In Honor of the Peanut Butter Thing…

Today is National Peanut Butter Day?

So they say.

Well I decided to share with you my connection to the lowly peanut, and the butter we make from it.

Forty-five years ago (tomorrow!) I acquired a wonderful, brand new husband. Never looked back. However, it wasn’t long before we were sharing a tad of morning sickness and he had the cure!

It was not something I would have chosen to swallow that morning, not at all. It sounded gross.

But his enthusiasm (plus the fact that he could stand up without fainting and I could not) won the day.

I found myself eyeball to eyeball with a bowl of canned chicken noodle soup and the most amazing combination of foods I could ever imagine in a sandwich.

It was not even a good color combination, and the aromas from it were less than what a newly prego lady would want.

However, it all was served to me while I was still in bed, and with such youthful exuberance, I had to smile to myself at the awesome idea of this young man serving me, his young bride, breakfast in bed with such a hopeful expression, no matter WHAT the menu.

So I sipped on the soup, for starters. (Soup is supposed to be the first course, anyway, I remembered from home ec class.) The soup was fine. He actually knew how to open a can of soup, dilute it properly, and warm it without boiling it over; a factoid worth mental note, indeed.

And he was truly caring and attentive, I also noted, with pleasure.

But the sandwich!

It was time. I had to take at least one bite. How on earth could anyone be so callous as to ignore any part of this loving offering, right?

So I took a bite. I chewed.

The unbelievable flavor combination of white bread, peanut butter, and dill pickle awakened my taste buds to a new world.

And I’ve never looked back

Happy 45th, a day early, Sweetheart! ❤

Peanut Butter and Dill Pickle Sandwich

Counter-top breakfasting at its best!

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12 thoughts on “In Honor of the Peanut Butter Thing…

  1. dotlatjohn says:

    Loved your sweet post. I’d say you did get a “Keeper.” Happy Anniversary! I used to eat peanut butter and Miracle Whip on white bread. Something about that tang made it yummy.

  2. dianegates says:

    I chuckled all the way through this tender piece, remembering those oh-so-yucky days with my second child. But my husband wasn’t tender and thoughtful, as a matter of fact he had yucky spells with me.

    But the sandwich…it sounds so awful it must be good and I just might have to try that, even though I’m far from pregnant.

    Happy Anniversary you two! ❤

    DiAne Gates

    • katharinetrauger says:

      Gotta tell you the story behind it. When my husband was a little boy, his mom sent him peanut butter sandwiches, milk, and a big dill pickle (home grown and processed, of course). Since it all was wrapped in waxed paper, sometimes the pickle juice escaped onto the sandwich, and a new star was born! Before he graduated, he’d gotten all his classmates to try it and like it.
      Me, too.
      It’s best with a glass of milk! 🙂

      And thanks for your good wishes!

  3. Victoria T. says:

    I have had one bite of such a sandwich at the urging of your son, and that was plenty for me! I think my dislike of it is texture-related. I don’t like soppy sandwiches in general (so I usually toast the bread).

    However, the flavor is nice, the vinegary saltiness against the sweet spread. To obtain a similar flavor profile, I will sometimes layer “salt and vinegar” potato chips in my PB sandwich, which also lends a satisfying crunch. They make “dill pickle” flavored chips these days, but I haven’t tried them on a PB sammie yet.

    • katharinetrauger says:

      Aww, Victoria, I’m so sorry you don’t like. :\
      However, the potato chip idea sounds wonderful! So I think you are right about the soppiness. 🙂
      I’ll say one thing, though–since we make Kosher dills, around here, this is the ONLY peanut butter sandwich that can leave you with garlic breath. Ha!

    • katharinetrauger says:

      Adorable…I think that’s what we were! We couldn’t help being just like newly-weds and it was so much fun being together!
      Of course, it still is! But we’ve kind of grown used to it now… 🙂

  4. OrdinaryHausfrau says:

    OH MY STARS!! My husband’s family eats peanut butter, pickle AND miracle whip sandwiches. I thought they were the ONLY ONES!!! LOL 🙂 (at least your hubby didn’t add the miracle whip!). It is weirdly good … but I can only eat a bite or two – and definitely NOT when pregnant!!
    PS Happy Anniversary!!

    • katharinetrauger says:

      Well, I’m no mayo fan when it comes to peanut butter, Debbie, but I certainly have grown accustomed to the idea of the pickle. And my grandkiddos are wild about it. So there is a new (old) way to surprise a mature taste? Ha!

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