Friday, March 21, 2008

IT'S PEANUT BUTTER JELLY TIME

There are few things that Oprah and President Bush agree on but I know that they, like many Americans, can all agree when I say "Peanut Butter & Jelly is one damn good sang-wich."

I grew up having the very occasional PB&J for lunch (Skippy Peanut Butter, Cold Jam, D'Italiano Italian Bread and Ice Cold Milk) but now that I am my own man, out in the world, fending for myself, I find that it has become a staple in my everyday routine. There is probably nothing quicker, easier, tastier, economically and environmentally friendlier than your extra-ordinary PB&J. (Take a moment and go visit the link. DO IT.) Who knew that it would take close to 5000 years for all those magic ingredients to come together? (You didn't visit it, did you?)

A BRIEF HISTORY OF THE PB&J…


BUT HERE IS HOW IT REALLY HAPPENED…
In 3000 BC, the Egyptians baked the first leavened bread. Fast forward 1500 years and you'll find the Incas discovering peanuts. Go forward another 2500 years, to 1095 AD, and you begin to see the "spread" of jelly from the Middle East, their origin, to Europe because of the First Crusade. In 1763 the "generic" sandwich was created in London by John Montague, the Fourth Earl of Sandwich, a degenerate gambler and sloppy eater. In 1890 peanut butter was invented by a physician in St. Louis. And then finally within 50 short years you get the creation of the PB&J sandwich. The greatest invention since sliced bread, which was invented in 1927…in AMERICA.

Now the exact date of the first PB&J is unknown but what is known is that both peanut butter and jelly were on the U.S. Military ration menus in WWII and some have suggested that the GIs added jelly to their peanut butter to make it more palatable. It was an instant hit and returning GIs made peanut butter and jelly sales soar in the U.S.

Now you can tell Edwin Star what war really is good for. Peanut Butter and Jelly. Say it again now.


RIP

5 comments:

Sue said...

I hardly ever eat pb&j, but I love boloney/bologna. Well researched article.

Anonymous said...

Heres my attempt to make sense of the eagles blog.

To Prevent Cavities, Watch What You Eat

Bacteria are particularly fond of foods containing sugars and carbohydrates. These foods provide bacteria with energy to grow, reproduce, and create enamel eating acid. A special favorite of bacteria are foods which tend to stick to teeth like PEANUT BUTTER, caramel, and honey. When stuck to teeth these foods are not cleared by chewing and swallowing. Consequently they provide bacteria with a long lasting food source from which to make acid.

PS: Hey Sue, ever try a fried bologna sandwich? Crazy good.

Don Capone said...

I had two PB&J sandwiches just last night. Food of the gods. If it ever comes down to it, and I have to pick a final meal before the firing squad, I'd go with a PB&J sandwich and Twizzlers for dessert.

Sue said...

absolutely - I love the fried bologna (don't tell dr john)

Dr. John said...

My favorite variation on PB and J is peanut butter and pickles, specifically the sweet gherkin pickles. Sounds gross, but don't knock it until you try it...