Monday, August 19, 2013

Secret Pleasure

     I wouldn't tell just anyone, but Dear Friends, I can tell you, right?

     I have this terrible weakness.  It's something I sneak off to do.  The pleasure is nearly irresistible. 

     Yes -- I can say it.  I can finally say it:

     I love peanut butter and margarine sammiches. On white bread.  The darned things are just--  So gooood.

     There.  That's a relief.

    

27 comments:

Bob said...

I recall that as a child I used to eat margarine (or perhaps it was butter) smeared on untoasted white bread. Haven't done it since I was very small, though. I will occasionally eat a sliver of margarine right out of the tub while putting it on bread for grilled cheese sandwiches.

Roberta X said...

Remember, it's best before the yellow coloring is added! ;)

I grew up in a household where real butter was used only for baking and on Very Special Occasions and as a result, most butter doesn't taste quite right to me. (Alas, the more expensive kinds -- Irish butter, for instance -- do taste good to me.)

But it used to be sold without color. I'd never heard of it white until a childhood vacation too us through Wisconsin, where the balance (and the law) was firmly on the side of butter, prompting parental reminiscence.

Roberta X said...

http://thesocietypages.org/socimages/2011/09/22/the-politics-of-yellow/

Mark Alger said...

Oo! Put margarine UNDER the peanut butter and strawberry jam on the other side. Each in about a 1/4" thick parge coat.

M

Stuart the Viking said...

When I was a kid, we used real butter for everything (almost never margarine) simply because we had a milk cow and could make our own.

I took to calling peanut butter and butter sandwiches "The Real McCoy" sandwich because of a conversation with my dad over a couple of said sandwiches where he said "This is the real McCoy". Him referring to working hard all morning then coming in to a simple lunch of a couple of good sandwiches, me thinking he was saying that was the name of the sandwich.

That mistaken idea stayed with me for YEARS before I finally caught on what had happened.

s

Anonymous said...

I find peanut butter to be a virtual blank canvas to put other flavors on. My personal weird favorite is Sriracha. A nice balance of hot and sweet.

William the CPA

Harvey Morrell said...

For what it's worth, Hemingway loved peanut butter and onion sandwiches, which he took with red wine.

Reno Sepulveda said...

I do the same thing 'cept I use butter.

1 slice fresh white bread (none of that highfaluten artisanal stuff) lots of cold hard, butter and then a heaping gob of Jiff Creamy style Peanut butter.

Fold that sucker over and have a short glass of ice cold milk... heaven!

Unless you are a pillar of discipline and self control, it is nigh on impossible to run right back to the kitchen for one more.

JohninMd(help?) said...

For a bit of sheer decadence, slice up a banana in that bad boy. Just like Elvis - if you grill it in a half-inch of butter or margerine...

LCB said...

Bob,
When I was growing up most of the adults ate buttered or margerined bread with their meals.

I like to put peanut butter on warm toast and mix it with honey. Mmmm

Don't know about the peanut butter and margerine thing...but I'll give it a try (with butter).

Gewehr98 said...

I have fond memories of Dad coming home from work in the afternoon, getting out the peanut butter and white bread, slapping butter on the bread and then covering it with a thick layer of peanut butter. This held him over until Mom made dinner a couple hours later. Thanks for the pleasant reminder, Roberta!

Bubblehead Les. said...

Chunky or Smooth? The Peanut Butter, of course!

As to the Coloring of the Margarine, My Mother says that it used to come in a Bag with a separate Capsule. One broke the Capsule, then kneaded the whole thing together (in the bag) like Bread Dough. Then they'd scoop it out, place it in a Bowl, and lick the bag.

rickn8or said...

Well, I know you feel better, getting a dark secret like that off your chest...

I might try it myself, but it'll have to be on whole wheat.

Ken said...

When I was younger, we used to put margarine on our PBJs (one of my aunts in particular liked to make them that way). Somewhere along the line, I lost the habit. Nowadays it's creamy peanut butter and Smucker's apple butter on whole wheat or oatmeal bread.

Old NFO said...

LOL, those ARE good!

jed said...

Try PB and sweet pickle slices on toast. Yum!

I've never been much for margarine.

Really, you can use PB with a lot of things. Add some hot sauce, and you have ersatz Kung-Pao.

greg said...

I'm one of those unhealthy heathen's who does it with real butter also. MY wife HATES it. She cringes when she sees me doing it.
We also do toast/English muffins/bagels different...I put butter on before my honey/PB/Cream Cheese, while my wife skips the butter step.

Roberta X said...

Wow, some amazing alternatives -- I think Mak Alger wins the "most decadent" award, with LCB in close second place.

And Most Expected? Jed's sweet pickle slices and PB, which sounds better and better the more I think about it. :)

But it's allll good!

Jeffro said...

one of my old college buddies swore by his fav: Peanut butter, Miracle Whip and dill pickle slices on toast.

He got me to try it once, and it really was decent!

Scary!

fillyjonk said...

Oh, we always buttered the bread for peanut butter sandwiches in my family. Of course, both kids were picky eaters who were, at that point, in danger of blowing away in a stiff wind. (Now, not so much, at least for me).

Another treat I remember was a slice of bread, heavily buttered, and topped with white sugar. The butter had to be thick enough that you could see impressions of your teeth in it after you bit into it.

These days, I'm sure there's some government agency who'd be hauling my brother and me away from our parents and sending us to Nutrition Re-Education Camp.

LCB said...

fillyjonk,
I remember that treat too. I'd completely forgotten about it until you brought it up.

Dang...this is making me feel so...old or something. :-)

jed said...

@Jeffro: Miracle Whip? :-P

Lets us not forget Charles Schulz: Happiness is a bread and butter sandwich, folded over.

Earl said...

I liked the butter with sugar, and I loved peanut butter and butter and then growing as a teenager, that wasn't good enough. I had to have three slices of bread, butter, peanut butter and mayonnaise. That would fill my empty - and probably led to my slow death by clogged arteries -- but I am not dead yet, and then haven't had one of those sandwiches for a long, long time.

Fuzzy Curmudgeon said...

Sally agrees with your culinary sense, Bobbi. I prefer grape jelly to margarine, meself.

Anonymous said...

I like peanut butter and butter.

I always did like spurging on Hi-Test gas too...

Brigid said...

Mom made us grilled peanut butter sandwiches by putting a little extra margarine on the outside and putting them in a fry pan until the bread was all toasty. Now I'm hungry.

Anonymous said...

How goyish!

Antibubba