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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!


Katharine is a writer, speaker, women's counselor, and professional mom. Happily married over 50 years to the same gorgeous guy. She loves cooking amazing homegrown food, celebrating grandbabies, her golden-egg-laying hennies, and watching old movies with popcorn. Her writing appears at Medium, Arkansas Women Bloggers, Contently, The Testimony Train, Taste Arkansas, Only in Arkansas, and in several professional magazines and one anthology.

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

  1. 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.

    1. Who would think, Dorothy, that such a combo would be appealing?! Maybe it’s the vinegar? Who knows!
      Thanks for the kind words and for stopping by to comment!

      And he’s definitely a keeper!

  2. 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

    1. 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. 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.

    1. 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!

    1. 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. 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!!

    1. 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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