After observing that some ate jelly sandwiches and some ate peanut butter sandwiches, I had the genius idea to merge these two into the peanut butter and jelly sandwich! This was one of my favorite food items at home. Years later, my mother informed me that not only had it already been invented, but she is sure I had seen them before. I never noticed.
Since my early days, my obsession with peanut butter and jelly (almost always Smucker’s strawberry jam and Teddy peanut butter) has grown. To get my daily quota of vegetables, I add raw carrot sticks into the sandwich. To avoid the mess of a holding so much goop between bread, I eat peanut butter and jelly mix from a cup with a spoon. Sometimes I make an entire meal of it. For dessert, I have been known to toast wheat bread, layer it with peanut butter and jelly, completely cover the entire thing in whipped cream, and eat it with a fork. It is definitely in the top three, if not the best cake I have ever had.
Observing that others put peanut butter on crackers, and that some breakfast cereals are peanut-flavored, I began putting peanut butter on my cereal very early on. I still do this. It is this habit that gets me more weird looks than any other, but how can peanut-butter on cereal be weird if peanut-butter-flavored cereal (such as Captain Crunch) is accepted? Oddly, the same people that think putting peanut butter on cereal is weird think nothing of putting peanut butter on ice cream (something I also do). Peanut butter on ice cream? Huh, maybe I am weird…
My most common snack before my sixth birthday was probably a mix of apple sauce and cottage cheese, or as my parents called it, bapple-saw and saucer-tee. I have no idea why. My parents are weird. I hardly have this anymore, but it’s good. I have no idea why this isn’t more popular and also invented-years-before-I-was-born like everything else. Come on, it’s good!
My parents would sometimes take me on picnics and have sandwiches and potatoe chips. After two bites, I felt I had already experienced the taste of my sandwich and got bored. I stuffed my potatoe chips inside. The taste is good, but it is the crunch that is most interesting. I have done this ever since childhood. My father also thought it was a good idea and copied me. He now claims that he had always done it and I copied him. My friend in Junior High School then one day told me that he had always done the same and that he had invented it. We stayed friends, but it was difficult.
Burgers are a lot like sandwiches and French fries are a lot like potatoe chips, so these ended up together as well. I invented this. Now I see every kid under the age of thirteen doing the same. When I worked at McDonald’s back in the day, I also used to add the fries to my salads, provoking my friend to yell, “Those are not croutons!”
I love ice cream sandwiches. Once having a craving for one, but no car or money, I simply spread ice cream from the kitchen freezer in between two slices of wheat bread. Not as good as the original, but hey – ice cream.
Getting bored with breakfast cereals as a child, I would more often than not mix them all together in various combinations. I learned that raisins are at least as amazing with oat-based cereals such as Cheerios as they are with wheat-based cereals such as raisin bran.
Faced with old baloney and mashed potatoes, I put them between bread, added oregano, and made a delicious sandwich.
Another time, I made a baloney-peanut-butter sandwich. It was surprisingly good. With this knowledge I later experimented with ham and peanut butter (not as good), and bacon and peanut butter (surprisingly bad).
Normal horseradish is too weak for me, so I save the wasabi from sushi packs and VERY CAREFULLY add it to roast beef sandwiches. One day, I had no wasabi, but I had wasabi-flavored almonds. With mayonnaise, roast beef, and cabbage, I made one of the best sandwiches ever.
My parents were out and it was hours past dinner. In the days when only the rich had cell phones so I couldn't call to find out when they would be back, I found I had to cook for me and my sisters. Thinking my parents might be upset if I didn’t prepare a vegetable, I found that all we had was a part of an onion and part of a green pepper. Not knowing what I was doing, I did my best to make onion rings, but didn’t have enough onion and so made several pepper rings as well. They were okay.
Wanting a snack and craving Sashimi with pickled ginger root, I mixed a small bowl of tuna, mayonnaise, dill relish, ginger, and horseradish. Amazing! Don’t be afraid to pour a lot of ginger on.
There is just something special about tuna and salsa. Whether with mayonnaise in a sandwich (or by the cup) or with melted cheese on nachos, it just makes sense as if God always meant for them to be together.
There is just something special about Buffalo Sauce and fried foods. There is also something special about Buffalo Sauce and seafood. Anything fried and/or seafood will go with Buffalo Sauce. It just calls out for it. Clam chowder is no exception. Add a teaspoon or two on top and mix it in until the soup turns orange. Mmmmmmm… Another meal I made once was a tuna melt with green peppers, red onions, jalapenos, tomatoe slices, and BUFFALO!!!
Actual Meals You Might Like
Raisin-Banana Bowl: In between meals and want a snack? Place banana, peanut butter, cinnamon, sugar, and raisins in a bowl. Mash.
ABC BLT: At one restaurant I worked at, they sent me on break when I wasn’t very hungry but had not yet had any vegetables that day. Not thinking ahead and just adding one ingredient at a time, I ended up with something way too big. I call it the ABC BLT. Toast a bagel, cover it with cream cheese, add bacon, lettuce, tomatoe, green pepper, red onion, alfalfa sprouts, shredded carrots, and pickled jalapeno slices. Eat.
Pepper Mac: Bored with your macaroni and cheese? Dice green peppers and toss them on top.
Black Chicken Bomb: Cook shredded chicken, onions, and peppers. When fully cooked, add chopped dill pickle spears, black pepper (lots), and melt provolone cheese over it. Pick up with a spatula and place in a sub roll. The pickle pieces should be hot and juicy, but not cooked. Amazing!
Tuna Patties: Wash your hands. Mix together flour, tuna, salt, ginger, garlic powder, black pepper, thyme, and red pepper flakes with your fingers making flat patties. Basically, empty your spice cabinet into them. I even put real lemon bits into mine. Fry until brown.
Parmesan Eggs: Drop eggs into a hot frying pan. Add a splash of milk and sprinkle parmesan cheese. Scramble. It’s good, but I get tired of it quickly.
Roast Beef Garlic Bread: Cut a sub roll open in half. Smear with butter, garlic powder, and mozzarella cheese. Place in oven until cheese is barely melted and the bread just starts to brown and take out quickly. Use it to make a sandwich of medium-rare refrigerated roast beef and tomatoe slices. Place back in oven to finish browning. The meat should still be cool (and medium-rare) and the bread hot. Add basil or oregano as inclined.