I started the Coach4aday blog in 2014 and have done daily posts on one topic for each year. In 2014 my daily posts were on the “Beer of the Day”, 2015 it was “A Friend of a Friend”, 2016 I wrote about “North Carolina”, and in 2017 it was “Colleges and Universities”.
The one consistent piece of feedback I have received with this blog is the 2015 series on “A Friend of a Friend”. Readers and blog followers said please bring it back. The stats also back that up with the number of views each of those posts received.
So in 2018 two things will happen with the Coach4aday blog; One I plan to collaborate with a friend named John Rancke and revisit some of those 2015 “A Friend of a Friend” posts and do some new ones with a slightly different twist. I write the blog posts on odd number days and John does the blog on even numbered days.
In addition John and I will write about things we both are interested which will include basketball, food, people, music, our granddaughters, and great stories.
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January 24, 2018 National Peanut Butter Day
Post by John Rancke
Elvis Presley truly enjoyed his peanut butter when it was served his way:
Elvis should get credit for the Burger King slogan “Have it Your Way”, because he certainly knew what he liked for a snack to fill him up. I must be honest, I’ve never tried it Elvis Style!
Today is National Peanut Butter Day. Celebrated across America. The American staple.
The Aztecs and Incas can be credited with coming up with a lumpy dry paste made from peanuts around 1000 BC. It was first used in America in the 1800s as a source of animal feed. It wasn’t until the 20th century with the new inventions to grow and harvest the peanut that it’s many uses could also include eating the paste.
4 men are credited with the various inventions and manufacturing processes to give us the creamy product that we see on grocery shelves today. In 1884 Marcus Edson of Canada gave us the ability to make the paste by milling roasted peanuts between heated plates.
Then in 1895 John Kellogg ( Yes K-e-double L-o-double good, Kelloggs best to you guy) patented a process to skip the roasting and to process raw peanuts.
In 1903, Dr. Ambrose Straub received a patent for a peanut butter making machine. In 1922, Joseph Rosefield was able to keep peanut oil from separating from the peanut solids. He sold the process to a small company that ran with the idea and created Peter Pan Peanut Butter. Rosefield later opened his own company and called it Skippy.
Peanut Butter was introduced to the American public in 1904 in St Louis at the Universal Exposition.
A peanut is not a nut at all. It’s a legume!! A bean!!!! It’s a great source of vitamin E, B6, niacin, calcium,potassium, iron, protein,and is rich in healthy monounsaturated fats.
Although I’ve never tried it Elvis Style, I did learn from my father that the best peanut butter sandwich is made up of 2 slices of fresh white bread, peanut butter, grape jelly, and 1 slice of American Cheese preferably Deli style. Not the slices of that processed cheese product, but use the real slices of Kraft American cheese. He ate it for over 50 years, 2 sandwiches per day and he had low blood pressure and lived to be 87. So yes that’s how I eat my PB and J.
I want to give a shout out to the lady Mrs. Culbreth who today is up above that showed me how to feed 10-25 kids at a time as many PB and J sandwiches as they could eat with very little effort required. For years, I spent many weeks of the summer at the Culbreth cottage at White Lake.
Mrs. Culbreth below
The White Lake Crowd included her children Katherine, Johnny, Susan, Dottie, and Neale Turlington from Clinton NC. Plus all her crowd from 3 cottages down plus all the Culbreth guests including yours truly.
White Lake Cottage vintage 1960s
Mrs. Culbreth would take an empty gallon jar and fill it with peanut butter and grape jelly and proceed to mix the contents until it was thoroughly mixed and bore the resemblance of gray or grey mud.
Take 2 slices of bread, slap some of the gray or grey glop on it and move out to pier to eat it. She had the process down pat. What was the mix ratio? No one knows, probably a jar of peanut butter to a jar of grape jelly and continue until the gallon jar was full. I mixed a small bowl last night with a couple of spoonfuls of peanut butter and 2 spoonfuls of jelly and a deli slice of American cheese and ate my bowl of gray or grey glop watching the news. I dipped the cheese as I would a cracker.
Sometimes, you just gotta go back to your roots and remember what was good is still good.