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Friday, September 12, 2014

The Goober and a Pickle

First up...the salty!

A South American native, the peanut arrived in North America via slave ships and in African-inspired cooking on plantations. Slaves sometimes made a little cash growing and selling the famous 'goober pea,' and after the Civil War, when Union soldiers acquired a taste for them, peanuts traveled north. 
~Goober Pea Meets the Vendor

September 13 is...
National Peanut Day


Goober peas are America's favorite snack food. If you are not sure whether these little babies are on your snack list, perhaps their other name will make you salivate: peanuts! They can be enjoyed boiled, roasted, parched, fried, salted or unsalted and can even be eaten raw. Their incorporation in soups, breads, muffins, doughnuts, wafers, candies, cookies, cakes, pies, omelets, stuffing, toppings for countless foods and desserts, and a plethora of main course dishes (especially Chinese) makes the peanut one of the most versatile foods available. And, of course, don't forget the peanut meal, peanut oil and the ever popular peanut butter for the PB&J, which has its own special day. In fact, there are almost limitless possibilities. While peanuts are most often referred to in the salty category, it goes without saying they can be enjoyed salted or unsalted.


How to Grow the Peanut and 105 Ways of Preparing it for Human Consumption



 Except maybe a handful of peanuts!


Second up...the sour!

Fall is harvest season and that means it's prime canning season with pickles at the top of the list. The process of pickling began as an early method of food preservation before refrigeration and quickly became something of second nature. Kids tend to like pickles. Perhaps it is because of the funny faces that result from that first bite. So, with that being said, Snack a Pickle Time just might be the day to bring the kid out in all of us!

September 13 is...
Snack a Pickle Time


You don't have to limit the snack just to biting into the pickle. Click each image to the recipe.


 Pickles with a Touch of the Goober

Is your mouth watering yet?