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Nov
03

3-in-1 Celebrations

I’m celebrating (along with the rest of the country, I’m sure) three different events all in one lunch today.

1)  Today is National Sandwich Day.

2) November is National Peanut Butter Lovers Month (oh yeah!)

3) November is also National Raisin Bread Month.

Yesterday I got to thinking how I could incorporate all three celebrations in one great lunch.  Using Raisin Bread for my sandwich is a no-brainer.  [By the way, I like Raisin Bread and all but I'm not sure I want to celebrate it all month long.  This will probably be my only "celebration" of National Raisin Bread Month but not my only celebration of Peanut Butter.]

A simple Peanut Butter Sandwich on Raisin Bread would have been excellent and sufficient.  But I thought I’d try to put a bit more effort into the sandwich today — it’s National Sandwich Day, after all.  I started thinking about all the foods that go well with peanut butter (that’s a looooong list) and also would be good as a sandwich, with raisin bread.

  1. Peanut Butter + Chocolate?  Always excellent but perhaps not for a sandwich.  OK, maybe a dessert sandwich, but I didn’t go there.
  2. Peanut Butter + Banana?  Also excellent but not special enough.  I have it all the time.
  3. Peanut Butter + Apple?  Yes!
  4. Peanut Butter + Carrots?  Yes!
  5. Peanut Butter + Celery?  Also, Yes!

So here’s my creation for National Sandwich Day (I made this one yesterday for practice, but I’m making it again today.)

  • Two slices of Raisin Bread.  OK, I didn’t want to buy a whole loaf of raisin bread just for one or two sandwiches so I figured it’s practically the same thing if I just take some wheat bread and sprinkle raisins on it.
  • A layer of peanut butter on both pieces of bread.  My layer looks thin in the photo but the two thin layers = one thick layer.
  • Shredded carrots, shredded apple (a nice crisp apple like Honeycrisp), finely diced celery.
  • Slap it all together and….

I used freshly-baked Honey Whole Wheat bread (which I purchased, not made) that was soft and chewy.  The apple and veggies were crunchy. The peanut butter and raisins were sticky but sweet.  All together they made ONE GREAT SANDWICH.  I think I did “National Sandwich Day” proud.

What are you having for National Sandwich Day?

3 comments

  1. Lee says:

    Hmm, interesting. I wouldn’t have thought of that combo, but you’re right, all of those things work individually with pb, so I bet it was really good!

    1. Elizabeth says:

      I admit that I come up with some really weird combos sometimes, but this one was a winner.

  2. Jeanette Daane says:

    Oooo that sandwich did look good! I also like crunchy and smooth for interesting texture.

    Re an earlier comment: did you ever see an old classic film BREAD AND CHOCOLATE? It’s about Italian immigrants in Switzerland. As I recall, the laborer eats what is easily accessible in that country: chocolate bar between bread. Now I’ll have to see that good film again.

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