The short answer is: Peanut Butter & Jelly
The long answer is (for those of you with the time):
This MoFo journey began back in April 2013 (April 2nd, to be exact) with an article on Buzzfeed celebrating Peanut Butter & Jelly Day entitled, 29 Ways to Honor the Glory of Peanut Butter and Jelly. At the time I saw this article I thought that I’d probably try to veganize some of the recipes, bookmarked it for later scrutiny, and left it at that. MoFo wasn’t even on my radar and in fact, I’d decided not to participate this year because last year it kicked my ass right into November’s Virtual Vegan Potluck. But after my conversation with a friend and a solid 8 hours of shut-eye, this article seemed like the perfect inspiration for Vegan MoFo 2013. Is there anyone who loves the salty-sweet combination of peanut butter and jelly more than I (probably, but they’re not writing this blog, are they)?
Here’s how it’s going to play out: I’ve used the recipes in 29 Ways as inspiration for 20 of my own PB&J creations. In many cases I looked at nothing but the title; in others, I used the non-vegan recipes as jumping-off points for my own versions. In each post I will include links to the original recipe/blog as well as to Buzzfeed’s April 2013 article.
So, dear readers, beginning tomorrow, I present to you a full 20 recipes – mostly sweet but also some savory; some classic and some quite odd (though all delicious, I promise) – involving that kid-revered dynamic duo of food. Stay tuned for two cookbook reviews + giveaways as well. Oh, and by the way, I’m writing this post on April 29.
ATTENTION: If you have a peanut allergy, live outside of the U.S. (and therefore probably weren’t suckled on peanut butter), or just have no love for the rich, creamy, salty nectar, you can go about your merry way and ignore my blog for the next month. (Or, you can substitute your favorite nut butter for the peanut butter…)
A Brief History of My Relationship with Peanut Butter and/or Jelly (mostly peanut butter, as it turns out):
Chocolate Peanut Butter Mousse (coincidentally from MoFo 2012)
Peanut Butter & Jelly Bites (recipe courtesy of Chef AJ)
Peanut Butter & Jelly Shortbread
Chocolate, Chocolate, & Peanut Butter
PB2: Powdered Peanut Butter
Peanut Butter & Jam-filled Tangzhong Bread
Peanut Butter & Chocolate Chip Waffles
Peanut Butter & Banana Muffins
Toasted Walnut & Peanut Butter Cookies
Raw Cheez Crackers with Peanut Butter
Peanut Sandies (also from MoFo 2012)
PB & J (from Dough, Dirt, & Dye)
Afternoon Ritual (from Dough, Dirt, & Dye)