Saturday, November 05, 2005


Peanut Butter, Bananas & Blue Suede Shoes

A few summers ago I was invited to take a cross country road trip with a girl I knew. Since we would be meandering through the American South, my requested big tourist destination was a stop at Graceland (she was all about hitting every water park imaginable. We aren't friends anymore). Much to my suprise, it was not nearly as fantastically interesting to me (so it turned out) as the teeny, tiny, itsy, bitsy, house (don't let that link fool you, it's been primped to the nines over the years, but it's still the smallest three person dwelling I have ever laid eyes on outside of NYC) we stopped at later, somewhere in the heart of Mississippi, that the Presley family inhabited when The King was just a sprout. Seriously kids, it had two rooms, neither of which included a stove or indoor plumbing. And from there, this boy rose up to, well, I'm sure you've heard. I just love me that Elvis. Not his music so much, and heaven knows, I'm not exactly a fan of his by-the-numbers filmography, but in terms of over the top American- dream livin', well, that is my BOY. Undeniably amazing.

Nowadays, whenever I put on my blue suede shoes, (which are pretty glam, ya?) I get a lot of Elvis comments and am stricken with an irresistible urge to make something from The Graceland Cookbook, which I suspect is chock full of interesting, high calorie, Southern comforts of all types. I really should have picked up a copy when I was there, only the sticker shock of having to pay $28 for the guided tour, and the three hour wait, turned me off of lining their coffers any more.

For those who pay attention to such silliness, it is a well established fact that Mr. EAP was a fan of the Peanut Butter and Banana sandwich, so today, in his honor, I would like to show you exactly what that high calorie, protein packed, sweet and dense morsel looks like, Fresh Approach style. I have to admit, I love that the peanut butter was warm, (being a strong advocate of the broiled peanut butter sandwich,) but overall, I now see why jelly is a common pairing here, since the banana didn't do much to cut through the richness of the peanut spread. That was actually why I cut it up into bite sized bits, it offers a taste without sticking your mouth shut permanantly. Try it, and enjoy!

4 slices, white sandwich bread
1 ripe banana
1/4 cup peanut butter

Toast your bread, the let it cool slightly. Spread the peanut butter onto two slices then a layer of the banana. Broil the two slices, (open faced) on a sheet pan or sheet of foil until quite melty. This should take less than 2 minutes. Remove from the broiler, top with the other two slices, cut and serve.

To make them bite sized, as I did, cut the bread in advance and broil the peanut butter and bananas on a heat-proof platter. Remove after it is melted (again, it should take less than 1 minute, depending on how close you get it to the flame) then build the sandwiches.

Makes two sandwiches


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According to The Great Food Almanac by Irena Chalmers, the last meal that Elvis Presley ate included four scoops of ice cream and 6 chocolate chip cookies

Ito eat like teeth are out of style, Ito eat like teeth are out of style, Ito eating all the while, Eat Ito eat all the night and the day,Eat Ito eat all the night and the day, Ito is an eating boy, He never get enough from fish and poy, He eat everything he don't care what, He even eat the shell from the coconut, Eat Ito eat all the night and the day, Eat Ito eat all the night and the day, Hey, Ito little faster, Ito little slower, Ito eat like teeth are out of style, Ito eat like teeth are out of style, When you say that stranger smile, Oh, oh, oh, oh, oh - Ito Eats, Sung by Elvis Presley in Blue Hawaii. Words & music by Sid Tepper - Roy Bennett

Rachael! Nice legs.
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