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When it is a Peanut! Peanuts are not even close to being a nut, they are a legume. What is a legume you ask? It is a member of the pea family. Why are they called peanuts? Well, that is a good question. I couldn’t find the exact reason why. They were called ground peas or ground nuts at one time so maybe someone said hey let’s call them peanuts!

Who invented peanut butter? I thought it was George Washington Carver a scientist who created over 300 peanut products, but it was actually physician John Harvey Kellogg. Peanut Butter had a celebrated debut at the 1904 World Fair in St Louis Missouri.

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All I know is besides peanut butter and jelly sandwichs, peanut butter cookies and I LOVE peanut sauce on chicken satay, crispy tofu or soba noodles!

Easy Peanut Sauce

Recipe makes 4-6 servings

    4 tablespoons peanut butter, natural

    4 tablespoons hot water

    2 tablespoons soy sauce or tamari

    1 1/2 tablespoons brown sugar or coconut sugar

    1/4 teaspoon cayenne pepper

    1 1/2 teaspoons fresh lemon or lime juice

Directions: In a small bowl combine peanut butter and water; mix until smooth paste forms. Stir in soy sauce, then brown sugar, cayenne and lemon juice. Mix by hand until well combined and smooth.

Easy Peanut Butter Cookies

1 Cup peanut butter

1 large Egg

1 Cup sugar

Optional: ½ cup mini chocolate chips and  1 tsp. real vanilla  

Mix together ingredients. Chill in the refrigerator for 1 hour. Use 1 Tablespoon dough per cookie roll into a ball. Take a glass and press gently to flatten ( you may sugar the bottom of the glass so the dough doesn’t stick)

Bake at 325 for 10-12 minutes. Leave on cookie sheet a couple of minutes.

Move to a cookie rack to cool. Makes about 20-24 cookies.

Variation Use ½ cup white sugar and ½ cup brown sugar.

May try other sweeteners as well honey, maple syrup, Sucanant, or coconut sugar probably will have a different texture and baking times.

May try other nut butters, or add small amounts of seed, nuts, dried fruit – like raisins