Thanks b to LRoy for the Tenacious Ignatius.
Great laughs about a grotesque sandwich. I especially like this line:
Ian: You do kind of get the sense this is what would have happened on Day 38 of Noah’s Ark.
From MMSMINYJAF (My-Main-Sandwich-Man-in-NY, JAF) who has his fingers on the pulse of pastrami. At Katz’s Delicatessen the pulse is hoppin’! Bauer and Dean Publishers have gotten the sacred word from the whispering pickles.
The Southern Foodways Alliance, a hallowed outfit in this household, produces – on paper and electronically – a quarterly newsletter, Gravy, read with relish by me religiously. Neither precious, nor breathless, nor kitschy, Gravy tells stories that orbit around food, a path that connects us all, rather than creating hierarchy, competition or status.
Recently featured Neal’s Deli in Carrboro, NC, is a hop, skip and jump from Chapel Hill, a straight shot down 85 from DC, a drive just long enough to let a full-court-press appetite develop.
Thought about you the other day: the NY Times had a write up in the food section about eanut butter & bread & butter ickle sandwiches. That is the one ickle I do like. Karin and my dog Mitchell were out of town all weekend seeing her mom in Roanoke. Kept telling myself – since I had all the ingredients – I was going to try this out. Kept chickening out.
My (used to be) aversion to ickles was 1.) thought erfectly fine cucumbers were messed with & 2.) (back when I would do McDonald’s – thought it was nervy of them to assume everyone wanted ickles on the cheeseburgers. Having quit smoking a couple of years ago find my alette has expanded. Such adventure ahead!
Your encouragement was very helpful making this dive into the gastronomic unknown…..Sandwich Monday: The PB&P
by Ian Chillag
NPR – October 29, 2012
The Peanut Butter & Pickle Sandwich dates back to the Great Depression. It’s great if you’re transported back in time to 1930 and you forget to bring Powerbars, or, say, if you’re stuck in your house with limited pantry options as a big hurricane heads your way. The New York Times says the PB&P is “a thrifty and unacknowledged American classic.”
Ian: As New York Times endorsed sandwiches go, this is way better than the Paul Krugwich.
Robert: It’s a weird combination. It’s a bad sign when even pregnant women won’t eat it.
Ian: The reason the Peanut Butter & Pickle sandwich was popular in the Great Depression was because people didn’t have money for the more traditional sandwich, the Anything & Anything Else.
Leah: Yeah. This pairs great with a nice shoelace and mule hoof stew.
Eva: This was part of FDR’s New Deal program to get unemployed pickles back to work.
Ian: Wow. It’s not bad. I haven’t been this surprised by a sandwich since that White Castle slider came to life and begged us to stop eating it.
Robert: Reese’s, are you listening? America wants a Pickle Butter Cup.
Eva: I always thought mixing peanut butter and pickles was lethal…or maybe that’s bleach and ammonia. Can’t remember.
Ian: Subbing in pickles is like having Tebow come off the bench. By that I mean pickles are bad at football.
[The verdict: surprisingly not bad. The pickles provide a nice texture and sweetness. That said, no one wanted more.]