Peanut Butter Cup, Slim Jim, and a Cheese Cracker

A peanut butter cup, slim jim, and a cheese cracker might be the most satisfying food combo around. To some, it might sound like a revolting food combination that humans should not consume. Whatever side of the coin you might be on, everyone has some sort of guilty pleasure when it comes to food. Pickles and mayo? Cheese curds and a chocolate bar? Popcorn and ketchup?

The beauty about food is that fact that you can experiment and make thousands of different recipes from the same basic ingredients. If you were handed a loaf of bread, jar of peanut butter, and a jar of jam what would you make? The obvious answer would be a peanut butter and jam sandwich. However, you could leave out one of the ingredients. That would spawn 2 different “recipes” from those ingredients. You could leave out the peanut butter and jam and just eat the bread. Maybe toast it. There is another recipe you’ve managed to make. How would you eat it? Lather the bread with the peanut butter and jam making a practical sandwich? Dip the bread into the jars using it as a spoon so that you don’t have to wash anything afterwards? From point A to point B, all you’re trying to do is get the raw materials into your belly for consumption. But there are many different paths to get there. At the end of the day, your body isn’t going to know that you dipped your bread into the peanut butter and jam jars instead of spreading it. But yet we still experiment with food and overcomplicate the whole process. And I’m all for it!

I love cooking. You can create something so beautiful from practically nothing. Or you can create something so ugly that can’t possibly taste good, and make it taste good. Through trial and error, we have homed in our skills required to create. So, who says you can’t put anchovies on your peanut butter and jam sandwich. The salty from the anchovies might compliment the sweet from the jam and create an entirely new experience that works.

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