My college dining hall had a grill. As a frequent consumer of cheeseburgers, I had a pretty good relationship with the guys who manned it.
So one day, in the middle of a tough finals week, when I walked up with a PB&J sandwich from the do-it-yourself sandwich counter and asked, “Can you slather this in butter and grill it for me, please?” I got a strange look or two – but I walked away from dinner feeling warm and fuzzy inside.
It totally brought me back.
Grilled peanut butter and jelly. It was THE comfort food my of childhood. Any time I was sick, unhappy, or just having a bad day, my mom would make me a perfect butter-fried sandwich and all would be right with the world. The taste of warm, melted peanut butter mixed with hot jelly and buttery crispy bread…one bite and I’m happy again.
Tonight, I was totally in a grilled PB&J mood.
The key is lots of butter on the outside of the bread.
Then just fry it up in a pan until it’s golden brown and oozy. Cut it into quarter wedges for extra childhood-style comfort.
Today’s EAT: I didn’t even try to add vegetables to my meal. I ate my grilled comfort sandwich with sweet potato chips.
Although regular Lay’s from the yellow bag would have been ideal! Chips = vehicle for scooping up the melted fillings that ooze out of the sandwich. Therefore, chips of some sort = a necessity.
Today’s DRINK: Isn’t this bottle cute? It kind of looks like a note I would have drawn for one of my friends in the seventh grade. In a good way, of course.
This Darby & Joan Chardonnay is good enough! It’s a little sharp, but not out of line for an inexpensive bottle. I’d buy it again for everyday consumption.
Today’s RUN: I headed out for my first post-marathon run today. 4 miles in 34:00. It felt fine. No more soreness in my legs at all, although I still have a little tension in my back, and am going to keep it short for a bit on account of the blister issues. But overall it was a nice run!
Also, I feel like I’ve done plenty of analytical whining about Chicago on here, but if for some reason you want more, I posted a detailed recap with Garmin splits on Strands. And with that, I’m done with it and moving on!
Today’s QUESTION: Everyone has a childhood comfort food – what was yours?