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June 10, 1989
Peanut butter was not "invented" by a St. Louis physician 99 years ago. The Ewondo and other Beti peoples, who live in central Cameroon, have been grinding peanuts into a butter-like paste for time immemorial. I know this as a fact because I lived in Yaounde, Cameroon, for two years as a Peace Corps volunteer and often observed my friends and neighbors hand-grinding peanuts into peanut butter the traditional Beti way with two specially carved stones called an akok and a ngok . This hand-ground peanut paste is used dozens of different ways in Cameroonian cuisine.
August 2, 2013
Total time: 1 hour, plus overnight chilling time Servings: Makes 5 1/2 dozen cookies Note: From Donna Deane 1 1/4 cups flour 1/2 teaspoon baking powder 3/4 teaspoon baking soda 1/4 teaspoon salt 1/2 cup (1 stick) cold butter 1/2 cup chunky peanut butter 1/2 cup sugar 1/2 cup brown sugar 1 egg 1/2 teaspoon vanilla 1 cup finely chopped peanuts 1 cup finely chopped bittersweet chocolate 1. In a medium bowl, stir together the flour, baking powder, baking soda and salt in a medium bowl and set aside.
October 29, 1997 | May Parich, Los Angeles Times Staff Writer
Total time : 20 minutes Servings : 3 dozen cookie cups 1 (18-ounce) package peanut butter chocolate chip cookie dough 36 miniature peanut butter cups 1. Roll heaping teaspoon cookie dough into ball and place in ungreased miniature muffin tins. Repeat with remaining dough. 2. Bake at 350 degrees 10 to 12 minutes. 3. Remove from oven and immediately push miniature peanut butter cups into center of cookies. 4. Let cool completely , remove gently with fork from muffin tins and serve.
May 22, 2013 | By Salvador Rodriguez
Google Glass isn't likely to be released to the general public until next year, but eager users can start practicing how to control it with Apple's Siri voice assistant.  When users want to control Google Glass, they have to first tap on the device and then say "OK Glass" before instructing the high-tech eyewear to do something, such as take a photo or send someone a message. That command will also surprisingly work with Apple's Siri voice assistant, a feature on the latest versions of the iPhone, iPad and iPod Touch.
January 19, 2009 | associated press
The company that sells Little Debbie snacks announced a recall of peanut butter crackers Sunday because of a potential link to a deadly salmonella outbreak. The voluntary recall by McKee Foods Corp. of Collegedale, Tenn., came one day after the government advised consumers to avoid cookies, cakes, ice cream and other foods with peanut butter until officials learn more about the contamination. The South Bend Chocolate Co.
January 18, 2009 | Associated Press
Federal health authorities on Saturday urged consumers to avoid eating cookies, cakes and other foods that contain peanut butter until authorities can learn more about a deadly outbreak of salmonella contamination. Most peanut butter sold in jars at supermarkets appears to be safe, said Stephen Sundlof, head of the Food and Drug Administration's food safety center.
September 10, 1998
It's back to school time, which invariably makes us think of peanut butter: peanut butter and jelly, peanut butter and banana, peanut butter and . . . * Stan's Corner Donut Shoppe: The most popular doughnut at this Westwood institution is the peanut butter pocket doughnut--the peanut butter is actually cooked with the doughnut. (Peanut butter doughnuts, $1.25 each.) Stan's Corner Donut Shoppe, 10948 Weyburn Ave., (310) 208-8660.
August 11, 2012 | By Noelle Carter, Los Angeles Times
Dear SOS: No kidding - these are the most amazing! My family often visits Santa Cruz, and we always end up at the Buttery . Everything there is incredible, but I dream about these cookies. I would so appreciate the recipe. It's just too far to drive when we need a fix! Marni Roosevelt Valley Glen Dear Marni: The Buttery's take on peanut butter cookies, massive enough that you almost need two hands to hold them, is at once rich, sweet and perfectly crumbly.
October 19, 2012 | By David Lazarus
Our national nightmare is over. Fears of an ongoing shortage of peanuts and hence peanut butter (which, if it isn't a food group, should be) have been alleviated by a record peanut crop. According to the U.S. Department of Agriculture, the 2012 peanut harvest should hit 6.1 billion pounds, topping the 2008 record of almost 5.2 billion pounds. The increase has cut peanut prices by more than half since the spring, prompting makers of peanut butter to say retail prices should come down in coming months.
November 29, 2012
The bins of peanuts outside were uncovered, food safety inspectors reported, allowing birds to do on them what birds do. Employees failed to wash their hands regularly or to practice other basic hygiene. Salmonella was found in dozens of locations throughout the plant, which had shipped jars of peanut butter even though its own tests showed they were tainted with the potentially deadly bacteria. After more than 40 people were sickened, the plant closed voluntarily in September and the company's products were recalled.
May 22, 2013 | By Salvador Rodriguez
If you were among the group of people who said a GIF, the popular animated images file, is pronounced like the word "Jif," then give yourself a pat on the back -- you were right. The creator of the image file format, Steve Wilhite, settled the long-running debate Tuesday, telling the New York Times he gets frustrated by those who pronounce the name of the file like the word "gift. " “The Oxford English Dictionary accepts both pronunciations,” Wilhite told the New York Times.
April 3, 2013 | By Noelle Carter
You know it's spring when asparagus starts showing up at the market. Actually a member of the lily family, asparagus is one of those eagerly awaited-for spring vegetables, traditionally available from February through June. Stalks harvested toward the start of the season are often the most prized, as they are the first stalks to shoot from the plant and tend to be the most tender; asparagus harvested late in the season or out of season (often shipped in from elsewhere) can be woody and flavorless.
April 2, 2013 | By Jenn Harris
When you're 12, few things beat a peanut butter and jelly sandwich - If you don't count video games, spending your allowance on candy from the Sweet Factory or slurpees of course. But after a hard morning's work at school, there's nothing better than opening up your lunch pale to find a PB&J in a Ziploc bag. The combination of smooth peanut butter and sweet, sticky strawberry jam is comforting and filling. Tuesday happens to be National Peanut Butter and Jelly Day. Yes, there is an entire day devoted to the popular childhood sandwich.
March 1, 2013 | By Noelle Carter
Happy National Peanut Butter Lover's Day! To celebrate, we've compiled 11 of our favorite recipes. From massive peanut butter cookies to cream pie and peanut dipping sauce. VIDEO: How to make homemade nut butters Oh, and would you like to know how to make homemade peanut butter? It's easy. Check out the video above and read the steps below for tips. Enjoy! ALSO: Food photography 101 Go behind the scenes at the Test Kitchen Browse hundreds of recipes from the L.A. Times Test Kitchen You can find Noelle Carter on Facebook , Google+ , Twitter and Pinterest . Email Noelle at
February 24, 2013
Hey, readers: You have great travel tips Re "Before You Go," the article of readers' tips (Feb. 17): You were right. I've taken a bottle of aspirin so far, and my head still hurts from whacking it. Keep those tips coming. Nick Tuzzolino Arcadia (Editor's note: We received so many great reader tips that we're starting a new weekly feature, called Your Tips, and will run it weekly as space permits. ) :: One of the reader tips suggested taking a familiar food to calm children on a plane, perhaps a peanut butter and jelly sandwich.
February 21, 2013 | By Tiffany Hsu
Several officials at the now-defunct Peanut Corp. of America knew their products may have harbored salmonella bacteria, but they covered up the evidence and sold the food anyway, alleged a 76-count federal indictment unsealed this week. Peanut butter, roasted peanuts and other items prepared at PCA's Blakely, Ga. plant were linked to a 2009 salmonella outbreak that sickened more than 700 people across 46 states and may have contributed to nine deaths. One of the largest food-based recalls in history resulted, affecting thousands of products made since 2007, including cookies, cereal and even pet treats, according to the Food and Drug Administration.
January 3, 2013 | By Betty Hallock
Skippy, meet Spam. Hormel Foods, the maker of Spam canned ham, is buying the brand Skippy peanut butter from consumer products giant Unilever for about $700 million. The move comes as Austin, Minn.-based Hormel is beefing up (heh) its portfolio of meats such as Farmer John sausage and Jennie-O turkey and boosting its presence overseas, according to a Los Angeles Times report . The sale includes Skippy factories in Little Rock, Ark., and Shandong Province in China , CNN says . Hormel Chief Executive Jeffrey M. Ettinger told analysts in a conference call that he expected Skippy to become one of the company's biggest brands.
February 21, 2013 | By Tiffany Hsu, Los Angeles Times
A federal grand jury, investigating one of the largest food-related recalls ever, indicted four executives at the now-defunct Peanut Corp. of America, accusing them of knowing that their products were tainted with salmonella bacteria, covering up the evidence and selling the food anyway. The 76-count criminal indictment, disclosed Thursday, accused the four of engaging "in multiple schemes to defraud the company's customers. " Named as defendants were the former president, Stewart Parnell; his brother Michael, a food broker representing the company; Samuel Lightsey, operations manager at the company's Blakely, Ga., plant; and Mary Wilkerson, the plant's quality-assurance manager.
January 7, 2013 | By Jenn Harris
The Food Network premiered its latest reality food show competition Sunday night with the second season of "Rachael vs. Guy Celebrity Cook-off. " The network's version of "Dancing With the Stars" -- they even got an ex-contestant to compete -- is gearing up for a season full of bloated celebrity egos and mishaps in the kitchen. On Guy Fieri's team: Tori Spelling's husband, Dean McDermott, Chilli from the group TLC, socialite Cornelia Guest and figure skater Johnny Weir. On Rachel Ray's team: singer Carnie Wilson, ex-football player and former "Dancing With the Stars" contestant Hines Ward, actress Kathy Najimy and comedian with that nails-on-the-chalkboard-voice Gilbert Gottfried.
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