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National Peanut Butter Day!

Today we celebrate a favorite spread paired with jelly, the Peanut Butter.  This day is observed annually on January 24th.

Whatever texture of preparation you choose, chunky, or creamy, Peanut Butter is considered a staple in the American household.  Who doesn’t love peanut butter?  I love the chunky peanut butter.  I love to eat a spoonful of peanut butter especially when I am craving sweets.  Sometimes when I make my smoothie, I put a tablespoon of powder peanut butter to make it taste delicious and yummy.

Peanut butter is a food paste or spread made from ground dry-roasted peanuts.  The commercial peanut butter often contains additional ingredients that modify the taste and texture, like salt, sweeteners, or emulsifiers.  The United States is the leading exporter of peanut butter and itself consumes $800 million of peanut butter annually.

Many recipes nowadays, incorporate peanut butter as one of the ingredients, but the most common use of peanut butter is served as a spread on bread or toast, and also is famous for the peanut butter and jelly sandwich.

Nowadays, due to the health craze going on, the trend is to make your own peanut butter at home if you have the powerful Vitamix Blender which makes homemade peanut butter from roasted peanuts without the preservatives you can find in store-bought jars.  Peanut butter is a good source of vitamin E, B6, niacin, calcium, potassium, and iron.

I love peanut butter on my sandwich, sometimes a peanut butter toast with a slice of bananas.  There are many other recipes you can find on the internet for dessert, snacks or gourmet baked goods that includes peanut butter.  So, this day, celebrate this day by making something with peanut butter or just eat peanut butter and jelly sandwich.  Share on social media how you use peanut butter using #PeanutButterDay.

1984 Birth of the Cool (Computer, that is) Macintosh!

On this day the first Apple Macintosh computer goes on sale.  The Macintosh 128k hit the market two days after it was announced to the world in the now-legendary commercial aired during Super Bowl XVIII.

If the spot, directed by Ridley Scott, was a minor masterpiece of the commercial zeitgeist, the computer itself was a product of its time – underpowered and not very easy to use.   But it did represent a sea change, a paradigm shift, whichever late 20th-century business cliché you care to use.

It was the first to feature a graphical user interface that could be called user-friendly and was the first, with the advent of the LaserWriter printer and Aldus PageMaker, to make desktop publishing a reality.

(excerpted from https://www.wired.com/2008/01/dayintech-0124/)