The Richmond Register

Lifestyles & Community

April 16, 2013

Peanuts really do grow in the ground!

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RICHMOND —

For the chocolate frosting:

Melt butter in a medium saucepan over medium heat. Whisk in cocoa powder, then whisk in milk and bring mixture just to a boil.

Once mixture reaches a boil, remove from heat and stir in vanilla extract. Add in powdered sugar and mix until well blended. Immediately pour frosting over peanut butter layer and spread into an even layer (frosting sets quickly so I wouldn’t recommend being to meticulous with the design like I tried to be, because then you’ll end up with a slightly grainy looking frosting like I did).

Taking a bath on the beach

When one works all day in the fields, one has to take a bath to remove all the sand that these peanuts have to grow in. There were usually five to six of us working each day, so the bath time got to be a surprise.

My grandfather told us that when we take a bath (in the galvanized tub, we had no running water) and that the last one would always be on a sandy beach like one would sit on in Florida.

I was the dumb one in the bunch and always wanted to be last. To this day, when I sit on a beach on the coast, I recall those crazy days he had me convinced that I was sitting on a beach when I took a bath in the old tub.

Peanut butter addiction

My brother is addicted to peanut butter. He can even eat it on cabbage. He told me recently that he cannot have it in the house because it is like a drug to him. He must have inhaled all the smells my grandmother had in the house to addict him to peanuts.

No-bake peanut pie

INGREDIENTS:

Prepared graham cracker crust pie shell or regular pie crust (I cheat and buy one already made in the food store.)

1 small box (4 servings not instant) butterscotch or vanilla pudding

2 cups of milk

1/4 cup plus 2 tablespoons of peanut butter

Whipped cream for topping-I use cool whip

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