There is a dumpling in every culture, from the fingertip-sized Turkish manti to the giant soup dumplings of Hong Kong, from crispy samosas and empanadas to slippery pierogies and kreplach. They can be elegant, like a large Italian oviolo, sensuously oozing barely warmed egg yolk, or completely rustic, like a hand pinched vareniki. They are boiled, fried, sautéed, steamed and baked. The impulse to fill some sort of dough with something savory or sweet is as ancient as cooking itself.
The peanut butter and jelly sandwich is basically love squished between two pieces of bread. There is no sandwich more perfect. I bet if you close your eyes and think back to your favorite childhood lunch, it probably has peanut butter and jelly in it -- I know mine does! Growing up every summer my family and I went to the beach on my birthday. Among the packed lunch selections were turkey, ham, and PB & J. This was always an easy decision -- hands down, peanut butter and jelly (hold the sand). For all of you PB & J lovers out there, these 6 twists are just for you!