National Public Radio is running a contest for the best summer ‘found recipe.’  What’s a found recipe? Well, it’s one that the cook came about in an unusual way.  There are three finalist in the competition:

Strawberry Trifle

Ensenada Slaw

Diane’s Dad’s Sandwich


I loved the Strawberry Trifle story, and the Ensenada Slaw story was dramatic, but when I heard the ingredients in the Diane’s Dad’s Sandwich…. I knew that I had to make it!


Ready for it?


A layer of crunchy peanut butter followed by thinly sliced white onions, cucumbers, tomato, and a slice of white extra sharp cheddar cheese.  When I heard “peanut butter + cheese,” I thought this was either going to be the worst sandwich recipe of all time or the best sandwich recipe of all time.


It was… amazing.  The flavors worked in this wonderful, crazy way.  Diane’s Dad was a smart dude.


My vote for Best Taste of Summer Found Recipe goes to Diane’s Dad Sandwich. Smile  You can listen to or read all three of the entries and vote on the NPR website, if you feel so inclined!


Would you try a peanut butter and cheese sammie?



  • Angela July 25, 2013, 11:14 pm

    I would definitely try it… but I’m skeptical. 🙂

  • Andrea July 25, 2013, 11:20 pm

    The onions and the tomatoes would stop me from trying that sandwich…yech!

  • Sara @ LovingOnTheRun July 26, 2013, 6:43 am

    This looks delicious!! I would try it – I will try anything once! 🙂 That is my motto!

  • Angela @ Eat Spin Run Repeat July 26, 2013, 7:26 am

    Wow, that is quite a combo! I’m a pretty adventurous eater so I’d be willing to try it, but I’m skeptical about whether or not I’d actually like it! We have a burger chain here called the Works that comes out with all sorts of crazy combos for burger toppings.. I feel like they probably have a pb & cheese somewhere on the menu! (

  • Laura July 26, 2013, 7:50 am

    You are very brave…lol honestly the thought of this makes me want to gag

  • Angie July 26, 2013, 8:27 am

    When you mentioned peanut butter and cheese I was reminded of a favorite childhood sandwich. Toast with pb and a processed cheese slice! Yum! I’m not sure about the other veggies you mentioned though. I’ll stick with the pb and cheese.

    • melissa July 26, 2013, 4:20 pm

      if you like that, you have to try an english muffin (toasted), little bit of butter, pb & cheese….mmmm… good! 🙂

      • Angie July 27, 2013, 9:50 am

        I love english muffins! I’ll have to give that a shot!

      • Jillian @ Baby Doodah! July 27, 2013, 8:36 pm

        Melissa! I was just coming on here to recommend English muffins with pb and cheese. THE best snack!!!!

  • Hannah N. July 26, 2013, 8:54 am

    I’m loving this series on NPR too! I thought it was hysterical/really interesting that the order you stack the ingredients seems to matter so much. I really want to try this sandwich!

  • Emily July 26, 2013, 9:05 am

    Haha! In theory, it sounds awful. But those types of things usual end up being pretty awesome! Maybe I’ll be brave and try it out too 🙂

  • Melissa July 26, 2013, 9:16 am

    Wow, what a unique sandwich, to say the least. I think for the most part, it does sound palatable, with the exception of onions; I was never a big fan.

  • Mandy @ Eat Pray Grow July 26, 2013, 9:33 am

    I can see peanut butter and cheese together – cheese & crackers and pb & crackers were best friends on my childhood snack plate, and sometimes I would combine them! But those veggies, man – they’re throwing me off.

  • Jill July 26, 2013, 9:42 am

    My friend loves Peanut butter + Tuna sandwiches!

  • Ali July 26, 2013, 9:44 am

    I wouldn’t eat it simply because of the cucumbers! Cucs are seriously my least favorite food on Earth! PButter+cheese is something I would try though (but I’m from Wisconsin and am prone to putting cheese on anything I can)

  • Linz @ Itz Linz July 26, 2013, 9:57 am

    Iiiiiiinteresting! I suppose I’d try it, but it definitely doesn’t sound very appealing haha but strange but good combinations never do!

  • FitBritt@MyOwnBalance July 26, 2013, 10:34 am

    I can’t say that sounds appetizing at all! Haha! But if you say it’s good I’ll try it at some point. I’m always looking to switch up my sandwiches. One of my favs is black forest ham, coleslaw veggies (not prepared, just the veggies) mixed with a little bit of Boar’s Head bbq sauce and applesauce and some gruyere cheese. Yum!

  • Jennifer July 26, 2013, 10:46 am

    Peanut butter is literally my very favorite food in the entire world… so I feel like I HAVE to give this a try, but it will be with great skepticism!

  • meredith July 26, 2013, 11:04 am

    Although I am not a cheese lover, I will try anything with peanut butter! My son and I joke that there is nothing that peanut butter doesn’t work well with – except maybe pizza.But who knows, maybe even peanut butter on top of pizza would work lol.

  • Ashley July 26, 2013, 11:53 am

    I might be able to get passed the PB/cheese, but the tomatoes seem extra odd!

  • Jill Will Run July 26, 2013, 12:25 pm

    It’s the onions that scare me!

  • Jasmine, bama + ry July 26, 2013, 12:45 pm

    Was Diane’s Dad from Portland? We have a food cart that makes every PB combination sandwich you could ever imagine. My favorite (and you should so try it) is grilled whole wheat with crunchy PB + dill pill chips + havarti <— to die for.

    • Toni July 27, 2013, 6:05 pm

      OMG that sounds awesome!! I am going to have to make one of these

    • K July 30, 2013, 2:23 pm

      Haha, maybe it is a North Coast thing! We live in the North Western corner (seriously, go to Oregon, make a U-turn) of California. My husband has eaten PB and dill pickle sandwiches on toast since he was a child, and says his aunt who lives on Whidbey Island, in Washington, introduced them to him. I thought he was absolutely nuts the first time I ever saw him make one, but quickly changed my mind. Crunchy pickles, melting peanut butter, sweet and salty, so good! He also makes PB and cheddar. Maybe he’s just ahead of the trends? :p

  • Ashlee@HisnHers July 26, 2013, 1:20 pm

    Hmmm I am not so sure about this!! Maybe an all natural “peanuts only” pb? I definitely have to try this out though! I mean, how else do you get a sandwich named after you if it isnt amazing?!

  • Bitch on a Diet July 26, 2013, 2:05 pm

    I would try anything once, especially if it involves peanut butter and cheese.

  • Ravyn July 26, 2013, 2:45 pm

    We listened to this story the other day & loved it!! I loved that she had made the sandwich in the wrong order at first and hated it … then made it the way you described, and it was awesome! 🙂

  • Kat July 26, 2013, 3:01 pm

    I am 16 weeks pregnant and not thinking clearly yet food wise, so this does NOT sound good to me at the moment. I will remain open though and maybe try it come January when my taste buds normalize 🙂

  • Lauren @ Peaks and Passports July 26, 2013, 3:54 pm

    I am officially intrigued and would try it! It’s not so much the peanut butter and cheese combo that scares me, but the veggies with peanut butter. I’ve said before that peanut butter makes everything better, so this looks like it’d put that theory to the test!

  • Eileen July 26, 2013, 4:12 pm

    Hey Caitlin- I used to love your blog. Maybe 6 months ago or so, I’d say it was my favorite. Now, some of these posts are really not that interesting. Like this one. I much prefer your format from before- I’m not saying blog three times a day. I agree that is a lot and maybe overkill, but it seemed like you put a lot more time and effort into those posts than these now. I’m not trying to be mean, hopefully constructive! You brought up such great issues before, particularly parenting related and fitness related. You are a good writer and good ‘conversation’ starter. Those are your strengths, please go back to them!

    • Jillian @ Baby Doodah! July 27, 2013, 8:41 pm

      Eileen – I’m not sure if you write a blog or not, but there are days when it is extremely difficult to come up with even one blog topic a day, so if they aren’t all the most interesting to YOU, take that into consideration. Also, please consider that just bc topics like these don’t interest you, doesn’t mean that others (myself included) don’t find it interesting.

      You can’t love every post… But I will say that Caitlin has had some pretty informational AND motivational posts lately.

      • Caitlin July 27, 2013, 10:49 pm

        Thanks sweetie ❤

  • Stephanie July 26, 2013, 4:37 pm

    My dad used to make a sandwich with peanut butter, pickle, onion, mayo and bologna……..everyone thinks I am crazy, but it was delicious!

  • Lauren @ Chocolate, Cheese and Wine July 26, 2013, 4:55 pm

    Absolutely! That looks amazing!!

  • Kristen @ Medium Roast July 26, 2013, 6:36 pm

    I don’t know about taste, but that is definitely a pretty sandwich. Looks like it is probably pretty difficult to hold though. I bet those cucumber slices are all over the place!

  • Jennifer July 26, 2013, 7:17 pm

    No way, no way, especially not at 12 weeks pregnant. I’d try it with hummus instead of peanut butter, though.

  • kayla July 26, 2013, 7:38 pm

    I can’t stand onions so I don’t know whether I would enjoy Diane’s dad’s sandwich, HOWEVER, it reminds me of the packaged Lance, Austin and Keebler peanut butter and (bright neon orange) cheese crackers!

  • Amber K July 26, 2013, 9:05 pm

    It sounds interesting…I don’t know!

  • Sarah July 27, 2013, 8:16 am

    I’m scared BIT something as strange as this NEEDS to be tried!

  • Stacy July 27, 2013, 10:12 am

    I don’t think I would try that. I had a weird sandwich the other day at this great restaurant in Waycross, Ga: pimento cheese, cole slaw, turkey, and apples. It was great!!!

  • Jillian @ Baby Doodah! July 27, 2013, 8:43 pm

    This sounds right up my alley!! I can see my husbands reaction now, while I put it together. Lol That reaction alone makes it worth making. 🙂

  • Kathryn July 30, 2013, 12:22 pm

    My daughter (then 3 now 5) used to put a slice of cheese on her pb&j. When my dad first saw it he thought it was the most disgusting thing he’d ever seen but she ate every bite.

  • Marty September 15, 2013, 5:38 pm

    My wife and I have made it several times by now – for ourselves and friends. We love it and we haven’t had anyone not like it! Sheer genius!

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