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The Beauty of Butter 
Apr. 24, 2012 10:23 pm 
Updated: Apr. 25, 2012 2:32 pm
I love butter. What's not to love about it, really? It tastes great, whether it's used in a savory application, a sweet application, to bake delicious treats or to add an extra bit of delicious creaminess. 

Being a fan of butter, I find myself in a bit of a conundrum. What is my favorite application of this most versatile of ingredients? 

I am a huge fan of savory foods, and Sirloin Steak with Garlic Butter falls under that category. Not only is it delicious, but it's super easy. This steak will impress dinner guests, first dates or longtime spouses alike. 

In contrast, I'm not a huge sweets kind of person, but the Vanilla Popcorn I made the other day had the right amount of sweetness to be sweet, but not too sweet. It was delicious - and something I would totally make again and again.

Speaking of just the right amount of sweet, fruit pies and their delicious, buttery crusts fall under the category of delicious things made with butter. Apple Pie by Grandma Ople is probably the most perfect apple pie I have ever had the pleasure of making.  

Finally, my favorite creamy snack (featuring butter) comes in the form of Olive Cheese Bread. This delicious bread is fast to put together and the creaminess, thanks to the butter, is what makes it the kind of comfort food I find myself seeking out again and again. 

The good people over at the Go Bold with Butter blog partnered with Allrecipes Allstars, which I am a member of, and gave us a few recipes to test out to see how we liked them. I have to say, I liked them a lot! The Scalloped Potatoes with Ham came out beautifully (mine are a little browner than there's turned out pictured below - but still delicious nonetheless). 

I also tested out the Smoky Spiced Buttered Popcorn recipe the people over at the Go Bold with Butter blog have up and it was a new favorite! I think when I'm watching movies at home this will now be my go-to savory popcorn recipe.

I guess it's time now for my final verdict...and the verdict is...

I can't choose! Butter is so diverse, adaptable and delicious that one favorite recipe alone just can't do it justice. 

How about you share some of your favorite butter recipes with me? I can't wait to try them! Just post them in the comments below.
Vanilla Buttered Popcorn.
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Steak with garlic butter.
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Apple Pie - crust made with butter!
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Olive Cheese Bread - a delicious mix of cheese, butter, mayo and olives.
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Scalloped Potatoes with Ham
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Chili Spiced Pop Corn
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Apr. 25, 2012 1:12 am
Very nice blog Manda!
Apr. 25, 2012 2:32 pm
OO that steak looks really good! Yum.
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I'm working towards my Ph.D. and, while not reading, studying, teaching, volunteering, or relaxing (what is that thing again?), I'm cooking! I've been a vegetarian for the past 3 years and I've loved every minute of it. People ask me why all the time, and there are really a whole list of reasons. To break my rationale down, it really falls into these categories: for the environment, for my health, for the economy, and, of course, for the animals.
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I love to bake, but I'm, personally, not a huge fan of baked goods. I love to feed other people, though, and baked goods are fabulous for that reason alone. My slow cooker is one of my best friends. Lately I've been into Indian food - I love a good heaping pile of paneer masala with a pile of rice and some garlic-herb naan.
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My mother was not a cook. My grandmother, on the other hand, grew up on a farm and, after living in the city for most of her adulthood while raising my mother and aunts, has returned to the farming lifestyle. She's the one who taught me how to cook traditional American homestead foods from scratch like breads, berry jams, pickles (she especially loves pickled eggs. I can't say I've acquired the taste yet), and pies.
My cooking triumphs
I've been trying to do at least one vegan meal a day, everyday, in addition to being a vegetarian. A lot of the pollution issues, economic issues, and cruelty issues with meat are mirrored in the diary industry so I've been trying to reduce my intake. Any time I can transform a favorite of mine into a vegan dish, I consider it a triumph. I made the most amazing banana-coconut milk muffins the other day. They disappeared in a heartbeat at a beach get-together.
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I think the real tragedy is that I often don't have enough time to cook! In addition to not having time to cook as often as I'd like, sometimes it's hard to get great ingredients. I try to go to the local farmer's markets, but, even on the weekends, my work and school can overwhelm my schedule and prevent me from picking up the really tasty veggies.
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