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Celebrating Butter 
Apr. 19, 2012 10:43 pm 
Updated: Apr. 29, 2012 9:22 am

I hate to admit this, but I have always used margarine, except in recipes that specifically say to use butter. I make a Chocolate Chip Cheese Ball every Thanksgiving and Christmas that requires butter; in fact, my recipe says "no substitutions." I've always wondered why.  But I'm such a rule follower that if the recipe says "no substitutions," then I'm NOT going to substitute.

At the beginning of the month, I received my Allrecipes Ambassador assignments.  One of the things I had to do was prepare recipes using butter, not margarine, from the Go Bold with Butter website. Since I'm not a butter user, I had to go buy some first. Then I looked at all the delicious recipes and decided which would fit in with my life right now. The first recipe I made was for breakfast.  Truth be told, I had had my morning coffee and two hours later was hungry.  So I decided to make me some oatmeal, but not just any oatmeal, Browned Butter Banana Oatmeal. This turned out really rich and satisfying. I would definitely make it again.

The next recipe I wanted to make was Cinnamon Toast Scones. I love cinnamon toast and I love scones. Surely putting the two together would be an out-of-the-ballpark hit! And it was! These scones are so light and fluffy. And they are really good with or without the vanilla drizzle.

While I was making the scones, I found out I was going to have to take my mother to the doctor.  I knew I wouldn't get home until late, so I checked out the Go Bold with Butter site again and decided to make the Ham and Cheddar Frittata for dinner. It wouldn't require a lot of time, I could prepare it at the last minute, and it would go with my scones I had made that morning! Add some fruit, and voilĂ , dinner would be served.

All three of the recipes I made were fabulous! So, I'm thinking more about butter vs. margarine now, and butter just might win out!

(I am an Allrecipes Allstar Brand Ambassador and I'm not compensated for my work with Allrecipes.com. The reviews, content, and opinion expressed in this blog are purely the sole opinions of Paula.) 

***(Next day) Help me, Someone! I can't stop making butter recipes! Shearone posted this one and it looked so good. I bought the "real" popcorn for it, but then I forgot who had posted it and where the recipe was. Then I found it today. This might not be a good thing! This Smoky Spiced Buttered Popcorn is though. It is a real treat and takes popcorn to a whole new level.

Apr. 20, 2012 7:30 am
Like I've commented Paula on the other blogs about BUTTER, I grew up on margarine. My DH introduced me to the wonderful world of butter and there's been no looking back. I read through the Cinnamon Toast Scone recipe and it looks wonderful. Saved to my RB. Thanks for sharing your story about cooking with butter.
Apr. 20, 2012 8:02 am
Candice, I grew up on margarine too! It just never occurred to me to use butter instead.
Apr. 20, 2012 12:09 pm
Good job Paula. I am embarrassed to admit that I use way TOO much butter these days. Need to back off big time, but it is addictive.
Apr. 20, 2012 12:27 pm
Great blog Paula. I grew up on margarine but switched to butter as soon as I was buying my own groceries. There truly is NO substitute for it and you may find yourself a convert before you know it. And don't listen to MauiGirl. There is no such thing as TOO much butter. :-)
Apr. 20, 2012 1:56 pm
We had both butter and margarine when I was growing up. My mother would cook with margarine, but butter was always the spread of choice, except for my dad. He wanted margarine because he thought it spread better. Thank heaven I listened just this once to my mother!
Apr. 20, 2012 3:25 pm
I know, I really like butter. We acually just got a bread machine that churns butter! I guess we will have to take self-control to a whole new level. Your recipe pics look delish; i'm scared to visit the go bold with butter site:)
Apr. 20, 2012 3:43 pm
A bread machine that churns butter?! What will they think of next?
Apr. 20, 2012 3:59 pm
Everything you made looks delish. Darn it, now you've made me hungry!
Apr. 20, 2012 4:15 pm
Thanks, ConkyJoe. BTW - I love your profile pic! Makes me smile.
Apr. 20, 2012 4:33 pm
Thank you, Paula, and I'm glad it gives you a smile. The pic is a bit unbecoming as I was having a bad hair day :-).
Apr. 20, 2012 4:59 pm
LOVE the looks of the popcorn recipe! I need to try that, as I'm much more into savory than I am sweet. I mostly use butter, but have margarine on hand as well, but have to say I grew up on margarine. Another blog got me to thinking about "why" that is. You would think, being from simple country farmer roots, my house would have been all about real, fresh, BUTTER, but I think my families roots had the opposite effect. Butter represented a much dreaded and time consuming CHORE. Margarine, on the other hand, was a blessing of convenience way too long in coming to my grandmothers!
Apr. 20, 2012 5:40 pm
I grew up with margarine too. AR introduced me back to butter and I cook with it all the time now. I do still use margarine for when we have hot biscuits or toast at the table. I just can't seem to get the butter to melt as fast as I want for those hot biscuits!
Apr. 20, 2012 6:31 pm
This might shock you, but I am not sure that I have ever had margarine; I certainly have never used it before. I wonder what I am missing out on...
Apr. 20, 2012 8:07 pm
Very nice, Paula! I've had both margarine and butter. Love butter. I said on someone else's post that I recall having to knead in the color packet for margarine so it looked more real. That was a lot of years ago, btw.
Apr. 21, 2012 4:03 am
I've been thinking about trying the popcorn recipe! All of your food looks great!
Apr. 21, 2012 5:41 am
Hi Paula, I'm a butter girl. Love it. There is something about the taste and texture that completes anything I'm making. Thanks for the recipes here. In fact I think I'm going to try your Cinnamon Toast Scones. Have a great day.-Patricia
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