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The Real Thing-Butter 
 
Apr. 8, 2012 4:28 pm 
Updated: Apr. 25, 2012 9:20 am

Why is it that the adjective “buttery” is so often used to describe food and drink? Clearly butter is highly desirable, and for good reason; it has a divine, slightly sweet and delicate flavor, a rich and creamy feel in your mouth and there is just no imitation that can come close to the real thing! To describe food or drink as buttery has a seductive effect, clearly meant to lure you in.

If one were to watch a cooking show, you might hear the chef say something like, “Mmmm, this soup is so rich and buttery”, you may even see a ‘white-eyed roll back’ (if you’re lucky) behind those fluttering lashes! I know if you watch a particular cooking show, you are sure to see the chef dump plenty of extra butter in to her recipe, while saying something like this; ‘More butter makes everything taste better’, indeed!

If one were to flip through a cookbook, a gourmet magazine, a wine guide or even allrecipes.com, one would see so many foods and drink described as having a ‘buttery flavor’.  Here are some of the more common ones below: 


·      *Many cheeses are touted as being buttery, like Brie, Camembert and Gouda.


··      *Wine, especially chardonnay, is often described as having a buttery taste, or to leave a buttery flavor on the tongue. (Showing a little wine snobbery here!)


·     * Some beers boast of having a buttery taste. You can even find a recipe for ‘butter beer’ like they drink at Hogwart’s…for all you Harry Potter fans out there.


·     * Avocados are buttery. They have a buttery flesh, as well as buttery flavor, so they say.

     *Pastry is surely rich and buttery! Perfect pastry must start with real butter…no wonder it’s so rich, tender, and…well, buttery.


·      *Good cuts of beef, like filet…are buttery or they cut 'like butter'. 


·      *Syrups are buttery….just have a look at their labels, it says so right there! But I bet there is no butter listed on the ingredients.

·      *Fake butters and margarines brag of being buttery, so much so that you might not believe it’s not actually butter!

·      *How about a Hot Toddy?, buttery to say the least thanks to the REAL butter that makes an appearance.


Apparently, in the olden days…way olden days….Germans used to clean themselves with it.  After a day or so…things got a little ‘ripe’! In ancient times, Greeks and Romans used butter as a medicine on wounds and skin problems.  Just look at how far we’ve come; at some state fairs, like in Iowa or Texas, you can buy fried butter on a stick to go!  If you don’t believe me, check out the link below:

http://www.nbcdfw.com/the-scene/food-drink/Fried-Butter--Other-Things-That-May-Kill-You-at-the-State-Fair-56637617.html<

You can do lots of things with butter besides baking or cooking with it; you can clarify it, make Ghee, whip it (whip it good), you can brown it, make drawn butter, add in flavoring or herbs to make compound butters, heck…you can even butter someone up to try and get what you want!


Just be sure to use the ‘REAL’ thing! 




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Comments
Apr. 8, 2012 4:43 pm
I've had the fried butter at the State Fair of Texas. It's actually pretty good! It's more of an inside out small, deep fried, popover (butter on the inside and dough on the outside). I only ate one of the batch of three! :-)
 
Apr. 8, 2012 4:48 pm
I can't even imagine it MrsFisher! I have enough of a hard time with funnel cakes...so greasy!
 
Apr. 8, 2012 4:55 pm
Loved all the descriptions! You are absolutely right! I have yet to try fried butter though? I was trying to ween myself sp? off of butter, and now I have been hearing about it all month! lol Now, everytime I see a recipe I am going to look for that buttery description! : )
 
Apr. 8, 2012 5:05 pm
Ah yes! Rich, Buttery flavor! It says it all. Butter speaks for itself. Butter has set the standard for taste - the imitators all what to be butter. I was looking at a menu the other day and doesn't "Poached in a butter lemon sauce" speak volumes? I don't care what "IT" is! I will pass on the Butter Beer and fried butter ..... I don't know about those things - but pass the butter for the baked potato please. :)
 
Apr. 8, 2012 5:09 pm
And extra butter for the pancakes, Penny! I think butter is underrated, everyone says bacon makes anything taste good..well so does butter!
 
Apr. 8, 2012 5:16 pm
How about bacon AND butter...now I've died and gone to heaven!
 
Apr. 8, 2012 5:19 pm
Sounds divine, Laurrie!
 
Apr. 8, 2012 6:24 pm
Great blog! It is smooth as butter!
 
Apr. 8, 2012 6:30 pm
Lol OC! I knew there were more phrases out there!
 
Lela 
Apr. 9, 2012 3:41 am
My favorite way to eat butter are buttered rolls, butter on a hot tortilla- Yum!
 
Apr. 9, 2012 4:25 am
I think there was a time Lela, when I was a starving college student that I lived on buttered warm tortillas...sometimes with a little jam!
 
sueb 
Apr. 9, 2012 6:13 am
This is the highlight of the dairy building at the Iowa State Fair! The butter cow! These are images from Google of the butter cow! http://www.google.com/search?hl=en&amp;biw=1525&amp;bih=711&amp;gbv=2&amp;tbm=isch&amp;sa=1&amp;q=butter+cow+at+the+Iowa+state+fair&amp;oq=butter+cow+at+the+Iowa+state+fair&amp;aq=f&amp;aqi=&amp;aql=&amp;gs_l=img.12...6968l7649l0l10336l2l2l0l0l0l0l166l270l0j2l2l0.frgbld.
 
Apr. 9, 2012 12:30 pm
I love butter, always have, but my gag reflex starts just thinking of fried butter. OK, I'm not a fan of butter beans either, but anything else buttery gets my attention. Even as a child I preferred shortbread cookies to Oreos. And is there anything more comforting than a piece of warm homemade bread and butter?
 
Apr. 9, 2012 5:27 pm
hi my doggster! if you find anything in my refrigerator that is not butter, you may beat me into buttery. i agree, with my neighbor with diabetes ( i presume that's who you are talking about.) more butter...oh yeah, more better! i'm out on fried butter, but wrao some butter around any grilled veggie and i'll arm-wrestle for it! sure wish you could make the southern roundup! love ya sweetie, nice blog.
 
Apr. 9, 2012 5:30 pm
sueb, love that butter cow...so I could go back and add that one can even create works of art with butter, lol!
 
Apr. 9, 2012 5:32 pm
BigShotsMom, homemade bread and butter is my number one comfort food!
 
Apr. 9, 2012 5:39 pm
Gary, I wish I could find a butter impostor in your fridge....I would love to be able to whip you into buttery submission! I can't make it to the Vegas Roundup because of some unexpected expenses, if we can recoup....I'll try for Florida! XOXOX
 
Apr. 9, 2012 5:40 pm
btw...i thinking i'm turning butterees, i think i'm turning butterees..i really think so...
 
Apr. 9, 2012 7:39 pm
Oh thanks a lot Gary, now I can't get that song out of my head!
 
Judy 
Apr. 12, 2012 8:31 am
After all the research on how bad margarine is for your body I went back to butter many years ago. I do not however overuse butter but if I am making a sauce or baking and the recipe calls for butter then I use the real thing.
 
Apr. 13, 2012 6:45 am
And that's the key Judy, moderation! Use butter, but use it preciously. Thanks for stopping by!
 
Apr. 15, 2012 7:25 pm
Great blog, love the facts you have shared. Thank you
 
CiCi 
Apr. 15, 2012 8:54 pm
I recently started using I Can't Believe it's Not Butter, and that seems to be an ok substitute. However, I do agree that nothing beats the taste of real butter!
 
Apr. 25, 2012 9:20 am
Thanks apple.strudel and ceecee for stopping by!
 
 
 
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