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Apr. 14, 2012 10:01 am 
Updated: Apr. 25, 2012 8:14 pm
Grampa was an award-winning butter maker in Minnesota.  Needless to say, there was no such thing as margarine on our table!  To this day, I always cook with Grade AA Sweet Cream Butter, Land O' Lakes preferred (Grampa worked for Land O' Lakes).  It has the purest real butter taste.   Nor ever a Grade A, Grade B, or General grade butter.  I prefer mine unsalted (I want to control the amount of salt in my recipes.)  Who knew there was so much to know about butter?  Our government at work:  http://www.ams.usda.gov/AMSv1.0/getfile?dDocName=STELDEV3004470< .
 
I discovered compound butters long before they became trendy.  I always have a few, both sweet and savory, in my freezer.  They are my go-to thing when I need to make a quick and easy dinner such as chicken breasts or grilling steaks.  A dollop of compound butter adds instant flavor and makes even mundane hamburgers special.
 
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Apr. 14, 2012 1:42 pm
Lindy, Minnesota is next to Wisconsin, where I am from (we livce in Texas now). Glad you have wonderful memories of your Grandpa! The Land O'Lakes is still my favorite also! What kind of compound butters are your personal favorite(s)? Before freezing, do you ever chop fresh Basil, or ? ~ I think compound butters are wonderful, and freezing them in advance makes them useful year round. What is your favorite on hamburgers? Chicken? ~ Thanks for sharing your ideas!
 
Bibi 
Apr. 14, 2012 2:04 pm
What a good idea about freezing compound butters! Thanks, I'll have to try it.
 
Apr. 14, 2012 3:25 pm
I use Land O Lakes almost exclusively, altho at the table I do also use the spreadable butter (part canola oil). I have a Land O Lakes thermometer in my kitchen. It's about (guessing) 18" tall. It was offered by Land O Lakes many, many years ago. I ordered one for me and one for a housewarming/welcome gift, for a family new in town (a teacher/coach). I'd visited their home and she had the kitchn decorated in blue and yellow.
 
Apr. 14, 2012 3:26 pm
Thank you for sharing your memories and the info about the compound butters!
 
Apr. 16, 2012 5:49 am
You've got to love that Land O Lakes butter! I like your cooking tragedies story over to the right!
 
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Minnetonka, Minnesota, USA
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About Me
I absolutely love to cook and to explore new recipes, ethnic options (Greek, Indian, Asian, Swedish, German, ...), and exotic ingredients. I generally adapt recipes to the tastes of our family. I can actually taste the dish when I read a recipe -- drives my friends crazy!
My favorite things to cook
Ribs on the grill with my special BBQ sauce; rack of lamb with mint and horseradish sauce; almost-flourless Chocolate-Raspberry Torte (my husband's favorite); veal piccata; anything with cardamom.
My favorite family cooking traditions
Swedish smorgasbrod at Christmas; finger sandwiches, shrimp cocktail, and special munchies for New Year's Eve and other special occasions; Steak Diane for my husband's birthday; Eggs Benedict with homemade Hollandaise for brunch.
My cooking triumphs
Christmas Eve smorgasbrod for 60 people -- all family and friends. My special Sweet and Tangy BBQ Sauce (I can batches to give as Christmas gifts). My Chex Party Mix (I create a huge batch at Thanksgiving and another at Christmas, using 30 cups of cereal, 6 cups of nuts, a half pound of butter, a cup of Worchestershire sauce, and seasonings).
My cooking tragedies
As a new bride I tried to make my mother's pepparkakor (Swedish ginger cookies.) The instructions said to "roll dough very thin." After several hours of rolling, baking, and piles of cookies I called Mom to ask just how many cookies this was supposed to make. She asked how many I had and I told her about 60 dozen (yes, 720 cookies)and I was not half way thru the dough. She laughed and asked how thin I was rolling them. The cookies were very good but I never rolled them so thin again -- it was supposed to make about 6 dozen! The first time I made Baked Alaska as a special treat for my husband I caught the oven on fire.
 
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