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Eat butter first, and eat it last, and live till a hundred years be past 
Apr. 8, 2012 6:01 pm 
Updated: Apr. 29, 2012 5:55 pm

This is an old Dutch proverb I found while looking around online for interesting things about butter.  What a concept! I must admit to being one who shuns butter, except on very few occasions.  The saturated fat content in butter has always scared me and with having family members who have had heart trouble, I’ve always paid attention to that. So I use fake butter. Yes fake. Yummy liquid plastic in a squirt bottle. Lol Recent health issues on my part, digestive related has caused me to reconsider what I am eating. While the liquid plastic didn’t cause my problems, it has caused me to stop and think…what is the lesser of the two evils? I know I know, moderation is key so butter really isn’t evil, but in my tiny pea brain I still have troubles. I have progressed from liquid plastic to yogurt based spread so I am taking steps in the right direction.

Butter holds some very positive memories for me. My mother used butter, not like Paula Deen but that is what she cooked with. We didn’t see many oils in our house that I can recall. For baking, it was a MUST to use butter. My mother would never have used margarine or gasp, Crisco in her baking lest she be kicked out of the unofficial Mrs., Cleaver club.  Christmas time meant butter overload and so many Swedish cookies that there was no room for anything else in the fridge it seemed but butter. I go through this same thing myself at Christmas time, but it seems people are eating fewer and fewer cookies so I have scaled back my baking for friends. Even at event where there are cookies and other baked goods, I see people bringing store bought goods. I just can’t do it. Today for example is Easter Sunday. I baked to take thing to church. I don’t see anyone else did. I saw store bought packages of buns, sweet breads and other unidentifiable things. I can’t be the last of a dying breed, can I? I do understand people have busy lives, but this seems to be the norm these days and it makes me sad. Baking yummy things with butter is my way of giving to others and saying “You matter enough for me to go to the trouble of making this.”  Sure I could go buy something at the local grocery store, but I am afraid it would just break my heart. As another butter saying goes, “Don’t this just butter your grits?”   hehehe

I made these delicious scones for Easter and these dark cherry brownies.<<



 Butter makes me happy. All my memories of butter are good ones. Browning butter on the stove for cookies, sautéing veggies for family gatherings at holidays, slicing into slices at my Grandma’s house to serve at Thanksgiving and of course, slathering on fresh summer corn. While I don’t advocate eating it at every meal or in excess, if something makes us happy, why aren’t we using it from time to time?

Speaking of happy, this makes me happy.. butter video.. enjoy!  I can't seem to get the video to embed here.. sorry<

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Apr. 8, 2012 6:04 pm
Great blog, Linda...I really enjoyed reading it!
Apr. 8, 2012 6:09 pm
stupid pictures were there a minute ago!
Apr. 8, 2012 6:09 pm
the pics are there in preview, but not here.. annoying!
Apr. 8, 2012 6:20 pm
Hi Linda, the blog is great. I look forward to seeing the pictures when the AR bugs get worked out.
Apr. 8, 2012 6:29 pm
Very nice Linda, I know what you mean about everyone donating purchased goods to things like church suppers and teacher luncheons. I brought some wonderful biscotti (recipe here on AR) for a teacher's dinner during conferences. Everything else that was on the table was storebought. Everything!!! I felt like the last of a dying breed for sure!
Apr. 8, 2012 6:44 pm
I know the feeling about the saturated fat! My husband's cholesterol at his last doc. visit was real high. On my last physical it was a little high. I have switched to olive oil or making the AR spreadable butter recipe whichi is a mix of butter and olive oil. I have tried the margarine. I don't believe all of the scary stats out there on it, just don't like the taste of it. Although, from working in restaurants, even high end ones, they mix butter with margarine for just about everything to save money. I have tried subbing other fats in baking and it just doesn't give the same results. As I have a love of baking, I just eat one or maybe two, but have learned to share! ;-) I can COMPLETELY UNDERSTAND your questioning of why doesn't anyone make things barely for parties, etc. anymore? You are right, those store bought baked goods really are not good imo!
Apr. 8, 2012 7:37 pm
So sorry that the AR blog program makes it difficult to load your pictures :( Still - I love your blog. Store bought cookies do not belong at a bake sale - yet I see store bought cookies at bake sales all the time. I don't get it???? As for plastic butter - I don't think our bodies are designed to process chemicals - or hydrogenated anything.... I do believe the stats regarding the correlation between trans-fats and the level of LDL and triglycerides. I am a firm believer in Olive Oil but I do love butter - not as a steady diet but it surely has a solid place in our life.
Apr. 8, 2012 9:12 pm
I grew up, on margarine. It was cheaper than butter, ergo, it's what we ate. I remember as a child, my mother occasionally splurging and buying a pound of butter that she would lovingly administer to herself. Not that she wouldn't share, but we kids thought it tasted funny, rather have Parkay. I was a margarine guy right up until I started to take cooking seriously towards the end of my 20's then for some reason, I became a butter man and there I've remained since. I am a moderate and we don't ingest tons of it, blending with olive oil in cooking, and applesauce when baking but no fake moo in the house. Best of the overload of butter blogs yet!
Apr. 9, 2012 3:45 am
Butter-I don't buy margarine or as my MIL used to say, "oleo." If I have a recipe that calls for margarine, I use the Canola butter combo.
Apr. 9, 2012 10:11 am
Great job Linda. I always enjoy looking at your beautiful food photos:)
Apr. 9, 2012 12:42 pm
Great blog, Linda. I, too, am always surprised when I go to a bake sale and see store bought goods. I get a bit tired of hearing how busy people are. My generation was also busy, we had kids and homes and husbands and jobs and we still managed to make things to raise money for good causes - sleep was overrated LOL.
Apr. 11, 2012 9:59 am
The first time I put the plastic butter in the pan to fry an egg for my DIE-t i noticed that it separated into yellow stuff and a lot of water. I should also mention that was the last time I used plastic butter to fry an egg. Great blog.
Apr. 13, 2012 4:40 am
Agree with you, Linda T, about bringing home-baked goods, and about baking with butter! Keep up the faith!
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I cook because I love to create. I find it to be very soothing and rewarding. My mother was my greatest influence, but because of my love of experimentation I think I am a better cook than she is now. :)
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Anything healthy. I love to try new recipes and love the challenge of altering high caloriefat recipes to something more healthy.
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Swedish Christmas cookies. These were baked by my mother and now by me.
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I have had few failures when cooking. Every new recipe is a triumph when it turns our terrific.
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The first cake I made by myself was a bit of a disaster. I think I was 11 or 12. I didn't let it cool in the pans after baking and frosted it while it was still warm. Needless to say, it sort of fell apart. Refusing to let that stop me, I held the cake together with half a box of toothpicks. My father ate half the cake.. he was a good Dad. Didn't complain once about the toothpicks. :)
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