Thursday, October 20, 2005

Food and Butter

It seems to me that Americans are fixated on butter. Here are a number of butter-related items commonly consumed.

1) Apple butter
2) Green beans cooked in butter
3) Apple pie crust
4) Ice cream
5) Chocolate chip cookies
6) Milk
7) Banana Pudding
8) Rolls and butter
9) Pizza crust
10) Baklava
11) Cinnamon rolls

So some of the thinking behind this post is this: many times, when we think something tastes good, it's related to butter. Butter is the X factor. It makes food taste smooth and rich. In short, to use butter alot in cooking is to cheat somewhat. Rather than cooking with subtlety, one simply slaps on the butter and--presto--it's all gravy. Actually, I bet gravy has butter in it as well.

So there's my conspiracy theory--butter is often behind good tasting food.

2 Comments:

Anonymous Anonymous said...

Other items also use butter. A few of my favorites are
12) Barbecue Sauce
13) Grits
14) Grilled Cheese Sandwiches
15) Popcorn
16) Biscuits
17) Corn on the cob
18) Toast
19) Sauteed mushrooms
20) Steak
21) Gourmet Hamburgers

You are correct. Butter is behind good tasting food. So is salt.

10:03 AM  
Anonymous AE said...

Butter is ugly. At least that's what my trygliceride and cholesterol counts tell me.

10:40 AM  

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