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Jul 13 2009

Paula Deen would be so proud!

by Amanda L

If you know anything about Paula Deen, you know she likes butter.  I have to confess that I like to have butter on a variety of dishes too.  Butter has been around forever. In fact, it is said to have been around two thousand years before Christ. As all good things, it was discovered by mistake when people were collecting a variety of milks and kept stirring the liquids which turned into what we know today as butter.

I discovered a great website devoted to butter. The website is interestingly enough called Butter through the Ages. The site is part of WebExhibits an interactive online non-profit museum.

Butter was the only food that the United States Congress defined before the creation of the Food, Drug and Cosmetic Act of 1938 . Did you know that it takes 21 pounds of cows milk to make a pound of butter? The site includes a lot of interesting facts including the history, how it’s made, how to cook with it, and the composition of it .

The library of course has books on butter and a variety of Paula Deen’s cookbooks. Here is a sampling of books we have on butter:


The Great Big Butter Cookbook: because everything is better with butter



What Einstein told his Cook


On Food and Cooking: the science and lore of the kitchen


Paula Deen’s books

{ 2 comments… read them below or add one }

Alison W. July 13, 2009 at 10:05 AM

I have never made a Paula Dean recipe that people didn’t love! Here is one of my favorites…http://www.foodnetwork.com/recipes/paula-deen/hash-brown-quiche-recipe/index.html
It only has 4 T of butter, but she makes up for that with a cup of half and half. And I substitute bacon for the ham. Mmmm!

Nolan July 28, 2009 at 5:50 PM

I have an old cookbook from the 40s that lists butter as its own food group! Mmmm…

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