This week’s assignment from Linda G. Hill for her Stream of Consciousness Saturday prompt, is “butter.” Linda asks us to use the word “butter” as a noun, a verb, or any way we’d like.
Let me start out by saying that I’m a fan of butter, although it must be organic, unsalted butter. I use it whenever I make eggs over easy, scrambled eggs, or my specialty, hole in the wall eggs. I also use it when I sauté onions or garlic, which, as far as I’m concerned, is the only way to eat onions or garlic. I put a generous amount of butter in the frying pan, melt it, and take it from there. I also spread butter on my toast and I butter my toasted English muffins.
Mrs. Fandango, on the other hand, prefers using cooking oil rather than butter. Not on her toast or English muffins, of course. She prefers them dry. But for eggs, onions, garlic, and other veggies — such as asparagus or Brussels sprouts — that she likes to sauté, rather than butter she pours a drizzle of either olive oil or canola oil — organic, of course — into the frying pan. She claims butter adds too much fat to whatever it is she’s sautéing and cooking with oil is healthier..
She may be right about that, but I just like to use real butter because I prefer the taste of butter. But no matter how much I try to butter her up, she’s not buying it.
Which is why we often cook whatever we’re making — from eggs to sautéed onions, mushrooms, spinach, or whatever — separately. Mine using melted butter and hers using cooking oil.