Thursday, February 5, 2009

Butter is the new olive oil.


Especially at Le Pichet in Seattle. What IS it about French butter? Seriously. What is the deal? WHY is it so good? Explain it to me.

51 comments:

Grant K. Gibson "the blog" said...

French butter is so yummy and creamy! Yum Yum!
I love sprinkling flaky salt on top too!
Now I am hungry!

David said...

My guess is a lack of chemicals and hormones. Every single thing I put in my mouth in Paris was delicious, and it was because everything tasted fresh and unprocessed.

Maison Luxe said...

oh my god, so funny you would post this! french butter is like nothing else in the butter universe, especially in france where it tastes completely different than french butter you can buy here. i don't know why...but my guess is something to do with the pasturization process (less chemicals or less heat maybe?) and the fact that they use fleur de sel in the salted butter, not salt flavored chemicals like in the states. yes, actual chunky sea salt. yum!

paola said...

Nicer grass...

A-M said...

The French do everything better. Don't tell my colleagues from my previous profession (Paediatric Dietitian)... but I have always loved butter over oil of any sort. You'll always find butter in this Dietitian's fridge.... what else do you lather garlic prawns in? A-M xx

Anonymous said...

Ahhh REAL butter. It must be the climate. I live in Australia and Australian butter tastes nothing like French butter. French butter is simple, full fat, full salt, full goodness, full everything. None of this 'fat free fat' nonsense that's down here.

*moggit girls said...

Just like the old ad campaign says:

"Butter makes it better!"

modernemama said...

French butter is cultured!

my favorite and my best said...

the reason for its better yumminess is 2 things...higher fat content than our mostly grain fed cows which is essentially reason # 2- their cows are primarily grass fed which produces a higher fat milk. so it basically begins with what they are fed. or not fed, i should say.

jenny

my favorite and my best said...

oh...and i might add. while it may seem true that the chemicals that are not present in their butter would make it taste better (and it DOES help) there are plenty of butter's made in the US that are sans hormones and pesticides that STILL do not taste like french butter. it is the grass, grass, grass.

Jill said...

Last Tango in Paris...

Anonymous said...

If you live in Seattle and you haven't had brunch at La Pichet, Go!

The butter, the bread, the cheese, the wine, the eggs, the ham. Oh Sweet Lord!

Or as the charming French student who waits tables there says, le beurre, le pain, le fromage, le vin, le ouefs, le jambon.

Simone said...

pure, unadulterated FULL FAT! that's what makes it so yummy.

Averill said...

French butter -- like British butter -- has a higher fat content because they are made with a higher cream to milk ratio than American butters. I don't even think the difference is that high -- a few percent, probably -- but it makes a lot of difference.

fromtherightbank said...

Two things I miss most about living in Paris are my local bakery and the butter section at the grocery store. There must have been 25+ brands of all types of butter and all of them delicious. From what I've learned, terroir is a big part of what makes French butter so good. Those cows up in Normandy are really happy.

Anonymous said...

Forget butter, all that political talk your column generated prior to the election, what is now rapidly becoming evident what many of us were saying to you and the rest of the liberals about the One. While it may be a stretch to call the One a Marxist, he and his camp are certainly doing some very funky economics with the pork package stimulous - sounds like digestive nighmare which it may turn out to be. The way you stimulate the economy is to reduce taxes, not spend money. I duked it out with several of your readers and maybe even you, about this and other issues relating to our great contry and as much as I hate to gloat, much of what me and others were saying is happening. One final comment, when we are young, we engage in childish ways, but when we are 40-ish and up and still claiming to be liberal, that makes us just plain dumb.

Is Grant K. Gibson a two year old?

Henrietta said...

"The way you stimulate the economy is to reduce taxes, not spend money", etc.

Who is this idiot?

Anonymous said...

Anon 12:16 - SORE LOSER! Eight years of "grown-up" conservatism and what do you get? A recession. Feed cows what they evolved to eat and what do you get? Amazing butter. Eat it....The butter of course;)

Halfmad said...

Thank god! I hated when every trendy restaurant replaced butter with olive oil. Dammit, I want my butter because it tastes good!

the quarter rat said...

Excuse me, anon 12:16, but we were discussing the joys of French butter in this thread, not washed-out political/ economic ideology. Are you perhaps one of those faux-populists who enjoys making fun of people who prefer to eat things other than Doritos? Was that your segue?

PS - I suspect that GKG just photographs young, as I once did (sigh).

Now back to our discussion....

Anonymous said...

Henrietta,

Why stoop to name calling? Read your history if you have difficulty understanding a basic economic concept, o' daughter of Henry. Building bridges and roads will not people build businesses for other people to work for.

Also, not a sore loser - just a realistic one. Conservatism did not cause these type of economic problems - greed and thievery from the housing industry players and of course let's not forget the hedgefunders.

I was not referring to the two year old because of his looks, but because of his language skills in describing butter.

These readers need to get a grip and I just love being able to tell you - you screwed up your vote people.

Henrietta said...

Anon,

WTF? Take your crap to Red State and leave French butter in peace!

Anonymous said...

Grow up Henrietta. Butter will not save you dear.

Anonymous said...

Makes all the jesus spam from yesterday seem so....
welcome?

Anonymous said...

anon? yeah. go away. seriously. obviously this blog is not for you, and that's okay. maybe it's not for everyone. GO AWAY. if you are too much of a chicken shit to even post your damn name, then get the hell out!

there MUST be a few other blogs that would be happy to have you interrupt a lovely discussion with your bullshit, but this is not the blog for you.

buh - bye!

Anonymous said...

2:00pm, make me.

Ann Kennedy said...

I am not scared of admitting my name, but you must be anon 2:00 pm?

Henrietta said...

A person can't even sit down at the computer anymore to fantasize about French butter without some desperate, raving wingnut dropping in to take a piss.

Another sign of Armageddon, no doubt.

jamieofalltrades said...

What about Irish butter? That is GOOD!

Anonymous said...

Henrietta, you are such a brat, it is unbelievable. Why don't you focus on the fact that the US Government wants to join forces with GE? Now this is something to get upset about.

Henrietta said...

Eating all that Freedom Butter has made you sluggish, Anon.

Anonymous said...

Decorno,
did you know that butter could start up such a lather?
Maybe tomorrow you could start the topic with something safe.
Uh, Dryer lint? Just a thought.

Anonymous said...

ann kennedy, if that is your real name, you are a little pissy brat and should leave the butter discussion alone! what the hell is wrong with you?

get lost, you are not wanted here. nor appreciated. go write your own blog where you can be a little bitch all you want, but leave us butter lovers alone.

you suck. and the only reason i don't post my name is because i don't want you coming over to my blog an polluting it!

susieq said...

{ Oh my gosh! There's big nasty fly in the butter. And her name is Anon! }

French butter is the very best thing in the world because it's triple the fat of our butter. Yum!

Anonymous said...

Hey 2:52,

How fat are you anyway?

Anonymous said...

I am pretty fat, okay?

--Angry Republican Anon

Anonymous said...

Look, I am just an ordinary American that is petrified at what the spenders in control of the Executive Branch and the House are going to do to our great nation. I am not trying to interupt the butter love fest. I am a huge butter fan myself.

There needs to be a repeal, nation wide of sales tax on food and a 50%reduction of payroll tax and this will pump more money than the pork barrel package every thought about.

This bill will probably pass by Sunday, so it will be too late to get the message to our congress men and women.

Helping small business should be the mantra of government.

Lolo said...

Oh for shitsake all you people bleating about how wrong things are should be writing and calling your representatives and leave us to our dirty, dirty butter loving.

Anonymous said...

Seriously.

It's not so much your opinion that offends me (much).

It's that you...

(1) come to the wrongest blog possible--and the wrongest thread possible--to express it, and

(2) Don't plan to do anything but squat here and whine. And whine.

You're as ineffective as all the politicians you moan about.

You're wallowing in impotence.

S. said...

um, freedom butter. not french butter, duh.

Anonymous said...

"get lost, you are not wanted here. nor appreciated. "

Actually, I want and appreciate this anonymous poster. Political tirades have a long and infamous history here at Decorno and I find it refreshing to read a view that differs from that of most here.

Butter is indeed "yum yum." As is wine. Are any of you planning to take part in the blessed event known as OTBN?

vicki archer said...

Some things are just better and therefore should be enjoyed without over analysis, xv.

Decorno said...

You kids. I leave for 8 hours and I come home to grape juice on the sofa and little Bobby is over there crying in the corner. Look what you've done. Wait 'til you father gets home. I am going to tell him about all this fighting.

hello gorgeous said...

Freedom butter. Ha.

Anonymous said...

I spent the better part of last night laughing about "dirty, dirty butter loving"

Plain-Talkin' Joe said...

Listen all you small-business whiners: The end is near! Etsy is near collapse! Go to the mall and get a job at Cinnabons, like the rest of us.

Iheartfashion said...

Mmmmmm.....French butter.
French yogurt and French milk are also superior to the American versions. I agree that it's the high fat content.

Anonymous said...

Le Pichet! A pang in my heart...I used to live across the street on 1st Ave as a student in that building that I believe is now storage...I didn't think I could afford Le Pichet then and on a recent trip back to Seattle I fell in love with that place...Vancouver (Canada) just doesn't have that kind of Frenchie restaurant...enjoy for me!

Anonymous said...

Le Pichet! A pang in my heart...I used to live across the street on 1st Ave as a student in that building that I believe is now storage...I didn't think I could afford Le Pichet then and on a recent trip back to Seattle I fell in love with that place...Vancouver (Canada) just doesn't have that kind of Frenchie restaurant...enjoy for me!

Rachel H. said...

Its higher in fat content and the milk is higher quality...

Anonymous said...

To Plain Talking Joe and the rest of the blockheads like him:

If, as Treasury Tax Cheat in Chief Timothy Geithner said yesterday, the U.S. government is committed to spending $50 Billion just to stem home foreclosures, but that the details remain to be worked out in the next few weeks; Why is his boss, President Obama, and the Democrat-controlled Congress trying to force through an $800 Billion spending "plan" in far less time -- with no hearings, no significant (much less actual) Republican input,with as little public disclosure as Democrats can manage, and when there still remains an appropriations bill to be created? Just asking.