Let’s face it: Butter makes everything better. I keep praying for the day quinoa is tossed aside and butter is labeled the new miracle food. My favorite part of going to brunch at a nice restaurant is the flavored butter they serve on freshly baked bread. Cracking open a warm doughy roll and watching the brightly colored butter melt into a delicious mess is more than I can take.
Over the weekend, I came across a vendor at the farmer’s market selling flavored butter for $8! Now, although all butter is not made equal, there is no reason you should have to break the bank to enjoy flavored butter. Try some of these easy recipes and enjoy the possibilities.
First up, my maple spice butter!
So apparently Wal-Mart’s generic brand version of “I Can’t Believe It’s Not Butter!” is called “Wow! I Totally Thought It Was ‘Butter’” (note the quotes around “butter,” just in case you still weren’t clear that this product is NOT ACTUALLY BUTTER). Inspired by all these creative monikers for margarine, we came up with a few more ridiculously buttery titles of our own. Check ‘em out, after the jump… [Boing Boing] Keep reading »
I thought “Butter” was just a movie about Jennifer Garner as a competitive butter sculptor. It turns out, the film is a metaphor for the entire 2008 election. Jennifer plays a woman pitted against a young African-American girl in a butter sculpting competition, sure that they’ll win the first place prize she believes she deserves. But when the young upstart impresses the judges, Jennifer’s character loses it — and you can watch her freak out in this new clip.
Personally I think her crazy-eyed look, pin-straight hair and power pumps are more evocative of Sarah Palin or Michele Bachmann. And, no lie, “I’m sorry that I was born white and tall and pretty” sounds like something one of them would actually say. [Cinema Blend]
Every now and then, the brief synopsis of a movie completely captures my attention. That’s exactly what’s happened with “Butter,” a Weinstein Company flick that is screening at the Toronto Film Festival and getting a touch of Oscar buzz. The concept? Jennifer Garner is a butter sculptor. More specifically, she is the wife of a legendary butter carver of the Iowa State Fair who decides to pick up a knife and sculpt on when he retires. Need more of a sell? The flick also stars Olivia Wilde as a stripper who Jennifer’s husband may have an affair with, Alicia Silverstone as the adopted mother of a 10-year-old butter carving genius who challenges Jennifer, and Hugh Jackman as Jennifer’s ex-boyfriend. In fact, Hugh says the movie is satire on par with “To Die For.” Keep reading »
I have a confession to make. I love PETA. I disagree with some of their campaigns and their incessant harassment of the Olsen twins, but they hardly ever fail to amuse with their marketing campaigns. Kentucky Fried Cruelty? The Unhappy Meal? Ha! PETA’s latest campaign is pretty chuckle-tastic, too. They’ve requested that the Iowa State Fair, which has announced that they’re commissioning a butter sculpture of Michael Jackson, use non-dairy spread instead of actual butter for the tribute. Last week, the fair’s marketing director made an online ballot for people to vote to butter or not to butter…and at one point there was a surge towards the latter. PETA recommends using Earth Balance “natural buttery spread,” instead. Cue me spending 20 minutes trying to figure out if Earth Balance is owned by PETA—no luck. Now to go eat a stick of butter and play dress-up with the “Trollsen Twins.” [AP] Keep reading »