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fauchon Jul 28, 2006 05:14 PM

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  1. LT from LF RE: fauchon Jul 28, 2006 06:51 PM

    Salted or sweet? I really like Pamplie, for one....

    1. Googs RE: fauchon Jul 28, 2006 06:59 PM

      Lactantia My Country cultured unsalted

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        Pupster RE: fauchon Jul 28, 2006 07:54 PM

        I like: Pamplie, L'Echire, Sill Le Gall de Bretagne, Double Devon, Vermont Butter & Cheese, Ronnybrook

        Disappointing for me: La Baratte des Gourmets, Strauss Family Butter, Parmigiano-Reggiano by Monteniari, Lescure, Kerrygold Irish, Lurpak, Ben's

        Still on the lookout...

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          Pei RE: Pupster Jul 28, 2006 08:27 PM

          I like Plugra for every day use, and Vermont Butter & Cheese for spreading on bread. I too was disappointed by Lurpak.

        2. itaunas RE: fauchon Jul 28, 2006 08:39 PM

          For cooking I usually use Cabot 83 and I like Vermont Butter & Cheese cultured, but I have to admit we use Kerrygold most for spreading. Sometimes Brazilian butter from Minas Gerais, but it varies in quality. Had a few others, but these are the easiest to purchase.

          1. applehome RE: fauchon Jul 28, 2006 09:23 PM

            It comes down to personal taste - I got used to Lurpak in Germany, and still feel that it's one of the best tasting euro-fat butters, and the most reasonably priced for day to day (salted, table-top). I love Vermont Butter & Cheese, but it costs more than $1 more per 1/2 lb than Lurpak - $9/lb just gets to be too much to be spending for something you're spreading on bread almost every day.

            For cooking, it's Plugra unsalted from TJ's in the commercial 1 lb wax paper block. Hard to beat the price, and it's perfectly fine for cooking most things.

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              grubn RE: fauchon Jul 28, 2006 10:02 PM

              Ooh, I LOVE butter! Neither of our favorites are super super high-end, but both can be found pretty easily at Whole Foods and other grocery stores.

              In our house, these are our preferences:

              Plugra, for baking/cooking.

              Kerrygold, for just plain eating (too soft to cook with, but that's why it's perfect for slathering on bread and such).

              1. steinpilz RE: fauchon Jul 28, 2006 10:15 PM

                I like unsalted Plugra, I've tried a variety of others (when I can't find Plugra) but still like this one best. Why... all I can think of is great butter taste - I'll have to develope my vocabulary for butter.

                1. Chowpatty RE: fauchon Jul 28, 2006 11:30 PM

                  Cabot Salted Butter won first prize for salted butter at the recent cheese awards -- has anyone tried it?

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                    melly RE: fauchon Jul 29, 2006 04:11 AM

                    I have learned so much reading this. I have been shopping for butter in the wrong stores. Before bedtime tomorrow, better butter buying is my quest.

                    1. Non Cognomina RE: fauchon Jul 29, 2006 07:53 AM

                      I like the Strauss Family Creamery butter, from Marin County just north of San Francisco. In NYC it is sold only at Whole Foods.

                      http://www.strausmilk.com/

                      P.S. fauchon, do you wear brown to work, and have a green tea pot?

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                        fauchon RE: Non Cognomina Jul 29, 2006 12:33 PM

                        Hi! I'm a NYer, so it's all black, all the time. (LOL) As for tea pots, I have lots. None of them green. And you?

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                          Non Cognomina RE: fauchon Jul 29, 2006 02:05 PM

                          Sorry, thought you might have been someone I met in NYC at a certain foodie event. Those two things were unique to him, I think, so I thought I'd ask just to see. Oh, he also LOVED Fauchon, and tea, and butter, which is why I thought you might be that guy!

                          P.S. I'm a mostly black wardrobe and brown tea pot (for everyday use).

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                            fauchon RE: Non Cognomina Jul 29, 2006 02:19 PM

                            I have a brown tea pot, too. Don't all tea drinkers? My current favorite butter is Beurre d'Isigny...I notice no one else has mentioned it. I love it but, still, always want to know MORE!!! PS: I'm a she....

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                              Non Cognomina RE: fauchon Jul 29, 2006 06:18 PM

                              LOL! Funny now most of the time I don't associate gender with user names unless they are overtly male (ie Robert Lauriston) or overtly female (ie Ruth Lafler)! I guess a Chowhound is a Chowhound regardless of gender, location, wardrobe, or preferred tea pot color!

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                        mattesq RE: fauchon Jul 29, 2006 02:40 PM

                        Vermont Butter and Cheese Company, cultured butter. Lightly salted. It is great for cooking and spreading. So good.

                        1. TexasToast RE: fauchon Aug 11, 2006 11:40 AM

                          One day, [name deleted] and I were making Ina Garten's Banana-Nut Muffins. I reached for the butter and was told "no, not that . . . use Pflugra as it's the best." So I did. And them were darn fine muffins!

                          TT

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                            Pupster RE: TexasToast Aug 11, 2006 01:42 PM

                            Yup, for cooking Plugra hits the right balance of quality for price. You get the high butterfat content for under $4/lb.

                            But I use others for spreading on bread.

                          2. pikawicca RE: fauchon Aug 11, 2006 12:37 PM

                            CI blind-tested butters recently, and their winner was Land O' Lakes Ultra. Haven't tried it, myself.

                            1. LindaWhit RE: fauchon Aug 11, 2006 01:23 PM

                              I most often buy President Butter I can get at Trader Joe's for my "special butter". Plugra's salted is good; tried another French butter I got at WF a few weeks ago; it was fair (can't remember the name) but didn't have the mouthfeel to it.

                              Vermont Butter & Cheese is also go; KerryGold is only OK for me.

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