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Friday, January 17, 2014

Butter Y'all

My last post detailed our very enjoyable visit to The Lady & Sons restaurant owned by Paula Deen and her sons Jamie and Bobbie in historical Savannah, Georgia.  While waiting for our reservation, we strolled around looking at some of the quaint shops, stopping to make a few purchases including adorable apron sets for two of our grandkids.  After lunch, we stopped in Paula Deen's gift shop that is attached to her restaurant.

pie board from Paula Deen's gift shop
The Paula Deen Retail Shop is located right beside the restaurant.  There is an entrance to the shop through the waiting room of the restaurant as well as two street side entrances.  The quaint, country store style shop is a pure Paula Deen fan mecca!  We did a bit of early Christmas shopping.

I bought a beautiful 18" x 22" acacia wood pie board for one of our kids who makes a lot of pastry.   The pie side is engraved with 6", 8", 9" and 10" rolling guides, and is edged with a 14" ruler for easy and accurately preparing pie dough.  The other side is not engraved and can be used as a cutting board.  I just knew she would love it!

butter y'all butter dish from Paula Deen's gift shop
One of Paula Deen's catch phrases is butter y'all because she is well known for cooking with a lot of butter.  My husband always joked that her show Paula's Home Cooking should really be called Butter!  In fairness, chefs used butter over margarine because it is real food that imparts a flavour that can't be duplicated with margarine.  We use butter for cooking in our own kitchen for the same reason. 

I just could not resist buying two of the butter y'all butter dishes (one shown).  They were just too cute!  One was a gift for the same kid receiving the pie board, the other for us.  I keep butter on the counter ready to use as desired.  I only refrigerate it for storage and one hot, humid days.  The butter dish comfortably holds a 4 oz stick of butter.  I buy butter in full pounds so have to cut it for the butter dish but that's fine.  It's a wonderful and functional memento of our visit to The Lady & Sons.

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