87. Sticks of Butter

:rectangular pizzazz:

Everything’s a little better (a lot better) when it’s cooked with butter.

I’m positive that butter is very, very good for you. It tastes so good, it comes out of a cow – what could be bad?

Here I’m offering two different and great uses for butter.

:cookies that aren't rectangles:

Nestle Toll House Chocolate Chip Cookies, right off the package.

:the package is a rectangle, though:


2 1/4 cups all-purpose flour

1 teaspoon baking soda

1 teaspoon salt

1 cup (2 sticks) butter, softened

3/4 cup granulated sugar

3/4 cup packed brown sugar

1 teaspoon vanilla extract

2 large eggs

2 cups (12-oz. pkg.) NESTLÉ® TOLL HOUSE® Semi-Sweet Chocolate Morsels

(1 cup chopped nuts) <– I leave those out.


PREHEAT oven to 375° F.

COMBINE flour, baking soda and salt in small bowl. Beat butter, granulated sugar, brown sugar and vanilla extract in large mixer bowl until creamy. Add eggs, one at a time, beating well after each addition. Gradually beat in flour mixture. Stir in morsels and nuts. Drop by rounded tablespoon onto ungreased baking sheets.

BAKE for 9 to 11 minutes or until golden brown. Cool on baking sheets for 2 minutes; remove to wire racks to cool completely.

If you really follow the directions, it’s super super easy to make these guys, and they’re way more delicious than the break-and-bake variety. I used to make them for bake sales in high school and we would make tons of money with these super buttery treats.

:wilted spinach (wif butta):

Wilted Spinach, Pine Nuts and Raisins


A handful of pine nuts

A small handful of raisins

A large bag of spinach – much more than you think you’ll need, it really cooks down.


Olive Oil


Start by toasting pine nuts in a toaster oven or a small pan. Coat them with some olive oil and then watch until they’re brown. Don’t let them burn, or they’ll be gross. It should just take a few minutes.

Take a shallow saucepan and pour in spinach. Sprinkle a bit of water over the leaves. Cover the pan with a lid and allow spinach to wilt over low heat. This should also take a few minutes.

Once spinach is wilted, drain the water out of the pan. Put spinach, toasted pine nuts and raisins in a bowl with a tablespoon or two of butter. Toss so the butter melts and coats all ingredients. Eat.

This is a great side dish or small lunch. I love spinach in any form (creamed, fresh, wilted), so I’ll eat it with anything.

:a rectangle of butter melting in a round pan:

March 29, 2010. Food, Rectangles.


  1. Daniel Kanter replied:

    I’d just like to point out a fun craft courtesy of the land-o-lakes box that yields, not surprisingly, a rectangle.

    Step 1: Cut a rectangular hole where she’s holding the butter.
    Step 2: Cut a rectangle of her knees from the other side of the box.
    Step 3: Tape knees behind the hole where the butter used to be.
    Step 4: Laugh, because now it looks like she’s holding her tits. YEAHHHH.

  2. farcefodderandfoodstuffs replied:

    The picture of the spinach is making me ILL!!!!!!! Such an Amy photo.

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