Saturday, May 4, 2013

Margarine or Butter?

His wife wanted butter 
she felt it was more natural than other fats
tastier than lard, and better than margarine.

He, on the other hand, was raised on
the synthetic brand, neatly wrapped
and advertised to be as good as the real thing.

When it came to toast and corn on the cob
he wanted the artificial taste of vegetable oil
that could be stored at room temperature
yet molded and dyed to look like butter.

The battle in the kitchen extended
to the children who sided with the mom
sometimes, then sided with their father.

In their minds both were interchangeable,
in a taste test they couldn’t 
distinguish margarine from butter. 

So the battle raged on while cookies
disappeared from the cookie jar

and mashed potatoes were made
with whatever was handy.

Now the real question to discuss,
is olive oil better than both of them?

When mother used olive oil 
to make muffins
the answer quickly followed,  "Yuck!"

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