I love Food Network. I watch it every day. My daughter loves it. Heck, even my husband doesn’t mind watching a show or two. I remember 10 years ago when our cable provider first started offering it. Back then it was all Emeril. Rachael Ray was just starting out. Then came my other favorites: Paula Deen, Giada, and Sandra Lee. Now most of the shows I watch aren’t even cooking shows. We watch Diners, Drive-Ins, and Dives and Throwdown, Best Thing I Ever Ate and my new favorite, Sugar High. One of my favorite shows is Cupcake Wars, because my daughter loves it too. We both eagerly await new episodes and watch drooling, while I take notes for new recipes. But I think, out of all of the shows, I have a soft spot in my heart for Paula Deen.
Because she loves butter. And so do I.
Oh, I don’t let myself have real butter very often. I use tub o’ butter, made with oil! Less fat! Less calories than real butter! I mean, the stuff tastes okay, but it’s not real butter. Real, salty, buttery goodness. It’s one of the things I love about visiting my parents. They always have real butter (and wouldn’t dare buy the fake stuff).
I only use real butter when I’m baking. Because, honestly? Things taste better with real butter. I’ve tried using the tub for cookies but the texture always ends up…off. So now I stock up on butter (regular and unsalted) whenever I’m at Costco. Sometimes it amazes me the sheer amount of butter I can go through in a baking session.
These Fruit Tarts are from Paula Deen. I know it’s Fall, but my cravings don’t always follow a culinary calendar. (Plus, my daughter lives on berries so I’m constantly buying them even though they aren’t in season.) And, it was 85 degrees here yesterday, so it still feels a little like summer! The tart crust is a buttery shortbread and the filling is a cream cheese base (my second favorite baking ingredient). They are topped with whatever fruit looks good at the grocery store that day and glazed with a lime syrup that makes them look beautifully shiny.
How can you get any better than that? Real butter and a touch of summer, all in one bite. Yum!
Recipe from Paula Deen at FoodNetwork.com