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I am in charge of the peas, for ten. Is it too late for some cooking advice?

Asked by gailcalled (54443points) November 22nd, 2012

Should I add some salt and butter in honor of a meal that will be filled with butter and salt, or simply serve them steamed and warm? Julia Childs believes that everything except salad benefits from the addition, at the last minute, of “a dollop of sweet butter the size of a pigeon’s egg.” Agree or not?

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marinelife's avatar

I agree. In the case of green peas, I also like fresh-ground pepper

gailcalled's avatar

So, excess it is?

Buttonstc's avatar

If you have any mint growing around that would make a nice addition if you really want to skip the salt.

But when was Julia ever wrong ? (And she lived to quite a ripe old age, didn’t she?) She advocated moderation and butter never hurt anything (especially when everybody else switched to horrible hydrogenated margarine in the name of “health”).

Besides, that small amount of butter is spread out among all those 10 people anyway :)

gailcalled's avatar

I do have some fresh mint, but I am not thrilled by the combo. It’s a thought, though, seeing I am still at the computer and not in the kitchen.

Julia did live until she was 92 and had a happy, happy marriage with lots of sex with her Paul in addition to all that butter and heavy cream.

Coloma's avatar

Definitely add good butter and a bit o’ S&P.
It’s Thanksgiving, and over indulgence is acceptable and expected. Unless you are entertaining lots of special diet need types, go for the butter. I do the same with my mashed potatoes, butter and S&P them, mix, and serve seasoned. I always tell others that they have already been buttered and seasoned so taste them first before adding anymore butter or S&P.

bookish1's avatar

It’s hard to go wrong with butter, mint, salt, and pepper. Maybe even a dash of sugar.

filmfann's avatar

Julia rules!

Jeruba's avatar

Excess in moderation, my dear.

gailcalled's avatar

I just finished the peas, replete with butter, salt and pepper. Waiting on the chopped fresh mint..partly because I have already eaten at least a cup directly from the pan. I had forgotten how delicious butter and salt are. (Who needs turkey?)

Jeruba's avatar

How about just a token scatter of the mint, centrally located so that anyone who does not relish the idea of peas with mint can dodge it? I’ll take my portion from the side, thanks.

gailcalled's avatar

Or, I can simply wear a sprig in my hair and dry the rest for tea.

I must be off now, to take the rest of this day seriously.

Lovely day, everyone,

Coloma's avatar

@gailcalled Haha, I dipped into one of the Pecan Pies last night. Just a weensy little wedge. ;-)

Kardamom's avatar

I’m drooling at the thought of fresh steamed peas with unsalted butter, even sweeter!

Have a great Thanksgiving everyone!

wundayatta's avatar

Mmm. Creamed onions!

WillWorkForChocolate's avatar

Yum. I prefer my peas with butter!

rooeytoo's avatar

I like butter but in small amounts, too much makes it icky for me. And I like different colors so I always add some chopped and sauteed mild chillies . You barely taste them and it looks so pretty! I also add a little chicken stock to the liquid when I am steaming them, again adds just a hint of something different. The only time I deviate is if I just picked the peas from the garden, then butter salt and pepper is it!

gailcalled's avatar

@rooeytoo: Thanks but too late.

The menu was staggering..Seven of us plus one child who ate almost nothing, and three springer spaniels who ate a lot.

Cheese and crackers, salted almonds, salsa and chips
Spicy sausage gumbo
Turkey, gravy, homemade cranberry sauce, canned cranberry sauce
Stuffing in the turkey
Vegetarian stuffing
My buttered and minty peas
Cooked carrots
Mashed potatoes with butter, salt and pepper and sautéed chopped onions
Creamed mashed baby turnips with sautéed onions, butter, salt and pepper
Broccoli and green bean casserole with cream of mushroom soup and canned French fried onions (not a big hit. Barely touched)
Homemade sourdough bread and butter.

Pumpkin and apple pies with freshly whipped cream.

jazmina88's avatar

Nobody touched my green bean casserole either really. Too many other good things.

I do a creamed peas, but never for 10.

I had a good day. I found out others in my family may need an attitude adjustment more than I do.

bookish1's avatar

Oh, I would have touched the casserole…

Jeruba's avatar

I am required to make a traditional green bean casserole, and a double batch, at that, so there’s enough for a second meal. But the broccoli was a mistake, @gailcalled. Broccoli does not go with green beans. Whoever brought that should be put on salad detail next time.

rooeytoo's avatar

@Jeruba – I was thinking that too, it is a combination that I would not use. Although I will mix broccoli and green beans in a stirfry but that the only time.

augustlan's avatar

My soon-to-be daughter-in-law brought a double batch of green bean casserole, which I haven’t had in years. I’d forgotten how much I like it. Yum!

In deference to my husband’s son’s healthy diet, we served steamed cauliflower and carrots, sans butter. I just put the butter out on the table so that all the rest of us could add some to our veggies, not to mention the crescent rolls. Butter is a must!

wundayatta's avatar

For two days a year, butter up to your eyeballs in everything. It’s survivable, I think. I hope.

What makes mashed potatoes a big hit is putting lots of cream in them. And salt and pepper. Same with boiling onions. But it’s a good thing we only do this twice a year. I sometimes would wonder why we didn’t make these feasts at other times of the year, but now I understand they are just too rich. And if you have them too often, they aren’t special enough.

gailcalled's avatar

The woman who made the bean and broccoli casserole was so morbidly obese that her partner had to help her off the sofa, into the bathroom and on the toilet. She was the only eater, as far as I could tell.

She ate huge amounts of everything else, including thickly spread butter on the bread and then left to give herself an insulin shot. Her partner suggested, gently, that two sllces of pie with whipped cream might have been a tad excessive. That was not met with appreciation.

The rest of us squirmed.

I do know that the casserole has its fans, like those who eat fruitcake. Who am I to judge (I say, judging)?

rooeytoo's avatar

@gailcalled – as far as I am concerned you can keep the fruitcake too! Here it seems to be a year long thing. And there are raisins and other assorted rubbery, oddly colored fruits in so many otherwise tasty pastry!

WillWorkForChocolate's avatar

I’m not a big fruitcake fan, but the Christmas fruitcake that Jillthetooth sent me last year was phenomenal! That woman knows how to make delicious fruitcakes.

bookish1's avatar

@gailcalled: I have a lot of trouble not judging type 2 diabetics who don’t take care of themselves because their disease won’t kill them in a matter of days or hours if they don’t… And in turn, I get judged all the time because our drastically different diseases happen to share a name…

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