The retro secret to a perfectly softened, smooth pat.
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Jadeite Butter Dish
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Butter isn't something we Southerners joke about, especially when it comes to making a big batch of buttermilk biscuits, a stack of Sunday morning pancakes, and the like—when butter is not only used in the recipe, but slathered on top in a generous fashion. Back in the day, it wasn't uncommon to leave butter out on a pretty little dish all day long, just waiting for someone to have a reason to take a butter knife to it for a perfectly softened, smooth pat. 

Keeping butter in the refrigerator has now become the norm, and we get it—but that doesn't mean we can't bring back those fancy-feeling jadeite butter dishes of yesteryear, at least to house a stick of butter on the dinner table, next to a bowl stacked high with these make-ahead yeast rolls. If you've fallen off the butter dish bandwagon (to the dismay of your grandmother, no less), you can easily get back on, starting with this jadeite butter dish from Amazon that will arrive before your stick has even had time to soften.

With enough nostalgic charm to bring memories back from your granny's kitchen counter, the $13 minty green butter dish is part of an entire collection that you can scoop up until you've got a cabinet full of retro panache. Keep butter out on the counter to soften before dinner and forget all about that fake "spreadable" stuff for good. You can even place a stick of butter on the dish to soften before baking something along the lines of a classic pound cake or holiday sugar cookies. Because, why not bake in style? You can shop the collection here. 

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Butter is a major component of almost everything Southerners make in the kitchen, and it's time we started acting like it. Let's dress it up for the occasion.