Home Cooking 18

No Butter For Christmas!?!

Ikkeikea | Dec 13, 201105:20 AM

This is my third Christmas in Norway and there's been a crisis! The news reported a shortage of butter just in time for the holidays. My first thought was, "Uh oh, but this is 2011, no country is going to just up and run out of butter." Weelllll, fast forward a few days and (seriously) 8 grocery stores later and it seems that a country can, and did, up and run out. I can't even find ghee. There are signs hanging on the shelf stating that butter will be plentiful again after the 1st of the year. Ok, I can handle a healthier Christmas but what I DO need help with is

1) Cheddar Cheese Straws- I have talked them up and really want to make them for friends and family. My recipe calls for butter but I have seem some calling for shortening. I don't know what it would be called here or if they have it. Would shortening be my only other option?

2) Gravy- The only way I know how to make it is make a roux with butter and flour, them whisk in turkey drippings. I have never liked margarin but if push comes to shove, could I use that? If my dressing is with only olive oil, I at least want yummy, rich gravy.

3) Dessert- I could care less about dessert because I don't really care at all about sweets but I think my husband would feel short changed. I could always buy a frozen store bought pie unless someone has a stupid easy recipe that does not include butter. (Stupid easy because I am an awful baker.)

Thank you so very much, in advance. I will welcome any advice and/ or tips!

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