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Friday, January 5, 2007

Missed opportunities?


We're vulnerable right before Christmas. You've run out of ideas and suddenly that mechanical dog that wags its tail to a catchy tune sounds just right for impossible Uncle Ed. But now it's over, and sober January is here.

This makes the news about an "electric temperature controlled portable" butter dish underwhelming. The news release promises that the ButterWizard by Alfille Innovations from Britain will make your life easier (only $59.95 plus shipping).

Another gadget to clutter the counter is how I'd see it.

Here's my suggestion:

1. Take butter out of refrigerator 15 minutes before use.
2. Put on a small plate.
3. Place on counter.
4. Spread slightly soft butter on bread. No fuss, no extra expense.

I might have sprung for that ButterWizard a few weeks ago when I was desperate for one last gift. But now January's thriftiness has set in. And who's eating butter this month, anyway?

Posted by Alison Arnett at 05:13 PM
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