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I have raised a heathen.

dsadowsk's picture

I have raised a heathen.

My son, home from college for the summer, had been chomping at the bit to try one of my BBA French Bread baguettes, but I wouldn't let him touch them until they had cooled. When one reached room temperature I gave him a piece, and then turned aside to do some cleaning.

Next thing I know I hear the sound of the microwave: yes, he had put my baby into the machine that turns good bread into gum, in order to melt some hard butter he had placed on the piece. 

I did not disown him, though I am trying to figure out what I did wrong in my childraising.

BTW, he now says he likes the non-microwaved ones a little better. Oy.

Ford's picture

Teach him to put the buttered bread under the broiler for a few seconds (~30) to soften the hard butter.  I do this all the time when I prepare buttered toast.  I can then spread the bread and toast it in the oven.

BTW  All teenagers are heathens, but with gentle encouragement they will turn out as great adults!  I have two former barbarians who are now just great!!!


Mini Oven's picture
Mini Oven

chop some garlic and trow into a frying pan to heat, add the few pads of butter and then soak up the garlic butter with pieces of baguette cleaning up the pan.    :)   My heathen now adds fresh chopped herbs (no longer a teen) and grills some food to go with it.  Also good with left over corn on the cob.

dabrownman's picture

reason to own a toaster oven.  Hard butter on top and toast until it is soft and almost melted.  I do love day old rolls and baguettes sliced open with butter in the middle and then rewarmed in the microwave too .  Some if us heathens never change :-)

dsadowsk's picture

But he's not interested. At least he's now willing to heat the butter first and not put the bread in the gum machine.

Antilope's picture

A few years ago, when I had a 19-inch CRT computer monitor at work, it would generate so much heat, I would warm food items on top of it. ;-) Now with the LCD flat screen monitors, things keep falling off. ;-)

hanseata's picture

He should have slathered his rubber baguette with a good portion of ketchup - to make it a gourmet version. I know these heathens, there are some grown-up ones in my family, too.


DavidEF's picture

But where is the logic in ruining good bread in order to spread cold, hard butter? It only takes a few seconds in the microwave to turn refrigerated butter into a puddle. Doesn't it make more sense to heat the butter? Glad he finally submitted to your wisdom, and is "willing" to heat the butter! What are they teaching in colleges these days?

SCruz's picture

I think you should reconsider disowning him.

Mini Oven's picture
Mini Oven