More than almost anything else, my mother loathes butter.
Her standard breakfast order — dry toast, crisp bacon, eggs scrambled hard — is a mandate not a request. Should butter appear on her plate, she will lose her appetite for the entire meal and the offending restaurant will face her non-negotiable butter boycott.
So, when her grandson Charlie, a producer on the Dr. Oz Show, saw the segment topics for the show she, my sister in-law Donna and I planned to see when we visited New York last week, Charlie and I had a good chuckle over one of the topics.
THE BIG BUTTER INVESTIGATION: WHY ARE THERE 25 KINDS OF BUTTER? AND IS THERE REALLY A BETTER BUTTER?
Of course, we didn’t tell Grandma until she arrived.
But it turns out that Grandma Peggy loves Dr. Oz, and especially his tallest producer, more than she loathes butter, so we all had a great time.
She got a big kick out of the whole thing and we learned some valuable tips about cruise ship safety, how to change our lives in five seconds, and, of course, butter.
At first I was offended for my Wisconsin Dairy farmers when the panel declared European butter the best tasting, but then I discovered that Wisconsin produces European butter, which is a style rather than a geographic specification. (So please check your European butter labels and buy Wisconsin products to support my hardworking friends! Just don’t serve it to my mom.)
Thank you to Dr. Oz, a gracious, kind and intelligent man, and to the entire Dr. Oz Show staff, especially our gracious, kind and intelligent Charlie, for an experience we’ll all treasure.
If you’re ever in the New York area and want to see a great show live, contact the Dr. Oz Show.
Tell them Grandma Peggy sent you.