It seems to me that Americans are fixated on butter. Here are a number of butter-related items commonly consumed.
1) Apple butter
2) Green beans cooked in butter
3) Apple pie crust
4) Ice cream
5) Chocolate chip cookies
7) Banana Pudding
8) Rolls and butter
9) Pizza crust
11) Cinnamon rolls
So some of the thinking behind this post is this: many times, when we think something tastes good, it’s related to butter. Butter is the X factor. It makes food taste smooth and rich. In short, to use butter alot in cooking is to cheat somewhat. Rather than cooking with subtlety, one simply slaps on the butter and–presto–it’s all gravy. Actually, I bet gravy has butter in it as well.
So there’s my conspiracy theory–butter is often behind good tasting food.