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On Sundays my Dad always set the table for dinner very early (he still does). He’s very organized and it was, and is very important to him to have everything right on target…especially when he has prepared a meal for the family.
When I was little, I remember the butter sitting on the table and getting to room temperature. Perfect for sticking my finger in to taste test.
Well, on Easter Sunday, especially if you lived in Buffalo, NY, the butter became the star of the table. That was when we would have a “Butter Lamb” …
Isn’t he a cutie?
Now, I’m not an expert on the “Butter Lamb”, but I’ll tell you what I do know, and where to find one for your Easter table.
Butter Lambs are a Christian (Roman Catholic)/Polish tradition first made by a woman in Buffalo, New York named Dorothy Malczewski after her father brought home a lamb shaped butter mold from Poland. Traditionally, my Polish mother would buy our Butter Lamb and have it blessed along with the ham and Easter eggs. I remember her carrying the big basket with all of the goodies into the church…I think she had chocolate in there too. What a wonderful memory.
Today, I feel the “Butter Lamb” tradition would be a wonderful addition to all Easter tables. Children love them, and they make a wonderful conversation piece for all. Can you find the Butter Lamb on our Easter Brunch Table?
We found our Butter Lamb at our local Polish Market here in Michigan last weekend. You may have a Polish market near you? This is how they are packaged:
When I was little, I remember the Butter Lamb looking a lot different. My Mom would buy a fresh one from the “Broadway Market”. The Broadway Market is an ethnic old world shopping center on the East side of Buffalo that takes up an entire block. It began in 1888 when Eastern Europeans wanted to preserve their traditions and heritage. It’s open year round, but only has the Butter Lambs during the Easter season.
I’ll take 4, Frank! (FYI-you can freeze them)
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If you don’t plan on visiting Buffalo any time soon, then it is possible to order a Butter Lamb on line this time of year from buffalofoods.com (I’m not sure how far they mail them). I have also seen butter lamb molds to make your own. It involves melting the butter into the mold. Sounds fairly easy.
Here’s my Mom at the Polish market here in Michigan. We had such a nice time teaching my girls all of the Polish traditions…
If you look closely you can see her Butter Lamb in her cart in the green package. You’ll find a few pierogi’s in there too, but that’s a whole other story to tell for another day. Look at those pickles!
Last but not least, I thought I would share some pretty hand painted Polish wooden Easter eggs with you.
Get to your local Polish market ASAP!
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