Not many people know how important good fats are to overall health, and many have the wrong idea about what constitutes a "good" fat. I'm curious as to what fats and oils the people of EF use in their kitchens.
In general I use Extra Virgin Olive Oil, but I occasionally use butter when I'm feeling indulgent, or what the different flavor. Sometimes I will use a combination of the two. It depends on my mood and what I am making.
We keep extra virgin olive oil, butter (tons and tons of butter), canola oil, and grapeseed oil on hand for cooking. I do think I have some shortening, but I hardly ever use it.
I do use margarine (it's really vegetable oil spread...) for toast and other things where butter would be kinda wasted, but otherwise I use butter for probably 80% of my cooking and baking. The rest goes to olive and grapeseed oil. Canola oil is for deep frying only due to its high smoke point and relatively low cost, compared to grapeseed.
Unfortunately, do to an allergy, I can't use oils from most nuts, including coconut and almond. And I don't eat red meat, so I don't use lard.
I was going to say---I can't even vote if butter's not on the list! I usually use butter or a vegetable oil (typically canola), and then I have olive oil and peanut oil on hand as well in case I want their flavors.
I use butter mostly, as well as olive oil, shortening, and corn or canola oil. It depends on what I am cooking and what the recipe calls for. I always bake with canola oil, butter, or shortening and I always prepare dinner foods with olive oil.