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Going Bold With Butter - Quality VS Me 
 
Apr. 28, 2012 7:07 pm 
I've always been a somewhat frugal person.  As a mom to four children, I had to be in order to get by in life.  Through the course of time I learned not to skimp on quality, but it took awhile for certain things to sink in..such as..BUTTER.

My grandmother was an avid cook. Her baked goods made her well known in her area, and I prided myself in being a great cook as well.  Although, I noticed there were differences between things I made and things she made.  For instance, I would make chocolate chip cookies.  One day, they'd be okay.  The next time I made them, they'd be flat and greasy.  I couldn't figure out what was going on, and figured it was something I did over the ingredients I was using.

One day, I was visiting my grandmother and was watching her make something.  I asked her the secret to making her great frosting recipe. 

"Butter, "she said.  "You have to whip the butter in, and whip it for a long period of time.  Don't use margarine.  Butter makes everything taste better."

Well, I continued on with the margarine for awhile.  I was asked to make some baked goods for an event, and my grandmother's words rang in my ears.  I was such a cheapskate that I had always purchased margarine...and usually whatever margarine was on sale.  This time, I bit the bullet.  I bought the less cheap butter, and brought it home.  After that moment, I never looked back.

My cookies were fabulous.  My cakes were fantastic.  My frosting?  Forget about it!  I was now known as the cupcake mom at school.  Every kid asked me about cupcakes every time I walked into the school, "That's the cupcake mom!  Did you bring cupcakes?" 

I use butter for all my baking needs now.  Margarine is a thing of the past.  The most indulgent experience is making a homemade honey butter for homemade bread.  A slice of bread with the honey butter is a piece of heaven.

So, don't hesitate.  Don't doubt.  Butter is best when you want a great end result to your baking.  My grandmother has since passed, but every time I open a package of butter and use it in my baked goods, I think about her...which is quite frequent. :) 

 
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About Me
I am an Allrecipes Allstar Brand Ambassador (a volunteer position), and I am not compensated for my work with Allrecipes.com. Products received from advertisers are only used for experience-based reviews on my personal blog. The reviews, content, and opinions expressed in this blog are all my own. **************** By the age of seven, I would wander into the local library to check out cookbooks to make creations at home. When I became a mother to four daughters, I had a good sized family to feed. I became great with saving money and making wonderful meals without breaking the bank. I started using the original Allrecipes sites when I was in my 20's in 1997. I made the discovery by typing in "cookierecipes.com" to see what would happen. From then on, I became an Allrecipes.com addict. I didn't "officially" join until 2010, but I've been here the entire time. :) Allrecipes saved me many times over for parties, pot lucks, graduations-even my oldest daughter's college senior recital.
My favorite things to cook
I love to bake breads, cookies, cakes, and pies. I have a smoker and love to grill. Whenever I want some company, I fire up the smoker and make my own homemade BBQ sauce for pulled pork. If that doesn't get you company in NY, nothing will. I create my own recipes, but love learning from other people. I love to see ideas, promote them, and share creativity. I can't think of anything I don't enjoy making. I just love trying to make anything. Holidays are some of my favorite times of the year. Allrecipes contains the secret to my success regarding making succulent turkey (yes, I once was a dry turkey person- NOT ANYMORE). I enjoy coming up with new ideas, new ways to use products, and I always like to test out new items that hit the shelves at the stores. I consider my kitchen to be my laboratory. However, I'm not opposed to quick and easy meals when life makes the call for it! After all, life was meant to be enjoyed...and, sometimes, that means quick and easy meals!
My favorite family cooking traditions
Holidays and birthdays are my favorite times of the year. I enjoy making old family favorites and spending time together with my family. For Thanksgiving, I turned to Allrecipes years ago and discovered what putting a turkey in a brine can do. I tried it that year and never turned back. My husband proclaimed that I made the best turkey he ever ate. So, every year, I cut up all the vegetables ahead of time for the Thanksgiving meal. Then, I put the remains into a stockpot and create my own vegetable stock for a turkey brine. After soaking the turkey, I cook the turkey in a bag to make the most succulent turkey around. It's so juicy that it's hard to believe it's Thanksgiving - and there's no need to buy a special brand of turkey to get this result. I also love the old family go-to recipes. However, for stuffing, I found that making a homemade Challah bread creates the most unbelievable stuffing ever. Using a bread machine can make the whole process easier. You won't regret it!
My cooking triumphs
I started creating my own recipes when I had to live out of a pantry with little funds. I enjoy being creative, and this led to me becoming published. Later, I became an Allstars Brand Ambassador. I love the program because it let me be a part of a company that I respect and love so much in a way that I couldn't have imagined. Being a Brand Ambassador has been such a huge honor and great experience. I've met so many wonderful people due to it, and was thrilled to have the opportunity to represent Allrecipes through roasting pumpkin seeds on the Better TV show. I just want to give a big shout out to Better TV for giving me the opportunity to represent Allrecipes - a website I've been visiting for over 15 years. Here are the links to the pumpkin seed roasting: http://better.tv/view/food--amp--recipes2-food--amp--recipes-how-to-roast-pumpkin-seeds http://better.tv/view/food--amp--recipes2-food--amp--recipes-roasting-pumpkin-seeds-part-2
My cooking tragedies
I started cooking at a young age, and most of my mistakes took place during that time period. As a child, company was constant in our home. My mother knew I loved to cook and asked if I could make some of my Blonde Brownies for dessert that night for our company. I was 12 years old, and gladly started to prepare the dish. Unfortunately, my mother was out of vegetable oil. I went to the fridge and took out some reserve oil she had filtered after using it for deep frying. I figured it was still good and added it to the brownies. That night, when dinner was finished, the brownies were brought out. I took a bite of mine, and dropped it on the plate. The company ate the brownies and stated how good they were. My brownie had a horrible taste. It was at that moment that I realized the reserved oil was from my mother frying fish. Never again did I test the waters of used oil.
 
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