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A Glimpse of Me

Yep...you guessed it. Another BUTTER blog! 
 
Apr. 29, 2012 5:25 pm 
Updated: Apr. 30, 2012 7:12 pm
I love butter.  REAL butter.  The stuff that you get when you whip cream past the point where it's a great topping for pie or ice cream.  Whip it until it "breaks" and then whip it a little more.  Pretty soon you'll have TWO different things in your bowl; some liquid and a light yellow mass, otherwise known as buttermilk and BUTTER!

Butter is the supreme spread for toast, pancakes, muffins, and biscuits.  It makes mashed potatoes heavenly and turns cookies into COOKIES!  Add just a few little mix-ins and you've got a whole new piece of paradise with a myriad of other uses.  Add a little honey and you've got the most amazing topping for corn bread.  Add a little salt and some herbs and suddenly you've got the best topping for a steak you could possibly imagine.

My mother's idea of butter is slightly different than mine.  Hers sometimes comes in sticks just like mine does, but hers has names like "Imperial" or "Blue Bonnet".  Other times hers comes in a tub and, while those are a little better for you than the sticks, they still have all kinds of chemical-y ingredients that I can't even pronounce.  I've learned to take real butter with me if I plan to do any baking or cooking at my mom's house, because if I don't take it with me, I'll be stuck with that fake stuff and Keri don't play that game!

My favorite memory with butter is from not too long ago, in August 2004.  The man who is now my husband had only been my boyfriend for about three months at that time and he came with me and my daughters to our local fair.  We visited a tent where "Mother Goose" was doing a presentation on BUTTER!  She divided us into teams (my boyfriend, me, and my two daughters were one team) and handed each team a small container with two marbles and about 1/4 cup of cream in them.  When she said "GO!", we were to start shaking our containers, passing them off to our teammates whenever our arms got tired.  The first team to make butter out of their cream would win a prize.  We shook and shook and shook our container and we were the first team to make butter!!  Our prizes were teeny, tiny little buckets that looked just like a milking bucket, plus the satisfaction of knowing we'd worked together smoothly as a team and accomplished our goal.  Unfortunately, "Mother Goose" couldn't let us taste our precious butter, because of health codes, but we tried again at home a few days later and had bread slathered with our fresh, homemade butter.

I don't often make homemade butter, because it's just easier (and less expensive) to buy sticks of butter.  I always make sure to keep at least two or three pounds of the precious golden stuff in my fridge at all times, just in case the urge to bake something crosses my mind.  In fact, I think I hear the kitchen calling me right now.  I think I'll go bake some brownies :)

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Apr. 30, 2012 6:03 am
Good job Keri. It just occurred to me that I have only made real butter by accident, when I have over beat the topping too :)
 
Bibi 
Apr. 30, 2012 7:12 pm
Keri, sounds like your guy, just like butter, is a keeper! Fun read!
 
 
 
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Keri

Living In
Antelope Valley, California, USA

Member Since
Jul. 2008

Cooking Level
Intermediate

Cooking Interests
Baking, Grilling & BBQ, Frying, Slow Cooking, Mexican, Italian, Dessert, Kids, Quick & Easy

Hobbies
Reading Books, Music

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About Me
I have loved cooking since I was a young girl helping my mother make dinner or bake cookies during school vacations. My favorite class in elementary school was "Nutrition", because we cooked almost every day. I have two daughters who love cooking and baking as much as I do and my husband is even getting interested. He recently started making bread from scratch and he's doing an awesome job of it! We share our home with pets of all different kinds, including birds, cats, dogs, rabbits, a rat, snakes, frogs, a tarantula, and a turtle. We also provide foster care for a local dog rescue, taking in abused, neglected, abandoned dogs and giving them a safe, loving environment to live in until they find their "fur-ever" homes.
My favorite things to cook
Rosemary garlic roasted chicken with roasted garlic gravy; Skillet cabbage; Almost any baked goods; Anything I can make in my slow cooker! Somewhere around September 2008 I decided I was going to start baking all the bread my children and I eat. I'm COMPLETELy loving it and my kids like to brag that "my mommy MADE this bread!" Their favorite is when I make bread items that aren't your traditional loaf of bread, like hamburger buns, bagels, and soft pretzels.
My favorite family cooking traditions
For several generations, my father's family has made a "family tradition" dessert item at each major holiday. At Easter, it's Italian Cheesecake, made with ricotta cheese and anise flavoring (published as "Italian Cheesecake II", if you'd like to check it out). At Thanksgiving, it's "Roly Polies", which were invented by my great grandmother when she had leftover pie crust dough she needed to use up. My absolute favorite, though, is Christmas, when we make Birds Nests. These are made out of walnut-sized balls of a sweet pie crust type dough rolled out very thin. Then we cut slits in the dough without cutting through the edge, gather every other strip, twist them up into a jumble, and then deep fry the pastries. When they are cooled, we sprinkle them with powdered sugar. It doesn't matter how many we make, they all get eaten!
My cooking triumphs
I managed to make decorated sugar cookies for Christmas 2008 that turned out awesome!! I've NEVER gotten sugar cookies to turn out good looking enough to warrant decorating them. They always turn into shapeless blobs. This particular time I reduced the amount of butter in the recipe by 25% and chilled the cut-outs for 15 minutes immediately before baking them. They turned out beautiful!
My cooking tragedies
My first attempt at making Fairy Food candy (also called seafoam candy) was a disaster! I tried cooking it too quickly over too high of heat, so it burned, smelling up the entire house for DAYS. Thank goodness I still had enough ingredients (and courage!) to try again, and everyone at my family's Christmas gathering was impressed with my second attempt. I conveniently "forgot" to tell them about the first batch :-)
 
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