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Everything is better with butter…in moderation 
 
Apr. 29, 2012 7:04 am 
As an Allrecipes Brand Ambassador, I was very excited for this month’s activity “Go Bold with Butter”! 
I am what you could call a butter snob, I never use margarine or any artificial butter product in any of my cooking, and my preference is good old natural unsalted butter.  Growing up in Lancaster, Pennsylvania, my Dad was a head chef at a popular local restaurant, and he taught me that the key to a successful recipe is the quality of the ingredients you put in them.  He had very high standards for quality which have definitely rubbed off on me.
I think the most impressive thing my Dad used to make was homemade gravy from scratch, I would be in awe at how flavorful and rich his gravies turned out, and his secret was to add a dab of butter at the end to give the gravy a silky smooth and glistening texture and appearance.  My Dad was never much of a baker, that turned out to be my forte and butter is a big part of my baking success.  Butter makes cookies so flavorful, pie crusts so incredibly light and flaky, and chocolate ganache glisten!
I know some people tend to shy away from using butter in their recipes for health and dietary reasons, but as with anything, if you use butter in moderation and sparingly there should be nothing to be afraid of.
 
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Mrs. Chef Esh

Home Town
Lancaster, Pennsylvania, USA
Living In
Lititz, Pennsylvania, USA

Member Since
Dec. 2002

Cooking Level
Expert

Cooking Interests
Baking, Mexican, Italian, Southern, Healthy, Dessert

Hobbies
Gardening, Walking, Reading Books, Wine Tasting

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About Me
I have grown up with an appreciation for food, my Dad was a head chef and owned his own restaurant. I can remember at the age of 8, eating frogs legs and him telling me it was chicken...and I didn't know the difference! He always had me and my sister at least try what he was making, even if he knew we wouldn't like it. Well his love for cooking has definitely rubbed off on me. I find I am the happiest when I am in my kitchen cooking something wonderful for my family and friends. Everyone thinks cooking is so hard, but really it is one of those things that the more you do it, the better you get at it. There is nothing more satisfying for me then to hear, "Oh my gosh, that was so good...how did you make that"! I only hope I can have the same influence now on my son that my father had on me.
My favorite things to cook
I love to cook spicy foods, especially Cajun or Creole, my signature dish is Cajun Jambalaya. I make a pretty tasty Mexican lasagna as well. I am just learning how to make my own bread. I find there is something really special about making fresh homemade bread from your own hands, getting the yeast to rise, kneading it, and watching it rise!
My favorite family cooking traditions
My favorite time of year to cook is the holidays, everyone is so festive! My parents have a Christmas Eve drop in every year, and I spend the entire day cooking with my Dad helping him prepare! I also love baking Christmas cookies, spending the entire weekend baking and listening to Christmas music...this past year it even snowed! As for starting my own cooking tradition, well that has been baking family birthday cakes from scratch. I never really thought of myself as a baker, but after making a few birthday cakes it has now become expected in my family….and I love it, it’s much more personal! I’d actually get my feelings hurt now if they wanted a store bought cake!
My cooking triumphs
Well I have to say my biggest cooking triumph has been a Tiramisu Cheesecake, it was the first cheesecake I ever made...and let me just say, it was THE BEST I have ever had...I even impressed my Dad!
My cooking tragedies
Hands down...homemade pasta! I tried to make a fresh spinach pasta for a seafood dish, and it turned out to be a gross, green, sticky, pile of dough! I wont even attempt to make my own pasta again!
 
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