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Win a Copy of Julie and Julia! March 25, 2010

Filed under: Cookbooks,Meat — butteryblog @ 11:34 pm

Read this post and learn how to win your very own copy of Julie and Julia, read and signed by both Mother Butter and Buttery B!

Boeuf Bourguignon

One day a long, long time ago (okay, maybe a year or two ago) I (Buttery B) was perusing the books at Barnes & Noble, itching for a new good book. I had just finished reading Eat, Pray, Love (which has to be one of my all-time favorite books) and nothing seemed to compare. After reading many a synopsis, something about Julie & Julia resonated with me. Maybe it was the whole “if you’re unhappy, just do something. anything. but make it big” mentality. And so I bought it, hoping for a glimmer of inspiration.

After reading it, I gave the book to Mother Butter. Mother Butter lives in Long Island City (just like Julie) and loves to cook. Who else would I have given it to?

And then when the movie came out, Mother Butter and I made a date to see it. Other than Meryl Streep’s star power, the main thing I remember from the movie was that boeuf bourgignonne. The dish I can never quite figure out how to spell or say! As the credits rolled, Mother Butter said to me, “let’s make boeuf bourgignonne for your birthday.”

And the rest is history. Here is the link to the recipe we used from Julia Child’s Mastering The Art Of French Cooking. However, we recommend you buy the book. Highly recommend.

Getting Ready to Make It

  • Mother Butter: “Mise en place — makes it easier when you have a lot of ingredients. Preparation is key!”
  • Buttery B: “Find a good butcher — for the slab bacon with rind, and get the best quality ingredients”
  • Find a signature cocktail to get you through because you’ll have a big time gap. We decided on a French 75 (champagne and cognac).

Making It

  • Buttery B: “Follow the directions precisely. Don’t cut corners–as much as you’ll want to deny it, you must cook the mushrooms and onions separately.”
  • Mother Butter: “Splurge on a good red wine–you’ll be using the whole bottle!”
  • Cooking with a friend is helpful since you’ll gonna need some muscles to lift the meat and strain the sauce.

Eating It

  • Think about what you want to serve it over–potatoes, rice, or noodles (something very simple).
  • Mother Butter: “The five hours was SO worth it!”
  • Buttery B: “Amazing! I will remember that meal for the rest of my life. Every bite was full of flavor.”

To win the very copy of Julie and Julia that we have had our hands and eyes on, just leave a comment on this post–any comment by April 15th! And, if you can’t think of anything, let us know what your ideal birthday dinner would consist of. We’ll pick the lucky winner at random.

Bon Appetit!

Mother Butter and Buttery B


Cookbooks September 12, 2009

Filed under: Cookbooks — butteryblog @ 10:15 am

Some time ago Mother Butterpants (not to be confused with our own Mother Butter) informed me that she would be simplifying her life. This included selling her house and most of the things in it. I was and am totally in favor of this because I, in general, am not much of a “stuff” person. We tend to move a lot so we try to keep the stuff in our lives to a minimum. Of course, Mr. Butterpants is my total opposite in so many ways and this is a big one. He loves stuff. He loves to collect stuff. He loves to display all his stuff in various cabinets.

There is one thing I do collect: books. Everything else I mercilessly dump before every move. My books, however, have followed me everywhere. Cookbooks are especially a problem. They’re so enticing with their photos of food, endless possibilities of fabulous meals that could be served, party menus…… I am addicted.

When my mother told me she planned to dump her stuff, I offered to come “help” her. Since a sports injury last year left me unable to lift much of anything, this actually meant going shopping in her home. Which I did. I ended up with some chairs and serving platters which used to belong to my great grandmother, a piece of jewelry (the origins of which no one knows), and a crapload of cookbooks. So much for simplifying our lives.

The books arrived at our place last week.

I just sat down and went through them. They’re fabulous. The ones I chose were mostly written by Junior Leagues or Women’s Clubs or synagogues. They’re home recipes. And of course, because my mother lives in the South, they are very Southern. One of them has a recipe for Cooter Stew! What? Another is a from small chain of restaurants in Pensacola, called Norma’s where my favorite thing ever is the poppyseed bread with strawberry cream cheese spread. Norma also makes an excellent chicken salad.

I can’t wait to cook from them.

The Pile

The Pile

What are your favorite cookbooks?

Be excellent to each other,
Ms. Butterpants