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Medicinal Purposes April 13, 2010

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This past weekend I caught the tail end of whatever the Butter Boys had. It usually goes down like that, after they are on the mend I come down with said sickness. This time however I was in bad shape. I hadn’t slept very well in a few days. Since I am one for a home-made remedy, I thought about the perfect concoction the hot toddy! The steam from the drink opens your sinuses, the brandy knocks you out, the lemon soothes your throat, the honey helps your cough. I have to say it was by no means a cure-all but I was finally able to go to sleep. Sometimes when you are sick, there is nothing better than a good night’s sleep!

Hot Toddy

ingredients

6 oz cup hot water (or tea- I used tea and it tasted pretty good!)

1 1/2 tsp honey

juice of 1/2 lemon

2 oz brandy (or bourbon or rum)

1 cinnamon stick

Directions

1) Into a cup measure out honey, lemon juice and brandy

2) Add hot tea or hot water to cup

3) Stir with cinnamon stick and sip slowly

 

Hat and Gloves. Check. October 18, 2009

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It is mid-October and I pulled out my hat and gloves yesterday for the first time. It just seemed wrong. I refused to wear a proper coat, in defiance. It is only mid-October, people! NYC has gotten slammed with 30 degree temps the past few days and I am not sure how to react, or what to wear. But, what I do know is what to eat.

As I walked home yesterday, all I had on my mind was Hot Chocolate. No Swiss Miss action. Not even Starbucks. I wanted the real thing, complete with real milk (I usually go for soy) and whipped cream. I stopped off for some Cool Whip–but when I turned to the ingredients (corn syrup and high fructose corn syrup), I decided I could make my own whipped cream. For some reason it seems fancy and complicated. It is fancy, but not complicated.

First, I pulled out the hot chocolate ingredients. Last year I splurged on MarieBelle Hot Chocolate and still had some. So, 1/2 cup of milk, 1/4 cup of hot chocolate. Boil the milk, add the hot chocolate, simmer for 10 seconds. Pretty simple. Next time I might add some cinnamon, or peppermint…when it is actually offiically winter!

MarieBelle Hot Chocolate

MarieBelle Hot Chocolate

Whipped Cream

8 oz heavy cream
1 tbsp sugar (or to taste)
1 tsp vanilla

Beat the cream with an electric mixer (unless you want your arm to fall off) until it is about half-way to looking like whipped cream. Add the sugar and vanilla. Continue beating until it looks like what you want your whipped cream to look like (though, it shouldn’t be beaten to the point that it has peaks–this isn’t a meringue!). Dollop on your hot chocolate and enjoy.

Homemade Whipped Cream

Homemade Whipped Cream

Best enjoyed in a soft robe, or big sweater.

Let the winter games begin!

♦ Buttery B

 

West Coast Picnic: Dana Point August 17, 2009

Filed under: Desserts,drinks,Salads,Sandwiches,Soups — butteryblog @ 10:47 pm
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Salt Creek Beach

Salt Creek Beach

Lady Butterbuns and Mrs. Butterpants finally realized they didn’t actually live that far away from each other and scheduled a summer picnic at Dana Point, which is roughly midway between LA and San Diego. Joined by our husbands and the Butterbuns’ very large dog, we packed our coolers with Capri Sun, watermelon juice, blackberry basil lemonade, rice and artichoke salad, melon soup, pear and camembert sandwiches and fruit hand pies. The following IM took place a few weeks later.

 

Date: Sun, Aug 9, 2009 at 9:19 PM

 

Lady Butterbuns: Okay, let’s get cracking. First of all, that park [Salt Creek Beach Park] is really nice! Not too crowded and the weather was great.

Mrs. Butterpants: Yes, it really is. Gorgeous, not too crazy, lots of families, and a good amount of parking — that’s important to SoCal folks.

Lady B: So we drank …watermelon juice, Capri Sun and lemonade. I was thrilled with the Capri Sun, even though it brought up bad memories of punching my straw clean

Refreshing watermelon juice

Refreshing watermelon juice

through the pouch as a child.

Mrs. B: Yes, Capri Sun is the one of the best reminders of childhood ever. I love people’s expressions when you pull it out. The watermelon juice was tasty, but suffered from me forgetting to strain it.

Lady B: I really liked it! Very refreshing and a lovely pink color.

Mrs. B: That lemonade was seriously one of my favorite things ever.

Lady B: I’m glad you liked it! I think that’s the first recipe I ever made up.

Mrs. B: It was so good. I really just wanted to keep drinking it. The next time I come down to your house, I’m stealing your lemons so I can make some.

Lady B: Please do. I can’t use all the lemons! I even give them away, but that tree is, well, fruitful. So we ate cantaloupe soup. I thought it was tasty, but as you said, a fresher melon might have given it more flavor.

Mrs. B: Yes, I wanted to get the cantaloupe from my farmers market, but ran out of time. So I bought it from the store and wasn’t as pleased. But I think it was good. The mint and rum gave it a nice flavor.

Lady B: Yeah, I don’t always love fresh mint but it worked in the soup.

Mrs. B: Agreed.

Lady B: More rum next time!

A rhyming sandwich: pear and camembert

A rhyming sandwich: pear and camembert

Mrs. B: Done and done! Then we had the sandwiches, which I thought were excellent. I didn’t partake in the bread, but I enjoyed my fruit and cheese plate very much. I loved the sweetness of the pear and honey with the mild camembert.

Lady B: The bread was the worst part anyway! Too dry. But I did like the pear/honey/camembert combo. Camembert is so delicious.

Mrs. B: It did look sort of dry. It would be served by a thinner egg bread I think.

Lady B: Yes and technically it’s supposed to be panini-ed. That would help. Or foccaccccccio which is moister.

Mrs. B: Oooh, yes. That would be excellent.

Lady B: And we had artichoke rice salad. Did you have any of that?

Mrs. B: I actually didn’t eat any. But Mr. Butterpants liked it very much. I think he went back for seconds and thirds.

Lady B: I was pleasantly surprised. I wasn’t too sure when I was making it, but it was pretty good. I like food that can be served room temperature.

Mrs. B: It looked and smelled good; I just don’t eat rice. And I was having mouth trouble that day, but we won’t get into that. Anything served room temperature is my friend. Or cold.

Rice and artichoke salad with spinach

Rice and artichoke salad with spinach

Lady B: Easy food.

Mrs. B: Yes. I could make a quick and easy joke, but I won’t.

Lady B: We can each make one silently to ourselves.

Mrs. B: It’s better that way. What was next? The pies right?

Lady B: Yes. I didn’t have the apple, just the peach. The flavor of the filling was really good. And you know how I feel about something I can eat with my hands — LOVE IT!

Mrs. B: I like the flavor of the apple better than the peach, but I thought they were both tasty. I’d add more bourbon to the peach next time.

Lady B: Yes! More rum and more bourbon!

Mrs. B: The pastry was a little overpowering so I’d go for a thinner one or make larger pockets so I could fill them with more fruit. And I should have added brandy to the apples. More alcohol! More alcohol! More alcohol!

Lady B: And seriously, I’m no fan of making my own crust — get the refrigerated pie dough from Pillsbury. It’s delicious and so easy.

Pies...you can eat with your hands!!!

Pies...you can eat with your hands!!!

Mrs. B: Yeah, I’ve done it a few times and I just haven’t found my favorite. This one was definitely a victim of being overworked. If I make these again, I’ll try the Pillsbury. I love their crescent rolls, so they can’t possibly steer me wrong.

Lady B: Oh yes, those are delicious. Their biscuits are pretty tasty too.

Mrs. B: Yes and their cinnamon rolls and chocolate chip cookies. Really, I should just buy stock in Pillsbury.

Lady B: Pretty much that little doughboy can do no wrong.

Mrs. B: I concur.

Lady B: So that was all the food, right?

Mrs. B: Was that really all the food? It felt like more.

Lady B: I know. That table was covered with foodstuff. But I think that was it.

Mrs. B: Overall I was pleased with the food. Yours more than mine.

Lady B: I think we tend to be overly critical of our own cooking. I rarely think anything I cook is good.

Mrs. B: Always.

Lady B: Have you ever thought about taking the watermelon juice and freezing it into pops?

Mrs. B: Yes, we did exactly that. They work really well. The top tends to be overly sweet since the syrup settles there, but they’re very refreshing, a good sweet cold treat that is not an entire pint of Ben & Jerry’s.

Lady B: B&J — I constantly have to give myself time outs from them!

Mrs. B: I know. I made the mistake of purchasing the peach cobbler flavor.

Lady B: I saw that in the store and thought of you. What do you think to just posting one recipe each? You can send me whichever one you like. I just don’t want this post to be 8 miles long, you know? Oh, send the recipe for Capri Sun!

Mrs. B.: Yes!!

Happiness in a pouch

Happiness in a pouch

1 straw

1 pouch

Punch straw into pouch

Let childhood memories rush over you

Lady B:: Yes! 5 stars!

 

Lady Butterbuns and Mrs. Butterpants are scheduled to meet up in October. Stay tuned …

 

Artichoke and Rice Salad (Martha Stewart Living)

 

Serves 6

 

* 1 1/2 cups homemade or low-sodium store-bought chicken stock
* 2 tablespoons olive oil
* 1 medium yellow onion, finely chopped
* 2 garlic cloves, minced
* 1 cup Arborio rice
* 2 teaspoons coarse salt
* 1/4 teaspoon curry powder
* 12 small green olives, pitted and sliced
* 12 ounces marinated artichoke hearts, cut into 1/2-inch wedges, liquid reserved
* 1 celery stalk, thinly sliced on a bias
* 1/2 ounce baby spinach (about 1 cup)

 

Directions

 

1. Bring stock to a simmer. Meanwhile, heat oil in a saucepan over medium heat. Add onion and garlic. Cook until onion is translucent. Add rice, salt, and curry powder. Cook, stirring, 1 minute.
2. Raise heat, and add half the stock. Stir 30 seconds. Stir in remaining stock. Bring to a boil, then reduce heat to low, and cover. Cook 20 minutes.
3. Spread rice onto a rimmed baking sheet. Let cool. Cover with plastic wrap, and refrigerate 1 hour.
4. Combine olives, artichoke hearts, and celery in a large bowl. Add rice, and toss. Add 1 tablespoon reserved artichoke liquid, and toss. (Salad can be made up to this point and refrigerated overnight.)
5. Before serving, stir in spinach. Serve cold or at room temperature.

 

Cantaloupe Soup (Gale Grand/Food Network)

 

– 1 cantaloupe, peeled, seeded, and cubed
– 1/4 cup dark rum
– 1/4 cup cream
– 1 lemon, zested
– 2 tablespoon orange juice concentrate
– 4 mint leaves, julienned

 

Place everything but the mint leaves in a blender and puree. Strain through a fine chinois or strainer. Chill. Serve in chilled martini glasses with
juilenned mint. (I’d bump up the rum to 1/3 cup.  It definitely needed a little more kick.  And buy a super-fresh cantaloupe!  It makes all the difference.)

 

♥Lady Butterbuns & Mrs. Butterpants

 

Four-Way Lemonade June 11, 2009

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I have a lemon tree in my backyard. Right now it is bursting with fruit. I gave bagfuls to my friends D&M. D loves to makes drinks in the blender and one day he showed me how he made lemonade. Taking his basic recipe, I came up with four variations.

First, though, I’d like to show you the kinds of lemons that grow on my tree:

The real meaning of "organic."

The real meaning of "organic."

Not exactly the perfectly oval things you see at Vons, right? But they’re really fragrant and delicious.

Here’s the basic recipe:

  • 3 lemons, no rinds
  • 2/3 cup sugar
  • 1 quart water

Throw the lemons and sugar into the blender with about a cup of water and blend it up! You can remove the seeds prior to blending if you want, but since it gets strained, I find it unnecessary.

Once you find your perfect tart/sweet balance by adding/subtracting lemons/sugar, strain the concoction into a pitcher. Add the remaing water.

Wow, that was easy.

Now for the fun stuff:

Peach Lavender Lemonade

Peach Lavender Lemonade

Peach Lavender Lemonade

In addition to the basic recipe, add a few sprigs of lavender and two peaches (peeled) into the blender.

I liked, but didn’t love this version. The peaches were a bit tart for my taste, but I’m sure if I had riper, juicer ones, my complaint would be alleviated.

GRADE: B


Apple Ginger Lemonade

Appley. Gingery.

Appley. Gingery.

In addition to the basic recipe, add one apple and two inches of peeled ginger root to the blender (if, like me, you freeze your ginger, microwave it for 30 seconds before blending).

I loved this version.  The ginger gave it such a nice bite.

GRADE: A


Blackberry Basil Lemonade

Best drink. Ever.

Best drink. Ever.

In addition to the basic recipe, add a handful of blackberries and four leaves of basil to the blender.

This is the best thing I have ever made. EVER. It was the perect balance of sweet and tangy with a subtle herbal undertone. I should bottle this one!
GRADE: A+


Chamomile Lemonade

Ahh...

Ahh...

In addition to the basic recipe, brew one mug of chamomile tea. Add the tea to the strained lemon mixture and water. Make sure the tea is cool or else, you know, you’ll have hot lemonade.

I used Tazo Calm tea in my version. It has a subtle mint flavor that I found very pleasing.
GRADE: B+


Enjoy the summer!

♥Lady Butterbuns