Joyful in the moment

The holiday season is peeking around the corner…

Events start moving fast in October—for our family, we celebrate two wedding anniversaries in mid-month, sweet Penny’s and Jack’s birthdays and then we roll right into November with four more birthdays followed by Thanksgiving. We are only 4 weeks out from Turkey Day! I am not trying to stress you out. Rather, I want to encourage you to steal a moment of peace through the madness.

Try to be present for each and every celebration in the coming months without dwelling on where you have to be next or your to-do list or your “haven’t done” list. Yes, it’s easier said than done. But take deep cleansing breaths and focus. You’ll only be there in that specific moment once.


Halloween is here and I would love to see the costumes your children/grandchildren/neighbors/nieces & nephews and godchildren are wearing. Will you send me some pictures? So much fun. I have such fond memories of my kids trick-or-treating in our neighborhood, even into their high school years! Somehow it became a tradition to eat chili dogs on Halloween night (might have to blame Sonic for this one) but I’m offering a delicious, savory chili with mini-cornbreads for you to pick up for a quick meal before your kids head out or for you to enjoy when you settle in to answer the door.


Invitations going out this week

November 3, 4-7pm Sip & Sample

Pies, sides, nibbles, wine

Private residence


November 4, 11-2pm Tasting Event

Pies, sides, nibbles

Preston Hollow Presbyterian Church

Superbowl of Groundhog Day proportions! Menu for February 2-6, 2015

I like football but honestly the Superbowl is about food and commercials, with food being out and away the most important factor.  And I really don’t care for Superbowl parties because no one really watches the game and I don’t get to choose the food hence we are hanging at home today and doing our own thing.  Our pre-game munchies include the old stand-by, Chex party mix, as crafted by my husband. He likes it with extra butter AND extra worcestershire AND lots of nuts and i am thrilled that he wants to make it!  My contribution is the Buffalo-Chicken Dip. This gooey, cheesy concoction is so rich and HOT but I can’t stop eating it, even as it burns my tongue. I serve it with tortilla chips and it is also yummy wrapped in a tortilla with some chopped lettuce. (It officially becomes lunch at that point, making its consumption more legitimate?) I am sharing this recipe today on my Instagram account, as soon as I upload the picture! Follow me @buttersgourmet.
But let’s talk about the main feature, the crucial play of the day as it were: dinner.  Tonight we are pan-searing Prime Rib-eye steaks and serving them with Cornmeal Battered Onion Rings. (Please wipe the drool off your chin.) We have really mastered the indoor steak thing and I think they are as good (almost) as steaks grilled over a hot charcoal fire. I’ll post some pics to my Insta later. Oh, and for dessert I am leaning toward chocolate + marshmallow = touchdown!

So the week’s menu features some Superbowl themed items – Buffalo Chicken Mac & Cheese, two kinds of Chili, because few football parties don’t include these items. But there are also a couple of favorites like SW Cornbread Salad and Homestyle Chicken Pot Pie and a dessert not to be missed: Red Velvet Poundcake. Let me know if I can tempt you with something! 2015 Menu for Feb 2

April Showers and all that...let's eat in tonight! Dinner options for 4/7-11/2014

To order, please use the Contact tab (or email and tell me which items you would like and what day you would like to pick up at my Preston Commons location. If you order by 10 am, your items can be ready for you by 4 pm the following day.
Pick up is from 4-6 pm, Tuesday through Thursday.

8115 Preston Rd, Suite 140 inside the Cafe Gourmet on the Go shop

Salad:  Southwestern Cornbread Salad – if you’ve never had cornbread salad, you need to try this. It’s a layered salad filled with romaine, tomatoes, black beans, corn, cheddar and ranch. It is so good and my Bunco ladies order it everytime! $12 serves 2-3

Soup/chili: Homerun Chili – this two-beef, two-bean chili is super savory and guaranteed to warm you to your toes. I throw in a couple bags of fritos and you add sour cream, shredded cheese and cilantro! $15/quart

Quiche: Arugula & Mushroom - this egg pie leans to the Italian side with peppery arugula and provolone and mozzarella cheeses.  Serve with a salad and call dinner done! $20/pie serves 4-6

Pot pie: Curried Chicken – introducing my newest pie! Tender chicken breast meat, potatoes, and carrots combined with a sauce of Eastern flair. $25/pie serves 4-6.  Also beginning this week, you may order any of my standard pot pies on any day:  Homestyle Chicken ($25) or Beef Pot Roast, Green Chile Stew or Steak & Ale ($30)

Side: Herbed Basmati Rice – this is such a nice dish with fresh herbs and a little nut for crunch. It would complement the quiche of the week as well as the Beef wraps. $10 serves 2-3

Entree: Barbacoa Beef Wraps - fall-apart, tender beef is definitely a taco upgrade.  Comes with corn or flour tortillas and some of my homemade salsa. $30 serves 4-6

Dessert: Fresh Apple Cake - I can never decide if I like this cake better for breakfast with a cup of coffee or for dessert with a scoop of vanilla ice cream — better try it both ways! $10/small cake

Thanks for your referrals and your orders!