cookies

Life of Pie

What was the first thing you ever baked in your parents’ kitchen? I think 9 out of 10 people would respond “cookies.” Me too! I remember that our neighbors across the street  (Joyce Strong and her mother, Mary) had shared these funny little brown, bumpy lumps with us and I thought they were divine! When I asked Joyce about them, she said they were “Cat-tails.” The joke was that we had cats and the Strong family did not care for pets of the feline persuasion.

The cookies were actually an unbaked oatmeal confection that many of you have probably tasted or made at some point. It was the perfect first foray into the baking world for me because the cookies required no oven time! My mother’s cookies were a different story. Unlike those Peanut Butter Chocolate No-Bake cookies, each of Sadako’s cookies were perfectly round spheres…crisp and chewy and mostly eaten right off the wax paper where they cooled on the counter.

My mother, Sadako, born and raised in Taiwan, was a novice to American baking but she applied the strict attention to detail learned in her mother’s kitchen to her newly acquired skills. Due to her quest for perfection, she struggled especially with pie crust. And of course, apple pie was my favorite dessert in the world. I could not wait until she baked pie—sneaking into the kitchen late at night for a last piece before bed, waking up in the morning and eating a slice for breakfast. I even loved the little cinnamon strips she would make with the leftover pieces of pie crust. But she constantly complained of the troubles associated with rolling out crust so we did not have pie as often as young Ruth would have liked. :(

Fast forward to my first kitchen away from home and by golly, I was going to learn to make pie. Ironically, I don’t remember the first fruit pie I baked. But I do remember the first time I made a chicken pot pie for my sweetheart, JB. I recall that I used too many herbs in the gravy and one in particular, tarragon, was not his favorite. So several tweaks later, the Home Sweet Home chicken pie as it is today, became my signature dish. I took it to pot-lucks, friends who’d had babies recently or lost a loved one, and family reunions.

Eventually, we all return to our first (food) love and I am no different. I’m baking Apple Pie this week and every one of my senses will be aroused to memories of my mother’s flaky pies which she claimed were less than perfect but I found to be pure heaven.

Grandma Alice's Apple Pie

Grandma Alice's Apple Pie

Summer is here!!

Pretty soon we will be scattering all over for our various vacations, summer camps and trips abroad.  I am thinking I may not see many of you over the next couple of months but I would like to invite you to make suggestions for meals you would like to see on the menu when you ARE in town. I truly appreciate your business and the friends you send my way.
To order, please use the Contact tab (or email butterfieldgourmet@gmail.com) and tell me which items you would like and what day you would like to pick up at my Preston Commons location. Please order by NOON for pickup from 4-6 pm the following day.

Pick up is from 4-6 pm, Tuesday, Wednesday, Thursday, or by request, Friday.

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

Quiche: Italian Sausage & Spinach – very filling and satisfying, with lots of flavor.  $20/pie serves 4-6**

Pot pie:  Homestyle Chicken ($25) or Beef Pot Roast ($30)**

Entree: King Ranch Casserole – not your momma’s casserole made from canned soup, this gourmet version is an easy sell at our dinner table. $25 serves 4-6  GF available

Salad: Classic Caesar Salad with Homemade Garlic Croutons – pairs nicely with the quiche and pot pies.  $12 serves 3-4 GF

Dessert: Fresh Blueberry Pie - a favorite summer flavor in a classic pie. Love, love, love a slice with lemon ice cream! $20/pie**

Cookie: Sugar Sprinkle - these giant cookies are colorful and sweet- don’t forget the ice cold milk! $10/12 large cookies

  • GF crust is available for the quiche or any of the pot pies. Additional charge applies.

Thanks for your orders and your referrals!

Happy Memorial Day! Menu for May 26-30, 2014

Today we remember all of the brave men and women who sacrificed their lives to defend our freedom!  I know many of you are out of town for the holiday but I will be cooking this week….
To order, please use the Contact tab (or email butterfieldgourmet@gmail.com) and tell me which items you would like and what day you would like to pick up at my Preston Commons location. Please order by 10 am for pickup from 4-6 pm the following day.

Pick up is from 4-6 pm, Tuesday, Wednesday, Thursday, or by request, Friday.

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

Quiche: Asparagus Custard – unlike my other quiche, I bake this in a puff pastry shell! This rich pie comes across light.  $20/pie serves 4-6**

Pot pie:  Two choices this week-  Curried Chicken ($25) or Texas Brisket ($30)**

Entree: Italian-American Meatballs with sauce and Spaghetti – my meatballs have a little kick! IF you have any leftover, they are also awesome in hoagie rolls with mozzarella melted on top! $30 serves 4-6  GF available

Salad: Edamame & Quinoa -  this refreshing salad is bright and colorful with corn and cherry tomatoes and a bright lime dressing.  $12 serves 3-4 GF

Dessert: Grandma Alice’s Apple Pie – nothing is more American than apple pie!  My personal favorite fruit pie, it’s the first one I learned to make. $20/pie

Cookie: Heath Bar Cookies - irresistible cookies with chopped candy bars. $10/dozen medium cookies

  • GF crust is available for the quiche or any of the pot pies. Additional charge applies.

Thanks for your orders and your referrals!

Don't you just love pie?! Menu for May 19-23, 2014

The school year is winding down and schedules can be stressful…make life easy and pick up a home-cooked meal for your family!
To order, please use the Contact tab (or email butterfieldgourmet@gmail.com) and tell me which items you would like and what day you would like to pick up at my Preston Commons location. Please order by 10 am for pickup from 4-6 pm the following day.

Pick up is from 4-6 pm, Tuesday, Wednesday or Thursday.

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

Quiche: Swiss, Bacon & Spinach - if it has bacon, it has to be good. If it has spinach, it has to be good for you!  $20/pie serves 4-6**

Pot pie:  Two choices this week-  Homestyle Chicken ($25) or Beef Pot Roast ($30)**

Entree: Black Bean Enchiladas – this is a great meatless meal, if you are trying to have one each week as we are. Specify your preference for flour or corn tortillas. Includes a bowl of my personal salsa. $30 serves 4-6 GF with corn tortillas

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 dressing.  It really is unique and delicious.  $15 serves 3-4 GF available

Dessert: Black Bottom Banana Cream Pie - I received a request for banana cream pie and I have 2 recipes…we will start with this one. Its actually a chocolate cream pie with a layer of bananas, what could ever be wrong with that?! $20/pie

Cookie: Mom’s Homemade Oatmeal Chocolate Chip – did you see what I did there? Chewy, melty goodness. $12/dozen medium cookies

  • GF crust is available for the quiche or any of the pot pies. Additional charge applies.

Thanks for your orders and your referrals!

SHORT WEEK! Menu for the week of May 12, 2014

I am closing shop early this week due to a trip so pick up will be available TUESDAY and WEDNESDAY only!
To order, please use the Contact tab (or email butterfieldgourmet@gmail.com) and tell me which items you would like and what day you would like to pick up at my Preston Commons location. Please order by 10 am for pickup from 4-6 pm the following day.

Pick up is from 4-6 pm, Tuesday and Wednesday.

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

Quiche: Broccoli & Cheddar - for a long time, this was the only way I would eat broccoli…  $20/pie serves 4-6**

Pot pie:  Two choices this week-  Homestyle Chicken ($25) or Steak & Ale ($30)**

Entree: Spiced Pork Tenderloin with couscous – a flavorful departure from the ordinary, the pork is rubbed with an Indian spice rub then braised in a garlic broth until tender. Served on a bed of raisin and almond couscous. $30 serves 4-6 (available with GF couscous, small up charge applies)

Salad: Thai Veggie Salad with Peanut Dressing -  this is a salad with substance: bell peppers, snow peas, carrots, radishes and more! Topped with a creamy peanut dressing that has a little kick.  $12 serves 2-3 GF

Dessert: Monster Cookies - these are large cookies filled with lots of yumminess!  $10/6 giant cookies GF

  • GF crust is available for the quiche or any of the pot pies. Additional charge applies.

Thanks for your orders and your referrals!