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So much more than a pot pie

Random new acquaintance - So, do you work outside the home?

Me - Yes, I operate a gourmet foods business—specializing in pot pies.

Pause. Polite smile. Her - Oh. How interesting. (translation: not.)

This is a recurring conversation for me…different venue, new face, same expression. Sometimes I just let it slide, content to have them think that Butterfield Gourmet is nothing special. Other times I emphasize some of the other facets of the business, for instance, the holiday gift boxes which we ship all over the U.S. On other occasions, I have shared my love of writing stories and how this business provides a creative outlet for me.

However, the fact remains that Chicken Pot Pies are pretty tasty. Tender chicken, sweet peas, savory gravy are packaged in a perfectly flaky crust, forked to your mouth hot and fresh to the delight of your digestive system. And it’s a simple meal—training from culinary school is not required in order to create the satisfaction of a chicken pot pie. Many of us ate pot pies growing up, whether Grandma made one from scratch, Mom heated Marie Calendar’s frozen version, or Dad filled a casserole with chicken stew and topped it with refrigerator biscuits, we all have a memory of the ubiquitous dish.

My pot pie “journey” began with a pie crust obsession in 1988, and thence continuing to make a savory pie for dinner every single week. Later, I always made a pot pie when I took a meal to anyone- a friend who’d had a baby or a grieving church member or a new neighbor. Truly, there is always someone in need of a hot, home-cooked meal.

But is it really a pot pie that they need, or is it more? Is it what the flaky-crusted dinner symbolizes? That someone cares about you. That we know you’re hurting and don’t know what to say. That we realize you are exhausted and don’t have time to take care of yourself. That you deserve an easy, comforting meal with no hassle. That we are happy to know you.

I’ve heard many stories since I began this career as a pie purveyor. I had a gentleman visit my stand at the St. Michael’s Farmers Market a few years ago and he became a regular, purchasing the Home Sweet Home chicken pot pies each week. Once I tried to convince him to try other flavors but he explained that as he was currently undergoing chemotherapy, the chicken pot pies were the perfect meal as they never upset his stomach. (pot pie = health food)

A customer who had purchased 30+ pot pies for the holidays shared with me how she and her husband had gifted them to friends, neighbors, and work associates and how impactful these gifts were. Because the couple delivered each pie in person, pausing to visit with their recipients, it was so much more than a delicious present; it was a gift of their time during an incredibly busy season. (pot pie = friendship)

Over the past year, our children have experienced the joy of adding to their families. It’s difficult for me, as Mom, to see them struggle with sleep deprivation, new parent anxiety and the challenges of finding balance between their formerly child-free lives and currently child-rules-our-lives. I cannot help them with most of these experiences except by listening and giving occasional advice, if asked. They have to find their way. But I always know that I CAN provide a hot meal, or several pot pies for the freezer for those nights when they have no time to consider how to nourish their own bodies, while caring for their little ones. And that gives me great satisfaction. (pot pie = mom)

So it’s not just a chicken pot pie. It is love, compassion, grace, friendship, joy, comfort, empathy, reassurance, forgiveness and community. And that’s pretty darn special. 😊

If you’ve been blessed with a gift of a Butterfield Gourmet pot pie (or any other comfort food) we would love to hear your story in the comments below!

White Wine Romance

Summer has arrived in all of it’s hot, steamy glory. Everything changes for this season. If you have school-aged children, they will transition to camps, activities, summer jobs, or just sleeping in late. Schedules relax a bit with meals at odd times. The patterns of what we eat may change also; some of you may grill every other meal, never turn on the oven, or eat mainly cold food straight from the refrigerator. And beverages! Summer means lemonade, iced tea, frosty beer, sangria, mojitos, and frozen margaritas.
If you’re like me, on a summer evening after work or play, there’s nothing like a beautiful chilled glass of crisp white wine.

{The chilled glass is essential—JB fills mine with ice and adds water to get the melt going. When the glass is chilled just right, he often offers the water to me to drink before dumping the ice to replace it with wine. Gotta hydrate, am I right?}

I have enjoyed many a robust red in my time. Cabernet Sauvignon with my steaks, and Pinot Noir with my Thanksgiving turkey. I like Chianti with my Italian meals and a nice Malbec with brisket. But I always considered white wine as a warm weather beverage that must only accompany chicken, seafood, and meatless dishes.

However, as of late I find that white wine doesn’t give me a headache or make me sleepy. I can consume several glasses without getting tipsy and let’s all agree, it can be sooooooooo refreshing. So I must confess that I have transitioned to a year-round white wine drinker. Sometimes I go against all conventional thought and enjoy a Sauvignon Blanc with WHATEVER I’m eating!

Turns out I’m not the only woman trending this direction in wine consumption. I recently read a Wall Street Journal article titled “Why More Women Are Siding with White Wine“ and found I am not alone in choosing the lighter version of the grape’s bounty. Many females cite health issues as their reason but a lot of women just prefer the refreshment quality of the whites. Click here to read the article and see the author’s picks for 5 good bottles to feed a white-wine addiction.

And armed with this justification (hey! it’s the Journal!) I will continue down my white wine path into these hot summer days and beyond! :)

Real Life Kitchen Adventures

Our college sophomore is just now heading back to school this weekend. His break was nice and long—four weeks to hang with friends, eat a lot of home cooking, chill out and even squeeze in a ski trip. He made the most of the time and is headed back to TCU ready for the semester, albeit not quite as excited as he was in August.

Snowboarding & GoPro, such a multi-tasker

Snowboarding & GoPro, such a multi-tasker

His fraternity brother has a home in Park City, Utah, and my son joined his buddy and 3 other friends for the coldest, powder-filled week he has ever had. What an adventure! Snow-boarding through pristine powder and filming it on a camera is an experience I can only imagine. I jokingly told my friends that I wish I had his life. And I have heard that same sentiment from many other parents. Our children have access to amazing experiences and adventures that we did not have in our youth.

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Tres amigos

However, I don’t really want his life. I kind of like mine. After all, his ski trip was just one week but every week I get to have Kitchen Adventures! Like refilling my gigantic rolling flour bin with a 50 pound sack of flour and spilling about 5 pounds on the floor. Or, locking myself out of the kitchen and having to run around the building to get in. Or, pouring the wrong kind of broth into a pot pie gravy and scrapping it to start over. These are real life adventures, people!

Just this past holiday season the Butterfield Gourmet team and I: rolled out 82 pie crusts in one week; shipped 212 gift boxes around the country; made 106 pounds of savory nuts, 76 pounds of chocolate bark, 852 caramel bars, and 68 pounds of pecan pie bar candy; baked 36 chocolate-pumpkin breads; rolled out and baked to buttered perfection 22 dozen dinner rolls. Mmmm-mmm, those were the best!

Thanksgiving dinner rolls

Thanksgiving dinner rolls

So I want to thank each of you, my loyal and hungry customers, for giving me the joy and pleasure to experience so many kitchen adventures in 2016. I obviously love what I do and I look forward to another year of excitement, peril, and delicious adventures with you via Butterfield Gourmet.

Gobble, gobble! Don't be a turkey and miss your chance for Thanksgiving pies and sides

For all of my rambling about being organized, I must confess that I have not yet planned the menu for our family feast. It will take a little time for me to review what I’ve served in years past and which things I want to repeat and the new dishes I want to introduce.

But what are you serving? That’s the real question. If you’d like Butterfield Gourmet’s help with pies or sides, please visit the online store to order, asap. I would love to have your orders by Thursday at 5pm but the absolute deadline is Friday at noon.

If you were not able to stop by one of our tasting events, let’s talk pie! Our all-star options include, but are not limited to:

- Salted Caramel Pie is a decadent dulce de leche in a graham cracker crust and pretty piped whipped cream on top. – Pumpkin Pie with Pecan Praline takes the tried and true one step further with a sweet topping. (best seller) – Chocolate Custard Pie belongs on every Thanksgiving buffet because someone always needs a bite of chocolate. – New Mexican Apple Pie brings a savory note to piles of apple slices with green chile and pine nuts. Want to bring something different? This is your pie. – Chocolate Pecan Pie with Salted Caramel is almost too beautiful to eat but don’t miss the dark chocolate filling studded with toasted pecans.

pies as far as the eye can see

pies as far as the eye can see

See the rest of our goodies online and place your order today! (Please.)

For this week’s dinner table, I have all favorites planned for you. Making menu items that I know you all love and that I have made many times will ease my team’s transition into preparing Thanksgiving sides and pies for the coming week. Because of the busy days ahead, I’m asking that all menu orders be placed by Tuesday at noon, even if you are not picking up until Thursday. Thank you for your cooperation!

Check out the menu here (pickup times are listed on this document as well). Order online here. Please order Thanksgiving items separately from the week’s menu. Call me with questions at 214-675-1932. I am thankful for each of you! But…I gotta run now, I have a menu to plan!

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.

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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.

SAVETHEDATE:

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

I miss you, Mom

My mother’s birthday is September 25.
I’ve talked about Sadako before on my blog and she is one remarkable lady. But I have to share something interesting that I have recently realized about our relationship.

I enjoy spending time with my mom.

There. I said it. Isn’t it funny how our relationships go through phases and evolutions?

As a child, I remember that I worshipped my mother thinking she was the most beautiful woman in the world with shiny black hair, perfectly shaped hands and pretty, delicate feet. As a teenager, my go-to expression was an eye-roll whenever she used an incorrect word or embarrassed me in front of my friends with her famously grumpy demeanor.

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When I became a mother and began cooking for my family, she was a great resource for shopping tips, basic cooking techniques and laundry advice. And no one can wrangle a baby like Sadako. Need your 7-month old to sleep through the night? Don’t know how to wean your 12-month old? She’s the grandma for the job.

Somewhere along the years, I began teaching her recipes. She asked me for advice on menu planning. I shared tips I’d learned about folding sheets or watering her favorite house plants.

And now this year, after visiting with her twice – once in her home in Albuquerque and the next here in Dallas – I find that I want to spend more time with her. Maybe I finally know her. Really know her. I see the sweet way that she cares for my dad and how she still worries about him. I hear her sensitivity in the way she defends her husband’s little quirks or stubbornness. And it makes me want to be with her more. So I miss you, Mom. I hope to see you again soon. Happy 78th birthday!

I’m really going to rock your world this week! First, you are receiving this menu a day early – woohoo!! Start planning your week now. Second, I am featuring not one but two breakfast options!! I remember how challenging it was to feed those kiddos before they went out the door in the morning. What goes in their stomachs before a long, crazy day can make all the difference between great moments and disasters. The only rule I will apply here is that if you’d like to order the breakfast item(s), I need the order by Sunday night, regardless of when you’d like to pick up. I will make limited quantities so once they gone, they GONE. (slang)

This week we are bidding farewell to summer heat; fall is here officially, so get on outta here, 90+ temps! The menu is a tribute to summer flavors that were lovely — peaches that highlight simple chicken cutlets, zucchini noodles again, and bright, tart raspberries. I hope you’ll find something to please your families.

As always, I’m here if you have questions, concerns or suggestions. -Ruth 214-675-1932

Here’s the menu. Order online here. I truly appreciate you when you get your order in early! At a minimum, please order by 10am the day prior to your pickup and be sure to provide your cell number. Pickup schedule at 9800 Preston Road is as follows:

Tuesday 2-4pm
Wednesday 12-5pm
Thursday 11-4pm
Friday 11-2pm

Ah, to be a toddler again!

Just a few days with babies and you remember how much work was involved in raising your own! I was so fortunate to steal a few days in Colorado to meet the newest member of our family, Theo Shepherd, born August 16 (12 days late) and at a whopping 9 lb 15 oz. Theo joins Ivy Grace (3yr 8mo) and Penny Ella (1yr 10mo) in demanding the attention of their ever-patient parents, Bryan & Stephanie.
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We Snapped my other kids, watched “bideos” and ate snacks, snacks and more snacks. Ivy also managed to decorate her sister with markers before Mommy & Daddy woke up one morning. Stephanie just laughed, because really, what else can you do? There’s a lot of energy in their house; one minute it’s joyful and the next it appears as though the world might end. And with a newborn thrown in the mix (eating machine), there seems to be no end to Mommy’s duties.

Wanting to be useful, I was lucky to babysit so Bryan & Stephanie could attend a friend’s farewell dinner, though sweet Theo tagged along. I made dinner for the girls, including a completely different meal for me. Then we watched a movie. THEN we ate popcorn. And then it was time for bed. When I staggered downstairs at 8:30pm, I must admit I. was. wiped. out. But it was all good, a lot of fun and for the evening, tear-free! In other words: SUCCESS!

Sometimes I forget how much a toddler CANNOT do for herself. An adult must feed, bathe, change and dress her. She may be able to play, socialize and nap without assistance but that’s even questionable on occasion! I’ve got the feeding thing down but must admit that I am a little rusty in all of the other areas.

So back to my quiet life I go, but happy to continue to feed all of you! It’s another short one because I’m off for some adult recreation late in the week. I’ll be back to full schedule September 12 with new & exciting (I hope) menu items. See the Menu for Sep 5, 2016 here. Order online here. Please order by 10am the day prior to your pickup and be sure to provide your cell number. Pickup schedule at 9800 Preston Road is as follows:

Tuesday 3-5pm (order by 10am Monday)
Wednesday 2-5pm (order by 10am Tuesday)

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Good Ole Dr. Knapp

Our children had the best pediatrician for many years, Dr. Roger Knapp. I cannot forget his kind words to me when I was a new mother and was in his office for a well child checkup. He checked the baby over, discussed developmental milestones and then he said to me, “Well, I think she’s just doing amazing. Tell me: do you have any advice I can pass along to other mothers? Because you’re doing a wonderful job with your newborn.” I think I realized even then that his goal was to imbue me with confidence because most new mothers are full of doubt, but it still felt so good to hear these words from him.
Dr. Knapp always had nuggets of wisdom to share and he frequently discussed the emotional stages that the children would pass through at each checkup. When my daughter was a pre-teen we discussed peer pressure and body image. He told her to go to the mall, sit on a bench and people watch. If she could find 5 girls that she would gladly trade bodies with, he wouldn’t believe it. Then he turned to me and said, “You too, Mom.” Because we are all plagued by self-doubt and negative body image.

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One thing my children will never forget: Dr. Knapp’s awful, corny jokes. He told so many Aggie jokes — it was his Alma Mater — and physical puns. We would groan and laugh appreciatively.

And he was a big proponent of family meals. Dr. Knapp insisted that children who sat at a table for dinner and talked with their siblings and parents were more intelligent, had better vocabularies and were most likely to be articulate! He was a wise man and I almost cried when I took my son to see him for his final checkup at 18 and his nurse told me “this is it. Dr. Knapp doesn’t see them after they go to college.” But we were so blessed to have him with us every step of the way while raising these children.

I love to reminisce about special people who have touched my life or that of my family, and sometimes I fear that if I don’t write about a memory that I may forget the impact they’ve had on us. So thanks for indulging my trip down the lane….

The pickup schedule is abbreviated this week as I am headed to Colorado to meet someone very special! And next week will be short as well because I have a mini-vacay with my one-and-only so I plan to post that menu on the online store pretty quick.

Remember that if you have any questions about the menu or how this works, email me. Call me. Text me. 214-675-1932

Check out the Menu for Aug 29, 2016. Order online here. Please order by 10am the day prior to your pickup and be sure to provide your cell number. Pickup schedule at 9800 Preston Road is as follows:

Tuesday 2-5pm (order by 10am Monday)
Wednesday 2-5pm (order by 10am Tuesday)

Sweet Child of Mine

So our boy went back to school this weekend and while the thought made me sad leading up to Saturday, I didn’t cry any tears upon our departure. On the drive to Ft. Worth, my son played appropriate songs for my distraction and enjoyment—the playlist included some George Strait hits and notably Andrea Bocelli’s “Time to Say Goodbye,” “Don’t You Forget About Me” by Simple Minds and Guns & Roses’ “Sweet Child of Mine!” I couldn’t cry for laughing so hard. He’s going to have another great year as a Horned Frog.
But I have to share with you a poignant list from my dear friend’s post on Facebook that absolutely hits a homerun in describing why moms cry when they take their babies off to college. Sniff.

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Below is a brief summary of survey results, specifically the answer that pertained to the menu…

#5 – I think the weekly menu
a. Has too many choices…....................0%
b. Is nicely varied, keep it up…............85%
c. Favorites available all the time….....15%

The comments that were added included requests for

-smaller meals for smaller families
-more salads
-vegetarian options
-low-carb options
-different recipes

I have heard you and I aim to please. You may have noticed the past two weeks’ menus have included two salad options and the response has been good. This week I’m down to one salad because I snuck a yummy summer soup in… there are also notations for gluten-free (GF) and vegetarian (V) menu options. If you are interested in smaller portions, you must follow the link to order online where you have the option in some cases to choose a half-size entree item.

One other item of note for this week’s menu – if you’ve seen the Spiralizer that was trending earlier this year – the pasta salad features Zucchini Noodles AND Pasta Noodles for all of the zoodle-noodle-kit-and-kaboodle fun you can handle!!!

As always, I’m here for you if you have questions, concerns or suggestions. Have a great week! -Ruth 214-675-1932

Check out the menu at the above tab. Order online here. Please order by 10am the day prior to your pickup and be sure to provide your cell number. Pickup schedule at 9800 Preston Road is as follows:

Tuesday 2-4pm
Wednesday 12-5pm
Thursday 11-4pm
Friday 11-2pm

All good things must come to an end, especially vacation

Thank you for answering the survey! We’re still tabulating results and will post them here for those of you who are curious about what you answered in relation to other respondents.
We had a lovely week off and wish it were two, but the sun has set on our vacation! No rest for the weary. Idle hands are the devil’s workshop. No time off goes unpunished. Blah, blah, blah.

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So here’s the menu this week…making it so. easy. for. you. You don’t even have to click to see the deliciousness we have in store for you this week. But you do have to click to order here! Please order by 10am the day prior to your pickup. Pickup schedule at 9800 Preston Road is as follows:

Tuesday 2-4pm
Wednesday 12-5pm
Thursday 11-4pm
Friday 11-2pm

SALAD
Creamy Caesar – crisp, sweet romaine, little grape tomatoes, nutty parmesan, housemade croutons and my creamy, anchovy-less dressing. Available in 2 sizes, $15 small (2-3), $20 medium (4-6) GF
Kale Pasta – love, love, love this salad! Featuring bow tie pasta, pine nuts, parmesan and a light garlic olive oil dressing. $20/serves 2-3

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Italian-American Meatballs & Pasta – the college boy has requested this for one of his “final meals” before heading back to school! My favorite balls and sauce recipe will knock your socks off. I like a little kick in the sauce and I think you will too. $45/2 dozen meatballs, sauce & pasta, add another dozen for $10 more.

POT PIE
Home Sweet Home – tender chicken breast and sweet green peas in a homestyle gravy like Grandma used to make. $26/pie

QUICHE
Green Chile – I love this simple egg and cheddar pie with the subtle kick of Hatch chiles. Did I mention that I purchased 75 pounds of chiles when I was in New Mexico in July? :)) $22/quiche, whole wheat & GF crust available

DESSERT
Blueberry Pie – pie, pie, me oh my, I love pie! This one-crust wonder is so sweet and luscious. $22/pie

BREAD BONUS
Focaccia – we came upon some delicious, herby, sun-tried tomato-ey focaccia bread at a Farmers Market stand last week and I want to recreate it for you. $6/6 large pieces, avail. with purchase of entree, quiche or pot pie.

As always, call, text or email with questions! 214-675-1932

60 Years and Counting

Sixty years ago on July 7, Robert (Bob) & Jeanette Butterfield were married and began the dynasty which produced 7 children, 16 grandchildren and 2 great grandchildren (thusfar). They’ve owned homes from Michigan and Illinois to Texas and finally, New Mexico. It’s been quite the journey and 50 of us gathered over the July 4th weekend to help them celebrate this momentous occasion of their anniversary.
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It was such a good time to catch up on everyone’s lives—we will have another wedding to attend next year—thankfully not one of my children this time. A couple of the grandchildren are nearing their college graduations, one brother is building a home, new jobs and ventures, surgeries recovered from…we covered a lot of news! Not to mention how fun it is to see all of the cousins bond as they move into adulthood. But the highlight of the weekend was the party on Saturday evening with margaritas, sopapillas and mariachis.

Over the years, Bob’s speeches have delighted the entire family and extended relatives. He shares jokes and memories and almost always sings a song. His contribution in tribute to Jeanette on this evening was very touching.

Gentle woman, quiet light,
morning star, so strong and bright,
gentle Mother, peaceful dove,
teach us wisdom; teach us love.

 He wasn’t quite able to make it through the verses, due to emotion, but how sweet was this insight into their marriage? The love and respect that he feels for his lifemate was so evident and a glimpse of how blessed he feels after their 60 years together.

Another remarkable thought I want to share about Bob & Jeanette-you’ve heard the old adage, “you can’t teach an old dog new tricks.” Well, I’d like to boast that my in-laws, at the ages of 80 and 82 ate SUSHI (for the first time ever) with us in Seattle when we traveled there in May. They were adventurous and fearless and I hope my children will say the same of me when I reach their age.

Order online using the link below or the contact tab above. The menu is also provided in a link and I appreciate orders to be received by 10am on the day prior to your desired pick-up. Please include your cellphone number.  Pick-up at 9800 Preston Road on the following days and times:

Tuesday 2-4pm
Wednesday 12-4pm
Thursday 12-4pm

Order online here.

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What do you want to be when you grow up?

I’m often asked how I got into this business. So a brief history. After my youngest was born, I had a sweet corporate gig working part-time in the office and part-time from home. Of course, all good things must come to an end so I was laid off in 1999. My girlfriends and I had a fun scrapbooking lunch once a week, taking turns hosting and we often discussed what was on the menu for our respective family meals. One of my friends asked, “Ruth, when are you going to start cooking for OUR families?” Thus, Ruth’s Kitchen was born. I published a monthly menu taking orders for the entire month in advance, cooked on Mondays and Wednesdays with pick-ups from my house on Tuesdays and Thursdays.
Then I began to receive catering jobs for receptions at my son’s school, a couple of small weddings and wedding/baby shower brunches. And then I grew weary of cooking in my home kitchen. So I quit.

But a few years later, a good friend and I decided to start a gourmet gifts service, A Little R & R, and I was back in the foods business. In 2012 Artizone came along with a big crush on the idea of selling my pot pies, and Butterfield Gourmet became a real thing.

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However, in 1973 if you’d seen into my future and predicted a career in cooking for people, I’d have laughed at the prospect! After all, I had big plans to be a secretary in a police precinct or a private detective. (I think I watched way too many Charlie’s Angels episodes, and truthfully, I do love orderly files, freshly sharpened pencils and shiny staplers.) But I hope I’ve found my true calling in the kitchen. It gives me such pleasure to share the flavors that my loved ones have enjoyed over the years with your families today.

We have some of your favorites this week. Order a couple pies to put in the freezer for the 4th or pick up a big Cornbread Salad on Thursday for your Saturday cook-out!

To order, please email menu@butterfieldgourmet.net by 10am the day prior to pickup. Also provide your cell number if this is your first pickup!

Tuesday – 12-2pm
Wednesday – 12-4pm
Thursday – 10-2pm or until it’s all gone!

9800 Preston Road
Dallas, TX 75230

Order online here.

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Brotherhood is a good thing

To go Greek, or not to go Greek

Our youngest just finished his freshman year at TCU (go Frogs!) and he had a phenomenal first year experience.  He had an awesome dorm family, meeting so many new people, knocking it out of the park in his classes and getting involved in a lot of social activities. He did not pledge a fraternity in the fall and I’m really glad now that he made that choice. He was able to focus on his classes and assimilate into college life without the pressure of a very active social group.

Spring semester he was very fortunate to pledge the Lambda Epsilon chapter of Sigma Nu. A brand new charter on the TCU campus, he is now one of the founding fathers! All of the parents were invited to participate in chartering weekend in April where we learned all about the mission of the chapter.

“To develop ethical leaders inspired by the principles of Love, Honor and Truth.
To foster the personal growth of each man’s mind, heart and character.
To perpetuate lifelong friendships and commitment to the Fraternity.”

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After being conflicted over whether or not he should go Greek, I realize now that it was a “no-brainer.” He attended Jesuit College Prep for high school and enjoyed such an amazing brotherhood of friends there that being in a fraternity is a natural transition. He needs to have a network of guys who “have his back” as he navigates his way to adulthood.

This subject is on my mind because a) my Timehop (iPhone app that shows you all pictures you took or anything you posted on social media from years past) has popped up with orientation from his freshman year and b) it is that time of year when new kids have chosen their colleges and are deciding which activities to participate in their first year.

And coincidentally, this week’s menu features a lovely chopped Greek Salad! So my plug is to encourage your college freshman to go Greek (if it’s right for them) and go Greek (salad) this week! :)

To order, send an email to menu@butterfieldgourmet.net by 10am the day prior to pickup. Also provide your cell number if this is your first pickup!

Tuesday – 12-2pm
Wednesday – 12-4pm
Thursday – 10-2pm or until it’s all gone!

9800 Preston Road
Dallas, TX 75230

BG Menu for June 20, 2016

Time to pop some bubbly

It was long overdue, but we had to celebrate…1. Butterfield Gourmet moved into it’s new permanent kitchen space. (And there was much rejoicing!) It is so big — Rosemarie and I are doing laps trying to figure out which way to go when we’re working. :)

2. Gotta brag on my boy…our youngest was accepted into the Neeley Fellows program in the business school at TCU. He’d applied in the spring and was anxiously awaiting word on his acceptance. As a parent, it’s such a good thing to be able to say “you see what hard work can do?!”

3. Lastly, my husband’s birthday often gets too light a treatment because it’s thrown in the month with Mother’s Day, end of school priorities, and everything else that makes up May craziness. John is my rock. He supports what I do and makes my life run so much smoother. Managing my own business is not easy but it would be impossible without my support system. Needless to say, he deserves to be honored. He. Is. The. Best. (Also, if I haven’t mentioned before, he’s my romantic soulmate. Oops. TMI?)

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So we finally made it to one of our favorite restaurants to celebrate all of the collective joy and it was a lovely evening. Rainy. But lovely. Good food, wine and company.

This week’s menu has two notable features – a fantastic two-crust Strawberry Pie which I am baking for JB and an elevated, Grown-up Tuna Noodle Casserole – no canned soup in this dish!

Have a great week and remember to stop by and see our new space; we’ll be churning out a lot of good meals. Please order by 10am the day prior to pickup. Thank you!

Here are the hours this week:

Monday – Non-GF Pot Pies only, Pickup by appt
Tuesday – 12-2pm
Wednesday – 12-4pm
Thursday – 10-2pm or until it’s all gone!

Link to the BG Menu for June 6, 2016

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P.s. The Farmers Market had light traffic this past Saturday so I have one each Santa Fe, Home Sweet Home and Butterfield pot pies that did not sell. They went into the freezer and are available if you want one for dinner Monday or any other day this week.

It rains a lot in Seattle - or so I've heard

We just returned from a visit to the Pacific Northwest and I think we experienced sunnier days than Dallas had during the same time period! The mornings were beautiful and crisp and the scenery was spectacular. It was our first time to travel with my in-laws, who are 30 years our senior and we took our son, fresh out of his first year at TCU, who is 30 years our junior. Honestly, I didn’t know whether to feel young or old…it was very confusing! But it was a lovely trip.
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Many of you have children that are winding down their school year. The menu this week should help you get through the final push. You can also order late in the week and pick up at the St. Michael’s Farmers Market for your Memorial day gatherings. Just let me know how I can help.

Also, I am introducing my “Picnic Bag” service! This is an opportunity to take a meal to go that is not on the weekly menu. Choose a main from one of four entrees that all travel well, are great served at room temperature and are generally crowd pleasers. Add a salad or two and dessert to round out the meal and I will pack it all in a bag “to go” with just 24 hours notice. See the attached flyer for details.

I am so excited to announce that I am moving to a new kitchen next week —- it will be mine exclusively and it is very conveniently located! This week we will still meet in the parking lots but next Sunday, look for information on my new address and pick-up times. I know that many of you will be traveling over the summer but I will be here cooking and hope to provide meals for your families when you are at home.

Place your order by noon for pick-up the following day. Order online or by email to menu@butterfieldgourmet.net. Have a great week!

Pickups for this week:

Tuesday – NW Hwy & Preston, 2:30 pm, 3pm, 3:30 pm
Wednesday – NW Hwy & Preston, 2:30 pm, 3pm, 3:30 pm
Forest & Preston, 4:30 pm
Thursday – NW Hwy & Preston, 2:30 pm, 3pm, 3:30 pm
Forest & Preston, 4:30 pm

Order online here.

Read the BG Menu for May 23.

Check out the Picnic Bag options.

The joy of adult children

It’s a fact: Mother’s Day is a made-up holiday. An occasion maximized by retailers, greeting card purveyors and florist shops across America.  And for those in the current generation, a weekend whereby you may be made to feel guilty unless you pronounce your undying love for the woman who raised you on some form of social media.
Last year, I reflected here on my own mother and the next week I spoke of my mother-in-law. This year I want to talk about the honor it is to be the mother to my children in our ever-changing landscape.  For Mother’s Day 2016 we had such a nice weekend with 3 out of 4 children and 2 spouses. The guys golfed, the girls shopped, and we all brunched. it was both fun and relaxing.

When the kids are young and growing up in your home, the parents are in charge. We decide where to vacation, what the meal plans will be, how we will celebrate holidays. The year our family discontinued the trips to New Mexico for Christmas with the grandparents, and instead began to celebrate within our own family unit, the children didn’t have a say. But as they mature and create their respective independent families, I can no longer tell them that we expect their company for special events. I must ask or invite them to join us.  This is a good thing.  Because now when they are here, I know they’ve chosen to be with us. The goal is for the grown children to enjoy spending time in our home, now that they have options.

So on occasions like Mother’s Day, when we are trying to take so many pictures (my ever-patient John claims that we take more pictures than any other family on the planet!) I can look around the table and sigh a little with happiness. These amazing, special individuals of whom I am so proud, wanted to be here to share our table and toast me over mimosas. They laughed a lot and teased each other and I couldn’t have had a better day. I so enjoyed those sweet years of baby kisses, and all of the milestones that followed but this is a pretty amazing time. How can it get any better than this?

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Back to a full menu this week…after all, I do have a 19-year-old back in the house and he needs some home-cooked meals to fatten him up! Pick up times are as follows:

Tuesday – NW Hwy & Preston, 2:30 pm, 3pm, 3:30 pm
Wednesday – NW Hwy & Preston, 2:30 pm, 3pm, 3:30 pm
Forest & Preston, 4:30 pm
Thursday – NW Hwy & Preston, 2:30 pm, 3pm, 3:30 pm
Forest & Preston, 4:30 pm

Order online here

View the BG Menu for May 16

 

Tony Bennett can still belt out a tune

When my husband offered me a choice between attending a Tony Bennett concert and hearing Chris Botti, I had to go with the old guy. I’d never seen him perform live and have listened to his music for so long plus I feared it might be my last opportunity to hear him!
And I have to tell you, Mr. Bennett did not disappoint. His voice, his charm, and his joy made the entire evening so lovely and perfect. I found that during his first number, I was actually crying from the surprise and pleasure of how strong his voice continues to be! (He’s 89 and holding!) You may ask how I came to be such a fan of Tony’s because I am not the generation that grew up with his voice coming from the radio. However, I married a very romantic guy who loves all genres of music and especially the big band era. In fact, “our song” is “The Way You Look Tonight,” and although I think Ole Blue Eyes sings it best, I still love to hear Tony’s rendition.

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I think that romance is still important today—maybe especially today. And I also recognize how difficult it is to carve out time for romance with your honey. But it doesn’t have to be a Tony Bennett concert to inspire a sweet slow down in your life. Why not get a sitter for the kids on a Wednesday night, pop in a pot pie for their dinner and sneak out with your sweetie to the pizza joint for a quiet dinner? Or once the kids have gone to bed (or if the kids have already left the nest!) turn off the TV, turn on some music, and do a little shuffle in the kitchen or family room with your arms around each other. Just a thought. Just a suggestion. Spark a little romance.

Here’s the Menu for the week…nothing too fancy, just familiar and feel-good. Below is a an actual link to order and pay by cc. You will be able to choose your pickup date and time on this form too, but please follow the parameters as usual (order by 10am to pickup the next day and choose one of the below times). I’m trying to automate as much as I can to make your lives a little easier!

Have a great week—and don’t forget to order your Mother’s Day goodies for pickup Saturday at the Saint Michael’s Farmers Market!

Tuesday – NW Hwy & Preston, 2:30 pm, 3pm, 3:30 pm
Wednesday – NW Hwy & Preston, 2:30 pm, 3pm, 3:30 pm
Forest & Preston, 4:30 pm
Thursday – NW Hwy & Preston, 2:30 pm, 3pm, 3:30 pm
Forest & Preston, 4:30 pm

Order online and pay by card

What's in a Name?

Some people have a knack for choosing names.In the case of my oldest daughter, I didn’t know she had it in her. If I’m being completely honest, I was a little afraid when she was expecting her first child that I would abhor their selection of baby names. And then when I learned of their choice, I was afraid to tell her I loved it, in case they decided to change it! Ah, being a parent – there’s nothing quite like it. So Ivy Grace joined the family in December 2012, followed by Penny Ella in October 2014 and we just received the announcement that Theo Shepherd will be making his appearance in August of this year! So excited to have a little boy!

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Another confession – I was not ready to assume the role of grandparent 4 years ago. I was definitely “too young” for that title. So, I did (do) not want to be called Grandma. My hairdresser came up with a most creative name for me – I am “Cookie.” Luckily my daughter has embraced my choice and her babies call me by this name! We shall see if my other children are as cooperative when they begin having families…

I think that recipe names can be important too. If you read Strangolapreti on a menu and it is not followed with an in-depth explanation, you might never order the Spinach and Cheese Breadcrumb Dumplings that could change your life! I’ve noticed a trend online and in cooking magazines to just spell out what it’s in the recipe in the title so you are interested in reading on. For example, “Barley Salad with Figs and Tarragon-Lemon Dressing” really leaves no room for doubt about the main ingredients. Whereas “Ratatouille” brings to mind an animated movie about a rat chef instead of a delicious peasant vegetable stew.

If my menu descriptions are ever not specific enough for you, just ask! I’m always happy to expand on degrees of spiciness, hidden ingredients or spices.

We are back at the Saint Michael and All Angels Farmers Market this coming Saturday…another email to come midweek to announce what we will be selling!

Place your order by email to menu@butterfieldgourmet.net and please do so by 10am the day prior to your desired pickup. If this is your first order, provide your best contact number.

Pickup Times for 4/11-15 (please inquire if you need a special pickup time – exceptions are available)

Tuesday – NW Hwy & Preston, 2:30 pm, 3pm, 3:30 pm
Wednesday – NW Hwy & Preston, 2:30 pm, 3pm, 3:30 pm
Forest & Preston, 4:30 pm
Thursday – NW Hwy & Preston, 2:30 pm, 3pm, 3:30 pm
Forest & Preston, 4:30 pm

BG Menu for Apr 11

Bring your "A" game

I AM NOT AN ATHLETE.I just want to make that statement so there’s no confusion. My father was a track star in his youth and he always hoped I’d take up running but unfortunately, I was awkward and very unsure of myself in that arena. Being a daddy’s girl however, I was a sports fan. I knew all of the rules of football and baseball and Dad’s teams (Dallas Cowboys, Los Angeles Dodgers) were my teams. But it is only as an adult that I’ve come to appreciate a very valuable lesson that is learned through participating in sports, and specifically in being a champion.

I think the NCAA tournament, aka March Madness, is a really fun time of year. When our kids were in middle/high school, we would make a copy of the brackets, cut them up in to individual team pieces and then draw each team and assign it to an individual. The drawings were always random except for the #1 and #2 seeds. These were dispersed evenly so each person received a #1 and a #2. Then we would anxiously await the outcome of each game, with me keeping color-coded score and in the end, the winner received bragging rights and money seldom changed hands. The tournament itself really lent excitement to our little pool because in any given year, a #10 seed could come in and knock someone’s precious #2 seed out of the tournament with a single Buzzer Beater!

Invariably you’ll hear sports analysts and experts dub a team “bracket buster” because where they really have no chance to win the entire tournament, quite often they steal the chances to go all the way for a favorite team. (Think Michigan State’s loss to Middle Tennessee!) And I love this about the tournament!! This is where the life lesson comes in – that little nobody team that may have never made it to the tournament suddenly is on the national stage and they make the most of it! They brought their “A” game to play against the big power house teams and they were not going down without a fight. Isn’t that an attitude we should carry with us on an everyday basis? That no matter how small or insignificant the task or interaction may seem we should give it our all? Every day. Every hour. Every minute. It’s a winner’s mentality.

To apply this to lessons for our children: yes, if you have a setback, maybe a bad semester or you didn’t make captain on the drill team, it’s not over, you can strive to do better next time. But how much more difficult is it to make up lost ground when if you give it your all, all the time, you place yourself ahead in the running?

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Isn’t it funny the perspective that age brings? I sit here with my epiphany, ready to share it with my college freshman but did I think each course in school mattered enough to put forth my best effort? Ha. Not likely. But I can make it count now.

This week I am taking Tuesday off to spend some time in Round Rock with one of my little birds who is out of the nest, so pickups will be Wednesday and Thursday only. If you’d like to pick up Wednesday, I would greatly appreciate having your order by Monday noon. To order, send an email to menu@butterfieldgourmet.net. Thanks for reading along and I hope you all have a great week – get out and enjoy the sunshine!

Pickup Times for 4/4-8

Tuesday – No pickups
Wednesday – NW Hwy & Preston, 2:30 pm, 3pm, 3:30 pm
Forest & Preston, 4:30 pm
Thursday – NW Hwy & Preston, 2:30 pm, 3pm, 3:30 pm
Forest & Preston, 4:30 pm

BG Menu for Apr 4

Table for three

The year I last had all of my children home for Easter was 2010. In 2011 my daughter Stephanie was the first to leave the nest, heading to Arkansas to visit her then fiancé‘s family. We would have numbered 7 that year including fiancé. This past year, daughter #2 was scheduled to work at the hospital in Round Rock and couldn’t make it home so we were 5 and should have been 9. Flash forward to present day when son #1 and wife spent the weekend with her extended family in Atlanta and we were just 3 for church services and brunch. (Could have been 11) Although our family is growing in number, the attendees are shrinking.
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I remember Easter Sundays past when I was admonished by my daughters to wake them early enough so they could “get ready” for church in the morning and the sound of roaring blow dryers at 7 am. Then discovering that one of the boys was still in bed and rushing to get him ready. And waiting in the car for the last curl to be placed and stressing we would not have a seat in the main church.

Today was not reminiscent of one of those Sundays! I was up early, ran to Starbucks because we were out of coffee. I did my hair, applied my makeup and dressed while my son and husband were ready in a third of the time and waited patiently for me. We arrived early at the church, easily found a pew to accommodate the three of us and waited for the service to begin. We had a leisurely brunch, snapped a couple of pictures, changed our clothes and walked around the Arboretum for an hour. Lastly, we drove our Horned Frog back to campus and came home for a light supper of champagne and a charcuterie board. It’s an ever changing landscape around here these days but I am adjusting! :)

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I hope each of you had a wonderful Easter weekend, whether it was a hectic, egg-hunting, tear-inducing event or a quiet, day like mine. He is Risen!

Place your order by email to butterfieldgourmet@gmail.com and please do so by 10am the day prior to your desired pickup.

Pickup Times for 3/28-3/31

Tuesday – NW Hwy & Preston, 2:30 pm, 3pm, 3:30 pm
Wednesday – NW Hwy & Preston, 2:30 pm, 3pm
Forest & Preston, 4:30 pm
Thursday – NW Hwy & Preston, 2:30 pm, 3pm
Forest & Preston, 4:30 pm

BG Menu for mar 28