Behind The Butter

Confessions of a Food Blogger, Part III


1. I have an entire drawer dedicated to chocolate.

2. That green headband was on sale for ninety nine cents at Eckerds. Before Eckerds became CVS. (You all wanted to know!)

3. I got rejected for seventh grade chorus. In tears, I called my mother who in turn called my music teacher and demanded her young, talented daughter have another audition. They never knew what they were missing.

4. To be perfectly honest, I really don’t like vegetables that much. I like pasta. And cake. And biscuits with honey.

5. Once, in culinary school, I accidentally dropped a sheet pan full of butter on the floor in the walk-in fridge. I neatly arranged the butter back on the sheet pan and acted like nothing ever happened while the rest of the class used the butter to make French buttercream. Does this make me a horrible person?

6. I wholeheartedly believe in the ten second rule. Or the forty second rule.


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  • Heather (Heather's Dish)
    August 2, 2010 at 10:58 am

    i love the butter story…i would’ve have done the EXACT same thing! and i too was rejected for chorus…c’est la vie!

  • Nancy @ The Wife of a Dairyman
    August 2, 2010 at 11:01 am

    HA! Nothing wrong with the 40 second rule! Love it!

  • Courtney @ Ice Cream & Wine
    August 2, 2010 at 11:06 am

    Hahaha – I love the butter story! 🙂

  • Shannon, Tropical Treats
    August 2, 2010 at 11:07 am

    LOL have you ever seen the Friends episode where they drop the cheesecake on the floor in the hallway??? Idk where I’d be without the 40 second rule.

  • Evan Thomas
    August 2, 2010 at 11:07 am

    A house is not a home without a chocolate drawer 🙂

  • Julie @ Willow Bird Baking
    August 2, 2010 at 11:07 am

    Love these!! They remind me of NotQuiteNigella’s list of “You Know You’re a Food Blogger Ifs…” 🙂 So fun.

  • Lindsay
    August 2, 2010 at 11:08 am

    These posts are my favorites…I especially like hearing a healthy food blogger doesn’t actually want to marry vegetables! 🙂

  • Laura
    August 2, 2010 at 11:10 am

    I just want to know what the heck you’re carving up in that first photo!

  • Coco
    August 2, 2010 at 11:10 am

    hahaha i love these posts. so fun! and the 10-second rule is totally legit–i mean, why waste perfectly good food?

  • Tracey @ I'm Not Superhuman
    August 2, 2010 at 11:13 am

    Love the butter story–that’s hilarious. That’s something I would have done out of the fear of being the class klutz.

  • Estela @ Weekly Bite
    August 2, 2010 at 11:14 am

    I would’ve done the same exact thing with the butter!

    What a fun post 🙂

  • Anya @ Fitness & Sunshine
    August 2, 2010 at 11:16 am

    Hahaha, this is funny, especially about the vegetables and the butter. 🙂 I also believe in the 10-40 second rule.

  • Kerri Beth
    August 2, 2010 at 11:18 am

    Oh chorus try outs, those are the worst!

  • Angela @ Eat Spin Run Repeat
    August 2, 2010 at 11:18 am

    The butter story is my favourite of your confessions. TOTALLY doesn’t make you a bad person – I’d have definitely done the same!

  • Megan @ Healthy Hoggin
    August 2, 2010 at 11:19 am

    Ha ha ha! I would have done the EXACT same thing with the butter! 40-second rule, right?

  • Paige @ RAN
    August 2, 2010 at 11:23 am

    LOL I porbably would have done the same thing with the butter…and I don’t even believe in the ten second rule!

  • Kacy
    August 2, 2010 at 11:23 am

    We have CVS and Walgreens here still. I didn’t know they were the same!

    I probably would have done the same thing with the butter. I’m sure the floor had just been mopped…

    • Kaley
      August 2, 2010 at 11:40 am

      I don’t think they are, maybe her store just got turned into Walgreens?

      I understand when people don’t like vegetables, but I seriously, seriously love them.

      • Debbie
        August 2, 2010 at 12:23 pm

        Definitely not the same…my hubby works for Walgreens and they don’t buy out CVS’s or vice versa….they do buy out smaller type drug chains and eventually convert them …maybe it was one of those.

        I loved the butter story…made me lol!!!

        • jenna
          August 2, 2010 at 12:26 pm

          I don’t really know what I’m talking about…it’s becoming a problem.

  • RhodeyGirl
    August 2, 2010 at 11:28 am

    wow, your chorus was hard core. ours was open to anyone who wanted to join!

  • jenna
    August 2, 2010 at 11:30 am

    lol YOU did not??? shame. i hope nobody found weird things in their butter cream…or for that matter slipped and fell where you dropped it…

  • Katherine @ Left Coast Contessa
    August 2, 2010 at 11:31 am

    I agree with number 4. I eat pasta all the time and probably should eat more veggies and protien. Oh well….

  • Annie D. @ Annie's Simple Life
    August 2, 2010 at 11:40 am

    EEEKKKKK meat pictures…. lol

  • Jil @ Peace, Love & Munchies
    August 2, 2010 at 11:44 am

    Ah – love ittt. I would have done the same thing with the butter. haha

  • Nicci Herbert
    August 2, 2010 at 11:48 am

    Funny post! But I have to say, disgusting pictures!!! I’m sorry I’m a veg…

  • Jennifer E.
    August 2, 2010 at 11:49 am

    I literally LOLed on that butter confession. HA!

  • Lizzie
    August 2, 2010 at 11:55 am

    I seriously believe that the 40 second (or 10!) rule is one of the best ways to build immunity. I also believe that Lysol is one of the sole reasons for people’s lack of immunity! 🙂 Quick butter story: my husband and I were travelling in Edinburgh and stayed at this cute B&B. At breakfast the next morning he sat down at the table glanced down and proclaimed excitedly, “Whoa – Brie!” and then proceeded to put a stick of butter in is mouth. Needless to say it was back on his plate in 3 seconds flat. 🙂

  • Hangry Pants
    August 2, 2010 at 11:56 am

    This post makes me smile!

  • Jasmine @ Eat Move Write
    August 2, 2010 at 12:06 pm

    lol. I love that you dropped a pan of butter and put it back. You are so awesome hehe.

  • Corey
    August 2, 2010 at 12:07 pm

    Haha love the confessions. And the butter thing doesn’t make you a horrible person – most people have probably done something like that but wouldn’t admit it!
    Where are your confessions parts I and II?

  • eatmovelove
    August 2, 2010 at 12:08 pm

    Okay so I think we would REALLY get along well.
    #1 – check.
    #4 – I like it all.

    And, #5 – totally something I would do…and have done something similar in the past that I won’t expand on here…

  • Corinne
    August 2, 2010 at 12:10 pm

    what on EARTH are you cutting in that picture!? haha love the butter story. long live the 10 second rule.

  • Lauren
    August 2, 2010 at 12:14 pm

    I love everything about this.

  • Sara
    August 2, 2010 at 12:15 pm

    HAHA Wow, yeah, butter story, would have done the same thing. 😉 Um, what are you carving in that first photo? It looks scary, with a tail.

    • jenna
      August 2, 2010 at 12:16 pm

      that’s because it IS a tail. An oxtail to be exact!

      • Janna@Janna's Keeping it Real
        August 2, 2010 at 5:30 pm

        my stomach just flip-flopped.

        • eatmovelove
          August 2, 2010 at 6:03 pm

          That reminds me of Julie and Julia – the book – when the Blogger Julie had to cut right into the bloody meat…but she persevered!
          I wonder how many Vegans did NOT watch the movie or read the book!!

  • Camille
    August 2, 2010 at 12:18 pm

    Depending on the surface, I believe in a 2-3 minute rule. This applies if the ground is clean and the thing I have dropped is chocolate.

  • Liz @ Tip Top Shape
    August 2, 2010 at 12:27 pm

    haha, I love your culinary school confession. Eh, what you don’t know can’t hurt you, right??

  • Nicole of Raspberry Stethoscope
    August 2, 2010 at 12:35 pm

    Eckerd became CVS, at least where I live in the Tampa area;)

  • Jess (Fit Chick in the City)
    August 2, 2010 at 12:46 pm

    Wait a second, Walgreens doesn’t exist any longer??? What rock have I been hiding under?

    • jenna
      August 2, 2010 at 12:55 pm

      Umm I met Eckerds. Sorry!

  • Leanne
    August 2, 2010 at 1:14 pm

    The second rule is a necessary staple in daily life especially when you are a clumsy person. And 40 seconds is completely appropriate in your own home. I love this post!!

  • Melissa
    August 2, 2010 at 1:15 pm

    You remind me so much of my friend! She did the same thing with the butter but of course it wasn’t in any cooking school but at home when we were having a baking party. She didn’t tell anyone till the cake was all gone.

    I love reading your blog!

  • Gennin
    August 2, 2010 at 1:20 pm

    Are you holding a tail in the first photo? Eeek!

  • Miranda @ MirandasJeans
    August 2, 2010 at 1:31 pm

    OMG I prob would have done the same thing. Too funny. What are you holding there in your hands in the first picture?

  • Hayley
    August 2, 2010 at 1:49 pm

    40 second rule. Yes. Sometimes I’ll throw away food, thinking I’m done with it… but then I go back to the trashcan and have another bite. I mean… if it’s not touching any real trash and in some sort of takeout container, it’s no dirtier than if I had just left it out on the counter.

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  • sarah (this is it)
    August 2, 2010 at 2:10 pm

    Since I know exactly how clean my kitchen floor is I make the decision on whether the 10 second rule applies.

  • Krystina
    August 2, 2010 at 2:23 pm

    I dropped a stick of butter on the ground of my apartment and put it back. My roommates used the butter without knowing. Neither of us are horrible.

  • Samantha (Food Edu)
    August 2, 2010 at 2:28 pm

    I love the 40 second rule! I always say it builds immunity =)

  • Annie@stronghealthyfit
    August 2, 2010 at 2:40 pm

    That’s hilarious about the butter… no harm done! I work in a restaurant and things happen. 🙂

  • Lisa (bakebikeblog)
    August 2, 2010 at 2:55 pm

    haha what great ‘confessions’ 🙂

  • Lauren
    August 2, 2010 at 3:10 pm

    LOL! Love it….Honesty is the best policy……keep them coming.

  • Lindsay Perrone (goodiesgalore)
    August 2, 2010 at 3:40 pm

    omg, is that a kangaroo or something?!

  • Sarah (Running to Slow Things Down)
    August 2, 2010 at 4:03 pm

    Hahaha…this was too funny. You made my day, once again. :mrgreen:

    Oh, and I love, love, love vegetables, but I know what you mean about biscuits and honey. No words.

  • Stacey
    August 2, 2010 at 4:22 pm

    Number 5 is my favorite and really funny.

  • Christina LIVING
    August 2, 2010 at 4:39 pm

    hahha i love it!!!

  • Kelly @ Healthy Living With Kelly
    August 2, 2010 at 4:59 pm

    Haha!! Love the butter story! That is classic!!!

  • Lauren
    August 2, 2010 at 5:11 pm

    You rock. These confessions are my favorite posts!

  • Nora@LifeLifeEatRight
    August 2, 2010 at 5:34 pm

    Confession: If I drop something on the floor and happen to see “a little dirt” I dust it off and proceed like nothing happened. Dirt wont hurt…right? I figure I have a stomach of steel anyways and why waste? Very normal.

  • Cynthia (It All Changes)
    August 2, 2010 at 5:43 pm

    I love these posts. The honest of not liking veggies is so real. I don’t like pasta and beef which some people think is weird 🙂

  • amanda
    August 2, 2010 at 5:49 pm

    Ha ha I love it…it cooks right out!

  • Jaya
    August 2, 2010 at 6:42 pm

    You post makes me wonder if I would love vegetables as much if I had zero ability to assess foods on a “health” metric. I do love spinach, but I’ll take it blended into a GM over a salad (almost) any day!

  • Rachael
    August 2, 2010 at 6:57 pm

    Flashbacks of not making the “Second Call” lists for high school musical productions..ah, the heartbreak.
    I believe firmly in the 40 second rule. Or five minute rule. Hell, I dumpster the majority of my food – would that be the eternally-good-if-no-maggots-present rule?

  • Chelsea (Chelsea's Chew and Run Fun)
    August 2, 2010 at 7:07 pm

    While I l do love vegetables, if I had to take a bullet for a cake or a vegetable platter, I would totally take one for the cake.

    You’re NOT a horrible person for concealing your butter foible. I think you’d be hard pressed to find a person who wouldn’t do the same thing in those circumstances…unless that person was a total germaphobe.

  • Brynne
    August 2, 2010 at 7:18 pm

    When I worked at Carvel, my coworker dropped an un-frosted ice cream cake under a dusty storage cart. Let’s just say we didn’t throw it out …

  • Kiersten
    August 2, 2010 at 7:41 pm

    Your butter story is so funny! I’m sure I did a few questionable things when I was in culinary school too.

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  • Laura (Starloz)
    August 3, 2010 at 1:47 am

    I wholeheartedly believe in the thirty-five second rule.

  • Kait
    August 3, 2010 at 4:31 am

    I totally support the 40…err 10 second rule as well 🙂

  • Kaitlin With Honey
    August 3, 2010 at 6:18 pm

    Hahaha about the butter, I do things like that all the time. What people don’t know can’t hurt them!

  • Jackie
    August 6, 2010 at 3:40 pm

    I loved this entry! I totally related… when I was in culinary school I was making hollandaise sauce for my Intro I Final and I accidently caught the towel on fire. I was already under massive stress. Somehow I was able to lift the bowl of sauce from the pot on the stove, but after that I couldn’t move. I just stared at the towel on fire in complete shock. I was horrified of what was happening before my eyes, it was my worst fear come true. My classmate next to me quickly and swiftly grabbed the towel with his tongs and threw it in the ice bath where the stock was cooling down in the sink. I was still standing there in shock trying not to cry or scream and finally I slowly turned around to look at my chef instructor. I was fearing the worst, but she had her back to me. The other chef instructor did not, he had seen the whole thing and was looking straight at me with a stern look on his face, then he winked at me and i breathed a sigh of relief and finished my final w/out any other major catastrophes. I cried afterwards though. Thanks for posting about the butter fiasco, i would have done the same in that situation and you are definitely not a horrible person! 🙂

  • Cara
    August 15, 2010 at 2:33 pm

    Just looking at your site for the first time and loving it! I love this picture from your culinary school instructor because I had her this summer as an instructor, too! I am a high school cooking teacher and we get to go to LCB Orlando every summer–love that place! Love your blog!

  • Liana @ femme fraiche
    November 27, 2010 at 3:46 am

    hahhah I LOVE these posts. Especially the one about the dropped butter. If that makes you a bad person that I’m guaranteed a spot in hell by now