Behind The Butter

merry christmas!

Merry Christmas, friends!

We’ve always been more Christmas Eve people, and last night was simply beautiful with church, caroling, dinner and my mom’s famous caramel brie (courtesy of Martha circa 1984…can’t you tell by the sweet shoulder pads?).

Wishing you and your family a very merry Christmas! I hope it’s filled with family, love and many cookies.



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  • Baking 'n' Books
    December 25, 2010 at 6:50 am

    I can’t believe that’s Martha Stewart! She used to be a model right?

    Merry Christmas! Your evening sounds lovely. I think I need to set aside a time to go to Church.

  • Erika @ FoodFitnessFun
    December 25, 2010 at 7:00 am

    Merry Christmas Jenna! 🙂

  • Evan Thomas
    December 25, 2010 at 7:01 am

    Merry Christmas, Jenna!

  • Alex
    December 25, 2010 at 7:03 am

    Have a joyous Christmas at home!——You deserve it 🙂

    Beautiful picture!!!

  • Michele @ Healthy Cultivations
    December 25, 2010 at 7:24 am

    Merriest Christmas wishes to you and yours!

  • Camille
    December 25, 2010 at 7:26 am

    Merry Christmas, Jenna! I hope you have an amazing day!

  • jessica
    December 25, 2010 at 7:34 am

    Merry Christmas! My family makes that same brie but we wrap the whole thing in dough and bake it!

  • Kathleen
    December 25, 2010 at 7:35 am

    Merry Christmas to you and your family Jenna. Thanks to your book suggestions, I put Bread Alone and the Baker’s Apprentice on my Christmas list and opened them from my SIL last night. Can’t wait to dive in 🙂

  • Stacy @ Every Little Thing
    December 25, 2010 at 7:38 am

    Merry Christmas! Love that brie!

  • Averie (LoveVeggiesandYoga)
    December 25, 2010 at 7:40 am

    Merry Xmas to you and your family! We are more Xmas Eve people too.

    Omg that picture of Martha is CLASSIC! I would love to borrow that one sometime soon 🙂

    Enjoy the Caramel Brie. swoon.

    Cute picture of you of course, too!

  • grocery goddess jen
    December 25, 2010 at 7:53 am

    Wow, Martha was a youngun back then! My Christmas has been filled with many cinnamon rolls, does that count? Merry Christmas!

  • Lauren at KeepItSweet
    December 25, 2010 at 7:58 am

    Merry Christmas to you and your family!

  • Amber K
    December 25, 2010 at 8:05 am

    Merry Christmas! It’s my most stressful day of the year, but it’s just one day and then tomorrow I get to RELAX! 🙂

  • Maria @ The Fitted Apron
    December 25, 2010 at 8:13 am

    Merry Christmas Jenna!

  • Marie @
    December 25, 2010 at 8:17 am

    I am making this for New Year’s! That looks amazing & such a Martha Stewart type recipe! Thanks for sharing!

    Happy Holidays!

  • Erin
    December 25, 2010 at 8:28 am

    Looks Yummy! Have a WONDERFUL christmas Jenna. I Love your blog, been reading it for years now. I wish you all the happiness come this new year. Your adventures in CA make me want to visit Northern Cal so much! Did your man join ya for a southern holiday??

  • em
    December 25, 2010 at 8:52 am

    merry christmas jenna. thank you for blogging all year round 🙂

  • Susan
    December 25, 2010 at 8:55 am

    Holy crap, Martha was a babe! 😉

    Merry Christmas Jenna!! Not many cookies over here, but LOTS of meat pie. I’ll take it!

  • Michelle
    December 25, 2010 at 9:03 am

    Merry Christmas Jenna…I love the notes by the recipe. And that picture is fantastic.

  • Gina G
    December 25, 2010 at 9:25 am

    Merry Christmas Jenna! I hope it is wonderful 🙂

  • Raewyn
    December 25, 2010 at 9:55 am

    Haha, I thought that was your mom at first! 🙂 Merry Christmas, Jenna (and Adam)! I’m so happy you get to spend it with your parents, especially your mom. Love the pic of you and Adam….you look so happy. 🙂 Lots of love and well wishes to you today!

  • Katie
    December 25, 2010 at 10:03 am

    Merry Christmas to you and your family Jenna!!!!!

    I read your blog everyday, but dont comment daily, but wanted to wish you Merry Christmas and a Happy New Year! xo

  • Krystina (Basil & Wine)
    December 25, 2010 at 10:14 am

    Merry Christmas Jenna!

    That brie? I’m drooling.

  • Paige @ Running Around Normal
    December 25, 2010 at 10:20 am

    Love the blast from the past picture:)
    My fam’s more about Christmas Eve too.

  • Tammy
    December 25, 2010 at 10:30 am

    Merry Xmas Jenna!

    Is anyone else waiting for J. to come and bring down the house by telling us what she doesn’t have this Christmas – again?

  • Jessica @ The Process of Healing
    December 25, 2010 at 10:41 am

    And a Merry Christmas too you!

  • Sonia
    December 25, 2010 at 11:27 am

    Happy Holidays! 🙂

  • Jil @ Big City, Lil Kitchen
    December 25, 2010 at 11:36 am

    Ohh that brie looks incredible! Merry Christmas, Jenna!

  • kelly
    December 25, 2010 at 2:10 pm

    Merry Christmas, Jenna! Thanks for sharing your adventures and yummies with us!

  • Annie@stronghealthyfit
    December 25, 2010 at 2:47 pm

    What a hilarious pic of Martha- that brie looks un-believable.

  • Danielle
    December 25, 2010 at 2:57 pm

    Gosh, that sounds incredible! Wishing you and your family a merry and bright holiday 🙂

  • Natalia - a side of simple
    December 25, 2010 at 2:58 pm

    Merry Christmas, Jenna 🙂 Thanks for all the great memories, words of laughter, and recipes of heart and butter!

  • Kelsey @ Snacking Squirrel
    December 25, 2010 at 3:45 pm


  • Cara Craves...
    December 25, 2010 at 4:04 pm

    Wow, that brie looks quite decadent!

  • Karla
    December 25, 2010 at 5:57 pm

    Merry Christmas

  • Mary @ Bites and Bliss
    December 25, 2010 at 6:58 pm

    Merry Christmas, Jenna!

  • Chelsea @ One Healthy Munchkin
    December 25, 2010 at 7:28 pm

    Merry Christmas!

  • Nelly
    December 25, 2010 at 9:04 pm

    Merry merry Christmas! Hope it was a fabulous one (well, I’m guessing it had to be if you had cheese and sugar…good lord that looks sinful)!

  • Lacey @ Lake Life
    December 25, 2010 at 9:07 pm

    Merry Christmas Jenna!

  • Imwaytoobusy
    December 25, 2010 at 9:40 pm

    Love the Martha picture! I hope you had a fantastic Christmas!

  • Heather (Heather's Dish)
    December 26, 2010 at 6:04 am

    merry (late) christmas!!! i can’t wait to have a recap with that amazing menu…

  • Sarah (Running to Slow Things Down)
    December 26, 2010 at 6:09 am

    Merry Christmas!!

    My family is more of a Christmas Eve kind of gang too. I love it, because there’s still the excitement of Christmas in the air. Kind of like the natural happiness of a Friday. 😀

  • MyThy as in "Mighty"
    December 26, 2010 at 7:26 am

    Merry belated Christmas! Can’t wait to read about all the recipes you’ve been enjoying. We’ll be in in Santa Rosa visiting future in-laws. Do you have any must eat new restaurants to try? We’re thinking of trying Zazu or Rosso’s. Bring on the bubbles and recipes for NYE now!

  • Lori Lieberman, RD, CDE, MPH, LDN
    December 26, 2010 at 9:59 am

    This brie recipe is awesome!And so easy! And so good for you! (Okay, just kidding about the last comment!)

  • Nora@LiveLifeEatRight
    December 26, 2010 at 10:14 am

    I showed my mom the picture of the Brie and she started drooling. We might have this on our New Years menu now! I love your mom’s holiday food agenda-thanks for sharing :). Hope you all have a wonderful and relaxing season together :)!

  • Melomeals: Vegan for $3.33 a Day
    December 26, 2010 at 2:16 pm

    Oh that inspires me to make something similar with a raw nut cheese! Yum!

  • laura (Starloz)
    December 26, 2010 at 4:50 pm

    merry christmas jenna

  • Diana @ frontyardfoodie
    December 26, 2010 at 5:34 pm

    Aww, what a cute photo of you. I hope you had an amazing day and rest of the holiday week:)

  • Justeen @ Blissful Baking
    December 26, 2010 at 9:36 pm

    oh myyy that caramel brie looks to die for!
    hope you had a very merry christmas!

  • Kris
    December 26, 2010 at 10:06 pm

    Merry Christmas!

    The picture of Martha cracks me up. I have pictures of myself when I was in college, in 1984, and I look JUST like that. (With brown hair.)

    I later lived only a few miles from her in Norwalk, Ct. I learned how to cook from watching her show on tv and have been a fan ever since.

    I still use some of those recipes from 20+ years ago – just like your mom!

  • Heidi - Apples Under My Bed
    December 26, 2010 at 10:33 pm

    Gotta love Martha in the 80s 🙂 Merry Christmas to you too!
    Heidi xo

  • jassy
    December 26, 2010 at 10:46 pm

    merry christmas!!!

  • fattyfile
    December 27, 2010 at 8:31 am

    Merry Christmas!

    Would you pretty please post the caramel brie recipe? I’ve been googling for it but I don’t see the exact recipe and this one looks, um, deeeeelish.

    • fattyfile
      December 28, 2010 at 9:06 am

      ooh, I found the exact recipe, so nevermind!

  • Ffion
    January 2, 2011 at 2:50 pm

    I’m a bit late, but I hope you had a nice Christmas!