Behind The Butter

savory week so far

I’m chomping at the bit.

My butter looks so lonely in the back of the fridge and I have half a bag of dark chocolate chips just begging to be used.

My broken KitchenAid has been audibly sighing with relief, and it’s all I can do to take small bites of peppermint patties straight from the freezer and then pace around my living room with sweaty palms.

You see, I have a bit of a problem because all I can think about are these:

and these:


and definitely these.

I’ll be in the middle of something calming, like answering an email or lying in savasana, and then all of a sudden it’s all I can do not to yell out CAKE!!!!! at the top of my lungs.

See? I told you I have a problem.

For the most part, savory week has been going well. I’m happy because I haven’t had to make 4932 trips to the grocery store and Adam is happy because he gets to take leftovers to work. Now I just have to work on him to actually bring his lunchbox home. I think he has about six of my small lululemon bags hidden in his desk.

The real reason I’m chomping at the bit though? I found this AMAZING no-bake chocolate peanut butter cookie recipe that needs to be made…like, stat.

Savory food, be damned!

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  • Ellie
    January 12, 2011 at 12:29 pm

    I think just because you mentioned the no-bake cookies it took over my mind. Savory is great, but I’m with you, totally a sweets kind of girl :)! I almost feel like I have to redefine myself when someone asks me to bring something other than sweets over for dinner. Is that bad? Meh, makes me happy

  • Cathy B. @ Bright Bakes
    January 12, 2011 at 12:30 pm

    Ha! It must be a peculiar disease of boys to leave lunch pails at work! My own Mister is currently hiding 17of them in various places….i can’t fathom where they go!
    cathy b. @ brightbakes
    ps.even tho your lonesome for butter……..I’m lovin the savory recipes!(soorry 😉 )

  • Samantha Angela @ Bikini Birthday
    January 12, 2011 at 12:31 pm

    And I was doing so well with not craving sweets today until this VERY moment!

  • Megan (Braise The Roof)
    January 12, 2011 at 12:33 pm

    Haha, you know you have a problem when… 🙂 But if you have a problem, I don’t want you to be cured because I love your dessert recipes! I can’t wait for the no bake recipe- I love those! Rest assured, we all love your savory recipes, too, though.

  • aubrey @ italktofood
    January 12, 2011 at 12:34 pm

    I can not wait for you to make those cookies! All the savory dishes you’ve been making look delicious though. And if you’re making adam happy, well….then that’s perfect! Haha

  • Beth @ Beth's Journey to Thin
    January 12, 2011 at 12:39 pm

    Wow if I could bake like you I’d be chomping at the bit for some of those treats too! And those mini Lululemon bags do make the perfect lunch tote!

  • Laura
    January 12, 2011 at 12:51 pm

    After reading this post I promptly stood up from my desk and went on a search for something chocolate. Thanks for the reminder of the necessity of chocolate in our lives!

    • jenna
      January 12, 2011 at 12:55 pm

      I do what I can!

  • Catie
    January 12, 2011 at 12:54 pm

    Just reading this post has my sweet tooth aching! I don’t have a cookie with me at work so I have to pretend my celery sticks are chocolate. . . Fail!

    • jenna
      January 12, 2011 at 12:55 pm

      ugh…that never ends well..

  • Baking 'n' Books
    January 12, 2011 at 12:58 pm

    I don’t think anyone is going to hold it against you if you intermittently “throw in” some sweets to Savory week.

    In fact, I was expecting – and HOPING for it 😉

  • Stephanie
    January 12, 2011 at 1:09 pm

    Every.time I see that blue frosting I want to eat my computer screen!

  • Natalia - a side of simple
    January 12, 2011 at 1:09 pm

    I knew you wouldn’t lead us astray for long. The dark side is covered in chocolate. It’s really just too good to be bad for long 😉

  • Ameena
    January 12, 2011 at 1:09 pm

    I never thought I could go a whole week free of sugar but then I did one…and two…and now I don’t crave the sugar at all. But if I was able to cook the amazing things you can….I might not be so strong.

  • Jil @ Big City, Lil Kitchen
    January 12, 2011 at 1:11 pm

    Ohh now you’ve got me craving sweets!!

  • Michelle @ Turning Over a New Leaf
    January 12, 2011 at 1:15 pm

    Haha, you and Adam are so cute. I never see my leftovers because my husband takes them to work everyday while I eat peanut butter sandwiches. C’est la vie.

  • stacey-healthylife
    January 12, 2011 at 1:23 pm

    I don’t blame you. I find it funner to bake then cook meals.

  • Liz
    January 12, 2011 at 1:28 pm

    If it’s tormenting you that much, just make something non-savory.

  • m.e.
    January 12, 2011 at 1:28 pm

    don’t you mean “chomping at the bit” not “biting at the chomp”?

    I don’t know what a chomp is but I would bite at it if the craving for sugar hit

    • jenna
      January 12, 2011 at 1:29 pm

      ahahahahah yeah I do. I need chocolate.

  • Blog is the New Black
    January 12, 2011 at 1:34 pm

    Stop the torture! Eat some sugar!

    • jenna
      January 12, 2011 at 1:37 pm

      bahaha I AM eating sugar! I’m just not baking. I just finished another peppermint patty for goodness sakes! I could never quit sweets..

      • Baking 'n' Books
        January 12, 2011 at 4:35 pm

        Did you purposely just not want to bake this week or some reason? To stay away from it?…!

        • jenna
          January 12, 2011 at 4:40 pm

          just to challenge myself and cook more “real” dinners!

  • Heather (Heather's Dish)
    January 12, 2011 at 1:39 pm

    oh my gosh…i would die! i am more of a savory person anyway, but if i say “no sweets” then that’s ALL i want to eat!

  • Erika @ FoodFitnessFun
    January 12, 2011 at 1:39 pm

    I’d be chomping at the bit too! I can’t go a week without making something sweet! 🙂

  • Christine (The Raw Project)
    January 12, 2011 at 1:40 pm

    Hehe, my hubby never brings his lunch containers or travel coffee mugs home either.

  • Estela @ Weekly Bite
    January 12, 2011 at 1:43 pm

    Bring on the cookies!!! 😉

  • Nicole
    January 12, 2011 at 1:44 pm

    Just grabbed a handful of peanut m&m’s, but your baked goods look much more satisfying!

  • Michele @ Healthy Cultivations
    January 12, 2011 at 1:54 pm

    Just as all work and all play make for a dull, dull person, all savory and no sweets makes for a sad, lonely kitchen. It longs for sweetness. Just bake. You know you want to.

  • Michele @ Healthy Cultivations
    January 12, 2011 at 1:55 pm

    typo in my comment corrected: Just as all work and no play….

  • nico
    January 12, 2011 at 2:09 pm

    HA, my boyfriend does the same thing with pyrex containers! he brings home a bag full of them every week!

  • Fi
    January 12, 2011 at 2:15 pm

    In the famous words of lady Victoria ‘let them eat cake!’ xx

  • Jasmine @ Eat Move Write
    January 12, 2011 at 2:22 pm

    Men are incapable of bring lunchboxes home on a regular basis. Fact.

  • Gabby (Quest for Delicious)
    January 12, 2011 at 2:43 pm

    Your feelings are totally understandable. Those donuts are calling my name.
    I vote you make the cookies. For the sake of us all.

  • Averie (LoveVeggiesAndYoga)
    January 12, 2011 at 2:46 pm

    “AMAZING no-bake chocolate peanut butter cookie recipe”–
    I have seen plenty of those and have a few similar recipes in my arsenal of tricks. Cant wait to see what you come up with!!

    And I am a sweets over savory girl….any day of the week. Any week of the year 🙂

    Savory week…would turn into sweets week for me 🙂

  • jen @ taste life
    January 12, 2011 at 3:17 pm

    Come on, chica! You make the rules, you break ’em! Give us the cookies, give us the cookies!

  • Mary @ Bites and Bliss
    January 12, 2011 at 3:31 pm

    I’d feel the same! Savory’s fun..but baking’s REALLY where it’s at!

  • Elizabeth@The Sweet Life
    January 12, 2011 at 3:43 pm

    The cake in the first photo is one of the most drool-worthy items you’ve made so far!

  • Amber K
    January 12, 2011 at 3:46 pm

    I will always be a sweets girl!

  • Katherine: Unemployed
    January 12, 2011 at 3:49 pm

    I love your ability to incorporate color into foods

  • chelsey @ clean eating chelsey
    January 12, 2011 at 3:55 pm

    I’m sorry savory week ahs got you down, but you’re doing so good!! Halfway through!

  • Kay
    January 12, 2011 at 4:04 pm

    Your mom and I were talking over lunch today how we are “savory” girls. Sorry to be rebels. 🙂

    • Mom
      January 13, 2011 at 5:37 am

      Yes. We were …!

  • R @ Learning As I Chop
    January 12, 2011 at 4:12 pm

    Yum – what is that? Is it some kind of flatbread?

  • M
    January 12, 2011 at 4:13 pm

    Savoury (as we spell it in Canada!!) over sweets my friend!

    Nothing like salty or spicy goodness…..too much sweets just makes me want to
    gag to be honest!


  • Lindsay @ The Reluctant Runner
    January 12, 2011 at 4:25 pm

    That first picture made me want to yell out, “CAKE!” too! I prefer savory flavors over sweet most of the time, and I can go quite a few days without having desert, but going without fruit would make me crazy.

  • Lacey @ Lake Life
    January 12, 2011 at 4:34 pm

    Bwahaha. While reading your post all I could picture was this:

  • salah (My Healthiest Lifestyle)
    January 12, 2011 at 4:52 pm

    I can’t wait for you to make those cookies!!!

  • Paige @ Running Around Normal
    January 12, 2011 at 4:53 pm

    LOL! Sounds like it’s going well… 🙂

  • Kristin @ the expat diaries
    January 12, 2011 at 5:23 pm

    All of my small lululemon bags have also fallen victim to the mysterious male work lunch phenomenon. Where do they go?

    I’m loving savoury week, but those photos are AH-mazing.

  • Melomeals: Vegan for $3.33 a Day
    January 12, 2011 at 5:26 pm

    every time you post a pic of those Oh Baby bars, I want to lick my screen.

  • Joelle (The Pancake Girl)
    January 12, 2011 at 5:36 pm

    Um, whatever that first picture is of, I want some!

    Savory is overrated… baking recipes are more fun to look at if you ask me. 🙂 Frosting is prettier than chicken breast, basically.

  • Dynamics
    January 12, 2011 at 5:49 pm

    You broke your baby Hobart, I mean Kitchen-Aid? Wow, poor thing. I think mommy should buy you a new one, a stronger one, a pretty one. What do you think?

  • Marie-Journey to Body Zen
    January 12, 2011 at 6:00 pm

    My husband leaves his lunchbox at work too. It drives me loco!

  • dana @ my little celebration
    January 12, 2011 at 6:20 pm

    I’m with you all the way! I’m a total sweets girl. Savory goods never titillate my taste buds the way sugar does. I’m already looking forward to the new no-bake recipe you’re anxiously preparing to make.

    Lovely post! I especially enjoyed the photos…and the commentary. OK, just the whole thing.

    Always enjoy your blog,

  • Jen
    January 12, 2011 at 6:35 pm

    Why why why can guys not remember to bring home dirty lunchware? Every morning I remind my boyfriend to BRING HOME THE CONTAINER! Yet every night he returns empty handed.

  • Laura
    January 12, 2011 at 7:18 pm

    I just baked chocolate chip cookies for you. You can live vicariously through me! 🙂 I don’t know how you’re doing it…I’m absolutely always a sweets girl.

    • jenna
      January 12, 2011 at 7:32 pm

      Yum! Thanks for the virtual cookie. 🙂 And don’t worry, I’m still eating sweets, I’m just not baking them for a week!

  • Maria @ The Fitted Apron
    January 12, 2011 at 7:43 pm

    Where in heavens did you find a doughnut mold? But what I really want to know is, are baked doughnuts just as good as fried?

  • Jessica @ The Process of Healing
    January 12, 2011 at 7:53 pm

    I say, go for the sweets. A girl can only take so much!

  • Ashley
    January 12, 2011 at 9:18 pm

    you make me laugh… like, so hard! : )

    “it’s all I can do to not yell out CAKE!!”

    most honest thing written. Ever. I mean… who hasn’t felt like that at one point?! : )

    I really needed a good laugh today. You have made my day a lot better and for that, I thank you. : )

  • Hanna
    January 13, 2011 at 12:26 am

    That cake at the top looks SO delicious! What is it?

  • Jenny
    January 13, 2011 at 2:26 am

    Hey Jenna! I love reading your blog, though now I’ll be reading it even more in anticipation for this no-bake cookie recipe. I’m currently living/teaching in Taiwan with no access to an oven–which is exacerbated by the fact that they simply do NOT know how to define, let alone make a cookie here. I’ve done cookie dough truffles (have you tried those? AMAZING) a few times but would love another recipe. For my (savory-over-sweet) students, of course…. 😉

  • Emma @
    January 13, 2011 at 3:30 am

    Now that I’m on the all natural kick, I love having these made from scratch, easy yummies! Thank you!

  • KatherineC
    January 13, 2011 at 9:36 am

    What’s in that last photo and where can I find the recipe? It looks aMAZing!

  • Jaime Ramsay
    January 13, 2011 at 10:23 am

    You are hilarious! Seriously….”Cake!!” made me laugh out loud.

  • Caitlin
    January 14, 2011 at 5:10 pm

    Okay seriously – what is the top picture? I need it in my life, now.