Behind The Butter

things i know to be true

1. it’s never a good idea to go grocery shopping at noon on an empty stomach.

2. chocolate should be it’s very own food group, as should bacon.

3. my mom’s recipes always turn out better when she makes them for me.

4. cooking with wine is always a good idea (and I don’t just mean using it in the food).

5. homemade bread always turns out…although not always the way you anticipate.

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  • Cathy B. @ Bright Bakes
    November 22, 2010 at 2:29 pm

    Amen. And sometimes when homemade bread turns out super homely-like, the only solution is to dig in and eat it while it’s warm…
    cathy b. @ brightbakes

  • Sharon
    November 22, 2010 at 2:34 pm

    ok…the t-shirt? Totally rocks. And ITA with #4.

    • jenna
      November 22, 2010 at 2:39 pm

      thanks! Adam just got that for me and I love it!

      • Sam
        November 22, 2010 at 8:56 pm

        Can you PLEASE find out where he got it? I want one too.

      • amanda
        November 24, 2010 at 12:30 pm

        I googled it the moment I saw it. 🙂 Thanks for the amazing idea!

  • Jessica @ How Sweet It Is
    November 22, 2010 at 2:39 pm

    Couldn’t agree more… all are very true.

  • grocery goddess jen
    November 22, 2010 at 2:39 pm

    It’s always better when Mom makes it, isn’t it?

  • tina
    November 22, 2010 at 2:56 pm

    anything with wine is ALWAYS a good idea!!!!

    whole foods on an empty stomach is sometimes good… more room for free samples! 😉

  • hippierunner
    November 22, 2010 at 3:01 pm

    Also true: that is the coolest shirt ever!

  • Estela @ Weekly Bite
    November 22, 2010 at 3:01 pm

    Love these! My favorite is the last one 🙂

  • OC2Seattle
    November 22, 2010 at 3:03 pm

    So true – especially 1 and 4 😉

  • Alina @ Duty Free Foodie
    November 22, 2010 at 3:04 pm

    I am totally on board with #4! A glass of wine always makes me happier, if nothing else, and that’s conducive to better cooking for sure 🙂

  • Sana
    November 22, 2010 at 3:06 pm

    I love going to costco and eating samples for lunch 🙂

  • chelsey @ clean eating chelsey
    November 22, 2010 at 3:26 pm

    I hate grocery shopping hungry – I always buy the most random things!

  • Krystina (Basil & Wine)
    November 22, 2010 at 3:30 pm

    Is someone making risotto?

    • jenna
      November 22, 2010 at 3:46 pm

      what whaaat! 😉

      • Krystina (Basil & Wine)
        November 22, 2010 at 5:26 pm

        I have arborio rice and half a block of cheese to get rid of, so I think I need to follow suit.

  • Lauren at KeepItSweet
    November 22, 2010 at 3:31 pm

    yes, chocolate should definitely have its own food group, although i’d also argue ice cream needs one as well

  • Annie@stronghealthyfit
    November 22, 2010 at 3:56 pm

    Cute post! I’ve been wondering, what do you do with all the stuff you bake all the time? I couldn’t have that stuff around me every day- I need to plan to give away baked goods!

    • jenna
      November 22, 2010 at 3:58 pm

      I eat it, freeze it, feed it to hungry boyfriends and friends. 🙂

  • Faith @ lovelyascharged
    November 22, 2010 at 3:57 pm

    Hehe! One of my favorite sayings ever is “I cook with wine…and sometimes it makes it into my dinner!” 🙂

  • Tina @ Faith Fitness Fun
    November 22, 2010 at 4:04 pm

    Oh yes, if only chocolate could be its own HEALTHY food group. I would certainly have a balanced diet then. 😀

  • olympe
    November 22, 2010 at 4:06 pm

    All true. Especially 2 and 3

  • Cyndie
    November 22, 2010 at 4:09 pm

    oh my gosh, I love you: chocolate and bacon are my two favorite food groups, too.

  • J.
    November 22, 2010 at 4:12 pm

    ….and my kitchen counter…its the size of that square you are leaning against. One cupboard, one little square for space….no window and no chair….
    smile, smile, smile,,,,eat eat eat…repeat….(right?).
    Like your shirt. Bacon, chocolate and bread are their own food groups.

  • Erin (Travel, Eat, Repeat)
    November 22, 2010 at 4:16 pm

    It’s so true that Mom’s recipes taste better. Even the basic Tollhouse chocolate chip cookies taste like a unique creation when my Mom makes them.

  • Lauren @ louisianagrown
    November 22, 2010 at 4:18 pm

    I have your homemade cranberry orange walnut (pecan) bread in the oven right now and I’m surely hoping it turns out like I’m imagining it!

  • Camille
    November 22, 2010 at 4:18 pm

    Gosh, isn’t that so true about other peoples’ recipes!? They never turn out quite right!

  • Sarah K. @ The Pajama Chef
    November 22, 2010 at 4:21 pm

    cute pic! i love the shirt. 🙂

  • Lindsey
    November 22, 2010 at 4:37 pm

    I completely agree about the wine! To me, there is nothing better than turning on country music, pouring myself a glass of wine, and experimenting in the kitchen. That is the best way to spend a night alone at home:)

  • iheartvegetables
    November 22, 2010 at 4:40 pm

    *sigh* Even thought I KNOW not to go grocery shopping on an empty stomach, I still do! 🙂 I always end up with way too much food in my cart!

  • Kristin @ Cook, Bake, Nibble
    November 22, 2010 at 4:43 pm

    love this. my grandma’s recipes, even the exact same ones, were always better when she made them than my mom’s, too, i think it’s a mom thing. 🙂


  • Sarah (Running to Slow Things Down)
    November 22, 2010 at 4:51 pm

    Very, very true. 😀

  • Mom
    November 22, 2010 at 5:05 pm

    Love the shirt!!!!

  • kate
    November 22, 2010 at 5:26 pm

    Amen on the chocolate!

  • Cara Craves...
    November 22, 2010 at 5:34 pm

    I’m totally with you on the Mom thing!
    Mom’s are magical when it comes to making things.

  • Liana @ femme fraiche
    November 22, 2010 at 5:50 pm

    Can you say world’s best/truest blog post!? haha I loved it. Especially the one about wine….doesn’t wine just make us so much more confident in all our endeavors!

  • Mary @ Bites and Bliss
    November 22, 2010 at 6:18 pm

    Shopping on an empty stomach is just asking for trouble.

  • Suzanne de Cornelia
    November 22, 2010 at 6:25 pm

    Tout cela est vrai. Am having a glass of wine right now trying to decide what to fix. Basil, kalamatas, anchovies, garlic, tomatoe & cheese may be involved. Or maybe shrimp & spinach. Or perhaps humble eggs & fake Morningstar bacon. 😉

    Very pretty pix.

  • notyet100
    November 22, 2010 at 6:32 pm

    so true,..

  • Imwaytoobusy
    November 22, 2010 at 6:44 pm

    Each point: Absolutely valid! Loved this post 🙂

  • Marie-Journey to Body Zen
    November 22, 2010 at 7:00 pm

    chocolate may very well be my favorite food on earth.

  • Jess-The Semi Abnormal Gal
    November 22, 2010 at 7:13 pm

    Can I get an amen? AMEN.

  • Averie (LoveVeggiesAndYoga)
    November 22, 2010 at 7:40 pm

    Cooking with wine makes everything that much more fun 🙂

    And I love the tshirt you’re wearing! You look awesome!

  • Nora@LifeLifeEatRight
    November 22, 2010 at 8:00 pm

    I spy that arborio rice, mushrooms and chicken stock. RISOTTO! Wine and making risotto–my idea of a good time!

  • cianne
    November 22, 2010 at 9:52 pm

    Totally agree with the moms food taste better when she makes it. So true.

    Ps have that shirt in white (saw it on the kitchn) and always get so many great looks when I wear it. Ha!

  • Hillary [Nutrition Nut on the Run]
    November 23, 2010 at 12:11 am

    I completely agree with #2!!

  • Christina
    November 23, 2010 at 12:11 am

    I totally agree with you;)!Especially point 5 is so true…But well, I never give up and right now there’s the Cranberry Walnut Orange Bread in the oven.:)

  • Katie S
    November 23, 2010 at 1:01 am

    Holy Cow! I want that shirt AND that headband! Where are they from and how can I get them?

  • Madeline @ Spidatter
    November 23, 2010 at 2:02 am

    This is all sorts of inappropriate, BUT my old roommate and I found drinking large amounts of wine whilst cooking/baking was a huge stress reliever in college. At one point we attempted to make “drunk cupcakes.” Also known as, down a few glasses of pinot and invent the recipe from scratch. Totally fun. Totally worth trying. And ours totally turned out! 🙂

  • Laura
    November 23, 2010 at 4:16 am

    Completely agree with all of them, especially #3…no matter how hard I try!
    (Love the shirt too!)

  • Chelsea @ One Healthy Munchkin
    November 23, 2010 at 5:40 am

    It’s so true that mom’s recipes always taste better when she makes them! I can’t wait to visit home this weekend and enjoy her cooking. 😀

  • Sharon
    November 23, 2010 at 6:42 am

    I agree..And bread always can be made at home but turns out a wee bit different each time you try…

  • Natalia - a side of simple
    November 23, 2010 at 6:43 am

    Anytime you need help cleaning out your freezer of its baked goods and wonderfulness, I would be happy to assist you 😉

  • Jenny
    November 23, 2010 at 6:57 am

    True about bread. So true.

  • Diana @ frontyardfoodie
    November 23, 2010 at 7:08 am

    I used to be so serious when I was cooking (I’m a slacking perfectionist) and then when Rachel Ray first got famous she always was drinking wine while cooking and I thought ‘Why don’t I do that?’ so now I do and cooking is even MORE fun!

  • Hilray
    November 23, 2010 at 7:29 am

    I love #3 and #4! Where did you get your shirt?!

    • jenna
      November 23, 2010 at 7:30 am

      Adam got it online…I’ll find out!

  • Amber K
    November 23, 2010 at 7:49 am

    I wish that were true about my mom’s cooking, lol! I love your cute shirt! 🙂

    Have you ever made gluten-free bread? It soooo doesn’t always turn out!

  • Sally
    November 23, 2010 at 8:13 am

    So simple and so true. P.S. Do I see the ingredients for a mushroon risotto there? My favourite.

  • erin@ small things
    November 23, 2010 at 8:57 am

    Risotto is the first meal I really learned how to cook well and improvise with (ingredients-wise). I remember feeling fancy every time I made it. And probably led to my interest in cooking other yummy fancy things!
    Go Risotto!

  • Ali
    November 23, 2010 at 10:04 am

    I so agree with all of these, especially 1-3! Bacon should definitely be it’s own food group and is the one thing that will always keep me from being full on vegetarian!

  • Liza
    November 23, 2010 at 11:28 am

    Hi, Jenna!

    Speaking of bread, I thought you might appreciate this website that I shared with Kath that features celebrities as baked goods:

  • Mary
    November 23, 2010 at 1:57 pm

    My mom doesn’t believe me that her recipes don’t taste as good when I make them, but I know it’s true!

  • The Healthy Apple
    November 23, 2010 at 2:00 pm

    Love it, Jenna; have a fabulous Thanksgiving, darling… keep up the amazin’ bakin’!

  • Pam (Holistic Health Coach)
    November 23, 2010 at 6:20 pm

    Yes chocolate should be it’s own food group, well dark chocolate anyway…
    Mom’s cooking does always taste much better, hands down!
    Great list 🙂

  • Jil @ Big City, Lil Kitchen
    November 24, 2010 at 8:06 am

    It’s the same way with my mom’s recipes. It’s just never quite the same.

  • Michelle
    November 24, 2010 at 4:59 pm

    I’d love to know where you got the shirt too! 🙂