Oh, butter. I’ve always been a fan. Peeling apart a warm roll and popping a pat of butter inside… it’s elementary.
But despite my constant love of butter I admit I was not always kitchen savvy. In fact, I had never cooked anything before I was married. Processed food was all I wanted and all I ate. So yes, I did boil pasta for boxed mac and cheese. And whaddya know, the directions call for butter!
I even lived abroad for 7 years of my life. Egypt was full of adventurously delicious eats. But as an American teenager I was spoiled on fake food. Tahina, a popular dipping sauce was wasted on me. Now I have to pay big bucks to find the stuff at the store.
Fast forward to 2006 – the year I got married.
Suddenly, I’m blessed with all sorts of cookware. Like many newlywed women, I had visions of surprising my husband with fantastical food creations. But I had no idea how to cook.
I hit the kitchen without an apron or a clue and I worked with the tiny kitchen God gave me. And it was TINY. I unwrapped kitchen gadgets that were a mystery to me. It was intimidating. No one was holding my hand and I failed plenty. But I also had success! Mostly due to online recipes where the author took the time to explain things instead of shouting vague instructions. One of my favorites included lemon chicken piccata. The chicken is browned in butter and the sauce is also primarily butter!
And so it began. My desire to impress in the kitchen opened up a whole new world for me. I immediately became curious about new foods and gained the courage to try previously unheard of ingredients. Where had I been?! This stuff was shockingly awesome! And usually they also included butter which brought it all back home for me.
Now I’m a mom of two and wife to one very hungry husband. And guess what. My place IS in the kitchen. It’s where I experiment and play. New flavors are discovered and old ones are remembered. The kitchen is where it all happens.
A Butterful Mind
It’s my hope that I can encourage others to jump in who have felt the anxiety I did when asked to “bring a dish”. No matter what the state of your kitchen is or even how picky you are, jump in. You’ll never know unless you try. Start with familiar ingredients and then explore! Some of the most luscious dishes are made from only a few ingredients. You might be shocked- as I was when I learned that Alfredo sauce (a fave) was just 3 ingredients! One is butter…