Let’s get down to business first thing!  Thanks to everyone who commented on my birthday post from Friday – I had such a kick reading all your favorite birthday memories!

The winner of the giveaway . . . .

danica, on March 19, 2010 at 8:10 pm Said: Edit Comment

Awww – they look sooooo Happy! My parents had several exchange students growing up with the longest being from Brazil – she was with us for a year. It’s SO FUN!!! I can’t wait to read about your adventures showing her around town and all.

HAPPY BIRTHDAY to you and your Twin Sis!!!

My most memorable birthday was when The Husband went all out. He doesn’t really cook, in fact, he has only cooked I think maybe 3 times in our 7 years together. He actually baked me a cake for my 33rd birthday without me knowing and I heard from both his mom and my mom about all his calls on how to make it…if its supposed to puff up, how to frost, etc. I had NO CLUE he was making a cake nor did I have a CLUE that he was suprrising my by taking me to a restaraunt and my entire family was there. He rocks!!! :)

Congrats Danica!  Send my your address at

Breakfast yesterday was quick – a Thomas Bagel thin egg sammie with 1/4 of a fuji apple – these apples were huge!

I have to give Tony full credit for my submission to Natasha’s monthly challenge – come up with your own compound butter!

It all started with making corn muffins.  I just used the recipe that was on the side of the corn meal.  Had these all been for me, I definitely would have added chopped fresh jalapenos!

Tony suggested making an avocado butter!  Genius!

Avacado Butter

  • 2 tablespoons softened butter
  • 6 ounces avocado (2 medium sized)
  • 1/4 cup fresh cilantro leaves
  • juice of 1/4 of a lemon
  • 1 teaspoon cumin
  • 1 teaspoon minced garlic
  • salt and pepper to taste

Throw everything into the food processor.  While I kept this butter in a dish for dinner – after dinner I put it in parchment paper, shaped it into a log and put it in the freezer.  Tony and I are going to melt some the next time we have steak!

My mom loved it – I think she liked it even more just with tortilla chips!

Since I was doing beef for dinner, I decided to make a macaroni and cheese for Hannah – and since I wasn’t sure Maxi liked beef, I thought she could eat it too.  Well, turns out the group she was with when she went downtown lost track of time and missed their train – she didn’t end up getting home until 8:00 – but she had a great time – too much site seeing and not enough shopping, but she did end up eating at a Chinese restaurant and getting ice cream! 😀

It was then I realized I was out of bread crumbs!  So I took 4 pieces of bread from my freezer, toasted them well and pureed them.  Then I mixed the bread crumbs with 2 tablespoons of melted butter for the topping.

This was a great mac n cheese!  Loved the topping 😀

I think my friend John would love this roast beef!  The key is to remove it at 125 and let it sit for 20 minutes before slicing.

My plate:

I almost forgot to show you one of my favorite birthday gifts!

This peanut butter is amazing!  One day this week I plan on making my pumpkin pancakes and plan to schmear this peanut butter on top – gotta love that after peanuts, the next three ingredients are all chiles! 😀

Alright, time to get ready for work – enjoy your Monday! 😀


28 thoughts on “Winner!

  1. I need to try making my own compound butter. I love honey butter and I always pay way too much for it at Whole Foods!

  2. Peanut butter with fiery spices? That’s a new one for me!

  3. Spicy peanut butter? Now I have heard of everything! And yes, it is absolutely perfect for you, lol!

  4. I want to try that nut butter SO bad. I wish it was available in regular stores!!And the avocado butter= amazing. I want your mac and cheese…if you have leftovers…feel free to mail them to me 🙂

  5. Yeah!!! Thanks Biz ~ I am so excited that I won! It’s totally like my birthday too 😀

    I LOVE the idea of AVOCADO butter – totally genius! I NEED to try that!

    Mac n Cheese I think is probably the best thing ever created I think. I never knew making your own breakcrumbs could be that easy. I always figured you had to let your bread “dry out”. Thanks for the tip.

    Happy Monday!!!

  6. I NEED that peanut butter!!

  7. For a minute I thought that peanut butter was ice cream!!! I thought, how is she going to spread that on pancakes. wierd!! I love home make mac and cheese! Yours looks yummy with the bread crumbs.

  8. erintakescontrol

    OMGosh, avocado butter sounds FABULOUS! I love your food photography skillz! Mine need some work – or a better equipped camera! 🙂

  9. I love the idea of avocado butter! Sounds wonderful with corn muffins! My family would definitely love this! Thank you so much for sending it in for the 5 star makeover!

  10. Why don’t you change the name of your blog to “Food Porn 101”

  11. I have to agree with Mari! I was just thinking the same thing. I literally was drooling over the cornbread and mac! We love adding a little bit of cheddar and jalapenos to our cornbread. SO yummy 🙂

  12. OH.MY.GOD!! That has to be the most perfect looking roast beef I have ever seen. So lean, perfectly cooked…I’m drooling on myself over here. And the mac n cheese with broccoli…damn…delicious looking, too. I bet the peanut butter would be awesome for making dipping sauces and marinades. *runs off to the kitchen to go find lunch*

  13. Congrats to the winner. The mac looks really good. And I am jealous of your bagel sammie because I love bagels, and I think I am going to have one for dinner tonight.

  14. Avocado butter is a great idea!! I’ll have to try it next time I’m making something Mexican-y. 🙂

    That mac ‘n cheese looks YUMMY!


  15. Somehow the Penne and broccoli in cream sauce are calling my name.. yum they look so good 🙂

  16. I still believe I’m the only one around who has yet to try a bagel thin!

    Your mac-n-cheese looks delicious, I am actually going to make a similar dish tonight!

  17. Congrats to the winner and go ahead and add the pepper… Make it your own and they will follow

  18. i always forget you can just make homemade bread crumbs!

  19. ooh, on pumpkin pancakes?!?! now that’s an idea 🙂 i have a little jar of it, and i forget about it sometimes… thanks for the reminder!

  20. Aw man! The Heat is On PB is one flavor I am dying to try! Glad you’re loving it!! Hope you had a great Monday 🙂

  21. Avocado butter?! You are a genius!! I LOVE avocados. My store was out last week when I went, so I made up for it yesterday. 🙂

  22. Wowza – that mac & cheese looks amazing – and I love yoru avocado idea!!

  23. Congrats to Danica!

    Avocado butter? YUM! I meant to respond to your comment the other day about reading every word in a post. I do the same 99% of the time. I hate when people leave a comment that has NOTHING to do with what I wrote or they got something completely off-base, like you said. Biggest blogging pet peeve!

  24. that beef and the macaroni and cheese look TO. DIE. FOR. I have never made my own breadcrumbs before but I own a food processor so I might as well try next time I need breadcrumbs!

    Tony’s compound butter looks great. I love jalapeno & chipotle compound butters with cornbread. It’s sooo good!

  25. Ahhh, that roast looks perfect! And love that mac & cheese as well. What a great dinner 🙂

  26. […] My plate: 4 ounces of steak, 4 ounces of potato with a pat of my avocado compound butter: […]

  27. Avocado Compound Butter

    Recipe courtesy Alton Brown, 2005
    Show: Good EatsEpisode: Curious Yet Tasty Avocado Experiment
    Rated: 5 stars out of 5Rate itRead users’ reviews (22)
    Filed under: Vegetables, Avocado, Dairy, Vegetables, more

    Prep Time:10 minLevel: EasyYield: approximately 8 ounces of butter
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    6 ounces ripe avocado meat, approximately 2 small avocados
    1 tablespoon freshly squeezed lemon juice
    2 ounces unsalted butter, softened
    1 garlic clove, minced
    1 tablespoon freshly chopped cilantro leaves
    2 teaspoons ground cumin
    Kosher salt and freshly ground black pepper

    Peel and pit the avocados. Place all ingredients into the bowl of a food processor and process until well combined. Place mixture onto a sheet of parchment paper and shape into a log. Place in the refrigerator for 3 to 4 hours. Slice and serve with grilled fish or chicken.

    Too close for comfort…

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