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September 13, 2012

Weddings are the truest celebration of life and love. They are hopeful, beautiful and full of promise. The sheer act of choosing to spend the rest of your life with just one person is wildly romantic; certainly well deserving of a party that goes out of its way to be both extraordinary and delicious. Memorable and seductive. Detailed yet humble in its focus on family and friends.

Congratulations Deborah and Tomas!

 

I had...

February 13, 2012

I'm crazy about Fourth of July Sparklers.

 

We have a stash of them at Sweet Butter that we adorn celebratory cakes, cupcakes & petit fours with.

 

When I was a kid, sparklers were my favorite firework because they reminded me of a magic wand. But they never lasted long enough. So much in life is like that…not lasting long enough. That is why I believe in (sorry for the cliche) living in the moment; and if those moments hap...

June 21, 2011

This is hanging in Mario Batali's NYC Food Emporium, Eataly.

 

I just returned from a much needed sojourn to New York City with my family to celebrate my daughter’s 21st birthday and my (eeek) 52nd.

 

The view from our hotel, The Bowery.

 

New York is one of the the most vibrant cities in the world. There is so much to do…and eat!

 

We ate and ate and ate. Walked a bit of it off strolling through the Alexander McQueen Exhibit a...

April 5, 2011

Minnesota collectibles abound at Sweet Butter. That is because my husband lives there. We’ve been enduring a long distance relationship (first a romance, then an engagement, and now a marriage) for 10 years. Many people say, “Now that’s the key to a happy a happy marriage! But for us, it is just plain difficult. There is so much we’ve missed these past 10 years, simple things like sharing a closet. But somehow we’ve man...

February 1, 2011

Sweet Butter got a new toy today, and she is over the moon. It is called a Low Boy. 

 

Our new Low Boy being tested for the first time! 

 

I don’t know why it’s called that. Maybe cause it’s lower than a fridge and sassy like a boy. It’s sleek and shiny as the new bike you couldn’t wait to ride on as a kid. Okay…maybe I’m going overboard here, but I tell you, this new piece of kitchen equipment has our line cooks in an...

January 12, 2011

Sweet Butter opened in 2010…and now it’s 2011! I feel so “established!”

 

The past few weeks has whizzed by almost as fast as we sell out of Nan’s Chocolate Chip Cookies, Mia’s Bolognese & our Chicken Pot Pie Soup. I truly think we have the best staff of any restaurant, anywhere. We hit the jackpot here, believe me. We started with 12 employees, and now have 36…and they are all, each and every one of them, AMAZING. I know...

December 14, 2010

If you've ever had a baby, then you know how joyful and difficult those first weeks can be. A blur of moments held together by a bond so strong that you are able to withstand the string of sleepless nights and colicky days that lay ahead.

 

Opening a restaurant isn’t much different. Your idea is fertilized when the lease is signed and then, quite suddenly, (after months of hard-work), your baby is there for the...

December 1, 2010

It has been a week since Sweet Butter opened her doors, but all those minutes, hours and days have just been a blur. I have been out of contact lens cleaner for five days, and the refrigerator at my house has never looked barer. 

 

I had a feeling I would be busy, but I never knew it would be like this. The only thing that I can compare it to is having a baby. Except a baby takes naps and doesn’t require grease drums...

November 22, 2010

I just left Sweet Butter and blew her a kiss good night. I hope she’s ready for her big debut. Her grab and go freezer was looking a bit bare, (a woman came in while we were doing some last minute barista training and bought almost everything in it for her holiday entertaining!) so I decided to stay late tonight and make several bries with fig jam wrapped in puff pastry. They look so festive with the oak leaf cut-outs o...

November 13, 2010

We are almost there!! Sweet Butter is so close to opening the neighborhood can smell the Neuskes Bacon.

 

All we have left to do is to stock our marketplace with scrumptious goodies, fill our walk-in with the best produce, dairy, meat and pantry goods, and test our our beautiful menu.

 

My chefs, Mia, Susie and Evet just so happen to have brown hair, just like me! This post pays homage to them and their amazing skills in th...

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