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Congratulations to thefood, whose Tea with Honey and Lemon Compound Butter won the contest for Your Best Recipe with Tea!

Describe an early food experience that has influenced the way you think about food and/or cooking.
As with so many families, I grew up in a family that was very food focused so I didn't really know that people who couldn't cook even existed; early experiences are pretty typical in that they involve me standing on a chair stirring batters or soups. However, in my early twenties my real food focus started developing as I moved in with my girlfriend (who is a chef). We've experienced a lot of fabulous meals, snacks and treats together over the years, and our life now is so food-centric it's a bit laughable!

What's your least favorite kitchen task?
I'm a bit of a scaredy cat when it comes to heat (bbq-ing, straining large pots of boiling liquids, etc) so I usually get my better half to deal with those things!  

Your favorite kitchen tool?
Le Creuset dutch ovens, my oval shaped stainless measuring cups and spoons, soup spoons, mini whisks, and my dishwasher. If you make me choose just one, I'd take soup spoons!

What is your idea of comfort food?
Messy cheeseburgers and good fries (I'm a french fry connoisseur).

What is your greatest kitchen disaster?
Oh goodness, there have been so many! There was a dinner party that involved failed short ribs, a midnight grocery run for a substitute main course, overcooked grilled peaches, and crème brûlée that couldn't be brûléed due to three blow torches being out of fuel…yet we had so much fun at that dinner party that none of it seemed to matter!

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over 2 years ago Summer of Eggplant



over 2 years ago Kitchen Butterfly

Congratulations again. This would be stunning slathered on flat bread! Love the sweet, the citrus and the umami flavours. Did I mention the ease of making???? Well deserved.


over 2 years ago EmilyC

Can't wait to try this! Congrats!


over 2 years ago sdebrango

Suzanne is a trusted source on General Cooking.

Congratulations on the win, your compound butter is amazing.


over 2 years ago hardlikearmour

hardlikearmour is a trusted home cook.

Congratulations! I plan on serving your butter at the next brunch I have -- I imagine it's divine on grilled or toasted brioche!


over 2 years ago thefood

thanks! i'm thrilled!
i too am serving this butter at brunch in a few weeks!
brioche would be amazing with it!


over 2 years ago Amanda Hesser

Amanda is a co-founder of Food52.

I've been making brioche sandwiches with it for my kids' lunch. And toast for myself on the weekend! Yum.