Janet's Notebook
Go Bold With Butter: Spreading The Joy of Home Cooking

Butter Poached Lobster with Corn Pudding

Sometimes it really pays to be bold. In fact, it can be downright delicious! We've noticed a ton a bold flavor combinations popping up in some of the most popular recipes here in the Club. And interestingly, there's one common thread... butter! We've been wowed by how creative folks are getting. There's even a blog devoted entirely to the best of butter at www.GoBoldWithButter.com! Got to love that.

This age old flavor fave has clearly become the vehicle for some fantastically de-lish dishes. In fact, unofficial Just A Pinch smile ambassador Sherri Logan Williams recently weighed in with a brand new Blue Ribbon recipe that elevates butter to a brilliantly bold new level! Born of a "mystery basket" ingredient challenge, her Butter Poached Lobster & Coconut Corn Pudding is a true shining star. "The mystery ingredients for the Mystery Basket Challenge were corn, eggs & bread crumbs," explains Sherri. "I chose to make a Thai inspired corn pudding with butter poached lobster. To my surprise, it was pretty darn good. I hope that you all will try this one." Pretty good? Hardly. Like anyone who cooks with passion, Sherri's know show to infuse her recipes with TLC. This dish is a buttery delight for the senses. A must try!

So what could possibly be flavorful enough to pair with such a bold dish? How about a side of comforting, homemade Fettuccine Alfredo?! Megan Olson has mastered the classic pasta dish. Paring down ingredients to just the tasty basics, her recipe is a snap to prepare. In fact, it was the first recipe her husband ever made when he was learning to cook! "This rich, creamy dish is one of my favorite comfort foods," she explains. "It has gotten rave reviews from even the pickiest eaters of the family." The creamy, buttery pasta has all the flavor of restaurant fare without all the expense... a terrific go-to side.

With a meal like this, you can't afford to let your bread go undressed! Spice things up with a healthy helping of Linda Farnsworth's outstanding Chipotle Butter! If you haven't tried chipotle peppers before, they are simply smoked jalapenos. While they do have a kick, they also have a wonderfully unique earthiness that is just plain addictive. Paired with garlic, cilantro and sweet cream butter, you've got one killer spread. "A dab of this spicy, creamy butter on a tender steak, burger, or corn on the cob is all you'll need for super flavor!" says Linda. "[Or] even slather on crusty bread and grill or broil until golden for your family - they'll love it."

For dessert, bold and buttery is always best! Ms. Mary Louise is shaking things up with her delectable recipe for Cranberry Cake with Lemon Butter Sauce. "This is a very old recipe that belonged to my grandmother," explains Mary. "This cake has to be served with the lemon butter sauce or you can not fully enjoy it." She is so right! Like all of these great dishes, Mary's cake is all about the butter. It adds a richness that just can't be replicated any other way. Mary says she loves to share her lovely cake with friends over a steamy cup of coffee. Well, save us a slice, Mary - We're a'coming!

Why not make your own bold, buttery statement tonight? Try a new recipe... or two or three! Variety is the spice of life and we sure do love heating things up in the kitchen.

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Paul Bushay - Apr 30, 2012
It's better with BUTTER!!
vicki reed - Apr 28, 2012
thank you so much!!!
Sherri Williams - Apr 28, 2012
you can use margarine if you prefer...they actually have a light butter now. there are all sorts of light butter substitutes in the grocery markets now. use whatever is best for your diet needs. sw☺
vicki reed - Apr 28, 2012
Can I use margarine instaed of butter? Which has less fat?
Jean Campbell - Apr 27, 2012
Sherri, congratulations on your buttery recognition in Janet's Notebook Page! I am intending to try your Butter Poached Lobster with Coconut Corn Pudding as a personal treat for myself. Later I will try it on my family, but they are away for a few days and the recipe is here - NOW! Your recipes are to die for Ms. Sherri. From the variety of subjects in your recipe photo book, I am amazed at the wide variety of subjects you prepare. LOL :-)
Norma DeRemer - Apr 27, 2012
Who doesn't love butter? Great recipes here on JAP. If you can't find it here I don't know where else you will find it. As you stated Janet, that smile of Sherri cheers up my days.
Sherri Williams - Apr 27, 2012
What a nice thing to do. I think that we should all do that. Thanks for posting. sw☺
Melba Pierce - Apr 27, 2012
Melba Pierce: Just feceived my new apron and it so pretty. I will feel wonderful when I wear it.I don't cook very much just for myself, but, I love to read recipes. I will put on my apron when I read so I will feel closer to my new frienda.Love yu.
Sherri Williams - Apr 25, 2012
Thank you ladies...sw☺
Linda L Costa - Apr 25, 2012
I just L O V E Just a pinch I could stay on this site for days I Love all your recipes. Thank U all.:~)
Sea Sun - Apr 25, 2012
Congrats, Sherri! Fabulous recipe! You amaze me! lol
Colleen Sowa - Apr 25, 2012
Congratulations to my sister Sherri!!!! Congratulations to all of the ladies mentioned here! Great article! xo
Sherri Williams - Apr 24, 2012
you ladies all make me feel that my passion is all worth it. I thank you all dearly!! sw☺
Elizabeth Johnson - Apr 24, 2012
Paula Dean has plenty of competition here.
FREDA GABLE - Apr 24, 2012
Congrats Sheri, Your such a great Cook and Inspiration, Even tho I am Not Much for Lobster at all, Nor am I into Off the Wall out of the Norm Type Recipes, I prefer Classics, I do Use My share Of butter in recipes.
I am Thankful to have You as one Of My favorite Cooks.
CONGRADULATIONS, dear Friend, You desirve it.