This is me, Jen. Welcome to use real butter, my food blog.
I live in the Colorado Rockies at 8500 feet above sea level with an astrophysicist and a black dog. I am a freelance nature, food, portrait, and event photographer. In addition to fooding I hike, mountain bike, mountaineer, and telemark ski. I hold a Ph.D. in geology from Cornell and a B.S. in engineering and applied science from Caltech. In my past life I was a NASA programmer, although I remain a smartass and proficient noodler.
I’m hyper, opinionated, and OCD.
use real butter is less of a mantra for my cooking and baking and more of a directive for life. I am not a fan of doing things half-assed. I managed 23 days of telemark skiing during chemotherapy in 2008. Rock on.
Please obtain my permission to legally use any of my images. Do not copy, hotlink, or steal my photos – that is just complete assholery. I retain full rights.
use real butter (urb) went public in August of 2007 when I surgically removed the food-related content from my personal blog. That is why it dates back to November 2004 and the early posts are moronic at best. I suppose some things never change. There is a lot of personal minutiae dribbled throughout urb because food is an integral part of my life and I never shut up.
Feel free to leave a comment or ask questions on the blog. If you are shy, you can always email me.
I try to answer all sincere comments and emails within a week of the post. It’s getting harder and harder for me to answer each comment, so from now on, I will try to answer any questions or respond to a comment if I feel I have anything to add. Thank you for understanding! If you have a blog, please link to it in the url field of the comments section. I can’t promise that I will visit you in a timely manner, but eventually I might! You are welcome to link to urb if that is your desire. I do not engage in trading blog links as my blogroll is reserved for my favorite blogs and I update that once a century.
Should you feel the need to be rude, be nasty, leave incendiary remarks, troll, or spam, don’t be surprised if you are no longer welcome at urb. These days I am less inclined to bring the smackdown than to just delete your sorry ass outright. This is not a public forum, it is my blog. If you want to spout Crazy, you can actually do that on your own shiny little blog – flying spittle and all.
Requests for posts on specific recipes will invariably go unheeded: This is not a call-in cooking show, nor am I made of spare time (or money for that matter).
I shoot with professional Nikon digital bodies and lenses and use a tripod for 90% of my food shoots. I have nothing against artificial lighting and use flash(es) when necessary. There is a pervasive misconception that dropping enough money for a fancy camera and expensive glass will magically turn you into a good photographer. Owning a Steinway does not a concert pianist make.
Drop a line if you have questions!