Dear Kid,

One of the things we’ve tried very hard to teach you and Pi is to try new things, especially new foods. However, I have just discovered there is at least one exception to the Try New Things rule.

We were watching Beat Bobby Flay on the Food Network. It was the episode where Marcus Samuelesson battles Bobby Flay. Because it’s Bobby’s show, the guest gets to choose the dish. And Marcus chose Chicken Doro Wat which is a spicy Ethiopian chicken stew and which Bobby had absolutely no idea how to make.

The King asked the Queen and the Queen asked the Dairymaid “Could we have some butter for the Royal slice of bread?” And NO ONE asked for funky fermented butter. Ever. DearKidLoveMom.comThat’s not the interesting part, nor is it the part about you not trying things. My understanding is that doro wat is about a zillion kinds of delicious. (So be sure to try it if you have the opportunity.)

One of the ingredients Marcus used was funky fermented butter (I’m quoting). Well-known (and pretty funky herself) chef Anne Burrell went over to check on Marcus’ progress and asked if she could taste the funky fermented butter. Of course he said yes, so she did.

And the face she pulled was priceless.

Apparently, funky fermented butter is delicious when used as the base for Chicken Doro Wat but not something one should eat plain.

Now you know.

Love, Mom