About

I know that it’s an overused cliche to use my grandmother as an inspiration. I’m not trying to be a sap or be overly sentimental. I won’t say that I sat on her lap and observed her from the time I was a baby or that I used to sing with her doing the dishes, but I will say that neither of my parents cook, and she is the reason that I got into food. The name of this blog is fitting because her name was Bunny, and I love butter. Bunny passed away my freshman year of college and left me the contents of her kitchen. I moved out of the godforsaken dorms into a lovely one-bedroom apartment and started this blog, dedicated to her.

I graduated from Western Washington University with a degree in food writing through Fairhaven College. I began as a journalism major, however I spent my time in many of my classes dreaming up my ideal dinner for that night and making fantasy grocery lists. Before I knew it I was creating my own major and writing about food.

Now I live in Seattle, baking for a living and coming home to write.

Follow me on:

Twitter: @butterandbunny

Instagram: @butterandbunny

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Contact: dakotamackey0601@gmail.com

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17 thoughts on “About

  1. HAPPY BIRTHDAY, DAKOTA! Your blog is fabulous, and I’m going to try the nacho recipe when the grandkids come.

    Just got your address from your mom, so special present on the
    way.

  2. Kody: Love the blog. Your Grandmother was the master of casseroles for dinner parties. Do you have any of those recipes or are they too old fashion. I am not referring to The Green Bean Casserole. I will keep reading.

    1. Liz,

      I love casseroles! Unfortunately, Bubbe never shared any recipes for them with me…but I will see what I can come up with 🙂

  3. KOKO. Not only am i drooling over your reciepies now I must do all the cooking without Bunny, but I am in awe of your writing skills, your ability to put such a light touch and wry humor in your presentations. Keep them coming!

    1. DaKota Sorry I have not met you yet Bunny & my mom were the best of friends like Carol. I saw your mom on the weekend here in Philly in May. Well my Mom died my senior year of Sem In Buffalo when I was 17. I did go to Lake Forest College for 1 year yet after that I knew I wanted to be a chef. So I went back to LFC to work in a restaurant then on to cooking school for what would have been my junior year in London. I have been a very high end chef with the most amazing experiences you could ever imagine. My mother was a very good cook & our family’s growing up used to cook the most yummy things yet they also drank alot. I will be 50 next month but living my pation so called work is the best thing I have ever done. Your Mamma Mia mentioned to me highly about your interest & blog about food. Check out Amanda Hesser from NY Times Blog Food 52 I think it is called. I always loved her approach to food.
      Ok I cried when I watched the movie Ratatouille because my dad never wanted me to be a chef. He was a banker. Oh Julie & Julia yet another favorite movie. So when I was 17 I cooked from the Julia Child cook book. At Lake Forest college for our thanksgiving weekend where we all stayed on campus I made Julia Child Beef Wellington it was so good I cried when it was sliced.
      As a traveling chef I notice that most people have Ina’s cook books. Good start as she cooks with the good stuff. Butter is very important!!! I have cooked for so many cool people including Steve Jobs in Pal Alto for his 47th birthday. Emm Humm Vegan 75% partial raw what an experience!!
      I could talk about food all the time . . send me your e-mail address so I can send you some of my basic recipes winners. Oh I have catered parties with my wild mushroom risotto for 165 people it is a piece of cake when you realize risotto just needs to stay moist.
      I miss Bunny so much living here in Philly. The one thing my mom & Bunny used to cook was a Barley Mushroom Casserole. While the dads grilled the steaks. Oh the first time I ever had a shirred egg was at the Castle house which your Grandfather whipped up. Call me JuneBug Congrats to your Blog!

    1. Yum! I am not sure…I need to figure that out because multiple people have asked me the same thing. But I know that it is possible.

  4. Hi –
    A bit out of left field, but I’m a friend of your dad’s, and looking for a lunch caterer in Bellingham for a teacher’s meeting… (Remember a certain babysitter, BreeAnn? I’m her step mom.) Thanks, and hope things are going well for you!

    1. Hi Angela!

      Yes, I’m remember. Thanks for reaching out. I’m actually currently in NY studying food writing, so I won’t be in Bellingham for a while.

      I hope all is well with you and the fam!

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