Tuesday, May 19, 2015

Butter Me Up

During the 1990s, the low-fat food craze changed the way many of us ate, but there were two things I would not compromise; and that was the "Best" mayonnaise, and most of all, I would not give up my real butter. I am not one to use butter every day, but it is a necessary ingredient when doing my holiday baking, or baking my annual Lebanese-style baklava or my favorite chocolate chip cookie recipe. Oh, forgot about my linguine and clams with butter, garlic and wine sauce. 

All in moderation, right? It's been discovered that real butter is healthier than using margarine and highly processed "butter-like" products that have a list of chemical ingredients that we cannot pronounce. 

Oh, and did I mention, butter is not only a natural food, but it tastes good, too. Other than used for baking, butter is a friend when cooking. Let's face it, if you are going to cook something special, especially when you are using fresh produce and the recipe is time intensive, why would you cut corners with chemical-laden "butter-like" products? 



A joy that I happened across was French butter, and especially that made with flecks of sea salt. This creamy rich butter with the sea salt is what I refer to as "krak-butter." It's wonderful whisked into the preparations of scrambled eggs or an omelette. Slather it over vegetables, baked potatoes, or even top a slice of it on steak or salmon.  Yes, and even on pancakes and waffles, and don't forget the maple syrup. It's like a bite of salted caramels. 

One of my favorite ways to enjoy this treat or to share it with friends, is to spread "krak-butter" on slices of baguettes, and top the butter with either thinly sliced cucumbers or radishes, or both. Even simpler is to place the room temperature butter on an attractive plate and let your guests make their own little bites of bread and butter.  Perfect to entertain with instead of labor intensive appetizers, and just as impressive as a cheese spread or dip.  

So, butter yourself up. After all, Julia Child lived to be 91 years old and there wasn't a day where she renounced butter. Enjoy. 

(Can't find butter with sea salt at your local market? Check out "My Favorites" on my Amazon widget - Les Pres Sales Butter with Camargue Sea Salt.)

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