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6 Compound Butters to Flavor Any Dish with a Little Decadence

Health nuts may want to look away for this one, because butter really does make anything better. We’re not just talking about a pat of any ol’ butter from the grocery store, though — we mean compound butters packed with flavors that will elevate whatever you make. This applies to breakfast, lunch, dinner and even brunch thanks to sweet and savory ingredients like strawberries, garlic, herbs and cheese (well, maybe not all of those mixed together).

So next time you want to add a little decadence to your dishes, soften up some butter and let your imagination take over. But if you have a difficult time deciding what to throw in there, we have six dynamite flavor suggestions for any occasion.

The Perfect Brunch: Strawberry-Black Pepper Butter

One of Bobby Flay’s favorite brunch hacks is to make a quick flavored butter. His Strawberry-Black Pepper Butter takes strawberry waffles to the next level, but you could also use it on pancakes, French toast or even regular toast. If you’re feeling adventurous, you could even make your own butter by shaking around cream in a jar and then adding berries — see Alie Ward and Georgia Hardstark’s instructions for berry homemade compound butter.

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Pear Butter for Chilly Autumn Mornings

Pear Butter Oatmeal with Pear Butter and Pepitas

Autumn’s been asserting itself in San Francisco. After a few weeks of Indian summer, full of sun and occasionally blazing heat, the mornings now break cool and grey, swathed under a scarf of silvery fog.

On these chilly mornings, I find a strange comfort in the blandness of oatmeal and plain black tea, but I also see no harm in punctuating such monasticism with a little punch of flavor. I favor a dollop or two of pear butter plus a scattering of pepitas for crunch.

Once I’ve filled my belly with warming oatmeal, cradling my tea in my hands, the morning’s veil is lifted, and I’m ready to embrace the day.

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Loving: The Galloping Gourmet

Graham Kerr -- The Galloping Gourmet

The Galloping Gourmet series that made Graham Kerr famous was before my time, but I’ve caught a few clips of his hilarity on YouTube.  He literally galloped over a chair to make his entrance and drank copious amounts of wine as he cooked, never holding back on the clarified butter.

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Food Bloggers Cooking: Bill Granger

Bill Granger of Bills

Bill Granger of Bills

For the uninitiated, Bill Granger is a hot restaurateur, chef and food writer based in Sydney who has created a series of wildly-popular restaurants in Australia and Japan. His recipes are so tasty…

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Sharing: Baker’s Secrets

Rachel Allen from Rachel Allen: Bake!

Rachel Allen from Rachel Allen: Bake!

Aside from constantly practicing the craft, what better way to become a better baker than engage in the swapping of secrets?  Before we pick your brain, we wanted to share a few from Rachel Allen…

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