Coast Cooking

Coast Cooking: Bread and butter

Bread and butter is about as simple an offering as there can be, but it can be deeply satisfying and delicious if you carefully select the best you can find.

Have you tried the fresh, locally made butter that you can find at the farmers markets? Country Girls is the name of the dairy. Where do you buy your bread? Try the bread at local bakeries.

There also is a way to fortify the butter you use. The classic way is to make Maitre d'hotel butter (butter, black pepper, parsley and lemon juice), but there are lots of other options. “Larousse Gastronomique" lists more than 30.

Here's a very simple recipe, just make sure to slather it on very good, fresh and hot bread.

1 cup butter

2-3 pinches salt

3 tablespoons chopped fresh basil

1/2 tablespoon finely chopped garlic

Soften the butter by bringing it to room temperature. Add the basil and garlic and mix well. Sprinkle with salt only after you have anointed the fresh, hot bread. Consume at once, along with a good glass of wine and be very, very happy.