Compound butter is one of the easiest, yet most impressive ways to make a meal more delicious. Even though it's nothing more than softened butter with herbs or spices or other flavorings whipped into it, somehow it achieves a level of refinement that comes across as very impressive (for a barbecue, having a couple varieties to slather on everything makes for a fantastic party).
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This is a pretty straightforward use for lavender, but it's such an assertive herb that simple, unfussy recipes seem to do it the most justice. It's also a great way to preserve fresh lavender if you can get it. If...
Who doesn't like adding a pat of richness to a meal in the form of smooth, luscious butter? But wait—there's a way to get even more flavor from butter. My newest exploration is making a variety of compound butters, and this one combines celery, bell pepper, and hot pepper sauce.