Make Herbal Butters: The Basic Recipe

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Illustration by Peggy Turchette
Creamy herbal butters are a delicious way to capture the flavor of the garden.

<p>This recipe will get you started. Try any of your favorite culinary herbs individually or in combination to make up the 1/4 cup of chopped herbs.</p>
<p>• 1/2 cup (1 stick) unsalted butter at room temperature<br />
• 1/4 cup freshly chopped herbs<br />
• 1/2 teaspoon fresh-squeezed lemon juice<br />
• Pinch of salt and pepper (optional)<br />
• 1/2 teaspoon minced garlic, scallions or shallots (optional)</p>
<p>1. Combine all ingredients in a small bowl.</p>
<p>2. Store in refrigerator and use within 2 weeks or freeze up to 5 months.</p>
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<em>Theresa Loe is always creating new herbal recipes and crafts for her annual calendar,</em> The Herbal Calendar <em>(Tide-Mark Press). It is illustrated by Peggy Turchette, who also illustrated this column. You can link to Theresa’s website at the Friends of The Herb Companion page on our website,</em>
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<strong>Herbs in the Pantry: Herbal Butters</strong>.</a>

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