compound butter

Photo: Adam Bell

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7. Add instant wow to breakfast, lunch or dinner.
Keep a stash of compound butter in your freezer, and you'll always have something to doctor up a baguette, melt over steak or chicken or swirl into soup for extra richness. A few we love: honey thyme, orange cinnamon or any combination of herbs. Just spoon the butter into the ice cube tray and freeze; it will defrost to the perfect spreadable consistency at room temperature within 30 minutes or less.