Brown Butter (on purpose!)
Marty Martindale

 

You have made, or many times almost made, unintentionally, France’s revered, warm gourmet sauce, Beurre Noisette, or brown butter as we call it in this country.

Serious brown butter is an art and one you can make on purpose to achieve a nutty, near-caramel, toasted, almost hazelnut-like flavored butter with countless uses. It is the careful cooking of unsalted butter just long enough to cook away the water found there, then medium-toasting the butter’s milk solids, which makes your highly-sought-after, delicious brown butter sauce.

There are three popular ways to process butter for different cooking needs. All butter is composed of fat, milk solids and water. The Indian culture uses a lot of Ghee-processed butter, and clarified butter is used frequently for seafood sauces by all cultures. These processes separate the water from the butter then strain the milk solids away from the butter. They are
usually made in larger batches than brown butter.

How to make BROWN BUTTER
Total time about 5 to 7 minutes.

• 2 sticks (1/2 pound) unsalted butter cut into uniform, smaller chunks

• Choose a stainless-steel skillet or saucepan to show contrast between browning milk solids and the pan bottom. Continue reading

Bento Box Joy
Marty Martindale

You are all gussied up. You look great. It’s even a fine hair day. Grab that lunch and get going. It’s so crushed, even recent spots on the bag. Oh well.

Ditch that sack. Get a bento box!

A bento box, these days, is an update on a plain lunch box. And, it looks better, makes you look better and is a better way to do lunch. Bentos have a floorplan with separate compartments allowing you to take more interesting leftovers, doggie bag contents or a refrigerator raid concoction. There’s also separated places for snacks, veggies, dips or little salads. Maybe even something for the commute.

Never underestimate the great, great taste of almost anything when you are away from all food sources and you’re feeling true hunger. This is when a carefully-packed bento contains true happiness.

Remember when mom used to say, “This will taste better on the second day?” A leftover from the night before in your bento box
IS
in its second day!

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