Last week I had a group of students and a colleague over for dinner. As we prepare to adjust to some changes at work, I thought it was important for us to get to know each other and begin to form some new relationships. I’ve enjoyed starting to work more closely with the Admissions staff, who are a great group of professionals and folks who have really helped to make the summer go more smoothly for us, somewhat by necessity (sharing space together in the building) and somewhat out of the kindness and collegiality that a small campus seeks and needs in order to function more smoothly.
Anyhoo, when some of the orientation staff came over for dinner, along with the admissions staff member who will be working with me on orientation, I made a few new dishes, which I’ll continue to share in the upcoming weeks. The main dish was the Gorgonzola Pasta that has become a favorite way to use summer vegetables in the meal. But one of these things is something I keep eating all week because I don’t want it to go bad. I put together a compound butter, if you will. I don’t have a clever name for it, except one that states all of the different ingredients in the butter. It was: Raspberry Rosemary Honey Butter.
1 c butter, softened
2 sprigs rosemary
2 Tbsp honey
Handful of raspberries
Whip all ingredients except raspberries together until well mixed. Add raspberries at the end, and only until just mixed, so as to not completely crush the raspberries.
It was super-easy. I read online a bit about compound butters, but then just took food that looked like it would taste good together and hoped for the best. We ate it on fresh bread the first day when my guests were here, but since then I’ve been using it mostly for making grilled cheese.
I bought some grain-filled bread and muenster cheese and have been eating these most nights this week. It’s such a great combination with the gooey cheese and fruitiness of the raspberries. I don’t think I could ask for a better flavor combination. And, just when I can’t taste the rosemary, some of it sneaks through and I find myself having a sweet-savory-creamy combination of flavors in my mouth. What could be more satisfying?
Try it yourself! I hope you find it as tasty as I did!