Vermont Butter & Cheese’s Cultured Butter
Mitch Hedburg (1968-2005) had a joke about having a cameo in a movie with Peter Frampton. Not being familiar with Frampton’s music, Hedburg had to come up with something to say that would detract from that: “Hey Frampton! Do you like toast? Me too! It is warm and crispy and the perfect place for jelly to lay. Now go away, I ain’t got shit to say to you!”
Toast is the perfect place for jelly to lay, but even more perfect is butter. Butter is so essential to so many things that we cook and eat that it’s really easy to substitute and forget about. Last week I even made a risotto with my vegan roommate’s “buttery sticks” because it was all that we had. No loss, it turned out really well, but I can never help but wonder what really good butter would have done.
So this weekend, I took home some cultured butter made by Vermont Butter & Cheese Company. I cannot stop making toast. I’ve been hearing about it for months; the reputation of the product and the company are both really high in the cheese world. Owner Allison Hooper is also the founding member of the Vermont Cheese Council. And her butter is really delicious. It’s nutty and rich, and hits you with waves of melting umami. I’m really loving this butter.
photo courtesy of flickr user Lex in the City