The Best French Butter
That I can find in the US, that is. I've spent a long time, and a decent amount of cash trying to find a butter that's as magically delicious as my favorite French butter. But nothing available here in the states comes close to the salty, crunchy, creamy heaven that is Grand Fermage Aux Cristaux de Sel de Mer. I usually bring back at least 12 or so every time we're in Paris. When we came back from our last trip in July, I made the grave mistake of dispensing too many to friends and family, leaving me with just a few until our return in the fall. What the hell was I thinking? Unfortunately for my husband and kids, I guarded that butter with all I had. If I suspected someone was using too much, or worse, cooking with it (?!?), I all but pounced on them. After a particularly scary moment during which I considered hiding it for myself (shame), I realized I had to find a decent substitute. I was fairly close to ordering some butter online, but the outrageous price ($8 for something I spend a euro or two on in France) gave me pause. And then, on a routine trip to Whole Foods, I found what would turn out to be pretty darn good butter. I've had Beurre D'Isigny before, but I never found any with the crunchy salt pieces I like. As soon as I saw this version had course rock salt in it, I snapped up two. I was optimistic, since I did like the flavor of this brand of butter, but have come to realize the large salt pieces are key. So? Biiiingo. Close. Very, very close. And for the "bargain" price of just $7 for 8 ounces, I can have killer butter here in the states. At least I don't have to pay shipping. PS. Why is butter so much more expensive here?