Today's tip

With garlic butter on hand you can quickly sear shrimp or scallops, or toss it with chicken breast.

To make garlic butter, start by simply heating some extra virgin olive oil in a pan. Add a little finely chopped garlic and a few chopped shallots. Cook these together over a low heat for 2-3 minutes. Pour in some white wine, add a little lemon juice, and then bring it all to a boil until almost evaporated. Let this cool completely while two sticks of unsalted butter are softening. Blend well the softened butter, the garlic and onion mixture, and some chopped parsley. The flavored butter will keep in the refrigerator for a week or more. Just roll it tightly in cellophane wrap. With garlic butter on hand you can quickly sear shrimp or scallops, or toss it with chicken breast. Presto!