Photo: Randy Mayor; Styling: Cindy Barr
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Makes about 2 cups (serving size: 1 tablespoon)

With pine nuts at $35 per pound, we wondered if it made any sense at all to make a butter out of them. Then we tasted it: the richest, most indulgent nut butter ever, and satisfying in minuscule bits, so that a little 2- or 3-ounce jar makes a fine food gift, like a present of caviar.

How to Make It

Start with pine nuts toasted to medium-brown so that the full roasty flavor comes out. (Be careful: They burn so easily!) To make the butter, place toasted pine nuts in a food processor. Add oil and salt. Process until smooth.

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