Tried and true.If you need to soften butter quickly but don't want to melt it. Put boiling hot water in a microwave safe glass to heat the glass. Dump the water out and flip it over your stick of butter. In a few minutes it will be softy soft to use!
How to preserve fresh basil in the refridgerator easily. - I bought a big bunch of basil at Trader Joes yesterday. I want to make pesto soon, so this is a good experiment- I'm hoping the olive oil will taste like basil eventually.