•Fresh Herbed Cream Sauce: No cooking here -- simply blend 1/2 cup crème fraîche with 1 teaspoon each finely sliced chives and fresh tarragon. Add about 1/4 teaspoon lemon juice and salt and pepper to taste. Serves up to 6 people. Streak a little over pieces of grilled, baked or poached salmon, sole, or scallops. Herbs could be pureed with a little shallot and stirred into the cream for a pale green color.
•Pan Sauces: Stir a generous tablespoon into defatted pan sauces after pan grilling poultry, fish or vegetables. Bring to a simmer, taste for balance, and pour over foods.
•Soups: Reduce the amount of cream called for in your favorite creamed soup by half and substitute crème fraîche.
•With Fruits: A few spoonfuls of crème fraîche lift fruit flavors. Try over berries, ripe peaches or nectarines, or on sauteed pears. The cream could be lightly sweetened, flavored with a little lemon, orange or vanilla.
•Imagination is everything. Try crème fraîche in other dishes as well. Streak it over mousses and jelled sweets or savories. Finish an appetizer plate of marinated leek or grilled scallions and asparagus with a zig zag of crème fraîche. It is classic in Beef Stroganoff instead of sour cream.