Recipes

  • 24 Sep
    Orange Ginger Rolls

    orange ginger rolls

    It’s Saturday morning, and you are awaken to the smell of freshly baked cinnamon rolls wafting down the hallway. You happily jump up out of your warm bed, and head to the kitchen in search of the comforting aroma. As you approach the kitchen, your significant other greets you with a kiss and a cup of piping hot coffee.

    What a pretty picture I have painted; a picture that can be yours tomorrow morning. My orange ginger rolls are a twist on the traditional, and the flavors are familiar but unique. They are gooey, soft, fragrant and delicious on a lazy weekend morning!

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  • 20 Sep
    Cream Soda (For Grown Ups)

    vanilla cream vodka soda

    Sweet, creamy, vanilla-based soda is often used to describe cream soda (even though true cream soda contains cream or half and half). Cream soda is said to be created in the early 1900’s to recreate the ice cream floats in soda shops at the time.

    Approximately 6 days ago I posted a recipe for Vanilla Lime Infused Vodka. My vodka infusion has rested and the vanilla has infused into the vodka for about 10 days now. The result is smooth, vanilla flavored vodka with undertones of fresh lime. It is, by far, one of my favorite infusions I have created.

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    This post was posted in Drinks & Cocktails, Recipes, Vanilla Bean Recipes and was tagged with Drink, Cocktail, Tahitian Vanilla

  • 18 Sep
    Candied Pecans with Dried Cranberries

    candied cranberry pecans

    Candied nuts are a wonderful sweet treat any time of the year! I enjoy eating them straight off the baking sheet but they are equally delicious on baked goods or even fresh mixed green salads. A simple salad of mixed greens, blue cheese and French vinaigrette begs for the sweet crunchy candied pecan. In baking candied pecans can be added to fudge, used as a topping for scones or folded into homemade ice cream. The uses for the candied pecan is unlimited!

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  • 16 Sep
    Vanilla Acorn Squash

    acorn squash

    Fall is upon us, and the squash crop is showing up in the grocery stores and farmers markets. I know you were expecting a dessert recipe, but I can’t survive on desserts alone, contrary to popular belief!  As fall approaches, my family and I start to crave those comfort foods that make you feel warm and cozy when the temperatures start to drop.

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  • 14 Sep
    How to Make Vanilla Vodka (Infused)

    How to Make Vanilla Vodka

    Infusing flavors into vodka has gained in popularity over the past few years; I have seen flavors that range from simple to exotic. I tend to lean towards the fruity and sweet so I chose to infuse my vodka with lime peels and Beanilla Tahitian Vanilla beans. I started my infusion by splitting the Tahitian vanilla bean down the center with a sharp chef’s knife, leaving the ends intact, then added fresh lime peels to the bottle. To ensure maximum flavor from the bean and lime peels, the vodka needs to sit for 1-2 weeks.

    Tahitian vanilla beans are gorgeous! They are exceptionally large compared to other varieties and are brimming full of vanilla "caviar". They smell sweet and fruity with a touch of chocolate and caramel. True Tahitian vanilla beans from Tahiti are prized for their aroma, size and abundance of vanilla seeds in each pod. Lucky for you, Beanilla is one of the few retail sites that sell true Tahitian vanilla beans from Tahiti!

    Upon receiving the Tahitian vanilla bean, I held onto it for about a week before I decided what I wanted create with it. The bean is so special and has such a beautiful aroma and flavor profile that I really did not want to overpower it. Vodka is the perfect vehicle for the flavor of this bean. A good quality vodka has very little flavor and should be smooth and not astringent. This will allow the Tahitian vanilla bean to shine.

    Once the vodka has infused, I will photograph the finished product and create a drink especially for you! Stay tuned!!!

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    This post was posted in Drinks & Cocktails, Recipes, Vanilla Bean Recipes and was tagged with Drink, Cocktail, Vanilla Bean Recipes

  • 12 Sep
    Maple Pecan Vanilla Bean Scones

    maple pecan scone

    The original scone was round and flat, usually the size of a medium size plate. It was made with unleavened oats and baked on a griddle, then cut into triangle-like quadrants for serving.

    Scones sold commercially are usually round in shape, although some brands are hexagonal as this shape may be tessellated for space-efficiency. When prepared at home, they take various shapes including triangles, rounds and squares. The baking of scones at home is often closely tied to heritage baking. They tend to be made from family recipes rather than recipe books, since it is often a family member who holds the "best" and most-treasured recipe.

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    This post was posted in Desserts, Recipes, Vanilla Bean Recipes and was tagged with Maple, Vanilla Bean Recipes, Breakfast

  • 10 Sep
    Chocolate Coffee Ganache

    Chocolate Ganache

    As a chef, I am often reminded that what I think is easy and uncomplicated, is not necessarily. Chocolate ganache is often thought of as fussy and complicated, and I want to tell you it as simple as 1...2...3. Chocolate ganache originated in France. Ganache is a French term referring to a smooth and velvety mixture of chocolate and cream. Its origin is a little unclear, but it is believed to have been invented around 1850. Some say it originated in Switzerland where it was used as a base for truffles. Others say it was invented in Paris at the Patisserie Siravdin.

    Ganache is a simple mixture of hot cream and good quality chocolate. As much as we all love Hershey's, this is not the place for it. I recommend Callebaut, Valhrona or any other high quality dark chocolate. Look for chocolate that contains cocoa butter as the primary ingredient. The higher the quality of chocolate used, the better the flavor and texture your ganache will have in the end.

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  • 06 Sep
    Vanilla Bean Crème Brûlée

    creme brulee

    They say that food is the way to a man’s heart. Even though I agree with this, I say crème brulee is the way to a man’s heart!

    This is a simple custard enhanced with Beanilla Madagascar vanilla beans, then cooked and chilled, then topped with vanilla sugar and, finally, torched until melted and crisp. A properly cooked crème brulee should be smooth and silky, and the bruleed topping should have a crisp cracking sound when your spoon hits it.

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    This post was posted in Desserts, Recipes, Vanilla Bean Recipes and was tagged with Vanilla Sugar, Vanilla Bean Recipes

  • 02 Sep
    Almond-Raspberry Italian and French Soda

    italian soda

    Italian soda is light, crisp and fruity. A refreshing change from sugary sodas, they can be made with all natural products in any flavor you desire. The most popular flavors are fruit-based, but these drinks can be made with botanicals and even savory herbs. I prefer the fruity version, so when I pulled out my Beanilla Raspberry extract I knew that it belonged in a crisp Italian soda.

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    This post was posted in Drinks & Cocktails, Recipes and was tagged with Raspberries

  • 29 Aug
    Homemade Graham Crackers (S'mores Part 2)

    homemade s'mores

    Homemade Graham Crackers (S'mores Part 2)

    As promised, here is part two of the homemade marshmallows recipe that was posted on Tuesday. Homemade marshmallows are delicious and definitely a treat to have around the house. But, what would a s'more be without the graham cracker?

    When I was much, much younger, I had a best friend whose mom would give us graham crackers sandwiched with leftover homemade frosting. I still love it to this day!

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    This post was posted in Desserts, Recipes, Snacks & Salads and was tagged with smores

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