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By Michelle Judd from Taste As You Go
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I want to thank EVOO Cannon Beach’s Bob Neroni and Lenore Emery from  for their patience and flexibility in answering my questions. Operating on two different coasts – East Coast (me) and West Coast (them) doesn’t always lend itself to conducting an interview quickly, especially when we’re dealing with packed schedules on both sides!

Why did you choose the name “EVOO” (Extra Virgin Olive Oil)? What significance does the ingredient play into yoEVOO Cannon Beachur cooking?

When we were still going to open a restaurant, friends would ask us what kind of cuisine we like to cook. We usually answered any cuisine that uses EVOO as a main ingredient. That means lot of Mediterranean-style dishes. And, that means, to us, anyway, that we cook with local ingredients in the Mediterranean style – lots of vegetables, fruits, grains, and EVOO, with the focus on those ingredients rather than on the meats or proteins on the plate. We absolutely love Italian, Moroccan, Spanish, and Greek food.

Did you always want to open your own cooking school? What inspired you to set up shop in Cannon Beach?

Bob NeroniNo, opening a cooking school wasn’t always in the life plan. We’ve always taught throughout our respective careers, so when we finally decided on a cooking school, it seemed so natural! We actually thought of opening a kitchen shop first in Cannon Beach, so we could live and work there, but the cooking school component goes with it, so the classes became our focus.

Before we settled on Cannon Beach for our location, we had looked for a restaurant space from Maine to Northern California. Bob fell in love with the Northwest after our first trip there to meet [Lenore’s] family in Seattle, and his heart pulled him to the Northwest, where we also looked for a restaurant for a long time. We built our beach escape house in Cannon Beach with the money we were saving for a restaurant, and the rest is history!

How are your cooking classes structured?

We learned early on that our guests seemed to prefer “hands-off” classes in this beach town, so we focus on evening dining experiences. THE DINNER SHOW is our mainstay most Thursday, Friday, and Saturday nights and features three entrée courses paired with wines and a great dessert to close. This way, we can offer up to fifteen recipes in one evening (2.5 hours).

How do you choose which dishes to prepare and teach? Fresh Local Ingredients

We get our inspiration from magazines, food news, and Food Network, as well as from talking with our guests and eating out on our own. We look at what is available in the stores, what we have preserved from the summer, and what the weather/time of year seems to inspire.

What is the food philosophy at EVOO?

We like to promote cooking with the best ingredients available, which plays to our theme of fresh, local, seasonal ingredients indigenous to the Northwest region. We do use specialty imported ingredients in moderation, as well as some ingredients from California and Hawaii when they’re in season – citrus, avocado, pineapple, etc. Of course, our main ingredient – the EVOO! – is not produced locally in enough quantity, so we do look to California and Italy and Spain for that. Though, we do have a little Oregon EVOO from the Dayton area that we like. We prefer organic and naturally-raised meats but will take sustainable over organic ingredients that need to be shipped. In short, we’re humbly striving to be more sustainable with our practices, and we’re always working to improve.

Have you ever considered doing something outside of the food industry? If so, what would you do?

[Lenore’s] been a public high school teacher, but it doesn’t count because she taught “Culinary Arts” to students interested in a career in the hospitality industry. Bob tried pre-med a long time ago and quickly decided to stick with food. He also has an interest in acting, plays, and event writing for TV.

What do you like to do in your spare time, outside of the cooking school?

We have two standard poodles that get our attention when we’re not at school. They are a joy and a handful all at once, but they get us out and playing on the beach every day. Bob would love to do more fly fishing, and [Lenore] would love to have time to garden more… and to shop! Our best times are with good friends, eating, and sipping!

Do you have a cooking tip you’d like to share?

Strive to learn technique so you can cook without recipes. Our goal is to teach technique and free students from being boxed into following recipes. It takes practice, but mostly just learning good technique, the “whys” behind the instructions, and the function of each ingredient in a recipe. It’ll help you have more fun in the kitchen!

EVOO Cannon Beach
188 South Hemlock
Cannon Beach, OR 97110
(503) 436-8555

Website: http://www.evoo.biz/


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When it comes to ice cream, vanilla is a classic flavor that is beloved by many. It's the most popular flavor in the world, but did you know there are different vanilla ice cream types? Two of the most popular varieties are vanilla and French vanilla. In this guide, we will look at vanilla vs. French vanilla ice cream and all the other versions of vanilla ice cream in between to help you decide which one is right for you. Get ready to indulge in the sweet and creamy world of vanilla ice cream! In this blog, we'll be diving into the delectable variations of vanilla ice cream, tantalizing your taste buds with recipes for each type, and answering all your burning questions about this beloved frozen treat: What is vanilla ice cream? What is vanilla bean ice cream? What is French vanilla ice cream?What is the difference between each type of vanilla ice cream? Which type of vanilla ice cream should I make? What is Vanilla Ice Cream? Vanilla ice cream is a classic flavor commonly made with vanilla extract, cream, milk, and sugar. It has a simple, sweet taste and creamy texture. Vanilla ice cream is perfect on its own and can also be used as a base for other flavors, such as chocolate chips, cherries, mint, or strawberry. What is Vanilla Bean Ice Cream? Like classic vanilla ice cream, vanilla bean ice cream is made with cream, milk, and sugar. The difference between vanilla and vanilla bean ice cream is that vanilla bean is flavored with the seeds of a vanilla bean. The beans are typically steeped in the cream and sugar mixture to infuse the ice cream with their distinct flavor and aroma. The result is an ice cream with a subtle yet complex flavor profile. Vanilla bean ice cream will also have a speckled appearance due to the vanilla bean seeds. What is French Vanilla Ice Cream? French vanilla is a richer version of vanilla ice cream made with egg yolks. The added egg yolk gives French vanilla ice cream a more complex flavor and creamier texture. You might also hear this variety of ice cream called 'Old Fashioned' vanilla. Some French vanilla ice cream will be made using vanilla extract, and others will use scrapped vanilla bean seeds, providing speckles and a more robust flavor. Vanilla Vs. French Vanilla Vs. Vanilla Bean Ice Cream: What is the difference? The main difference between vanilla and French vanilla ice cream is the addition of egg yolks in French vanilla ice cream. This gives French vanilla ice cream a richer, creamier texture and more complex vanilla flavor. Vanilla ice cream, on the other hand, has a simpler flavor and a lighter texture. Another difference between vanilla vs. French vanilla ice cream is the flavor. Vanilla ice cream is made with vanilla extract, while vanilla bean ice cream uses vanilla beans to flavor it. French vanilla can be made with either vanilla extract or vanilla beans, but a double-strength vanilla extract will achieve a strong, rich, complex flavor without scraping vanilla beans. What Vanilla Ice Cream Should I Choose? When it comes to vanilla vs. French vanilla vs. vanilla bean ice cream, the choice ultimately comes down to preference. A double-strength vanilla extract can provide a similar flavor profile in each variety. If you want vanilla specks in your ice cream, then vanilla bean or French vanilla is the way to go. If you're big on the texture of your ice cream, then you will want to go the French vanilla route since the egg yolk provides a creamier texture. It's also worth noting that French vanilla ice cream is often more expensive than regular vanilla ice cream because of the additional ingredients and the more complicated production process. So if price is a factor for you, then keep that in mind when deciding which ice cream to make. Vanilla, Vanilla Bean & French Vanilla Recipes That You'll Love Go ahead! Click through these vanilla ice cream recipes, find the one that's best for you, then get to churning, and enjoy! [wprm-recipe-roundup-item id="61960"] [wprm-recipe-roundup-item id="62014"] [wprm-recipe-roundup-item id="63874"] [wprm-recipe-roundup-item id="61942"] [wprm-recipe-roundup-item id="62772"] [wprm-recipe-roundup-item id="62779"]


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Summer is upon us, and what better way to beat the heat than with an irresistible selection of refreshing summer cocktails? Picture yourself lounging by the pool, feeling a gentle breeze kissing your skin, and sipping on a drink that perfectly captures the essence of this sun-kissed season. But here's the twist: these refreshing cocktails have a secret ingredient that adds an unexpected twist of flavor and indulgence. Say hello to vanilla, the unsung hero of the cocktail world, transforming classic favorites into unforgettable vanilla cocktails. So get ready to tantalize your senses with these exquisite libations, including vanilla-infused sours that balance sweet and tangy and espresso martinis that awaken your taste buds with a hint of richness. Are you ready to embark on a journey of summer flavors with a vanilla-infused twist? Let's dive in and discover these irresistible concoctions that will keep you cool, refreshed, and craving more all summer. From daiquiris that dance on your taste buds to mojitos that bring a whole new level of refreshment, we have compiled a list of 10 summer cocktails that harness the power of vanilla. 10 Refreshing Summer Cocktails Infused with Vanilla There are few better feelings than sipping a refreshing cocktail on a warm summer evening. Adding vanilla to cocktails with vanilla syrup, vanilla salt, or homemade flavored vanilla syrup can transform a regular drink into a delightful sensory experience. The sweet aromatic flavor of vanilla enhances the cocktail, creating a depth and complexity that tantalizes the taste buds. Whether it's the smooth sweetness of the vanilla syrup, the subtle hint of vanilla from vanilla salt, or the infusion of rich flavors from whole vanilla beans, this ingredient elevates the cocktail to new heights, leaving a lasting impression on those who indulge. Let the summer drinking begin. Pick your favorite or (responsibly) try them all: Jump to: Rum Cocktails Tequila Cocktails Gin Cocktails Vodka Cocktails Whiskey Cocktails Rum-Based Summer Cocktails Indulge in the creamy coolness of a Vanilla Daiquiri, a compelling summer delight that will transport your taste buds to a tropical paradise. This luscious blend of smooth vanilla, zesty lime, and a hint of rum create a symphony of flavors that will leave you craving more. Dive into the recipe now and discover the secret to unlocking the ultimate refreshing sensation. Prepare to sip, savor, and escape to a world of pure bliss. Get the Recipe Indulge your senses with the tantalizing allure of a Vanilla Mojito. This refreshing twist on the classic cocktail combines the zesty tang of lime and the refreshing essence of fresh mint, harmoniously infused with the sweetness of vanilla. Imagine the smooth vanilla caressing your taste buds, blending seamlessly with the crisp bite of rum and the effervescence of soda. It's a symphony of flavors dancing on your palate, leaving you craving more. Dive into the refreshing summer cocktail recipe to uncover the secrets behind this irresistible concoction that promises to transport you to a world of pure bliss. Get the Recipe Surrender to the smooth coolness of a Vanilla Strawberry Daiquiri, a refreshing summer cocktail that will whisk your taste buds away to a sun-drenched paradise. This perfect fusion of creamy vanilla, tangy strawberries, and a whisper of rum orchestrates a symphony of flavors that will tantalize your senses, leaving you yearning for more. Immerse yourself in the divine recipe and uncover the secret to unlocking the ultimate revitalizing sensation. Prepare to sip, relish, and embark on a journey to sheer ecstasy. Get the Recipe Tequila Cocktails with Vanilla Get ready to embark on a journey of taste and refinement with a classic margarita like you've never experienced before. Picture the tangy zest of freshly squeezed lime juice, the smoothness of premium tequila, and the subtle sweetness of orange liqueur perfectly balanced in a single glass. But that's not all—adorned with delicate vanilla salt, the rim of your glass adds a captivating twist to this beloved refreshing summer cocktail. Combining the margarita's timeless allure and the gentle kiss of vanilla salt creates an extraordinary harmony that will tantalize your senses and leave you yearning for another sip. Uncover the full recipe and elevate your margarita game with this unforgettable flavor fusion. Get the Recipe Indulge in the captivating allure of a Vanilla Paloma. This irresistible twist on a classic cocktail harmonizes the refreshing essence of grapefruit with the smooth sophistication of vanilla. Sip on this extraordinary elixir, where vibrant grapefruit, tequila, and a seductive hint of vanilla intertwine. Unveil the full recipe to elevate your Paloma experience and awaken your senses to a world of pure indulgence. Get the Recipe Gin Cocktails Immerse yourself in the exquisite world of a Vanilla Gin Sour. This enchanting rendition of a timeless cocktail combines the botanical elegance of gin with the velvety embrace of vanilla. Imagine the crisp, juniper-infused notes of gin melding seamlessly with the delicate sweetness of vanilla, creating a harmonious balance that dances on your palate. Savor each sip as the tantalizing blend of citrus, vanilla, and gin ignites a symphony of flavors that will leave you craving more. Dive into the full recipe and unlock the secrets behind this alluring libation that promises to elevate your gin-sour experience to new heights of pleasure. Get the Recipe Step into a world of pure elegance and refreshing summer cocktails with our Vanilla Tom Collins. This classic cocktail takes a seductive twist as the smooth essence of vanilla dances harmoniously with zesty citrus notes. Indulge in the ultimate summer sensation, where every sip whispers tales of sophistication and delights your senses. Experience the epitome of refined indulgence in a glass as Vanilla Tom Collins unveils a symphony of flavors that will leave you yearning for more. Prepare to embark on a compelling journey that transcends the ordinary, and immerse yourself in a drink that embodies the art of perfection. Get the Recipe Embark on a journey of refined elegance with the Vanilla French 75. This sophisticated cocktail blends the effervescence of champagne with the delicate allure of vanilla, resulting in a harmonious symphony of flavors. With each sip, the crisp bubbles of champagne mingle with the subtle sweetness of vanilla, creating an exquisite balance that delights the palate. Let the Vanilla French 75 whisk you to a world of timeless indulgence, where sophistication meets pure pleasure. Raise your glass and toast to the epitome of refined luxury with this enchanting libation. Get the Recipe Refreshing Cocktails with Vodka Experience the seductive allure of the Vanilla Espresso Martini. Indulge in the perfect harmony of bold espresso and smooth vanilla, creating a tantalizing fusion that awakens your senses. Succumb to its irresistible charm and embrace the luxury of this timeless classic. Elevate your cocktail experience with each sip and savor the pure temptation it offers. Get the Recipe Whiskey Cocktails with Vanilla Immerse yourself in the bold and tangy embrace of a classic Whiskey Sour. This legendary libation combines the robust warmth of whiskey with the refreshing zest of citrus, creating a compelling blend that awakens the senses. With each sip, the rich flavors of aged whiskey intertwine with the bright tanginess of fresh citrus, striking a perfect harmony that lingers on the palate. Indulge in the timeless allure of the Whiskey Sour and discover the art of balance in every sip. Elevate your cocktail experience and savor the unforgettable journey of flavors that awaits you. Cheers to the irresistible charm of this timeless classic! Get the Recipe Enjoy Refreshing Cocktails Your Way As the warm days of summer beckon, we invite you to indulge in our refreshing summer cocktails collection. From the irresistible Vanilla Tom Collins to the captivating Vanilla Espresso Martini and the timeless Whiskey Sour, our handcrafted libations will transport you to a world of pure delight. But this is just the beginning! We're constantly experimenting and curating new concoctions to please your palate, so stay tuned for exciting additions to our ever-evolving menu. We value your input and recommendations, so if you have a favorite vanilla cocktail that you believe should grace our list, don't hesitate to let us know by commenting below or sending us a message. Together, let's celebrate the joy of summer and the endless possibilities of delightful vanilla libations. Cheers to unforgettable moments and the promise of more refreshing summer cocktails!


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Baking is a wonderful hobby that people of all ages can enjoy. However, if you have a corn allergy or sensitivity, finding the right ingredients to use in your baking can be a challenge. Many common baking ingredients contain corn, such as baking powder. But don't worry. There are plenty of corn-free alternatives you can use instead, including our simple recipe for making corn-free baking powder. This blog will show you how to make corn-free baking powder and share other substitutions. What is Baking Powder? Baking powder is a leavening agent that helps baked goods rise by releasing carbon dioxide gas when mixed with a liquid and heated in an oven. It is typically made up of a mixture of baking soda, cream of tartar, and a moisture-absorbing agent, such as cornstarch. Baking powder is often used in recipes that do not contain acidic ingredients, as it provides the necessary rise without the need for an acidic component. What is Corn-Free Baking Powder? Baking powder is a key ingredient in many baked goods. It's a leavening agent that helps dough and batter rise. However, most store-bought baking powders contain cornstarch, a problem for those with a corn allergy or sensitivity. Luckily, making corn-free baking powder is easy and can be done with three ingredients; cream of tartar, baking soda, and arrowroot powder. How to Make Corn Free Baking Powder Ingredients: 2 parts cream of tartar1 part baking soda1 part arrowroot powder Directions: In a small bowl, whisk together the cream of tartar, baking soda, and arrowroot powder until well combined.Store the corn-free baking powder in an airtight container and use it as a 1:1 substitute for regular baking powder. Corn-Free Baking Powder Corn-free baking powder is a type of baking powder free from corn starch, a common ingredient in traditional baking powder. It's a popular choice for people with corn allergies or sensitivities and those who follow a corn-free diet for other reasons. It can be used in various recipes, including cakes, cookies, and other baked goods. Air proof containermeasuring spoons or measuring cups 2 parts cream of tartar1 part baking soda1 part arrowroot powder In a small bowl, whisk together the cream of tartar, baking soda, and arrowroot powder until well combined.Store the corn-free baking powder in an airtight container and use it as a 1:1 substitute for regular baking powder. Other Corn Free Baking Substitutions Cornstarch substitute: Cornstarch is often used in baking as a thickener for sauces, gravies, and pies. If you have a corn allergy or sensitivity, substitute it with arrowroot powder or tapioca starch.Corn syrup substitute: Corn syrup is a common sweetener used in baking. You can substitute it with honey, maple syrup, or agave nectar. However, remember that these substitutes will change the flavor of your baked goods. You can learn more about this by reading our healthy baking substitutions. Cornmeal substitute: Cornmeal is often used in baking bread and muffins. If you have a corn allergy or sensitivity, you can substitute it with rice or almond flour. Vanilla Extract Corn-free vanilla extract is an excellent option for people with corn allergies or intolerances. Vanilla extract is commonly made with a blend of alcohol and vanilla beans, but some brands also add corn-based ingredients such as corn syrup or dextrose to the mix. For those with corn allergies, these additives can trigger an allergic reaction. Singing Dog Vanilla is made without corn-based ingredients and is safe for individuals with corn allergies. It provides a delicious vanilla flavor and can be used in baking, cooking, or even added to beverages. People with corn allergies can enjoy the same taste and flavor in their dishes without worrying about allergic reactions. Let's Get Social


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Spring is the perfect time to freshen up your home, but did you know you can make spring cleaning more effective and enjoyable by cleaning with vanilla extract? Not only does vanilla have a delicious, sweet, and pleasant aroma, but it also has cleansing properties that can help you tackle those tough microwave stains and make your home smell like your favorite vanilla baked goods. From kitchen counters to dirty microwaves and smelly rooms, here are some surprising ways to clean with vanilla extract. How to Clean with Vanilla Extract Make a Scented Surface CleanerFreshen Up Your MicrowaveClean a Smelly Garbage DisposalDIY Vanilla Air FreshenerMake Vanilla Scented Room MistMake a Vanilla Simmer PotFreshen Up the Room with the Flick of a Light How to Spring Clean With Vanilla Extract Make a Scented Surface Cleaner If you're looking for a natural and pleasant-smelling cleaner, vanilla extract is a great option. Here's a simple guide to making a scented cleaner with vanilla extract: Gather your materials: You'll need a sponge and 1-2 teaspoons of vanilla extract. Make sure you're using a pure vanilla extract rather than imitation vanilla.Pour the vanilla extract onto the sponge: Squeeze a few drops of vanilla extract directly onto the sponge. If you're using a larger sponge, you may need more vanilla.Use the sponge to clean surfaces: You can use the vanilla-scented sponge to clean your countertops, sink, microwave, inside of the fridge, kitchen cabinets, or any other smooth surfaces that needs cleaning. Wet the sponge and scrub the surface as you normally would.Rinse the sponge: After cleaning, rinse the sponge thoroughly with water to remove any residue. That's it! Your vanilla-scented cleaner is ready to use. It's important to note that while using pure vanilla extract is safe for cleaning, you shouldn't use it as a disinfectant. You'll need to use a different disinfecting product to kill germs and bacteria. Freshen Up a Smelly Microwave If you used the scented cleaner on your microwave, but it's still smelling funky, using vanilla extract is a great way to freshen it up and make it smell nice. Here's a short guide on how to use vanilla extract to freshen up a smelly microwave: Gather your materials: You'll need 1-2 teaspoons of pure vanilla extract and a microwave-safe bowl.Pour the vanilla: pour 1-2 teaspoons of pure vanilla extract into the bowl.Microwave: Place the bowl in the microwave and heat it for 30-60 seconds. This should be enough time to let the vanilla extract release its fragrance and fill the microwave with a sweet, pleasant aroma.Allow the scent to permeate: After heating the vanilla extract, leave the bowl in the microwave for a few minutes to let the smell permeate the inside.Remove the bowl: Carefully remove the bowl from the microwave and discard the vanilla extract.Wipe down the microwave: Wipe the inside with a damp cloth to remove any residual odor and leave your microwave smelling fresh and clean. Using vanilla extract to freshen up a smelly microwave is a simple and effective way to eliminate unpleasant odors. Eliminate the Smell of a Dirty Garbage Disposal A smelly garbage disposal can make your entire home smell like old food, and that's never good. If you're dealing with a smelly garbage disposal, using vanilla extract can be an easy and effective way to freshen it up. Here's a short guide on how to do it: Gather your ingredients: You'll need an ice cube tray, some orange or lemon peels, vanilla extract, and any other complementary ingredients you'd like to use (such as cinnamon or other citrus fruits).Fill the ice cube tray: Place one orange peel and a drop or two of vanilla extract into each spot in the ice cube tray. Add any other ingredients you'd like to use, then fill the tray with water and freeze until solid.Use the ice cubes: Once frozen, place a few in the garbage disposal and run it until the ice is completely gone. This will help freshen up the disposal and sharpen the blades.Repeat as necessary: Depending on how smelly your garbage disposal is, you may need to repeat this process a few times. You can also use these ice cubes regularly to keep your disposal smelling fresh. Cleaning with vanilla extract is a great natural alternative to harsh chemical cleaners, leaving a pleasant scent behind. So the next time you're dealing with a smelly garbage disposal, try using this ice cube trick to freshen it up. DIY Air Freshener Making a vanilla-scented air freshener with cotton balls, vanilla extract, and a small bowl is a quick and easy DIY project that can help freshen up your home with a natural and pleasant fragrance. Here's how you can make one: Materials: Cotton ballsVanilla extractSmall bowl Instructions: Find a Container: Choose a small bowl you don't mind using for your air freshener. It can be made of glass, ceramic, or any other material that can hold liquid.Gather Cotton Balls: Take a few cotton balls and place them in the bowl. Ensure the bowl is not too full so there's some space for the fragrance to spread.Add Vanilla: Add a few drops of vanilla extract to each cotton ball. You can adjust the amount of vanilla extract depending on how strong you want the fragrance to be. A good starting point is about 5-10 drops.Place in the Room of Choice: Place the bowl in the room you want to freshen up. You can put it on a shelf, table, or any other stable surface that won't spill.Replace Cotton Balls: Replace the cotton balls and add more vanilla extract as needed. The fragrance will last a few days to a week, depending on the room size. Tips: If you don't have a small bowl, use a mason jar, a teacup, or any other container that holds liquid.Add more vanilla extract, or use more cotton balls for a more potent fragrance.Keep the air freshener out of reach of children and pets, as vanilla extract can be harmful if ingested. Make a Vanilla Scented Room Mist This next spring cleaning with vanilla extract hack will make any room in your house smell like freshly baked vanilla cupcakes. It can also replace air fresheners with chemicals we can't pronounce! Follow these steps to make a vanilla-scented room mist: Gather your ingredients: To make this room mist, you will need; 1-3 tablespoons of pure vanilla extract, a cup of distilled water, and a spray bottle. Fill the spray bottle: Add water and vanilla extract, shake it well to combine the ingredients, and let the vanilla infuse with the water. Spray the mist: Spray the mist around the room to create a vanilla-scented atmosphere that will remind you of a fresh batch of cookies. Note: You can adjust the amount of vanilla extract based on your preference for a stronger or milder scent. Also, shake the bottle before each use to ensure the ingredients are well-mixed. Vanilla Simmer Pots A simmer pot is a type of home fragrance method that involves simmering water, aromatic ingredients, and other ingredients on a stovetop or in a slow cooker. The mixture is heated gently, allowing the aroma to slowly release into the air and fill your home with a pleasant fragrance. Follow our steps below for a vanilla simmer pot that will leave your home smelling like your favorite local bakery! Instructions: Fill a pot with water: Fill a small saucepan with 2 cups of water and place it on the stove over medium heat.Add pure vanilla extract: Add 1-2 tablespoons of vanilla extract to the water.Choose your complementary ingredients: Add other complementary ingredients to the pot. We'd recommend orange or other citrus peels, cinnamon, ginger, rosemary, or pumpkin spice. Stir and let simmer: Stir the ingredients to combine them and bring the mixture to a simmer.Reduce heat and enjoy the aroma: Reduce the heat to low and let the mixture simmer for up to 2 hours, adding more water as needed. Enjoy the beautiful aroma that fills your home. This simmer pot can be stored in the refrigerator and used again for up to 3 days. Indulge in the sweet Scent of Vanilla with the Flick of a Light Our last spring cleaning with vanilla extract hack involves lightbulbs (yes, you read that right). Putting a small amount of vanilla extract on a lightbulb is an easy way to make the room smell nice without using synthetic candles. It's very important to be cautious when handling electrical equipment or hot lightbulbs. Here is a step-by-step guide to doing it safely: Gather your materials: For this spring cleaning hack, you will need some cotton swabs, vanilla, and a lightbulb/lamp. Turn off the light bulb: Turn off the light and allow the bulb to cool completely. You don't want to put the vanilla on an already hot bulb. Dip a cotton swab in vanilla: Dip a cotton swab in vanilla extract. If you want a milder smell, pour some vanilla into a bowl and dilute it with water before dipping the cotton swab. Apply vanilla to the light: Use the wet cotton swab carefully to apply the extract to the lightbulb. Use a small towel to wipe any excess liquid off the lightbulb. Then, let the lightbulb dry entirely. Turn on the lights: Turn on the lights and enjoy the sweet aroma of vanilla that fills the room. Note: It's important to remember that vanilla extract is flammable, so never apply it to a hot or turned-on lightbulb. Also, be cautious not to use too much vanilla extract as it may cause the bulb to smoke or emit a burning smell. Start with a small amount and gradually add more if necessary. Enjoy a Clean and Great Smelling Home Vanilla extract is a versatile and practical ingredient that keeps your home fresh and clean. From removing unpleasant odors to cleaning surfaces and adding a pleasant scent, this natural and non-toxic cleaner is an excellent alternative to harsh chemicals. So next time you clean your home, try incorporating vanilla extract into your routine and enjoy its many benefits. Your home will smell wonderful, and you'll have peace of mind knowing that you're using a safe and environmentally friendly cleaning solution. Are you eager to explore the endless possibilities of vanilla and elevate your baking game to new heights? Look no further than our monthly newsletter, a treasure trove of delectable recipes, insider baking tips, and other delightful vanilla-related tidbits. Join our community of vanilla enthusiasts today and immerse yourself in the rich and aromatic vanillaverse! [mailerlite_form form_id=2]


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Valentine's Day is a special occasion to celebrate love and affection with your significant other or those you are close to. Impress your loved one with a lovely time featuring delicious cocktails, sweet desserts, or a mouth-watering breakfast in bed. From classic Valentine's Day cocktails to heart-shaped desserts, this list has everything you need to make this Valentine's Day unforgettably delicious. Start the Day with Breakfast in Bed & a Couple of Valentine's Day Cocktails Start Valentine's Day with a sweet, indulgent breakfast treat - red velvet pancakes. These fluffy and moist pancakes are made with vibrant red velvet batter and topped with vanilla glaze for a delicious and romantic twist on a classic breakfast. These pancakes are the perfect way to start your day of love, whether sharing a morning meal with your special someone or treating yourself to a solo celebration. So, grab a plate and savor the sweet and velvety flavors of Valentine's Day with these delightful pancakes. Get the Recipe Show your love for your sweetheart's health this Valentine's Day with vanilla strawberry chia pudding. This delicious and nutritious dessert is made with vanilla and juicy strawberries layered with chia seeds for a satisfying treat. Whether you're looking for a healthy breakfast or a guilt-free dessert, this chia pudding is perfect for celebrating love. So, grab a spoon and enjoy a sweet and loving treat that's good for your body and soul. Get the Recipe Classic Valentine's Day Cupcakes Celebrate Valentine's Day with a sweet treat - cupcakes! Decorated with pink vanilla frosting and topped with sprinkles and candy, these cupcakes will show your loved one how much you care. These delicious treats will surely put a smile on your sweetheart's face. So, spread some love this Valentine's Day with cupcakes! Get the Recipe Celebrate love in all its velvety and sweet glory this Valentine's Day with delicious red velvet cupcakes. These soft and tender cupcakes have an Oreo cookie bottom and a vibrant red velvet batter. They have a vanilla-cocoa frosting & crumble Oreos for a romantic and indulgent treat. Whether you're serving these as a sweet ending to a romantic dinner or a festive dessert for a party, these cupcakes are a sweet way to spread love. So, grab a cupcake and enjoy a slice of love with every bite of these irresistible treats. Get the Recipe You'll Love These Desserts BERRY Much Celebrate love this Valentine's Day with warm and fragrant strawberry bread topped with a sweet and creamy vanilla glaze. This bread is filled with juicy strawberries for a burst of flavor in every bite and topped with a drizzle of smooth vanilla glaze for a sweet and indulgent finish. This strawberry bread with vanilla glaze is the perfect way to show your love this Valentine's Day. So, grab a slice and enjoy a sweet and loving treat that's as delicious as beautiful. Get the Recipe Sweep your loved one off their feet this Valentine's Day with vanilla bean cupcakes with strawberry cream cheese frosting. These delicate and delicious cupcakes are made with vanilla beans for a velvety flavor and topped with a sweet and tangy frosting from fresh strawberries and cream cheese. Whether you're enjoying these as a romantic dessert for two or as a sweet treat for a Galentine's Day celebration, these cupcakes are the perfect way to show your love this holiday. So, grab a cupcake and celebrate love in all its sweet and creamy glory. Get the Recipe Impress your sweetheart this Valentine's Day with a delectable fresh strawberry tiramisu. This classic Italian dessert has a romantic twist with the addition of juicy and ripe strawberries, creating a heavenly blend of flavors. Layers of creamy mascarpone and fluffy ladyfingers are soaked in a luscious strawberry mixture, making a dessert that's as beautiful to look at as it is delicious to eat. Enjoy this as a sweet ending to a romantic dinner or a special treat for two. This Fresh Strawberry Tiramisu is the perfect way to celebrate love on Valentine's Day. Grab a fork and enjoy a slice of love with every bite. Get the Recipe Valentine's Day Cocktails Indulge in the sweet and fruity flavors of Valentine's Day with our strawberry vanilla bean simple syrup. Perfect for adding a touch of romance to your Valentine's day cocktails, this syrup blends juicy strawberries with rich vanilla flavor for an experience that's sure to impress your loved one. Whether you're sipping on a classic cocktail or creating your unique blend, this simple syrup is a must-have for a romantic evening. Get the Recipe Celebrate the love of your life this Valentine's Day with a delicious strawberry vanilla margarita. These sweet and tangy Valentine's Day cocktails combine the classic flavors of a margarita with the irresistible taste of fresh strawberries and vanilla. Whether you're spending the evening with your special someone or having a night in with friends, this festive drink will surely add a touch of romance to your celebration. So, grab a glass and toast to love with this festive and delicious strawberry vanilla margarita. Get the Recipe Warm up your Valentine's Day with a decadent and boozy hot chocolate. This indulgent Valentine's Day cocktails blend rich and creamy hot chocolate with your favorite spirit for a luxurious drinking experience. Whether you prefer a classic boozy twist with rum or a more adventurous flavor with whiskey, this hot chocolate is the perfect way to add a touch of indulgence to your Valentine's Day celebration. So, grab a mug and snuggle up with your loved one for a night of love and warmth. Get the Recipe Other Valentine's Day Recipes You'll Love Add a touch of sweetness to your Valentine's Day celebration with beautifully decorated frosted sugar cookies. These soft and tender cookies are topped with creamy and smooth frosting. Whether you're gifting a batch of these cookies to your sweetheart or serving them at a Valentine's Day party, these frosted sugar cookies are a festive and delicious treat that will spread love and joy. So, grab a cookie and savor the sweet and playful flavors of Valentine's Day with these delightful frosted sugar cookies. Get the Recipe Indulge in a sweet and creamy treat this Valentine's Day with vanilla cherry ice cream. This smooth and velvety ice cream is infused with juicy and ripe cherries for a burst of flavor in every scoop and blended with rich and creamy vanilla for a timeless and beloved taste. Whether serving this as a romantic dessert for two or as a sweet and refreshing snack, this vanilla cherry ice cream is the perfect way to celebrate love on Valentine's Day. So, grab a bowl and enjoy a love-filled treat that's as sweet as your Valentine's. Get the Recipe Valentine's Day is a special occasion to celebrate love and affection with loved ones. Whether you prefer cocktails or desserts, there are plenty of options to make this day memorable. From sweet and romantic to bold and indulgent, you can choose the perfect treats to toast to love. Happy Valentine's Day! Don't forget to follow us on Instagram @singingdogvanilla for more delicious recipes, cocktail inspiration, and baking tips & tricks! [instagram-feed]


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One of the most common questions that we get asked is, "How do I store my vanilla beans?" It's an excellent question because vanilla is a valuable spice, and if you're baking with vanilla beans, you'll want to get the most out of them, so it is essential to store them properly to avoid mold and keep them from drying out. By reading this blog, you will learn how to store vanilla beans properly and some valuable tips for using or reviving your beans if they dry out. If you want to know what vanilla beans are best for you, read our other blog post about vanilla beans for beginners. This post will talk about the following; Unpacking your Singing Dog Vanilla Beans How to store vanilla beans Where to store vanilla beans The temperature to store vanilla beans at Letting vanilla beans air out How long do vanilla beans lastWhat to do if your vanilla beans do dry out Unpacking Your Singing Dog Vanilla beans will come in a vacuum-sealed bag. We recommend keeping them sealed inside the package until you are ready to use the beans. This airtight packaging will keep your beans fresh, plump, and pliable for around 1 year if stored properly. How to Store Vanilla Beans You want to avoid exposing vanilla beans to air and moisture. Keeping the beans in the original packaging is the best way to keep them fresh, but once you open the packaging, you will want to store them properly to avoid moldy or dried-out beans. Here's what you'll need to keep vanilla beans fresh: Airtight containers like a glass jar or Tupperware.Wax paper or plastic wrap. Wrap your vanilla beans in wax paper or plastic wrap, then place them in your airtight container. Make sure to get as much air out as possible. A plastic container will work. However, for best results, use glass. Plastic might absorb some of the flavor and aroma of vanilla beans, so the glass is recommended. Where to Store Vanilla Beans After getting your vanilla beans wrapped in wax paper and stored in an airtight container, you will want to find a cool, dark place to keep them. We recommend a pantry, kitchen cupboard, or basement. Do NOT store vanilla beans in the refrigerator or freezer. If you store vanilla beans in the fridge, you risk them drying out, losing flavor & quality, and growing mold. Freezing your vanilla beans can cause vanillin (the primary flavor compound in vanilla) to migrate to the surface and get lost during handling. Temperature When storing your vanilla beans, you'll want to keep them in a cool and dark place and at a temperature between 65-85°F (about 18-29 °C). Airing out Vanilla Beans You'll want to take your vanilla beans out of their airtight container and let them "breath" every 1-2 months. This will help keep them fresher for longer. You don't want your beans to "sweat" because this can lead to moldy beans. It's also worth noting that you shouldn't use a vented container. You want to store vanilla beans in an airtight container until you are ready to use them in a recipe. How Long Do Vanilla Beans Last? Following the guidelines above will get the longest lifespan out of your vanilla beans. In most cases, your vanilla bean will stay fresh for a year or more. Keep your beans in the original packaging until they are ready to be used. Then wrap the rest in wax paper, and transfer them to an airtight container. We recommend buying vanilla beans in quantities that you will use within 6-8 months of purchasing. Our vanilla beans can be purchased in various amounts listed below. You can also shop at our Amazon store for free Prime shipping. What should I do if My Vanilla Beans Dry Out? A dried-out vanilla bean doesn't mean it's unusable. There are plenty of ways to use your vanilla beans if they dry out, including making vanilla sugar or vanilla coffee. You can also use the dried-out bean in recipes that call for steeping, like poached fruit, ice cream base, or homemade vanilla syrup. Dried vanilla bean can also be used to make vanilla extract. Outside baking, you can also use a dried vanilla bean to make vanilla-infused bath salts or body butter. Spiced Vanilla Poached Pears To restore your dried-out vanilla bean and make it useable in recipes, you can soak it in warm water for around 10-15 minutes. Watch the video below to learn more about using a dried vanilla bean. https://youtu.be/VNw-n9JsN9E This should cover everything you need to know about how to store vanilla beans, to recap quickly. Keep your vanilla beans in the original packaging until you're ready to use them. Wrap the bean in wax paper, place them in an airtight container and store them in a cool, dry place. Do NOT put vanilla beans in the fridge or freezer. It would be best if you kept your vanilla beans between 60-85°F/18-29°C. Let your vanilla beans breathe every 1-2 months by removing them from the container. Your vanilla beans should stay fresh for a year or more, but for best results, buy vanilla beans in quantities that you can use within 6-8 months. You can restore a dried-out vanilla bean by soaking it in warm water. Let's Get Social!


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Do you want to bake with healthier, allergy-friendly, and lower-calorie ingredients without sacrificing the flavor of your favorite desserts? If you answered yes, then check out these healthy baking substitutions! There are plenty of reasons to need some ingredient swaps. Perhaps as part of your new year's resolution, you vowed to eat healthier, or maybe you need to avoid certain ingredients due to allergies, or perhaps you just ran out of a particular recipe element and needed a quick alternative. Whatever your reason, these healthy baking substitutions are a great way to make the same great-tasting treats you've come to love. Healthy Baking Substitutes for Flour Black Beans for Flour Black beans and baking might sound a bit silly, but we're serious when we say that black beans are an excellent substitute for flour, especially in brownies. In many cases, black beans will make your recipe gluten-free. To replace flour with black beans, use 1 cup of beans for every cup of white flour. This substitution will add protein, cut calories and boost fiber, making it a healthy baking substitute. 100% Whole Wheat Flour for White Flour White flour has been stripped of its nutrients, which can add a lot of empty calories and carbohydrates to your baked goods. Less refined and less processed flour can provide extra nutrients like fiber, protein, and vitamins. For those who aren't concerned with having gluten in their diets, this is a great way to make baked goods more nutritious. To substitute whole wheat flour for white flour, use 1 cup whole wheat to equal 7/8 of a cup white flour. Image from Polina Rytova Coconut Flour for Flour Coconut flour is a delicious and nutritious substitute for flour. It's one of the more common gluten-free flours used in baking. It is excellent for making pancakes, muffins, cookies, or just about anything you could imagine. One of the great benefits of coconut flour is that it is high in fiber and lower in carbs compared to traditional flour, which makes it a trendy substitute for gluten-free or healthy baking. Coconut is absorbent, so adding extra eggs to the recipe is recommended. A general rule of thumb is to use 1/4 to 1/3 of a cup for 1 cup of regular flour. Paleo Chocolate Brownies: Made with maple syrup, and coconut flour Nut Flour(s) for Flour There are a lot of different nut flours, hazelnut, coconut, and probably most popularly, almond flour. Almond flour is a very common healthy baking substitute. It makes it easier to sustain a gluten-free or paleo diet and is lower in carbs, and has more protein than white flour. Almond flour can be substituted at a 1:1 ratio. However, remember that more eggs may be required for the almond flour to bind correctly. Chocolate Cake Recipe: Made with almond flour Oats for Flour Oats have a lot of nutritional benefits on their own, but they are also a healthy baking substitute. Oats are high in fiber and help lower cholesterol, stabilize blood sugar and promote weight loss. The nutritional benefits of oats and their versatility are a big reason they are so famous for overnight oatmeal and meal prep breakfasts. In baking, substitute up to 1/3 of the flour in the recipe for quick or old-fashioned oats. Instant oatmeal is too delicate and is not recommended for baking. Baked Oatmeal Cups are healthy and great for meal prep Healthy Baking Substitutes for Sugar Unsweetened Applesauce for Sugar Applesauce is a perfect substitute for sugar because of the natural sugars and sweetness that the apples provide. It is also way lower in calories and can replace sugar in equal parts, where 1 cup of applesauce equals a cup of sugar. You will also save about 700 calories because 1 cup of sugar is around 800 calories, and applesauce is about 100 per cup. This is a perfect option for oatmeal cookies. Honey for Sugar The following healthy ingredient substitution is replacing sugar with honey. Avoiding sugar altogether is tough, but at least with honey, you prevent some empty calories. Honey has a lot of nutrients, including vitamins and minerals, as well as anti-inflammatory benefits. Since honey is sweeter than sugar, a liquid, and browns quicker than sugar, it doesn't swap quite as easily. For the best results, do the following when substituting honey for sugar: Use 2/3 cup of honey for every cup of sugar.Decrease the amount of the other liquids by about 1/4 cup. Decrease the baking temperature by 25°F because honey will make baked goods brown faster. Honey requires a bit of attention to detail, but using mother nature's sweetener is still an option for healthy baking. Nature's Sweetener, AKA Honey Mashed Bananas For Sugar Bananas are almost like a dessert ingredient already. There's banana bread, banana splits, or even these AIP-friendly frozen monkey bars. Since they naturally provide nutrient-rich sweetness, they can easily be a sugar substitute. Mashed bananas are best in cookies, brownies, pancakes, and muffins. To make this substitute reduce your sugar by 1 tablespoon for every 2 tablespoons of mashed banana. Remember that you will want to use bananas on the riper side. Bananas are a good source of vitamin B6 and potassium, too, so that's some added benefit. Banana is also a decent replacement for fats like butter and oil. Frozen Monkey Bars Maple Syrup for Sugar Maple syrup is one of the more common sugar substitutes. The syrup will provide some added minerals and have a less dramatic effect on blood sugar. To make this substitution, use 3/4 of a cup of syrup for every cup of white sugar. It is also helpful to reduce the total liquid in your recipe by 2-4 tablespoons for every cup of syrup that you use. This is another reminder that it's hard to avoid sugar entirely, but a product with no refined sugar is also a good route. If you want extra vanilla flavor, you could try using vanilla syrup in the same ratio as maple syrup. Agave for Sugar Agave is the nectar of the agave plant. It is most commonly used to make tequila (margaritas, anyone?) and agave syrup. When using agave, 2/3 of a cup equals 1 cup of sugar. And like honey, you will want to decrease the rest of the liquids in the ingredients. Substitutes for Eggs Ground Flax Seeds for Eggs A few tablespoons of flax seeds mixed into your batter are an excellent way of replacing an egg. Flax seeds are a superfood that promotes healthy digestion, helps lower cholesterol, and lowers the risk of diabetes. Using them in baking will make your cookies a healthy treat. Chia Seeds for Eggs Chia seeds are used in a lot of different foods. They are high in fiber, and you can replace them with 1 egg by combining 1 tablespoon of chia seeds with 3 TBSP of water and letting it thicken for about 15 minutes. This is a good substitute for muffins, cookies, and cakes. Other Substitutes for Healthy Baking Fig Puree Fig puree is a way to lower the fats in your favorite desserts. Instead of using butter or margarine in recipes. Because of the color, fig puree is best used in foods with a darker hue, like brownies, chocolate cookies, or chocolate cake. The added benefit of figs is the increased fiber, vitamin B6 and copper. This substitute is more based on personal preferences and taste, but you can replace fats (butter, oil, etc.) with equal parts fig puree. Start by replacing only a small amount of the butter with fig puree and experiment until you find the best ratio. Prune Puree Like fig puree, another way of making healthy baking substitutions is to use a prune puree instead of butter or margarine. This will decrease the amount of fat while adding fiber to your dish. Using 1/2 cup of prune puree for each cup of butter will drastically reduce calories. Evaporated Skim Milk Evaporated skim milk can be used in recipes that call for heavy cream. Using evaporated skim milk will make cakes, scones, whipped cream, biscuits, and a much lighter feeling and texture. This can reduce the calories from heavy cream and is easily swapped using a cup-for-cup measurement. Powdered Peanut Butter Many recipes will call for peanut butter, and despite being a good source of protein, peanut butter is also high in calories. There are a lot of powdered peanut butter products on the market that make using peanut butter slightly healthier. The ratios will likely vary from brand to brand, so follow the instructions to make enough peanut butter to make the substitution. Canned Pumpkin Pumpkin isn't just for fall; it's also a great healthy baking substitution. It should be no surprise that oil isn't the healthiest ingredient. However, it is almost a kitchen necessity. But that doesn't mean you can't avoid it when possible. Canned pumpkin or pumpkin puree is an excellent way to swap out any oil used in a baking recipe. One cup of 100% pumpkin puree is the equivalent of 1 cup of oil. It's also only 100 calories and zero fat, compared to the approximately 1900 calories and 218 grams of fat found in the oil. Besides, every fall recipe could use a little extra pumpkin. Melted Butter This next choice for healthy baking substitutions is more of a last-minute "I'm out of this, what can I use to replace it" than a healthy substitute, but you can switch melted butter for oil and oil for butter using a 1:1 ratio. Avacado Using butter will give your treats a richer and creamier taste, but if you're eating dairy-free or simply out of butter, subbing 1/2 tbsp of avocado for every tablespoon of butter can lower the fat and calories of whatever you're making. Our Bonus Healthy Ingredient Substitution Alcohol-Free Vanilla In most cases, the alcohol in pure vanilla extract will burn off during the baking process. However, if you're making a cold dish, like overnight oats, yogurt, smoothies, juices, or homemade milk, you may want to avoid the taste of alcohol. Similarly, if you wish to avoid alcohol, alcohol-free vanilla is another great swap on our list of healthy baking substitutions. Use equal parts alcohol-free vanilla when substituting for pure vanilla extract. Alcohol-Free Vanilla can add vanilla flavor to smoothies without leaving the taste of alcohol. Hopefully, these healthy baking substitutions will help you make healthier choices without sacrificing the flavor of your favorite treats and desserts. We would love to hear your thoughts if you decide to bake using one of these ingredient swaps. Tag us in your photos on Instagram so we can see how you decided to bake with vanillatude.


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Whether you're an experienced baker or found a recipe calling for vanilla bean paste, this post will help you understand how and when to use vanilla extract and vanilla paste. Although they are both vanilla and have similar flavor profiles, their differences can impact the look and feel of your favorite desserts. Using new ingredients, trying different flavors, and testing new recipes is a joyful experience for most home bakers. As we know, vanilla extract is a common ingredient in many recipes. People use it to add vanilla flavor to baked goods. It also enhances the flavors of sugar, milk, eggs, etc., similar to how salt enhances a steak's flavor. Using vanilla can even help you get more comfortable with gluten-free baking if you have a gluten intolerance. As you get more complex with baking, you'll likely see vanilla beans or vanilla bean paste listed in the ingredients. This raises the question; what is the difference between them? Extract Vanilla extract is probably nothing new to you. It's an essential ingredient in baking because of its flavor qualities. It's easy to use, so it is the most popular way for bakers to use vanilla. However, it doesn't provide as intense a flavor. That's why bakers use paste and whole vanilla beans in certain foods. To make vanilla extract, you must soak vanilla beans in alcohol which extracts the flavor. The extract is a liquid and doesn't add visual appeal to your food. It is only to enhance flavor. For vanilla extract to be considered an 'extract,' it must be at least 35% alcohol, so anything with less alcohol is a flavor, not an extract. Some brands use artificial flavoring to achieve a vanilla flavor, but real vanilla beans are not in the product. To get the most taste in your baked goods, you should always use a vanilla extract or flavor made with real vanilla beans. Paste Before talking about paste, let's first talk about beans. The type and region they're grown make every species of vanilla bean a little different in terms of the flavor profile. Regardless of where they are grown, they add vanilla flavor to frosting, syrups, sauces, ice cream, beverages, and various desserts and dishes. Another benefit of using vanilla beans is that they will add vanilla specks to the food. However, since vanilla is the second most expensive spice and using whole beans can be costly and time-consuming, people began making a paste to simplify recipes that call for a whole bean. Bakers use vanilla bean paste as an alternative to vanilla beans in recipes you want the texture, taste, and visual appeal of real vanilla beans. We make vanilla bean paste with double-strength extract, ground vanilla bean specks, sugar, and natural thickeners. It has the consistency of honey despite the name paste. When you want vanilla to be the star of the show, you can use vanilla bean paste to get vanilla specks and signal that you're using real, premium vanilla. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=YHL3KUxCgUw There are still plenty of reasons to use whole vanilla beans. If you'd like to make a homemade vanilla extract or use a leftover vanilla bean pod to make vanilla sugar, you will want to use vanilla beans. Still, in most cases, vanilla bean paste is a great option to make baking simpler. Also, using a vanilla bean can be a fun experience if you haven't before, so they are worth having on the baking shelf of your pantry. How and When to Use Vanilla Extract and Vanilla Bean Paste The purpose of vanilla is to add smooth vanilla flavor to baked goods and enhance the flavor of other things, like sugar, milk, eggs, and other ingredients. The true beauty of vanilla is how it combines with the other ingredients to enhance the flavors, so vanilla should never be an ingredient you skip when baking. People use vanilla extract for simple recipes such as cookies, cupcakes, and vanilla cakes. On the other hand, vanilla bean paste is often reserved for more complex recipes or dishes with a thicker consistency (ice cream, frosting, pudding, crème Brulee, etc.,.). Have you ever had a cake, ice cream, or panna cotta with little black specks? That is from using the seeds of a vanilla bean. Vanilla bean paste is a cheaper and more effective way to get those classic specks in your desserts. The main difference between extract and vanilla bean paste is that paste has a thick (honey-like) consistency and vanilla bean specks. It is often used for desserts with a thicker consistency or where the visual appeal of vanilla beans is desired. Vanilla extract is a liquid and does not contain any of the specks from a vanilla bean. It's more commonly used for home baking and will be the first choice for most recipes. Vanilla Bean, Extract and Paste Equivalencies If the recipe uses vanilla beans, it will likely call for ½ to one entire vanilla bean. So, if you decide to use vanilla bean paste instead, you need to know how much to use in place of the vanilla bean seeds. One tablespoon of paste is equal to one gourmet bean. Vanilla bean paste can also replace extract in a recipe with 1 teaspoon (tsp.) = 1 tsp. For vanilla extract, one teaspoon is approximately equal to a 2-inch piece of vanilla bean. So one grade-A vanilla bean will be the equivalent of 3 tsp. or 1 tablespoon of pure vanilla extract. In addition to delectable desserts, vanilla bean paste can also be great for flavoring smoothies, yogurt, oatmeal, and pancakes! Suppose you're looking to give your favorite foods great visual appeal. In that case, vanilla bean paste is perfect for you. Use Vanilla Extract and Vanilla Bean Paste in Recipes These are some of our favorite recipes. They are all allergy-friendly (or can easily be made allergy-friendly) and use either vanilla extract, vanilla bean paste, or vanilla beans. If the recipe calls for a vanilla bean, remember that one vanilla bean equals one tablespoon of vanilla bean paste. Recipes with Pure Vanilla Extract Gluten-Free Oreo Donuts Butterfinger Cupcakes Double Chocolate Zucchini Muffins Paleo Chocolate Brownies Recipes with Vanilla Bean Paste (or Vanilla Beans) Vanilla-Strawberry Chia Pudding Pumpkin Praline Vanilla Bean Bundt Cake Vanilla Bean Mousse Homemade Vanilla Pudding You can find great recipes using our vanilla products by visiting our recipes page or connecting with us on social media. If you tried one of our recipes, let us know your thoughts, or tag us in your creations on Instagram. Want to try vanilla bean paste for yourself? Shop online or on our amazon store. You can also find it in person by visiting our store locator and finding a natural grocery store or co-op near you.


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Eugene Weekly released its "Best of Eugene 2022-2023" list, and the vanillaverse is shining in our hometown. Many recognizable names are on the list, like Sweet Life Bakery Eugene and Salt and Straw Ice Cream. If you didn't know, Singing Dog Vanilla is located in Eugene, OR. We always keep an eye on what's happening in the area. Whether it's bakeries, ice cream, beer, or food, we want to know the best our town has to offer. Last week, Eugene Weekly released its Best of Eugene 2022-2023 list. The list included all the best things in Eugene. Everything from the best bakeries, desserts, beer, photographers, coffee, comedians, and so much more was on the list. Our fans, A.K.A members of the vanillaverse, were represented well in the Best of Eugene List. Keep reading to see who is the best of the best in Eugene, OR. Best Bakery in Eugene Our friends Sweet Life Bakery and Noisette Pastry Kitchen made the list of best bakeries in Eugene. And that's no surprise for us. When dessert enthusiasts walk into Sweet Life Patisserie, they will quickly see a display case full of desserts. There is an assortment of cakes, pies, tarts, cookies, ice cream, and more. It's not uncommon for the line to be shoulder-to-shoulder full of guests looking for something sweet. However, it would be best if you trusted us when we say it's well worth the wait. https://eugeneweekly.com/2022/10/20/best-bakery-5/ Are you craving a crips banquette? Then you might want to consider Noisette Pastry Kitchen. They are "committed to infusing high-quality local ingredients with old-world techniques," something we love to hear. If you don't have time to bake at home but are craving something sweet, these are the spots for you. Best Ice Cream in Eugene It's possible you found Singing Dog Vanilla while reading the Salt & Straw Ice Cream Cookbook. After the release of that book, we quickly made our Organic Double Strength Vanilla Extract available for home use. https://eugeneweekly.com/2022/10/20/best-ice-cream-2/ This brings us to the next category in the Best of Eugene list: The Best Ice Cream. After opening its Eugene shop in April 2022, Salt & Straw immediately became a local favorite. So, it's no surprise they quickly ended up second on the list. Best Local Beer Oregon has a long history of beer and breweries. So when it comes to our local beer, we don't take things lightly. It takes a lot to impress Oregonians. Oakshire Brewing in Eugene, Oregon, took home the crown as the best local beer. If you're from Eugene and haven't tried their 'Theme from the Bottom' dessert beers, you're missing out. https://eugeneweekly.com/2022/10/20/best-local-beer-2/ Best Coffee & Best Coffee Shop Vanilla latte, anyone? Regarding the best coffee in Eugene, the vanillaverse stole the podium. Equiano Coffee, Farmers Union Coffee Roasters, and Wandering Goat Coffee Company took first, second, and third, respectively. These days, it feels like there is a coffee shop or stands on every corner. Still, if you're looking for the best coffee in Eugene, try one of these three places. https://eugeneweekly.com/2022/10/20/best-coffee-shop-3/ Are you looking for great coffee and good vibes? If so, then Farmers Union Coffee Roasters is the place for you. First, for the best coffee shops in Eugene, and second for the best coffee, it's the place to be. https://eugeneweekly.com/2022/10/20/best-coffee-3/ Best Dessert Best dessert? That has to be the same as the best bakery, right? Well, yes, but also no. When it comes to a bakery, it involves so much more than your "just desserts," so Eugene weekly had to get specific and make sure to find the best dessert in Eugene. To none of our surprise, Sweet Life bakery Eugene took the top spot, followed by Noisette, and in third was another member of the vanillaverse, Metropol Bakery. Another clean sweep! https://eugeneweekly.com/2022/10/20/best-desserts-4/ Best Local Food Market Do you love to shop locally? Every town has its famous local markets, and Eugene is no different. The vanillaverse saw another clean sweep in this category, with Kiva Grocery Store coming in first. The second was Capella Market. Lastly, Market of Choice rounded out the best local food market category. https://eugeneweekly.com/2022/10/20/best-local-food-market-4/ So, when you're not going out for dessert, coffee, or even to a brewery for a drink, be sure to head to one of these markets to get some of the best local food and beverages this town has to offer, including some pretty serious vanilla.


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Everyone loves going to their local scoop shop or hearing the ice cream man drive down the block. But have you ever tried making homemade vanilla ice cream? It's easier than you might think. Many of our homemade vanilla ice cream recipes don't require a fancy ice cream maker, which makes creating ice cream at home even easier. Many of these recipes only need a few ingredients as well, and you probably have them lying around your house already. We have a nice mix of ice cream recipes, too. Some will require a machine, but others are no-churn, some are dairy-free, and we even have some popsicle recipes to mix things up. If you didn't know, July is National Ice Cream Month, and every July, we celebrate National Ice Cream Day on the 16th or 17th (depending on who you ask). Regardless of what day you decide to celebrate, these recipes are perfect for everyone! This guide to the best homemade vanilla ice cream recipes has the following; Multiple unique vanilla ice cream recipesDairy-Free options Popsicles, Sorbets, and Paletas with intense vanilla flavor How to Eat Homemade Vanilla Ice Cream When it comes to ice cream, one of the oldest arguments is whether to have it in a dish or a cone. If you're a dish person, this first recipe won't mean much to you, but if you're a cone fan, then be sure to make these vanilla waffle cones so you have them ready for the first scoop of ice cream. Gluten-Free Vanilla Waffle Cones: Skip the dish and top these waffle cones with a scoop or two (or three) of homemade vanilla ice cream. Get the Recipe Homemade Vanilla Ice Cream Recipes As a flavor, many people consider vanilla plain or dull, but the truth is vanilla is an essential flavor in the ice cream world. For starters, it's the base for most flavors of ice cream. There is also no shortage of toppings to make the ice cream uniquely yours. Each of these homemade vanilla ice cream recipes is slightly different, so choose the best one for you and enjoy! Salt & Straw Double Fold Vanilla: Flip open the Salt & Straw Ice Cream Cookbook to page 84, and you'll find a classic homemade vanilla ice cream recipe for the ages. Get the Recipe Vanilla Bean Ice Cream: Classic homemade vanilla ice cream full of vanilla specks and flavored with a gourmet, grade-A vanilla bean. Get the Recipe Vanilla Bean and Honey Frozen Yogurt: This frozen yogurt will remind you of a classic soft-serve vanilla ice cream. This frozen yogurt recipe uses whole vanilla beans, and the honey helps round out the smooth flavor. Get the Recipe Vanilla Bean Olive Oil Ice Cream: This recipe uses vanilla-flavored olive oil to make a smooth, creamy vanilla ice cream. Have you ever heard of vanilla olive oil? Don't worry; one bite, and you'll taste the difference. Get the Recipe Dairy-Free Vanilla Ice Cream Recipes Many of our fans use our vanilla because it's ideal for an allergy-friendly diet. If you, like many others, love ice cream, but can't it due to a dairy allergy or a dairy-free diet, then these dairy-free ice cream recipes are for you. The best part is, you can serve it to your family and friends, and nobody will even notice they aren't the real thing. Vanilla Cherry Ice Cream: This ice cream is perfect if you love our Organic Vanilla Cherry Lip Balm. So apply some lip balm, take a bite, and let the flavor transport you to a vanilla wonderland. Get the Recipe Coconut Milk Vanilla Ice Cream: If you're looking for some extra flavor swirls in your vanilla ice cream, then this vanilla ice cream made with coconut milk is just what you need. There's no shortage of options from double vanilla to orange and even caramel. Get the Recipe Vanilla Popsicles, Sorbets, and More! These aren't your traditional homemade vanilla ice cream recipes, but they are still delicious and still packed full of vanilla flavor. We have sorbets, paletas, and even a popsicle with a fun boozy option! Need we say more? Piña Colada Popsicles: Que the music: DO YOU LIKE PIÑA COLADAS.. oh nevermind. These popsicles are great as a virgin/alcohol-free version or with a boozy touch. They are perfect for a poolside treat. Get the Recipe Vanilla Plum Sorbet: Sometimes referred to as "water ice," sorbet is a frozen dessert made from sugar-sweetened water and flavorings. The vanilla flavor in this sorbet is subtle, but the plum flavor will shine strong. Get the Recipe Cardamom Plum and Vanilla Bean Paletas: Paletas are Mexican popsicles made with fresh fruit. This vanilla ice cream needs vanilla extract and a whole bean, so each bite has a smooth, rich flavor. Get the Recipe So there it is, our best homemade vanilla ice cream recipes. Which one will you try first? We know it may be a hard choice since they all look so good, but if you can narrow it down, be sure to tag us in your photos on Instagram!