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Vanilla Bean – A Recipe Series

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There is a villain afoot, a villain widely available and seductively inexpensive, a villain so fiendish it poses as a common ingredient and fools the masses into spreading its plague. Who is this villain, you ask? Brace yourselves, for even typing the name causes me to shudder: Artificial Vanilla Flavouring [shudder]. My own detailed research* has shown that artificial vanilla flavouring is responsible for bank robberies, speeding tickets, hang nails, stepping in poo, traffic jams, volcanic eruptions and having to change the clocks for daylight savings. It has to be stopped, this copy-cat menace, and I am going to darn well do what I can to stop it!

Enter: the Vanilla Bean. This gorgeous little super-hero of nature is going to be the focus of eight delicious recipes that will have Artificial Vanilla Flavouring [shudder] shrieking in terror and you regretting every time you ever used the phrase “plain old vanilla”. This unlikely little stamen will knock out any desire you have to use the villainous faux-flavouring ever again, EVER! Once more, the world will be made a better place via this blog** and I can sleep at night knowing that I’ve again done my part.

I contacted the folks at the Vanilla Food Company with my possibly-accurate research notes and they were enthusiastic about supporting the cause as well, so much in fact, that they are giving away a package of ten Madagascar Vanilla Beans to a lucky winner via this blog!!

Entry is easy: No fussy trickery, no earning extra entries by pinning, subscribing, tweeting and etc (though those things are very much appreciated) just simply leave a comment on this post telling us how excited you are to see Vanilla Bean take down the despicable Artificial Vanilla Flavouring [shudder]! Winners will be drawn via random.org and announced this Friday at 6pm PST! If you want to try out your luck twice, I have a second giveaway on Facebook as well (instructions are HERE).

Well folks, I hope you are looking forward to a new series as much as I am. The demise of the artificial is imminent! DOWN WITH FAKERS! UP WITH FLAVOUR! See ya soon, citizens.



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*Research was conducted on the back of a receipt while I was up late with a bad flu and “over medicated” on Hot Toddies. I am 13% sure my information is accurate though.

**Read the intro to the CARAMEL SERIES to see how I sacrificed for the sake of mankind the first time around.



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  • February 27, 2013 - 3:02 pm

    Amber - You always put a smile on my face. Thank you. I am looking forward to your Battle of the Vanilla’s :)ReplyCancel

  • February 27, 2013 - 3:10 pm

    Lisa Nazir - I’m looking forward to seeing the battle of good versus evil! My problem is I can’t use vanilla extract as none are alcohol free. (I’m muslim-no hooch allowed, even in baking!) so I’m always excited about any new vanilla related blogs in case I get some tips & ideas!ReplyCancel

    • February 27, 2013 - 3:20 pm

      xo, Melissa - There will be a lot of vanilla bean used in these recipes, not always vanilla extract so you should be good for most of them! Another alternative is vanilla bean paste that is flavoured with ground vanilla bean rather then extract!ReplyCancel

  • February 27, 2013 - 3:15 pm

    Lisa Nazir - I’m very excited about the vanilla battle of good versus evil! My problem is I can’t use vanilla extract-even the good stuff!- as none of them are alcohol free ( I’m muslim, so no hooch allowed, even in baking!) I’m always itching to get my hands on alternative ways of vanilla-using my bakes! Looking forward to reading the upcoming blog.ReplyCancel

  • February 27, 2013 - 3:16 pm

    Caron - Terrible,horrible, no good, very bad artificial Vanilla, GOOD, wonderful, beautiful, lovely vanilla bean pods!!ReplyCancel

  • February 27, 2013 - 3:17 pm

    Lisa Nazir - Apologies for double post. Thought I’d done something wrong & deleted it instead! My bad!ReplyCancel

  • February 27, 2013 - 3:27 pm

    Shannon - VERY excited! Loved your Caramel series and cannot wait for this one!!ReplyCancel

  • February 27, 2013 - 3:28 pm

    Tilly - Ahhhh! This is so exciting! Love Vanilla, cant wait to see what you have to offer! Cant wait till March 5th ;)ReplyCancel

  • February 27, 2013 - 3:34 pm

    Glenda Jordan - DOWN WITH FAKERS! UP WITH FLAVOUR ha ha ha!! Love it and love Vanilla Food Co. too :)ReplyCancel

  • February 27, 2013 - 3:37 pm

    Glenda Jordan - DOWN WITH FAKERS! UP WITH FLAVOUR!! Love it and love the Vanilla Food Co. too :) We enjoy anything with the real vanilla taste :)ReplyCancel

  • February 27, 2013 - 3:38 pm

    Gerty - Wow Melissa, you are so talented!! I love the way you blog! Totally made me LOL a few times. Cant wait for this serious to start!
    P.S Fabulous photos!!! I love the work Frances does, you both are so talented!!ReplyCancel

  • February 27, 2013 - 3:40 pm

    Rebecca Gilhula - mmmmm…..vanilla beans…..ReplyCancel

  • February 27, 2013 - 3:59 pm

    Annette Sangster - FAKERS NO MORE! I love the smell of real vanilla beans. YUM! Real vanilla makes all the difference in the world when baking. <3ReplyCancel

    • February 27, 2013 - 4:02 pm

      Kelly Johnson - I think I should win simply because I have never had real vanilla beans, ever!ReplyCancel

  • February 27, 2013 - 4:06 pm

    Karley Breese - Can’t wait! My diet might have to be sacrificed for March!ReplyCancel

  • February 27, 2013 - 4:12 pm

    Kasey - I use nothing other than real vanilla beans! Thank you for the chance to win some!ReplyCancel

  • February 27, 2013 - 4:18 pm

    Hakima Lamour - Real vanilla bean is so fragrant and yummy.. it beats fake vanilla any day. And vanilla bean paste is the best! So I am definitely a real vanilla fan and can’t wait to see what you have in store!ReplyCancel

  • February 27, 2013 - 4:18 pm

    Claudia M - I love fresh vanilla beans!ReplyCancel

  • February 27, 2013 - 4:19 pm

    Claudia M - I love Vanilla Beans!ReplyCancel

  • February 27, 2013 - 5:11 pm

    Shayla - I love love using real vanilla beans in my receipes and welcome any chances to win some!ReplyCancel

  • February 27, 2013 - 5:27 pm

    Alana Moran - I love real vanilla beans…..so much better than the fake stuff!ReplyCancel

  • February 27, 2013 - 5:34 pm

    Gwen Nowlan - I know it’s hard to belive but I haven’t ever used them! I would love to try them!! Vanilla icing :) Vanilla Cake….ReplyCancel

  • February 27, 2013 - 5:35 pm

    Gwen Nowlan - I’ve heard of this company but have never purchases their beans– I would love to try them!ReplyCancel

  • February 27, 2013 - 5:52 pm

    Ariann - I am so excited to see what you come up with! Vanilla is the best! :)ReplyCancel

  • February 27, 2013 - 5:53 pm

    Ariann - I am so excited to see your vanilla recipes! YAY! :)ReplyCancel

  • February 27, 2013 - 6:41 pm

    Naomi - I loved the caramel series and am excited to see what deliciousness comes from this one!ReplyCancel

  • February 28, 2013 - 6:57 am

    Devan - I had vanilla bean cupcakes (made with zucchini instead of oil) at a friend’s house and it was LIFE-CHANGING. Sometimes I wistfully glance at a jar at the grocery store.ReplyCancel

  • February 28, 2013 - 6:58 am

    Devan - I had vanilla bean cupcakes (made with shredded zucchini instead of oil) at a friend’s house and it was LIFE-CHANGING. Sometimes I wistfully glance at a jar at the grocery store – perhaps someday I will be brave enough to buy some!ReplyCancel

  • February 28, 2013 - 8:31 am

    Judy - Love your writings, looking forward to the vanilla saga….Yeah real vanilla.ReplyCancel

  • February 28, 2013 - 8:47 am

    Bekah - Thank you!!!!ReplyCancel

  • February 28, 2013 - 9:42 am

    Whitney W - I’m excited for this vanilla series because I really enjoyed the caramel series you did. I love all things vanilla!ReplyCancel

  • February 28, 2013 - 11:06 am

    Melody - Yes, I am so terribly excited for this series!! Down with artificial!ReplyCancel

  • February 28, 2013 - 11:20 am

    Denise P. - Woohoo, looking forward to it! Down, down with you fake stuff!ReplyCancel

  • February 28, 2013 - 2:47 pm

    Mary Elson - I used to use artificial vanilla, until I tasted the real thing! Never again!ReplyCancel

  • February 28, 2013 - 2:49 pm

    I have never ever used that icky stuff.ReplyCancel

  • February 28, 2013 - 2:50 pm

    Madiha Beg - YUCK! Never used the artificial crapReplyCancel

  • February 28, 2013 - 4:16 pm

    Julie Riley - I am so excited for your future blogs about the Vanilla Take Down! We are in the end stages of a new kitchen and I think you are showing me I need to throw away the vanilla extract with the old kitchen!!!ReplyCancel

  • February 28, 2013 - 4:43 pm

    lorrie murray - yummmm…love real vanilla!ReplyCancel

  • February 28, 2013 - 4:44 pm

    lorrie murray - yummmm…love real vanillaReplyCancel

  • March 1, 2013 - 8:30 am

    Sherrene - Looking forward to your recipes!! Love your blog (and vanilla beans, too!)ReplyCancel

  • March 1, 2013 - 8:38 am

    Buffi - I love vanilla beans! Creme brulee is my ultimate favourite use! Can’t wait to see your recipes and informationReplyCancel

  • March 1, 2013 - 8:54 am

    Melissa - I can’t tell you how excited I am to see you take down artificial vanilla!ReplyCancel

  • March 1, 2013 - 8:56 am

    d-o-n-n-a - bought real vanilla for the first time ever last week…AND NOW I CAN NEVER GO BACK! f-off artificial! u cant win! muahahaha <3ReplyCancel

  • March 1, 2013 - 8:58 am

    Kathy "Mamakat" Joyce - Never use anything but REAL vanilla!!!!!ReplyCancel

  • March 1, 2013 - 9:05 am

    Busted Button - Yesssssssssss! I love vanilla and free stuffffff. I have.never.even touched the.real thing. Pity me!ReplyCancel

  • March 1, 2013 - 9:39 am

    Stacy L - LOVE vanilla! Can’t wait to see everything vanilla.ReplyCancel

  • March 1, 2013 - 9:53 am

    Mandy - The first time I had creme brulee with real vanilla was the last time I ever used artificial. :-) Going to have to make it soonReplyCancel

  • March 1, 2013 - 10:27 am

    Lisa Spencer - Vanilla beans taste sooooo much better than vanilla flavourings!!! So I’m very very very excited :DReplyCancel

  • March 1, 2013 - 10:29 am

    Jeannine DiBart - Vanilla beans!! There is nothing better! Would love to win this:)ReplyCancel

  • March 1, 2013 - 11:02 am

    Jodie - I really enjoyed your last series so I am really looking forward to this one!ReplyCancel

  • March 1, 2013 - 11:39 am

    Ivana - BOOYEAH!!! Can’t wait! I just read a couple of your previous blogs out loud in the car to my husband and we were both laughing.ReplyCancel

  • March 1, 2013 - 1:50 pm

    Brody Pearson - Mmmmmmmmmmm Vanilla is the sh*t!ReplyCancel

  • March 1, 2013 - 1:52 pm

    Brody Pearsons - Mmmmmmm Vanilla is the Sh*t!ReplyCancel

  • March 1, 2013 - 5:56 pm

    Evelyn R - Artifical Vanilla…quivering!!!! Looking forward to seeing what you can do with the real mccoy :)ReplyCancel

  • March 4, 2013 - 11:15 am

    linda g. - I loved the caramel series. Thanks so much for sharing so much info and a great giveaway! awesomeness!!ReplyCancel

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  • April 27, 2013 - 3:03 pm

    Crystal - I just found your site and am too late for the give away (darn!) but I LOVE all your recipes! I didn’t know how to make real vanilla!! The shame!! Lol but I’m very excited to get a batch going now!! Thank you so much!!ReplyCancel

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