Friday, February 20, 2009

Vanilla Rocks! Vanilla Herbed Oil video with Patty Elsberry

Make a delicous Vanilla Herbed Oil that will add a delicous to your savory dishes!

All you need is:

  1. 1-2 cups of your favorite cooking oil (Patty used basic vegatable oil)

  2. 1/2 tsp Ground Vanilla or 1 Vanilla Bean

  3. Your favorite fresh herb (we used about of half a cup of each of the following Basil, Sage, Thyme, Rosemary and Parsley)

  4. Medium frying pan

  5. Funnel

  6. Bottle


  1. Set stove at medium tempature.

  2. pour oil into pan and let oil heat

  3. add 1/2 tsp of ground vanilla or the caviar of 1 vanilla bean

  4. When the oil starts bubbling add herbs, be very careful that oil is not too hot, test it by putting one leaf in the oil and if it starts popping oil out of the pan, it's too hot so lower the heat a bit, then add the herbs.

  5. Let the herbs fry in the pan for about 5-7 or until they are stiff

  6. Let cool for 10 minutes

  7. Remove herbs and discard

  8. Pour oil into bottle using funnel

This can make a very nice gift, you can add a ribbon and make your own label and insert some of the herbs into the bottle which would make it very decorative.

This recipe and many more can be found in "Simply Vanilla" Cookbook

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Thursday, February 19, 2009

Vanilla Beans

Patty found this facsinating video on youtube, it's short and sweet and shows how vanilla beans are cured and where they come from, Check it out.

Monday, February 9, 2009

Vanilla Rocks! Basic Vanilla Oil with Patty Elsberry

Learn how to make a basic vanilla oil, that can be used in so many recipe and vanilla adds extra flavor that makes any dish delicous.

All you need to create this Vanilla Oil is:

1-2 Cups of Your Favorite Cooking Oil

1 Vanilla Bean

Cutting Board


Frying Pan

Funnel or a liquid measuring cup


You can find this recipe and many more in Simply Vanilla Cookbook, It is a wonderful cookbook that teaches you about vanilla and how you can use it everyday in many dishes.

Here is just one review of this cookbook:

"Yummy! I''ll never look at Vanilla the same way again! This book offers quite the tutorial on the spice that I knew very little about. I'm amazed at how many everyday foods can be jazzed up by the use of this ingredient. From breakfast to dinner, Vanilla can play an amazing role in making a meal very memorable. I especially enjoyed the chapter on how to use and store vanilla beans. What I thought would be hard to do, is actually very easy. Well written with easy to follow recipes. Try the French Toast with Orange Vanilla Butter. It is absolutely outstanding!" - Mary

Thursday, February 5, 2009

Valentine Butter Cookies Done Healthy and gluten free!

You Need

2 Cups Brown Rice Flour (We used Bob's Red Mill - Brown Rice Flour) you may also substitute which any flour you would like.

1 tsp. Baking Powder

1/2 tsp. salt

1 Cup Sugar Free Sweetener (we used splenda)

1 Cup Butter or Margarine

1/2 Cup Fat Free Sour Cream

2 Large Eggs

1 tsp. Pure Madagascar Vanilla Paste

Red Food Coloring (optional)


Fat Free whipped topping

1 tsp Pure Madagascar Vanilla Extract


Pre- Heat oven to 375 degrees, greased your cook sheet

Sift brown rice flour, baking powder, salt, splenda in to a large bowl and set aside.

In a medium sized bowl beat at medium butter, vanilla paste and sour cream add eggs one at a time mix until creamy. Add dry ingredients mix on low for 2 minutes. Roll dough in plastic wrap and refrigerate for 4 hours. Take dough roll it out and cut cookies with desired cookie cutters then place on cookie sheet 2 inches apart.

bake at 375 degrees for 7 minutes flip cookies and return them to the oven for 7 more minutes or until golden brown.

Let cookies Cool for 10 Minutes

In a small bowl stir in 1 tsp. Madagascar Extract to the whipped topping and decorate your cookies with whipped topping.

Should you have any questions please comment and I will respond as soon as possible.
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