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Amuse bouche: Where do vanilla beans come from?

By on Nov 30, 2010 in amuse bouche | 0 comments

Vanilla beans originate from Central America, the West Indies, and southern Mexico. Source: Oxford Encyclopedia of Food and Drink in America p.568 ********************************* Amuse Bouche: Noun. Etymology: French: literally, entertains the mouth. A small, complimentary appetizer served at the beginning of a meal to awaken the taste buds. Leena Eats definition: a quick shot of gastronomic knowledge for the brain. ~LTG!

Amuse bouche: Why are vanilla beans so expensive?

By on Nov 30, 2010 in amuse bouche | 0 comments

Vanilla beans are the pod of a specific orchid that are harvested that has to be pollinated and later picked by hand, then cured for several months, making it one of the most expensive products on the market. Source: Vanilla Extract post on SimplyRecipes.com ****************************** Amuse Bouche: Noun. Etymology: French: literally, entertains the mouth. A small, complimentary appetizer served at the beginning of a meal to awaken the taste buds. Leena Eats definition: a quick shot of gastronomic knowledge for the brain. ~LTG!

Leena Cooks: Homemade Vanilla Extract

By on Nov 29, 2010 in Leena Cooks | 0 comments

Vanilla extract is essential to all baking recipes and many desserts, especially around the holiday season. But to get your hands on a quality batch will cost at least $10 ( I like Nielson-Massey). I finally decided to get off my lazy butt and make my own, which you literally can just keep adding to, having vanilla extract FOREVER. Pretty cool, huh? Photos and the recipe after the jump. Recipe: Leena’s homemade Vanilla Extract Ingredients 1 cup of hard liquor, whisky or vodka 3 vanilla beans, split almost completely in half 1 glass jar with tight lid Instructions Combine the two ingredients in the jar, and place lid on tightly. Store in a dark place for at least two months, or as long as forever. As the liquid drops down, you can add more vanilla and more liquor to keep it going. Microformatting by hRecipe....