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Spotlight On Spices! Issue December 2013 - Vanilla Beans for Tasty Holiday Gifts!
December 08, 2013

Welcome to December when we get to celebrate special times with family and friends. We get to enjoy these times while munching on holiday goodies with national days this month: e.g., Pumpkin Pie (on the 25th) and Fruit Cake (on the 27th). Plus, we can enjoy creamy Eggnog three special times: its National Day (Christmas Eve, December 24th), its National Week (4th week), and its National Month - December.

I wish you all the best as you celebrate with loved ones, and I thank you for sharing this spice journey with me this year. I'm looking forward to sharing more tasty spice news with you in 2014! However, for now there's still many days ahead this month for making and giving holiday treats. Enjoy them all!!

Butter and sugar creamed together and blended with flour, warm spices like cinnamon, nutmeg and allspice into marvelous mouth-watering creations make great gifts for this season of gift-giving. Many of your cookie and dessert recipes will call for December’s . . .

THE SPICE OF LIFE - Vanilla Beans for Tasty Holiday Gifts!

I love Vanilla. I’m one of those foodies who prefers to use a Double-Strength (commercial) grade extract, or that extra splash, in baked or cooked dishes. It takes a lot of human labor to bring Vanilla Beans to market. Read more >>>

Bourbon beans from Madagascar and Reunion , which account for about 75% of world production, are used for most extracts. They are excellent for all purposes. Their favor is full and robust.

Mexican beans/extracts have a heavier, creamy taste with a Kaluah-like aroma. This variety has an excellent affinity with coffee and chocolate flavors. Best usage is for flavoring shorter-cooking or cold-prepared foods like vanilla yogurt.

Learn more about Vanilla Beans and Extracts >>>


Some of our Favorite National Food Days in December Include:

December 1 National Pie Day

December 4 National Cookie Day

December 6 National Gazpacho Day

December 8 National Brownie Day

December 9 National Pastry Day

December 13 National Cocoa Day

December 14 National Bouillabaisse Day

December 16 National Chocolate Covered Anything Day

December 21 National French Fried Shrimp Day

December 23 National Pfeffernusse Day

December 24 National Eggnog Day

December 25 National Pumpkin Pie Day

December 26 National Candy Cane Day

December 27 National Fruitcake Day


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Ellen White

Eat Well. Live Well. Cook everyday with spices and herbs!

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