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Spotlight On Spices! Issue October 2011 Vanilla Beans for National Month of Cookies & Desserts
October 01, 2011

October has arrived and there’s a familiar aroma floating in the air. An aroma of homemade baked goodies so mmmm mmmm goood!! Butter and sugar creamed together and blended with floury ingredients, and warm spices like cinnamon, nutmeg and allspice into marvelous mouth-watering creations called cookies. The cookie monster in each of us will be joyous this month as we celebrate both National Cookie Month and National Dessert Month. Many of your cookie recipes will call for October’s …

THE SPICE OF LIFE - Vanilla Beans

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. I make no apologies for doing so, and I have a great appreciation for the Vanilla Beans. You will too once you understand better what it takes (extensive labor-intensive processes) to bring them to market. Read more >>>

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

Mexican bean/extract has a heavier, creamy taste with a Kaluah-like aroma. This variety has an excellent affinity with coffee and chocolate flavored baked goods and dishes. Best usage is for flavoring shorter-cooking or cold-prepared foods like vanilla yogurt.

Get ready to bake. October 1st is National Homemade Cookie Day. Check out Best Ever Cookie Collection for some great recipes and delicious ideas.

"I love baking--that is my favorite--esp. chocolate things! Nothing beats a homemade ooey gooey brownie topped with homemade vanilla ice cream, homemade fudge sauce, and homemade whipped cream!" (Kelly S., North Carolina)

Learn how to make your own Vanilla Extract or Vanilla Sugar


October is the Month for:

National Apple Month

National Cookie Month

National Dessert Month

National Pasta Month

National Pizza Month

National Popcorn Poppin’ Month

National Pork Month

National Pretzel Month

National Co-op Month

This year’s National Co-op Month is special because it also marks the kick-off of the United Nations-designated International Year of Cooperatives honoring the life-changing impact of cooperatives from all around the world.

October 1 National Homemade Cookie Day

October 9 National Dessert Day

October 17 National Pasta Day

October 18 National Chocolate Cupcake Day

October 28 National Chocolate Day


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Ellen White

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

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