Recipes Listed Under: American

Vanilla Extract Made at Home


Posted in: Sweets | Cuisines: American
Vanilla Extract Made at Home

This homemade vanilla extract is oh-so-good and also incredibly easy to make.  For your own use, skip the need for little containers and just steep the vanilla beans right into the entire whisky bottle.  I was lucky enough to sample a variety of bourbon whiskeys before choosing Giant Bourbon 95 Proof Small Batch locally crafted in Houston by Gulf Coast Distillers.  As bourbon is derived from corn mash while rye whiskey tends to taste drier with more spices, this local bourbon imparts a sweetly warm and full-bodied taste.  I thought, how perfect for cooking and baking.  When it's ready, the uses are endless, from adding a teaspoon to heavy cream before whisking it into freshly whipped cream to infusing magic into chocolate chip cookie dough batter.  Let the goodness begin!

Fairy Tale Rice Pilaf


Posted in: Savory Dish, Side Dish | Cuisines: Sweets, American
Fairy Tale Rice Pilaf

With festive potlucks and dinner gatherings right around the corner, this is a great side dish or even as a main one for vegetarians or anyone looking to eat less meat.  Infused with vibrantly fruity and nutty flavors, spruce up a meal with this easy to make pilaf!

Cream of Zucchini Soup


Posted in: Appetizer | Cuisines: Dessert, American
Cream of Zucchini Soup

For any gardener ever wondering what to do with the bounty of zucchini in their summer garden or friends finding surprise gifts of this summer squash, try this easy recipe for a light lunch or dinner appetizer!