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Vanilla Extract Made at Home


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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


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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!

Espresso Jam & Brie on Crackers


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For a new twist on a traditional holiday appetizer, serve espresso jam atop melted brie stacked on a cracker for a delicious bite of savory, sweet and salty.

Orange Honey Lavender Scones


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Light, crumbly and the perfect accompaniment to tea or coffee, these scones are a delightful treat to bake and serve at your next brunch.

Mango Cheesecake


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A simple twist on a creamy classic, make this easy cheesecake as a luxurious treat for after dinner or impress your friends at the next get together!

Vegetable Curry


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It’s often love or hate when it comes to curry — no middle ground, no compromise, no sitting on the fence.  Good thing we adore the complexity of a tasty curry — be it Indian, Thai, West Indies or South African — paired with a myriad of protein from sea, land or in this case, market vegetables.  Even better over a bowl of steaming rice!

Cream of Zucchini Soup


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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!

Texas Pecan Chocolate Chunk Cookie


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In a state where it’s almost always unseasonably warm and sunny, save for the couple of months of winter, and pecan trees are found throughout the countryside, we proudly serve Texas Pecan Chocolate Chunk in honor of our home pride!