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       Volume I - May 15, 2009

SMART Ideas!
Vanilla Takes Center Stage

by Alice Osborne & Patty Liston

Have you tasted the Mexican vanilla that Dan and Kathy sell? Oh my goodness, it’s the BEST we’ve ever tasted and can’t thank Cook’n enough for making this available—our baked goods and sauces have improved 100%! Considering how good this product tastes, we wondered whether vanilla carries any other benefits. Here’s what we found:

Vanillin has anti-oxidant properties. It is classed as a vanilloid along with capsaicin contained in chili peppers and eugenol contained in cloves—both of which have numerous medicinal properties and health benefits. Some nutritionists have conjectured that vanilla might be a mild help in preventing cancer. And here are a few things you can do with vanilla:

  • A few drops of vanilla in a can of paint will help eliminate unpleasant odors!

  • A vanilla bean under your car seat gives a fresh aroma and helps eliminate musty odors.

  • A teaspoon or so of vanilla in Italian tomato sauces or Mexican chili helps cut the acidity of the tomatoes!

  • In baking, cream the vanilla with the shortening or butter portion of the ingredients. The fat encapsulates the vanilla, preventing it from volatilizing in the baking process.

  • Vanilla extract is used by veteran fishermen to mask the smell of their hands so the fish won't detect them. It’s said to have the same helpful effect after handling garlic and onions.

    So considering the varied uses of this top-quality vanilla, we think it’s just a SMART IDEA to buy the best! Now for a few vanilla-centered recipes:

    Seared Scallops with Vanilla Sauce
    Serves 2

    ½ pound sea scallops
    ½ cup butter
    1 cup cream
    2 tablespoons onion, minced
    1 clove of garlic, minced
    ½ teaspoon pure vanilla extract
    ½ pound angel hair pasta, cooked
    Chopped parsley for garnish

    Melt butter in a 12-inch frying pan. Add scallops and cook until just done, about one minute per side. Remove from pan and keep warm. Add onion and garlic to the pan and sauté 2 minutes. Add cream and vanilla. Cook and stir over medium heat until slightly thickened. Add scallops back to the pan and stir. Serve over pasta. Sprinkle with fresh parsley. Serves 2.

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    Vanilla Salad Dressing
    1 or 2 servings

    2 T. pure vanilla extract
    ½ cup corn oil
    Salt, pepper to taste
    1 T. chopped chives

    Mix ingredients together in order. Pour over tossed salad.

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    Serves 2

    1/ 2 cup sliced fruit (strawberries, blueberries, peaches, etc.)
    3/4 cup orange juice
    1 4-oz. container plain yogurt
    1 medium banana peeled, sliced
    2 tsp. pure vanilla extract

    In a blender combine all ingredients. Process on puree until smooth.

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    (If YOU have a smart idea, won't you share it? Life is so much easier and we accomplish so much more when we pool our resources. And after all, we're all in this together. So email or with YOUR Smart Ideas!)

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