Monday, January 15, 2007

Vanilla Paste

Who doesn't like trying new things in the kitchen? Should have included this in the previous post with the Saigon Cinnamon. Have used the cinnamon & vanilla paste together in several recipes over the holidays & they are so wonderful. The vanilla paste is quite tasty & contains flecks of vanilla bean. Have stirred it into yogurt & made ice cream with it. Substitute it for vanilla extract in like amounts. Wonderful!

Thursday, January 11, 2007

Saigon Cinnamon

Have you tried this wonderful cinnamon? Had been seeing it & didn't know the difference between this & my usual cinnamon until Thanksgiving. My sister-in-law made wonderful desserts using it & all I can say is wow! If you haven't used this & you like cinnamon, you really should put it on your shopping list. The aroma is unbelieveable & the flavor is superb. Have used it in my own oatmeal cookies & cranberry upside down cake. Anyone else love this fragrant spice?

Tuesday, January 02, 2007

Gardening in the Desert

There are advantages to living in a desert. This is the payback for having weathered multiple 100 degree days & months with no rain. Stepping out into a tiny microclimate & retrieving citrus & salad for the day tends to make one grateful for where we are. Hope you are all blessed and grateful for what you have & where you are & will be in the coming year.