Wednesday, March 28, 2012

Texas Cheffing Weekend 2012

This past weekend I joined 30 other women, most of them personal chefs, in The Woodlands, Texas for the 2012 Texas Cheffing Weekend. It was great to see old friends and to make new ones. We traveled from Yuma, Arizona, Tacoma, Washington, Londonderry, New Hampshire and points in between to have a food filled weekend.  Thanks to our hostess, Sharon Worster, for coordinating the activites and accomodations.  Here are some pictures from the weekend.


Denise Vivaldo demonstrating how to style food for a photo.




 It's all about the light, which I obviously didn't have right!


Canino Produce Comapny


Peppers


Beautiful produce


White coconuts


Goodies from El Bolillo Mexican Bakery




Lunch - Toetihucan Mexican Restaurant!


Texas olive oil at Georgia's Market


Fermination tanks at Saint Arnold's Brewery


Texas Blue Bonnets


H-Town StrEATS Food Truck came to The Woodlands for out Friday night supper!




Marrow Balls, Fried Pork Belly Taco and Fried Avocado Taco


A sack full of crawfish for our boil.


They're alive!


Us!




Homemade Vanilla - Update

It is almost the end of month one of the homemade vanilla experiment and I thought I would post a photo so you can see the changes. It's amazing how quickly the clear has become somewhat colored. I can't wait to see what it looks like, and tastes, at the end of six months.

Wednesday, March 7, 2012

Homemade Hawaiian Vanilla

 While in Hawaii last week we went to the Hawaiian Vanilla Company  in Paauilo. What a treat it was! It is a small company but they have a wide variety of vanilla items. From vanllia beans, to vanilla rubs and a line of lotions and soaps. They also have a small concession that sells vanilla refreshments! I have vanilla lemonaide!

I walked away with several of their items, one being vanilla beans. I decided to get the beans that were in their bottle so I could make my own vanilla.

It's a very simple process, but one that requires time an patience. Choose the alcohol of your choice, I chose vodka, split the beans and pour the alcohol into the bottle. Screw the top back on and place in a dark place for at least six months. Then wait. Keep topping your bottle off as you use the vanilla and you'll have vanilla for years!

Check out the Hawaiian Vanilla Company website. They do ship and I am sure that I'll be ordering more of their wonderful products soon.
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