Friday, June 11, 2010

The Vanilla that Broke the Bank!

I caved. My family says I am a pushover.., and at a recent trip to Penzys I bought the big guy. An entire 16 oz. of their fabulous Mexican vanilla. I just saw it there on the shelf, lonley, large...and a much better deal than it's 4 oz. brother. Yes, I broke the bank and even hid the receipt from my husband. I could just hear him....."You paid $25.00 for a bottle of vanilla!"  However, in my defense of spending $$$, I believe I have officially graduated to the level of Household Baker Extraordinaire and I deserve to have such an ingredient at my finger tips. Right?


I am so glad I took the plunge. I have kissed goodbye to the days of vanilla-less recipes because of a lack of ingredient foresight. Gone are the days of getting half way through a recipe and sending my dear husband out for a tiny bottle of vanilla so I could finish the recipe. I can now say that I actually plan ahead and go over my ingredient list with a fine toothed comb so as not to end up let down due to a shortage of important ingredients!

6 comments:

  1. I also have a 16 oz. bottle of vanilla (err..um..from Costco and prolly not as tasty) in my pantry and use it all the time to make banana milk shakes for the family (made with vanilla ice cream, strawberries, Yoplait berry yogurt, and anything else fruity I can get my hands on). I'm a total juice freak. And besides, vanilla smells sooooo good. You did the right thing. It saves money in the long run (gas, carbon footprint, wear and tear on the car and tires and engine, buying in bulk, reduce package waste). Go pat yourself on the back for being environmentally conscientious.

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  2. You simply can't beat good vanilla! It's worth it if you can afford it!

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  3. I totally almost bought a 14$ bottle of vanilla today!Now I know I should have:)

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  4. Andrea, Aristta and Otehlia - Yes.... good vanilla is worth it! Don't you just love to put in in everything! I love how the Penzys bottle has a vanilla bean just soaking in the extract -

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  5. Megan, love your blog! There is just something special about using quality ingredients. I will splurge on Madagascar Vanilla Beans! And it is not as if you will use the vanilla in every recipe, so you are sure to have that extract on hand for a while! You'll be glad you did and so will those you feed! Thanks for checking out my blog. I would love to read more about some of the recipes you use for your diet. I have Lupus and have been searching for a "palate friendly" eating lifestyle.

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  6. I totally agree with you! When we went to Mexico last year I stocked up and my husband thought I was crazy!

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