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Valentine's Day Cupcakes February 14 2015

    Happy Valentine's day from all of us at Mexican Vanilla! I'd love to share this adorable recipe from Sweet Tooth. These adorable Valentine Cupcakes feature a hidden heart in the center. Honestly, I just couldn't resist, I had to try them.         This recipe isn't specific to how the vanilla cupcakes and frosting are made, just that they are made. I fell in love with the recipe...

Vanilla Butter Ring Cookies January 14 2015

    These Vanilla Butter Ring Cookies from Love Foodies were perfect - they seemed to melt away in my mouth. Big surprise - they didn't last long in the house. In fact they barely made it into the next day.      To get everything started, I got the butter, flour, cream cheese, sugar, and vanilla extract all ready to go.       The flour and sugar was easy enough...

Nine Facts About Vanilla January 07 2015

1. Vanilla is actually from the orchid family.      2. Vanilla is the 2nd most expensive spice after saffron.   3. Once the flowers bloom they live for 24 hours before wilting and falling to the ground. 4. Charles Marren, a Belgian biologist, discovered that vanilla can only be pollinated by the Melipona bee. They only live in Mexico.    5. Vines can grow up to 30 feet long....

New Year's Eve Champagne Cupcakes January 01 2015

  It's impossible not to fall in love with these Champagne Cupcakes from 52 Kitchen Adventures. Forget the actual New Year - these guys stole the night. I am convinced they are perfect in every single way. Bake them for New Year, weddings or even birthdays. I can't think of a better addition to a celebration.       Instead of champagne, I substituted for sparkling peach and apple cider.      The...

Holiday Highlights December 17 2014

Now that the holidays are in full swing, here is a list of favorite holiday recipes this year.      1. Vanilla Apple Cider Cupcakes come clear at the top of the list. Not only are these cupcakes stunning, but they are delicious as well. You can't go wrong with this recipe.      2. Our runner up is this Vanilla Cheesecake. This page also gives a few tips and tricks to creating...

5 More Uses for Vanilla Extract December 03 2014

  Vanilla extract isn't just for cookies. If you're looking for another way to use our Mexican Vanilla extract, feel free to try some of these other recipes and tricks!   1. Vanilla extract can be used as a deodorizer. Clean out your microwave or refrigerator by wiping down the inside with a few drops of vanilla extract. It'll leave them both smelling fresh.     2. Mix with water...

Panna Cotta November 26 2014

    Welcome back! This week we're proud to feature David Lebovit's Perfect Panna Cotta.  I think this is an ideal dessert for Thanksgiving because you can prepare it in advance! Maybe it's not traditional, but it's definitely worth a try. Here's the recipe below: 4 cups (1l) heavy cream (or half-and-half) 1/2 cup (100g) sugar 2 teaspoons of vanilla extract, or 1 vanilla bean, split lengthwise 2 packets powdered...

Coconut Chocolate Chip Cookies November 19 2014

For those of you who need a nut-free and grain-free recipe, these chocolate chip cookies are for you!      Mmm. This recipe came from the Detoxinista. I really loved how soft these turned out. She was serious about how these cookies don't fall into shape though, so if you want pretty cookies, I'd shape them with a spoon.    Without further ado, here's the recipe! Coconut Flour Chocolate Chip...

The Houston Ballet's Nutcracker Market November 12 2014

                    The Houston Ballet hosts the Nutcracker Market every year. This four day shopping spree has easily become a tradition in Houston, Texas. Merchants from all over the nation gather to support the Houston Ballet. This year, we are one of them!       Picture this: rows and rows of vendors, cheery red carpet, sparkled ornaments and Christmas lights glowing...

Welcome! November 05 2014

  Vanilla grows naturally only in Mexico thanks to the melipona bee population. Deep inside of Veracruz Mexico, the Canosa family worked away cultivating the perfect vanilla. That’s where founders Molly Anderson and Sherry Dixon come in. The rest, we can say, is history. Together they established the Blue Cattle Truck Trading Company in 1999 to share the precious Canosa family reserve of vanilla with the entire world.   So...
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