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December 1st, 2016 • Santa Cruz, CA

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  • Vanilla Festival Santa Cruz, 2016

    Vanilla Festival Santa Cruz, 2016

    The first annual Santa Cruz Vanilla Festival came together as precisely the magical event Chef David Jackman and I imagined when David proposed the idea back in September. We weren’t quite sure how many guests we could accommodate in his cozy restaurant downtown on Pacific Avenue. While there are tables …Read More »
  • Luscious Gianduja Squares

    Luscious Gianduja Squares

     Carole Bloom has graciously shared a toothsome recipe from her new book, Intensely Chocolate (Wiley, 2010), which not only is delicious, but is also an ideal gift to make for a chocolate lover.  Carole says, “A blend of bittersweet chocolate, dark milk chocolate, hazelnut paste, and chopped toasted hazelnuts create …Read More »
  • Buche de Noel

    Buche de Noel

    Although the French name for this beautiful dessert means Christmas Log, the origins of the custom of bringing in a Yule log, building a blazing fire, then lighting candles from it are pagan in origin as is the Christmas tree and decorating with holly and other greens.  I like to …Read More »
  • Gougeres

    Gougeres

    Gougeres are a French comfort food. Not a mac ‘n cheese kind of comfort food, but the kind that’s served fresh from the oven with a glass of wine or a cocktail. Or maybe stuffed with warm brie or some crab or smoked salmon and creme fraiche. The fun part …Read More »

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Patricia Rain, also known as the Vanilla Queen, is an author, educator, culinary historian, and owner of The Vanilla Company, a socially conscious business dedicated to the promotion of pure, natural vanilla, and the support of vanilla farmers worldwide. Meet Patricia here.

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