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Pumpkin Spice Ice Cream

This ice cream tastes like a better, more homemade version of a Starbucks pumpkin spice latte (minus the coffee, which is pretty incidental), thanks to a dose of vanilla bean, cinnamon, clove, nutmeg, and a wee nip of bourbon. More

9 Ways To Use Vanilla Beans

Clocking in at five dollars a pop or more, vanilla beans are undoubtedly expensive. But they add a complexity of flavor, a mix of sweet, floral, earthy, and spicy, that blows vanilla extract away. So if you are going to drop the cash for the good stuff, how should you use it? Here are 9 of our favorite ways. More

Millionaire's Cherry Rhubarb Jam

A three to one ratio of rhubarb to cherries yields the perfect balance of tart and sweet. Half a vanilla bean and a generous splash of orange liqueur make for one fancy jam. It would be delicious over waffles with a dollop of crème fresh, or sandwiched in a biscuit with a wedge of brie. More

Pie of the Week: Carrot Vanilla Bean Mascarpone Pie

Vegetables and sugar have been flirting for years with one another through dishes like the Thanksgiving stand-by sweet potato pie and autumnal pumpkin bread, but these relationships have been fleeting and seasonal at best. This week's carrot mascarpone pie is proof that veggies are ready to come into their own as a part of the dessert course by reimagining the springtime favorite carrot cake as a vehicle for creamy, complex flavors. More

Healthy & Delicious: Parsnip Soup with Vanilla

Frequently overshadowed by more colorful produce, the humble parsnip deserves more props than it often receives. The slender, goldenish root vegetable possesses the sweetness of a carrot and a slight starchiness that suggests a potato, all while packing a nice little nutritional punch. A good source of potassium, parsnips are also high in fiber, as well as vitamins C and K. They're much easier to peel than rutabagas, too. So there's that. More

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