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Hungry? Try a hearty helping of DMFlavors…

Monday, October 11th, 2010

Here at DM, we’re all about flavor – whether it’s in the lab, or at home. Each month, our fabulous chefs develop a new recipe for our enjoyment. The recipes range from quick and easy, to those that require a bit more effort. Some of my personal favorites include Strawberry Rhubarb Crumble Pie, Peruvian Chicken and Rice, Summer Rum Tea Punch, and this month’s Vietnamese Meatball Sandwich (a.k.a. Banh Mi). Go ahead and check them out tonight!

Click here for the Recipe of the Month!

Vanilla Unveils its Savory Side

Thursday, May 27th, 2010

In yesterday’s Washington Post food section, I spotted an article revealing that vanilla works just as well in savory dishes, as in an ice cream cone.

Well…with respect to the Washington Post, we’ve known this one for years.

Ask anyone in our labs, and they’ll tell you that their secret ingredient in a pot of chili, is always vanilla. Try it in a pot of spaghetti sauce too.

At past Roadshows, we’ve shown vanilla paired with tomato, curry, peppercorn, and brown gravy – just to name a few.

Thai Twist Salad Dressing with Vanilla

Roadshow 2006: Thai Twist Salad Dressing with Vanilla

Vanilla can modify the heat of many peppery products, while enhancing the flavor of the particular pepper. It can off-set the earthy and “weed-like” character of many herbs to allow a more palatable experience. It can also be used to create a divergent sensation, whereas vanilla stands out at a different time during the eating experience than the item with which it is paired.

Curious about vanilla’s savory side? I’ve pulled a few recipes from our archives to share with you. Enjoy!


Spinach Salad with Cranberry Vanilla Vinaigrette

Fresh Baby Spinach – Washed    –  6 oz.

Cranberry Juice  –  1 cup

Fresh Cranberries –  ½  cup

Crumbled Blue Cheese  – ½ cup

Olive Oil  –  ¼ cup

Toasted Pine Nuts –   ¼ cup

Sugar   –  ¼ cup

Orange Juice  –   ¼ cup

White Balsamic Vinegar  –   3 Tbsp

Vanilla Extract  –  2 tsp

Shallots finely minced  –  ¼ tsp

Garlic finely minced  –  ¼ tsp

Salt   –  1 tsp

Pepper   –   1/8 tsp

Raspberries – fresh (optional) –   2 oz

Combine fresh cranberries, sugar, cranberry juice and orange juice and bring to a boil. Remove from heat, cover and steep for ten minutes. Strain the cranberries and save the cranberries and the liquid.

Mix together the spinach, blue cheese and pine nuts. Set aside.

In a separate bowl, mix together the vinegar, shallots, garlic, vanilla, salt, pepper and the cranberry liquid. Whisk in the oil. Adjust the seasonings with salt and pepper.

Dress the salad and toss with the raspberries and poached cranberries.


Sautéed Pork Medallions with a Wild Mushroom Sherry Vanilla Sauce

Pork Tenderloin cut into medallions –   8

Oil   –   ¼ cup

Flour    –   ¼ cup

Salt   –  To season

Pepper   –   To season


Veal or Chicken Stock   –  2 cups

Sherry Wine   –  ½ cup

Mixed Wild Mushrooms  –   1 ½ cups

Heavy Cream   –   ¼ cup

Vanilla Extract   –   2 tsp

Carrots – minced   –   1 Tbsp

Celery – minced  –  1 Tbsp

Butter   –   2 Tbsp

Sugar    –   1 Tbsp

Shallots – minced   –    ½ tsp

Garlic – minced  –   ½ tsp

Bay leaf    –   1 leaf

Salt  –   To taste

Pepper  –  To taste

Melt half the butter in a large sauté pan. Lightly sauté the shallots, garlic, carrots and celery. Add the sherry and cook reducing the liquid by half.

Add the remaining ingredients except the cream and butter and cook for 20 minutes.

Add the cream and simmer for 5 minutes. Add the butter and adjust the seasonings.

Flatten the pork medallions and dust with the seasoned flour. Sauté in oil. Hold in a warming oven until ready to serve.

Suggested serving: Serve with soft polenta with roasted red peppers. The pork and sauce go well with spaetzle as well.


Pan Seared Steak with a Vanilla Peppercorn Sauce

Strip Steaks  –  2 lbs

Salt –   To season

Pepper  –  To season


Beef Stock   –   2 cups

Red Wine  –  ½ cup

Heavy Cream   –  ¼ cup

Cooking Oil  –  ¼ cup

Vanilla Extract  – 1 Tbsp

Green Peppercorns  –   1 Tbsp

Butter  –  1 Tbsp

Shallots – minced  –   ½ tsp

Garlic – minced   –   ¼  tsp

Parsley – chopped  –   ½ tsp

Salt   –    To Taste

Fresh Ground Pepper   –   To Taste

Season the steak with salt and pepper and sear in oil until both sides are lightly brown. Remove steak and finish in a warming oven until desired doneness is achieved.

Remove the excess oil from the pan and sauté the shallots and garlic for 1 minute. Deglaze the pan with the red wine, simmer and reduce the volume by half.

Add the stock, peppercorns and vanilla. Let reduce on medium high heat for 8 – 10 minutes.

Slowly add the heavy cream and simmer until the consistency of the sauce has become slightly thicker.

Finish the sauce by slowly adding the butter and adjust the seasoning with salt & pepper.

Serve over the steak.

A Delicious Blast from the Past…

Tuesday, December 22nd, 2009

When I was a little girl, my grandfather would take me to visit his older sister – Aunt Lillian. I was very young when my aunt died, and I don’t remember a lot about her. What I do remember, is that I always felt very close to her. I also remember that she was short, she liked to wear house-dresses, and she was always in the kitchen. But what I remember most, were the Chocolate No-Bake Cookies that she would always make for me. I still remember the red tin that she would place in front of me – and I would get so excited!

Eventually, she gave me the recipe, and my grandfather and I made them once – successfully. Shortly after, my Aunt Lillian passed away, and the recipe, somehow, was lost forever.

For years, I would ask my grandfather if he had the recipe, but he’d insist that he gave it to my mom. And Mom would insist that my grandfather still had it. Friends and family members would make recipe suggestions – but they weren’t quite right.

A few weeks ago, I brought the cookies up at dinner – yet again, in what seemed like a futile attempt. But this time, a light seemed to flash on in my grandfather’s head – and he directed my grandmother to a small box in the corner of a kitchen cabinet (where, by the way, he apparently hides his secret recipes for pitzels and wedding soup!). And there it was – on a thin piece of yellowed notepaper, transcribed from memory, in my Aunt Lillian’s handwriting.

Now, I am told that my aunt was a tremendous cook and baker – and by no means were these cookies the greatest thing in her repertoire. But, to me they were. And when I smelled the combination of cocoa, peanut butter, oats and coconut on the stove, it didn’t matter. That first bite brought me back 25 years – to my favorite flavor in the entire world.

I always find it amazing how smells and flavors can unlock memories from long ago. This year, for Christmas, I’m sharing these “cookies” with my friends and family. And as a little holiday gift to our blog readers, I’ve included it below – exactly as Aunt Lillian wrote it.

Enjoy – and Happy Holidays!

Aunt Lillian’s No-Bake Chocolate Cookies

Put into a pan…

¼ lb butter

½ cup milk

½ cup cocoa

2 cups sugar

Stir over low heat until butter is melted and comes to a boil. (Note from Erin: This may seem like it takes forever, but they will not thicken otherwise!) Remove from heat and add…

2 tablespoons peanut butter

3 cups oatmeal (Old fashion)

1 teaspoon vanilla

½ cup coconut flakes

Stir until everything is mixed well and oatmeal is all coated – drop heaping teaspoon on reynolds wrap or waxed paper. Let stand until dry.

Happy National Strawberry Rhubarb Pie Day!

Tuesday, June 9th, 2009

Strawberry Rhubarb Crumble Pie

Just a quick note to let everyone know that today is National Strawbery-Rhubarb Pie Day!! Seriously! Celebrate with our recipe of the month – Strawberry Rhubarb Crumble Pie!

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