V is for Vanilla

It is hard to believe such great flavor comes from these tiny little vanilla beans.  Watch this video to learn the long journey of the vanilla bean from plant to plate.  https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=VQl-oHeII6w

As we are approaching the end of the alphabet, we thought everyone would want to enjoy a nice cup of coffee after all these yummy foods from A to V (so far).  Below is a recipe from Taste of Home for homemade vanilla coffee creamer.

Vanilla Coffee Creamer


  • 1 vanilla bean
  • 1 can (14 ouncesweetened condensed milk
  • 1 cup half-and-half cream 2% milk or heavy whipping cream
  • Dash salt


  • Split vanilla bean lengthwise. Using the tip of a sharp knife, scrape seeds from the center into a small saucepan; add bean.
  • Add remaining ingredients to pan; cook and stir over medium heat 5-7 minutes or until heated through. Remove from heat; let stand, covered, 15 minutes to allow flavors to blend.
  • Discard vanilla bean. Store in an airtight container in the refrigerator up to 4 days. Stir before using.


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