Overheard on the Home Cooking Board

"Allow them to really dry out and then put them through a grinder to create vanilla bean dust. You can add the dust to coffee beans, cakes, muffins, cheesecake crust, breads, you name it." -HillJ, on scraped vanilla bean pods

"Canned beets, eh? Get your bacon, onions, and garlic going in a pan. Remove the bacon, dump in the drained and sliced canned beets and sauté. Chop the bacon, add back to the pan. At the last minute dress with a handful of chopped walnuts. Makes for a nice side dish, [especially] for folks who don't like beets." -cuccubear

"I have long used soy sauce in my tomato-based sauces—chili, spaghetti, lasagne, etc. I find it cuts the acidity of the tomatoes, replaces the need for salt, and helps to give them a nice colour. My family thinks I am nuts when I put it in (my mother shouted at me the first time she saw it), but they sure like the taste!" – nsstampqueen

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