Nina Wanat, author of Sweet Confections (and former chef-owner of the now-defunct BonBonBar), employs a lot of vanilla in her concoctions. She demonstrates an easy way to separate seeds from pods.

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Update: This story was updated on Tuesday, February 7, 2012, to reflect the closure of BonBonBar.

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