Post Punk Kitchen 100

17) Vanilla beans

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Whole vanilla beans are a satisfying ingredient to work with on so many levels. The scent, of course, but the super shiny, rich, oily bean is just a pleasure to handle. Use a steak knife to split lenghtwise and scrape out the crumbly bean. Cookbook author Kelly Peloza recommends homemade vanilla extract and vanilla sugar.

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