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Homemade vanilla extract a versatile ingredient in kitchen

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    Roberta Chong Kee glazes a vanilla bundt cake flavored with her homemade extract.

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    Split vanilla beans can be used to create vanilla sugar. The caviar scraped inside the bean pod can be used in baking.

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    Roberta Chong Kee makes her own vanilla extract at her home in bottles, pictured at at right. She used the vanilla extract and a vanilla bean caviar glaze as a drizzle over the a bundt cake.

Roberta Chong Kee and Paula Ho‘opai remember their mother “curing” vanilla beans in rum in a dark kitchen cupboard. Chong Kee continues the tradition as a way of remembering the generous nature of their late mother, Nancy “Gladys” Teixeira. Read more

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