Vanilla Marshmallows


1 cup total cold water

3 packages unflavored gelatin

1 1/2 cups granulated sugar 

1 cup light corn syrup 

1/4 teaspoon kosher salt 

1 tablespoon plus

1 teaspoon VAIN Vanilla (any variety)

Confectioners' sugar, for dusting


Combine the gelatin and 1/2 cup of cold water in the bowl of an electric mixer fitted with the whisk attachment and allow to sit while you make the syrup.

 Combine the sugar, corn syrup, salt, and 1/2 cup water in a small saucepan and cook over medium heat until the sugar dissolves. Swirl pan while heating but do not stir. Raise the heat to high and cook until the syrup reaches 240 degrees on a candy thermometer. Remove from the heat.

With the mixer on low speed, slowly pour the sugar syrup into the dissolved gelatin. Put the mixer on high speed and whip until the mixture is very thick and glossy white, about 15 minutes. Add the vanilla and mix thoroughly.

With a sieve, generously dust an 8 by 12-inch nonmetal baking dish with confectioners' sugar. Pour the marshmallow mixture into the pan, smooth the top, and dust with more confectioners' sugar. Allow to stand uncovered overnight until it dries out.

 Turn the marshmallows onto a board and cut them in squares. Dust them with more confectioners' sugar.

Vanilla Marshmallows

Vanilla Vinaigrette


1 cup grape seed oil

1/4 cup rice vinegar

1 tsp. VAIN vanilla

zest of 1/2 lemon, 1/2 lime

1 Tbsp. honey

1 Tbsp. minced fresh mint

juice of 1/2 lime

fresh pepper and fleur de sel to taste



Whisk all ingredients together. Will keep for a week in the refrigerator.

Vanilla Vinaigrette

Very Vanilla Meringues


1/2 cup egg whites, from fresh eggs

1/4 tsp. cream of tartar

1 tsp. VAIN Madagascar Vanilla extracted in Vodka

3/4 cup granulated sugar

1/4 cup confectioner's sugar


Preheat oven to 225 degrees F.

To bowl of electric mixer, add egg whites and cream of tartar. Whip until soft peaks form. Add vanilla extract. Gradually add both sugars. (It should take 2 to 3 minutes to add the sugar). Whip until mixture forms stiff glossy peaks.

You can use a piping bag (or a plastic zip bag with corner snipped off), to pipe 1 inch cookies onto parchment lined baking sheet. Bake for 1 and 1/2 hours, rotating baking sheets halfway through. Turn off oven and let cookies sit for a few hours until completely dried. These keep for a few weeks if stored in a sealed container.

VAIN Products Used: 

Very Vanilla Meringues

Zucchini Bread


3 eggs

2 cups granulated sugar

1 cup vegetable oil

2 cups grated, peeled raw zucchini

1 T plus 1t VAIN vanilla extract, I used Indonesian Vanilla Extracted in Ginger Spirits

3 cups all-purpose flour

1 teaspoon salt

1 teaspoon baking soda

1/4 teaspoon double-acting baking powder

1 T pumpkin pie spice

1 cup coarsely chopped walnuts

1 cup chopped dates 



Beat the eggs until light and foamy. Add the sugar, oil, zucchini, and vanilla and mix until well combined. Combine the flour, salt, soda, baking powder, and cinnamon and add to the egg-zucchini mixture. Stir until well blended, add nuts and dates, and pour into two 9 x 5 x 3 inch greased loaf pans. Bake in a preheated oven at 350°F for approximately 1 hour or until a skewer inserted into the center of the loaf comes out clean. Cool on a rack. This recipe can be frozen after baking.

Zucchini Bread