Local Vanilla Extract
In the Cook’s Pantry Products and places for cooks and gifts for cooks this winter and beyond.
Here’s an ingredient that we never thought we’d find locally—vanilla extract. This small-batch, handcrafted product is made using local alcohol from Cutler’s Artisan Spirits and organic, fair trade vanilla beans from Uganda. What’s even more important is that it is an exceptional product. Use it all winter when baking, add a little to some hot chocolate or dab a little on your wrist as a beautiful scent! It doesn’t hurt that it comes in a beautiful bottle worthy of fine perfume, and it makes a great gift. Jilli Vanilli is available at Isabella’s Gourmet Foods, Crazy Good Bread, Viva Oliva, Cutler’s Artisan Spirits. Visit JilliVanilli.com for more information.
Cooking Dinner Made Easy Pantry SB Dinner Kits
Gourmet Goodies Central Coast Specialty Foods
Lompoc rejoiced when Central Coast Specialty Foods opened up. From cheese to local and European gourmet specialty foods, they also have a superb meat counter with everything from tri-tip to wild boar. It’s a great spot to pick up provisions when wine tasting at the Lompoc Wine Ghetto, and they have a full lineup of deli sandwiches, salads, dogs and sausages. Try the Total Veggie Salad and the West Coast Turkey Sandwich pictured above. Central Coast Specialty Foods is open Sat, Mon–Wed 10am – 6pm; Thu–Fri 10am –7pm; Sun 10am – 4pm. They are located at 115 E. College Ave., Suite 10, Lompoc; 805 717-7675; CentralCoastSpecialtyFoods.com
Do you have a hard time finding the time to make dinner from scratch? It’s not so much the time spent cooking, but all the planning, shopping and making sure you have the right ingredients. Several companies have come up with the concept of a dinner kit delivery service where you receive everything you need to cook dinner yourself at home. We are fortunate to have locally owned Pantry SB right here in Santa Barbara providing this service and sourcing local ingredients, with a strong emphasis on organic. How it works:
You’ll get a box delivered to your door each week that has all the ingredients and recipes you need to make up to three meals a week in quantities of two to eight servings. Their instructional videos make it great for learning new techniques and working with unfamiliar ingredients, too. Weekly and monthly memberships. Dinners cost around $12 per person for each meal. Visit ThePantrySB.com for more information.
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