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vanilla extract


There are several ways to get the flavor of vanilla when cooking and baking.  There are vanilla beans, vanilla extract, and imitation vanilla flavoring.  Most people use either vanilla extract or flavoring.

You can save money using imitation vanilla flavoring when possible.  In most cases, you can't tell the difference between the extract and the imitation flavoring.  Have both on hand, and be thrift conscious when possible.

Here are a couple frugal recipes that make good use of vanilla.


Homemade Chocolate Mayonnaise Cake


2 cups flour
1 cup sugar
1 cup mayonnaise
1 tsp vanilla
4 Tbsp cocoa
2 tsp baking soda

In mixer bowl, combine flour, sugar, cocoa and baking soda.  Add mayonnaise, vanilla, and 1 1/2 cups water.  Beat, at medium speed, about one minute until smooth.

Pour into greased 9x13-inch baking pan.  Bake at 350 degrees for approx. 25-30 minutes or until toothpick inserted in the center comes out clean.


Easy Chocolate Blender Pie


1/3 cup butter, melted
1 small bag chocolate chips
2 cups milk
1 cup sugar
1 cup flaked coconut
1/2 cup flour
2 tsp. vanilla
1/4 tsp salt

In salad bowl combine mayonnaise, yogurt and lemon juice.  Add apples and celery. Add to salad bowl.  Fold in nuts. Chill, toss and serve.






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