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  1. Emma’s 18th Birthday!

    March 27, 2013 by

    Emma 18 & Us

    Bittersweet Birthday

    Emma turned 18 last week. She is such a lovely person to be with. What I mean is, we look forward to just being with her. She is an incredibly gifted, creative person with a “bar-room” laugh (as Jim says, although, I don’t know what he could possibly be referring to, ahem). She loves indie music, Harry Potter, Jane Austen,The Lord of The Rings, reading, writing, coffee with cream, her brothers, her hair, painting, exploring–although not necessarily in that order. She does not like fruit, cleaning, conforming, soda or taking vitamins (we hope that the lack of carbonation will make up for the lack of fruit and vitamins).

    We are loving being a part of her life and can’t wait to see all that will unfold. Our prayers for her continue to be that she will love the Lord more than anything else and that she will learn to be a true servant. We know that He has a plan for her and love to watch Him work through her, through her beautiful voice, her gift of music and laughter and watching her incredible relationships with her brothers.

    Every year on their birthdays, the children get to choose what their birthday celebration dinner will be. Emma’s meal of choice? Chicken Cordon Bleu with a Vanilla White Wine Cream sauce over poppy seeded egg noodles with broccoli. The evening always concludes with a chocolate birthday cake with vanilla buttercream frosting. It was a fun evening. I had to include this photo to show how my boys shy away from the camera (haha).

    Emma 18 & UsEmma & ElizabethBirthday CakeBirthday Cake 2

  2. A Walk In the Rain, Tapas & Wine

    February 12, 2013 by


    A Walk In the Rain, Tapas & Wine

    We hosted our very first Saturday afternoon/evening event with a narrated-history tour given by Jim followed by tapas and wine at the Mill.

    It was a bit rainy, but our intrepid participants came ready to brave the weather.  Armed with umbrellas, they headed out for almost an hour while Emma & I opened the wine to breathe and finished plating the tapas.


    We made Vanilla-Lemon-Cumin Roasted Wings, Vanilla & Thyme Housemade Flatbread, Vanilla-Pepper-Onion Marmalade, Rib-Eye Nachos with Queso Fresco and all the fixings (fresh guacamole, salsa, vanilla-creme fraiche & chopped cilantro), roasted asparagus with vanilla oil  cotija cheese, cucumber boast with feta and vanilla-red wine vinaigrette, browned vanilla-butter toasted Marcona almonds, feta stuffed dates wrapped with bacon and some beautiful olives to top it all off.  Everything was very tasty, if I do say so myself!


    Everyone enjoyed themselves and toasted the evening.

    We will be hosting one in March(either the 23 or the 30th) and would love to have you join us!

    If you can’t be here, you can try these at home–everyone in my family said that these rival my Christmas Eve Hot Wings–you’ll have to let me know what you think.

    Vanilla-Lemon-Cumin Roasted Wings


    **These are super easy and the perfect combination of acidity, spiced and rounded nicely with vanilla, crispy on the outside-very tender on the inside yumminess. Please note that they do require a marinating time–so plan accordingly.

    36 Wings (I didn’t take note of the weight, but these were whole wings, with drumette, mid-section and tip)

    1 Cup Vanilla Oil

    1 Cup Lemon Juice (remember, I have a LOT of lemons to use up!)

    4 Teaspoons Ground Cumin

    4 Teaspoons Kosher or sea salt

    Ground pepper to your taste

    A few drops of Frank’s Hot Sauce or Tabasco to your taste

    Combine all marinade ingredients and whisk well to combine. Pour over chicken and marinate for at least 4 hours–overnight is even better. I combined my marinade in a snap-lock plastic container, shook the marinade well, and then added the chicken. I also tried to “shake” the container (or turn it up-side down) every few hours since the marinade was mostly on the bottom of the container.

    Line a large baking sheet (or two half-sheets) with parchment or foil (to make clean-up easier!). Place a rack on top of parchment and spray with vegetable spray (such as Pam). Remove wings from marinade and place on rack.

    Roast at 400º until nicely browned. I have a convection oven, so they took about 30 minutes.


    Enjoy and let me know how they turn out!

    xovox (vanilla hugs & kisses),
    The Vanilla Chef (aka Tracy Reddekopp)

  3. Extend The Love Valentines Dinner

    January 15, 2013 by



    We are happy to announce that registration is now open for our Valentine’s Dinner! Please call (808)-776-1771 for more information and to reserve your seat.

    Where: The Hawaiian Vanilla Mill Facility. Get directions HERE.

    When: February 16th, 2013 at 5:30pm.

    Dinner will be three courses with live entertainment and family style seating. Call today with any questions or to reserve your seat. Limited number of seats available.

  4. Truffle Making 101

    January 15, 2013 by


    Aloha Vanilla Chefs!

    More information is now available for the highly anticipated Vanilla Truffle Making Class!

    When: February 8th 2013 from 3:00pm to 5:00pm

    Where: The Hawaiian Vanilla Mill Facility, Get directions HERE.

    Come learn to make four different truffles using vanilla! Taught by one of our most experienced vanilla chefs learn how to incorporate vanilla, coffee, mint, and passion fruit into delectable truffles. Students will also learn how to construct their own chocolate box which can be used to transport all your truffles home to your valentine. Come taste, love, and learn about the amazing flavors of chocolate and vanilla.

    Light refreshments will be provided.

    Price: $29.00 per person

    Registration Is Now Open!

    Call us at (808)-776-1771 to make your reservation!

    Only Reservations Made Over The Phone Will Be Booked.

    Make Sure To Remember Your Conformation Number.

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