In modern slang, “vanilla” is used to describe something that’s plain, unimaginative or boring, but that’s not how many chefs look at this common flavoring. “While people don’t think of vanilla as assertive, it certainly is, and can stand up to a lot of other ingredients,” said Jason McClure, chef of Sazerac restaurant in Seattle and one of many chefs who like to use the flavor in savory dishes. “Vanilla’s got natural oils that have great ...
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