You’ve heard of Shop Local — how about a new trend: Bake Local? Shopping at Fresh Market on Monday, I found this basket, displaying bottles of Nielsen-Massey Vanilla, which is run by Lake Bluff’s Matt Nielsen and his family. Based in Waukegan and The Netherlands, the company has been making vanilla since 1907.
What holiday treats can you craft with vanilla from Madagascar? Visit NielsenMassey.com for recipes for everything from cookies to appetizers to drinks — there’s even a recipe for a vanilla body scrub.
One thing you probably won’t find is Matt’s Ribfest-winning top secret barbecue sauce, which is rumored to include Nielsen-Massey vanilla.