I am Cecilia and this is my blog, One Vanilla Bean. I have loved cooking and baking ever since I can remember. I grew up in Panama, in a large and culturally diverse family. My earliest food memory is standing on a little stool next to the stove, stirring a pot of my grandmother’s mango chutney to prevent it from burning. I must have been 5 years old.
Like most people, I love traveling. I enjoy visiting the markets, exploring unknown ingredients, and bringing them back home with me for inspiration.
I find that recipes with simple and wholesome ingredients yield the best results. Although I love to use fresh ingredients, I’ve learned how to take advantage of prepared non-processed foods to make healthful meals. After all, who doesn’t want to get weekday dinners on the table in the shortest time possible?
I started One Vanilla Bean in 2010. Here I write about what’s cooking in my kitchen, DC restaurants and food shops, cookbooks, and about travel and dining out. One Vanilla Bean reflects my tastes in food: home cooked meals made with wholesome ingredients. My current culinary passions include baking macarons, making my own charcuterie, bread baking, and canning seasonal produce.
You can contact me at onevanillabean at hotmail dot com.
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