Recipes & Blog Posts

Marcus Freeman

History of the Chicago Butter Cookie

Ask any Chicagoan who attended a Chicago Public School in the 60s through 80s what they remember most fondly about there school days, and you will likely hear the same thing over and over. The CPS Butter Cookies!   Sold in the Lunchrooms across the city, they were the highlight of the school day, so much so, many kids would use what little money they had to prioritize buying them over the actual lunch.   Unfortunately, these sweets were removed from all schools with a push towards providing children with only nutritious options. With this change, they started being sold...

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Marcus Freeman

Types of Vanilla Beans

Vanilla Beans can be compared to Wine, where the flavor of Wine can come from the types of grapes used and the region in which those grapes are grown, the flavor and scent of Vanilla vary wildly on the species of Vanilla used and where it was grown. Here is a guide that explains the complex and unique flavors of vanilla that can be found around the world     Vanilla Beans come in 3 distinct species: Plantifola, Pompona, and Tahitensis   Plantifola - The Most common variety of Vanilla grown around the World. When people think of the classic...

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Marcus Freeman

Recipe: Tres Leches Banana Pudding (Easy, No Cook)

  Tres Leches Banana Pudding (Easy, No Bake)   Our Banana Pudding was one of the top selling items we offered at our little storefront in South Holland, IL.  Still 2 years later, we get constant calls and requests for it! We made our own custard pudding from fresh cream, milk and eggs, and even our own whipped cream from scratch. However the true secret ingredient was our House-made Butter Cookies in place of the flavorless dusty store brought wafers.   Don’t underestimate how much homemade cookies can make a difference in your Banana Pudding! They are Game-Changing!   This...

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