Great ingredients make for great meals. Whenever you can, use the highest quality supplies for your recipes. The flavor difference will always come through in your finished dish.
If there is an ingredient that you are not familiar with, check our Ingredient section. There are pages and pages of information about the ingredients used in my recipes.
Recipes that call for vanilla extract deserve just that. Artificial vanilla has the aroma but not the flavor of pure vanilla extract. The pure extract is more expensive, but as with everything you cook, it is quality ingredients that make the right dish.