A vanilla bean is a special treat in my kitchen. I do my best to be mindful of our food resources, so an ingredient that can do double duty is a true gem. If you'll recall the Winter Solstice Brew from a few weeks back, this vanilla bean was one of the key ingredients. After a short rinse and drying overnight, the vanilla bean was ready to be added to turbinado sugar. It's flavor will infuse the sugar just in time for some special cookies I have planned for Valentine's Day. Sweets for my sweet.