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I opened the bottle of your vanilla extract last weekend to bake some cookies and the difference in taste is extraordinary." – Judy

The Queen’s Favorite Almond-Vanilla Dipping Sauce


 This is one of the most versatile sauces you’ll want in your bag of culinary tricks. You can switch out toasted pecans, walnuts or macadamia nuts for the almonds, use sour cream instead of Greek yogurt, add pepper flakes or Siracha sauce…the list goes on. Even the basic ingredient measurements are flexible.

I developed this recipe several decades ago when I was working with the artichoke industry. Although it was initially intended to use as an artichoke dipping sauce, I quickly realized it held huge promise for nearly everything savory.

For instance, if you are oven-baking fish filets or steaks, coat them with this sauce. It will turn light brown and toasty and, at the same time, hold in the fish juices. When the fish is cooked, plate it, add a slice of lemon, and you have an elegant, moist fish entree.

I still love it with artichokes or with a platter of crudites, but it’s also great for dipping roasted asparagus or potatoes, and even boiled shrimp. Mix it into freshly cooked green beans or sauce some warm poached chicken. How versatile can you get??

Here’s the basic recipe. Feel free to make it your own special go-to sauce by adding, subtracting or simply enjoying it as it is.



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is an author, educator, culinary historian, and owner of The Vanilla Company (, a socially conscious, product-driven information and education site dedicated to the promotion of pure, natural vanilla, and the support of vanilla farmers worldwide. She also does culinary presentations for food professionals, cooking schools, trade shows, food fairs, and private groups, and is a regular radio and TV guest.
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