What did vanilla do to deserve its lackluster reputation? It isn't dull or humdrum! Quality vanilla is nuanced and layered. While Mexican vanilla tastes spicy and woody, vanilla from Madagascar is mild and balanced. Meanwhile, Tahitian vanilla brings floral notes to any dish.

Let's stop lumping vanilla together with boring and predictable. Choose recipes that celebrate vanilla's notes and let its flavor shine. Not sure where to start? Here are 13 vanilla-focused drinks and dishes. They're definitely not boring.

1. Sautéed cherries with vanilla bean

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2. Vanilla bean lemonade

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3. Sweet roasted chestnuts with vanilla and fennel

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4. Vanilla egg cream

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5. Roasted plums with vanilla bean

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6. Raw mixed berry and vanilla bean cheesecake

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7. Vanilla berry baked oatmeal

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8. Double vanilla butter cake with chantilly cream

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9. Infused honey

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10. Austrian vanilla crescents (vanillekipferl)

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11. Vanilla bean chai syrup

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12. Vanilla fudge

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13. White chocolate peppermint cookie with vanilla salt

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This story was originally published on Food52.com: 13 recipes that let vanilla shine.