Friday, July 30, 2010

In Praise of Saigon Cinnamon

One of my favorite spices is cinnamon and we have a big jar of Ground Saigon Cinnamon. This stuff gets quite a workout in our household.

I use it all the time with oatmeal. A healthy dose of cinnamon, a little sugar, a sprinkle of salt and sometimes a dash of vanilla and I take a boring breakfast to some serious fun.

My wife sometimes adds some soy milk and cinnamon to leftover rice for a faux rice pudding.  But for real rice pudding, we turn to this wonderful recipe from Ina Garten, "The Barefoot Contessa".  This is without a doubt the best rice pudding I have ever had. But aside from it being a great recipe, it does help that we used great cinnamon, top quality Mexican vanilla and Cruzan Rum.

This Vietnamese cinnamon from Costco is a great value.  In the grocery store, the McCormick brand was $4.29 for 1.87 ounces.  At Costco, it is $2.69 for 10.7 ounces, meaning the grocery store is nine times more expensive than Costco!


  1. i agree with you on the cinnamon - a definite costco asset.

  2. I'm under the impression that Saigon or Vietnamese cinnamon isn't as healthy as Ceylon cinnamon and that it contains a high amount of a carcinogen.