Thanksgiving Favorites!

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We’ve rounded up our favorite holiday recipes, from savory to sweet, to help inspire your Thanksgiving menus! We wish we could help with the errands, trip(s) to the grocery store and getting the food ready…but, the next best thing is sharing ALL of our favorite recipe ideas in one place to make it super easy to plan and plot!

Savory

Turkey!!! – With a little boost from Rodelle’s Gourmet Turkey Brine, this bird couldn’t be juicier!

Baked Brie with Apple Cranberry Compote appetizer – This flaky pastry is filled with some of our favorite things: cheese, apples, cranberries, and vanilla beans. This is a show-stopper appetizer and your crowd will love it!

Cranberry Kale Salad with Vanilla Cranberry Vinaigrette – Deliciously easy, healthy and satisfying. Your vegetarian guests will love this as a main, and you can easily keep leftovers handy to go with turkey on Black Friday as a healthy re-energizing salad.

Butternut Squash Vanilla Dauphinoise – A delicate, delicious mix of butternut squash, vanilla and Gruyere cheese. The perfect side to impress and delight!

Vanilla Bean Challah Bread – Our twist on tradition! This Challah is perfect to soak up gravy with!

Vanilla Bean Butter – Perfect on rolls (especially our homemade sweet potato rolls), mashed potatoes and more.

Pumpkin Gnudi with Vanilla Bean Brown Butter – Delicious, savory and pillowy pumpkin ricotta gnocchi (gnudi) tossed in a vanilla bean brown butter sauce with fried sage.

Hasselback Sweet Potato with Whipped Vanilla Bean Butter – Baked sweet potato meets homemade potato chips. Take your sweet potatoes over the edge this year by whipping some Rodelle Vanilla Beans into your butter and top away!

Vanilla Bean Sweet Potato Gratin – This savory baked sweet potato dish is the perfect side for your Thanksgiving dinner – the spiced hazelnuts and vanilla bean put it over the top!

Green Salad with Persimmons, Pomegranates, Blue Cheese and Cinnamon-infused Dressing – The jewel-tone colors and the balanced flavors of sweet-tart, slightly tangy edge of the blue cheese, and the subtle heat of cinnamon make this salad a stand out addition to your gourmet meals.

Turmeric Roasted Potatoes and Carrots – Turmeric adds an exotic earthiness to this simple roasted vegetable recipe. Serve with any meat dish to make a hearty meal.

Corn Bread Dressing – Our flavor rich turkey brine mix perfectly compliments this stuffing. Dried apples, cranberries, allspice, peppercorns, and other spices add a rich aroma and flavor to this Thanksgiving favorite.

Vanilla Bean Brussels Sprouts –  This is the perfect side-dish when you want to impress. The flavors just work so well together you’re going to be making this simple, yet elegant recipe often!

 

 

 

 

Sweet

Cranberry Pear Vanilla Jam – All of the wonderful flavors of fall, perfectly balanced with sweet vanilla beans – slather this on everything from rolls to turkey!

Vanilla Bean Cranberry Sauce – Vanilla bean, cranberry, orange zest…all of our favorite things in one cranberry sauce that will definitely rival the competition!

Pumpkin Flan – A delicious, single-serve option that tastes just like pumpkin pie!

Pumpkin Sweet Potato Pie – The perfect level of sweetness – a little pumpkin and a little sweet potato – this pie is where it is at!

Vanilla Pecan Pie – Made with the best vanilla extract, this pecan pie is perfectly sweet and nutty!

Caramel Apple Cheesecake – The perfect dessert recipe for any holiday meal! It’s a delicious combination of drizzled caramel sauce, sweet Rodelle Vanilla, and mouthwatering cheesecake. Don’t miss this one!

Pumpkin Spice Tartlets – Perfect individual serving size with a delicious pumpkin flavor! Why bake the whole pumpkin pie when you can have a mini tart?

Spiced Poached Pear Gingerbread Cheese Cake – This cheesecake features Rodelle Wassail Mulling Spices and Vanilla Beans. It is simply elegant, festive, and delicious.

Pumpkin Spice Oatmeal Cookies – There are dozens of ways to use Rodelle Pumpkin Spice Extract, but these mouth watering, crispy-chewy bites just might be our favorite.

Vegan Bourbon Pecan Pie – A holiday treat, this Vegan Bourbon Pecan Pie is dairy and egg free with a hint of molasses, maple and a taste of bourbon – and of course vanilla extract!

Cranberry Pecan Braided Bread – This Cranberry Pecan Braided Bread is festive and a beautiful spotlight of seasonal flavors. Enjoy it with the vanilla glaze and maybe even a little extra vanilla bean butter!

 

 

 

 

So…are your grocery shopping lists ready yet? Have a great Thanksgiving!!

Fall Baking with Rodelle!

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In the Fall, we love to come back to our kitchens and get baking! With kiddo’s potlucks, Halloween parties, and weekends filled with football + tailgating, this is the perfect time to sharpen your skills before serious holiday baking! We’ve got plenty of easy fall recipes to tempt your taste buds and help you ease back into the kitchen. One of the easiest ways to get back to the kitchen routine is with a tried-and-true no bake recipe. We recommend our: Oreo Truffles – all decorated for Halloween, Slow Cooker Cinnamon Apple Sauce, and Vanilla Bean Candied Apples to name a few.

One of our favorite things about baking in the fall is all of the gorgeous, seasonal produce. From prime-time apples, to juicy pears, and (finally) pumpkin and other hearty squashes, there’s nothing like experimenting with a new recipe and new fruit or veggie. Trust us, the amount of flavor and hearty comfort that can be found in combining great ingredients with just the right piece of produce is unparalleled. Here are some of our favorite recipes showcasing the best fall flavors:

Pumpkin Pop Tarts with Vanilla Bean Glaze: An incredible recipe flavored with all-natural ingredients. Sure to be a fan-favorite.

Vanilla Bean Apple Bread Pudding: Simple and sure to please! This semi-homemade recipe comes together quick and the fresh apple flavor really shines.

Gluten-Free Almond Oat Pear Cake: A light, gluten-free cake packed with almond and vanilla flavor – topped off with delicious poached pears and an almond chantilly!

Vanilla Dutch Apple Pie: Nothing gets more American than this – gooey apple filling baked into a crumbly vanilla crust. Perfect for any occasion!

We would love to hear what your favorite recipes for fall are! In the meantime, check out our seasonal baking products! Vanilla beans and whole cinnamon sticks are great additions to your pantry for fall baking! We’ve rounded up some of our favorite Rodelle items for the season to help you entertain, whip up something fabulous and maximize the flavor in your life.

Wassail mulling spice
Gourmet turkey brine
Whole cinnamon sticks
Pumpkin Spice Extract

Flavor matters! We promise you will love the premium quality of Rodelle’s special fall product line.

 

 

2017 Rodelle Vanilla Day 5k!

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The third annual Rodelle Vanilla Day 5K is officially in the books! We had an amazing turn out and some incredible support for the event and couldn’t be happier with the results. First, we need to say a huge thank you to our sponsors who made the event happen! The Eye Center of Northern Colorado joined for the first year as our presenting sponsor – and brought with them over 25+ runners and walkers on their team “Eyes Eyes Baby”! Our Corporate Sponsors came with support from Front Range Insurance Group, Cigna, and Employment Solutions – all wonderful partners of the Rodelle team. And, we can’t forget our super our community sponsors, the Fort Collins Running Club and Colorado in Motion. A big, heartfelt thank you goes out to all of our sponsors who donated to the Rodelle Vanilla Day 5k – the proceeds are all going to be used to benefit social programs for communities in the vanilla growing regions of Madagascar through the Rodelle Foundation.

Let’s take a minute to also thank all of the 200+ runners and walkers who took the time out of their busy weekends to join us on our 3.1 mile course in Fort Collins! We loved seeing all of the first-time runners, and the veteran speedsters out on the course. We had several families who joined us, and that’s what the Vanilla Day 5k is all about – enjoying those who love and burning a couple of extra calories during the delicious fall baking season.

For the 21+ crowd, we had a generous offering of vanilla-infused beer from 3 of our favorite northern Colorado breweries: a Key Lime Pie Berliner from WeldWerks Brewery, an Orange Creamsicle from Snowbank Brewing and an Orange Vanilla Ale from the Colorado State University Brewing Program – all were immensely enjoyed (responsibly).

For the kiddos, we had a bounce house and fun-run obstacle course. It was a great joy to see 30+ youngsters running with parents or solo. We also had several participants in the full-length 5K from elementary school. Start ’em young!

Thank you to everyone who sponsored, supported, volunteered, played music at, participated in, and made the Vanilla Day 5K a success this year!!

 

Welcome, Mama V!

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Mama V is the author and creative baker and chef over at Snowflakes & Coffee Cakes! We’ve been working with Diane all summer this year and it’s been a delicious partnership! We are excited to officially announce that Diane is our newest Rodelle Brand AmbassadorDiane’s site is the place to find family favorite and kitchen-tested quality recipes! We love the approach she takes on Snowflakes and Coffeecakes to balance easily approachable, timeless classics, and over-the-top delicious creations! From sweet to savory, you’ll be sure to find your next favorite dish on Snowflakes and Coffeecakes.

Diane has a great Rodelle giveaway going on right now, including our limited edition Rodelle Reserve Pure Madagascar Bourbon 2-Fold Vanilla Extract! We made less than 2000 of these hand-crafted and hand-bottled beauties! Diane’s sharing a 3 part recipe for Golden Caramel Cupcakes with Salted Caramel Buttercream and they are as delicious as the sound – trust us!! To sweeten the giveaway even more, Diane is adding in the cute decorating ingredients you need to make your cupcakes look as delicious as they taste. We love all the gold shimmery sprinkles!! The giveaway ends on August 31st so hop over to Diane’s site before then to get entered!

And, if you love to eat (and who doesn’t!?), save Diane’s blog for dinner recommendations and desserts you will use again and again!

 

Rodelle Summer Sweetstakes – The Winners are….

Last month, we celebrated the close of our biggest giveaway of 2017: The Rodelle & KitchenAid Summer Sweetstakes! We are excited to announce the contest winners today! But first, a big thank you to every single one of you who participated, entered, shared, liked and followed along during the summer! Our team loved your Facebook posts, Instagram and Pinterest follows and Tweets that we saw!!

For each prize level, we shared some great Rodelle gourmet vanilla ingredientsbaking essentials and gourmet seasonings! Here are the remaining Winners from the Rodelle Summer Sweetstakes!

We had winners from our online contest and our Instagram post contests so we’re breaking out our online winners and Instagram winners separately this year.

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April Gupton in Newport News, Virginia

Amy Leach in Columbus, Ohio

Online contest: 1st Place Prize Winners

Janice Cash in Cleveland, Tennessee

Tamara Tanner in Fremont, Nebraska

Brenda Haines in Broadbent, Oregon

Karen Critchley in Victoria, British Columbia

Linda Soma in Quinton, New Jersey

Instagram contest: Grand Prize Winner

Jeanne Hunt in Austin, Texas (@heynanabread)

Instagram contest: 1st Place Prize Winners

Fabiana Feitosa-Suntheimer in North Branford, CT (@fabi_recipes)

Natalie Vandenberghe in Junction City, OR (@lexiquin)

Nicole Zerbini in Quakertown, PA (@nsba919)

Congratulations to all of our winners! We can’t wait to see what you use your ingredients and KitchenAid prizes to make! And, if you didn’t win this round, we’ve got an exciting contest coming your way in a couple of weeks, so stay tuned!