Thanksgiving: Simplified

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With all of the family meals, “must have” dishes and entertaining done over the week of Thanksgiving, it makes sense that most of us are rushing around trying to keep all of the plates in the air! We want to share some of our favorite tips to prepare for a stress free holiday:

Grocery Store Tips

The weekend right before Thanksgiving each year is one of the busiest at grocery stores across America, so this year it will be 11/22 and 11/23. If you can plan your shopping list and grab your baking ingredients and any perishables that will last at least 1 week, hitting your local market on 11/20 could save you major time in check out lines!

At the store, select items from the back of the row or back of the dairy aisle – be sure to check dates to make sure you are getting the freshest ingredients possible. When in doubt, buy extra cans of things – you can use them in the next few months or donate to a food drive in your community.

Above all, make a list…or two. There is nothing worse than planning on making your cranberry sauce ahead of time and then not having the cranberries! We make one big list of all of the ingredients necessary for our favorite recipes, and then we divide that list out into a couple of lists: things we can buy in advance and items that we need to wait until the last minute for (generally just produce items).

Prep

Are you hosting Thanksgiving or attending the holiday at another host’s home? Either way, we suggest getting anything you can get done early out of the way! Making a salad with candied pecans? Make those pecans this weekend or the weekend before and store them! The key is that you want to enjoy the day with your friends and family, not feel tied to mixing bowls, ovens and last minute chores. Soups and most of the popular side dishes can be made ahead. So go ahead, don’t wait to make up the gravy, get it out of the way and that’s one less pan to clean on turkey day. Another way to feel more organized is assign a member of your family an extra chore, the kids can learn a new skill and help out with extra laundry. (good luck with that one!)

The Menu!

Check out our Pinterest board just for Thanksgiving Recipes – we’ve pinned some of our favorite things and all of the recipes have been tested by a professional cook so they are sure to please.

Other Notes

Remember to stop and enjoy the moments with family and friends. Despite the pressure to Instagram the perfect looking pie, wow your mother-in-law with your flawless gravy or perhaps maintain your physique over the holidays – they really are all about the memories that you can create by slowing down and enjoying. We hope that your holiday season is kicked off on the right foot this Thanksgiving, that you get the bigger piece of the wishbone, and that all of your creations are filled with delicious ingredients!

 

Christmas Cookies & Sweets!

Rodelle is excited to kick off the start of holiday baking with two wonderful bloggers: Chrissy from The Taylor House and Ashley from Quirky InspiredChristmasCookieFinal1

The Taylor House: Chrissy has been blogging since 2012 and the content at The Taylor House ranges from delicious recipes, fun crafts and family travel. Chrissy resides in Minnesota with her two boys and husband. When Chrissy approached Rodelle about sponsoring the Christmas Sweets & Treats round up with Quirky Inspired, we jumped at the idea. Head over to The Taylor House to get ready for the holiday season, shake up your recipe routine and just enjoy her lovely pictures!

Quirky Inspired: Quirky Inspired is a website about all things that make life awesome: quirky stories, easy tips, and awesome eats. It’s Ashley’s passion to help people get through the “have tos” so they can get to the “want tos” and strut their passions. Quirky Inspired is also a resource to help people realize that life is truly too short not to fill your life with amazing food, amazing friends and family, and amazing experiences. It’s also about learning to be yourself, whatever that may be, and rocking it! Get over to Quirky Inspired today to learn more!

We can’t wait to see the rest of the treats that Chrissy and Ashley have dreamed up using some of Rodelle’s most popular ingredients!

 

A Thanksgiving Treat: Pumpkin Sweet Potato Pie

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We’ve been thinking about Thanksgiving non-stop for about 3 weeks, so it’s been a struggle not posting this sooner! One of Rodelle’s lovely brand ambassadors, Becky over at The Vintage Mixer, thought up this recipe for her seasonally-focused blog and we wanted to share it with our readers and fans!

When we asked Becky about this recipe, she had this to share, “I’ve been searching for the perfect pumpkin pie for quite sometime now. I’ve tested and tested and finally found ‘the one.’ This Pumpkin Pie is made with pumpkin and sweet potato for natural sweetness then flavored with maple syrup, vanilla bean and spices. And unlike most pumpkin pie recipes there’s no evaporated milk but instead I use almoPumpkin-Sweet-Potato-Pie-Recipe-21nd milk or heavy cream. Both work great. To top it all off, there’s no sugar needed, this pie is perfect without it. Trust me, or just try it for yourself!”

This pie can be made with heavy cream or almond milk, so it’s a great base for those who may have a dairy sensitivity. The cream does tend to create a creamier pie but the unsweetened almond milk also makes for a great pie and still has the full flavor. So, it really depends on personal or dietary preference.

Watch for Becky’s post on the pie over at The Vintage Mixer on Thursday, November 13th or get the sneak peak of the recipe on Rodelle’s website by clicking here!

 

 

Pumpkin maple pecan granola with cranberries

We’re excited to announce our newest Rodelle Brand Ambassador, Traci over at Vanilla and Bean! With great photographs, an emphasis on seasonal and natural ingredients and some stellar baked goodies, Traci is a natural fit for the Rodelle Brand Ambassador ProgramWhile Traci’s blog is focused on fresh and fabulous vegetarian recipes, we promise that even the most carnivorous eaters will be eating their veggies after they see the care and thought that goes into each of Traci’s posts. With Traci’s background in pastry and baking, we recommend Vanilla and Bean for any cook or baker out there!

Today, Traci is sharing a recipe for Pumpkin Maple Pecan Granola with Cranberries. With a heavy does of fall, home made pureed pumpkin and some step-by-step action shots, this is a MUST SEE! Get over to Vanilla and Bean to make some delicious granola and stay a while to see the other delicious treats Traci has been whipping up!

Test Kitchen: Pumpkin Flan

Every month, we brainstorm recipes for the season that our Executive Chef will make for our website with our products. And, every month we are adding those finished recipes to our website for our readers. It is a fun process and usually the recipes come together for Leigh, our Executive Chef, on the first try. But, sometimes we through her a curve ball and she goes home with homework to figure out why a certain flavor isn’t showing through as much as she would like, or for a different variable.

Last week, Leigh whipped up a pumpkin flan in our test kitchen. And it tasted awesome! But, it wasn’t setting just perfectly, so over the weekend, Leigh tested out the recipe at home, made some tweaks and shared her process with us for a behind-the-scenes look at the creative process necessary for recipe development.

First, forming the base for the caramel.

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Line all of the ramekins with your caramel base.

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Add the custardy flan!



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Finally, enjoy the finished project!

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We have the recipe for Pumpkin Flan on our website, so check it out and show us how it turns out when you try it at home! And, remember, if it isn’t right the first time…try again!