Holiday Favorites

Baked Brie with Cranberry Apple Compote

This week is one of the busiest entertaining, cooking and baking weeks of the year! We wanted to share some of our favorite recipes to get you started on your planning. If you haven’t planned out your menu yet, don’t fear, everything you need is right here:

Snacks and Hors D’oeuvres 

Baked Brie with Apple Cranberry Compote - This flaky pastry has an amazingly delicious filling. It’s warm, sweet, and the aroma will fill your house with memories of grandma’s cooking. It’s perfect for the upcoming holiday season!

Vanilla Bean Crudite Dip – A new family favorite! This sweet twist on a traditional dip, this appetizer will “tease” your guests with a light, but rich accompaniment to crackers, crudites and more!

Vanilla Bean Fig Tartlet - This tart is a delicious blend between tasty figs and sweet Rodelle Vanilla Beans. This simple recipe will produce an easy appetizer that will make any mouth water.

Salads

Kale salad with Wild Rice and Pomegranate - A savory salad with pomegranate, feta cheese, wild rice, walnuts, and a vanilla bean vinaigrette dressing — add turkey sausage to up the ante or keep it off to go vegetarian!

Rodelle Cranberry Kale Salad with Vanilla Cranberry Vinaigrette Recipe - Deliciously easy as well as healthy! This satisfying salad goes with your holiday turkey, ham, or roast. Or simply take it along with a whole wheat roll for a healthy lunch!

Vanilla Bean Roasted Beet Spinach Salad - This salad is deceptively easy to prepare, but oh my, the complex flavors of the roasted beets, honey goat cheese and balsamic glaze make this salad nothing short of delectable.

Mains & Sides

Roasted Beef Tenderloin with Madeira Mushroom Gravy - A traditional beef tenderloin with a savory, delectable Madeira mushroom cocoa gravy. This could be a new holiday meal requested by name for years to come!

Herbes de Provence Lasagna Recipe – A vegetarian main dish! This delicious dish has layers of flavors. The mouthwatering tomato sauce combined with our Rodelle Herbes de Provence Seasoning adds a bold taste that makes this lasagna perfection.

Cocoa Rubbed Rack of Lamb –  This cocoa rubbed rack of lamb is truly unique. Perfect for your holiday dinner. This recipe is simple yet divine and the lamb paired with the cocoa is a perfect marriage of flavor!

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

Vanilla Bean Holiday Ham Glaze - Make your ordinary holiday ham extraordinary! We’ve created a flavorful glaze with zesty mustard, sweet apple jelly, delectable raspberry liqueur, and smooth vanilla beans.

Desserts

Rodelle Vanilla Gingerbread Cookies - The addition of Rodelle Vanilla Extract gives these traditional holiday treats a warm and inviting gourmet twist.

Cranberry Orange Blondies - These colorful, buttery bars are loaded with fresh orange zest and sweet-tart cranberries, for a flavor combination that is perfect for the Holiday season.

COOKIES!!! - Get 10 cookie recipes to conquer your cookie plates!

 

 

10 Days of Cookies!!

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Rodelle’s love for cookies is nothing short of epic. With a factory of vanilla extract attached to our offices, it only makes sense that we like to keep the sweets flowing year-round. But, that’s not to say when the holidays arrive, we don’t up our game just like all of our fans. What can we say? We love a good cookie plate!

This year, 10 of our fabulous Brand Ambassadors agreed to whip up something special just for us!

Here’s the schedule:

8 – Peppermint Bark Snowball Cookie – Peabody @ Culinary Concoctions by Peabody 
9 – Chocolate Peppermint Crunch Cookies – Kim @ LovintheOven
10 – Soft Cinnamon Cookies with Maple Pecan Frosting – Karen @ The Food Charlatan
11 – Vanilla Bean Shortbread – Aimee @ Shugary Sweets
12 – Chocolate Shortbread – Traci @ Vanilla and Bean
15 – Vanilla + orange cranberry blondies– Nicole @ Baking Bites
16 – Vanilla Bean & Chocolate Swirl Giant Skillet Cookie – Lyuba @ Will Cook for Smiles
17 – Triple Cocoa Coconut Chocolate Cookies – Heather @ The Soulful Spoon
18 – Peanut butter maple cookies – Becky @ Vintage Mixer
19 – Gluten-free Gingerbread Cookies – Sarah @ Snixy Kitchen

Be sure to pop over to our website for all of the recipes, or follow our board on Pinterest

Happy Holiday Baking to you!!!

It’s Holiday Cookie Season!

We love baking with vanilla, cocoa and a few of our other extracts all year round (lemon extract + seasonal berries = summer muffins to die for) BUT at Rodelle we get extra excited this time of year. With all of the holiday parties in schools ChristmasCookieFinal1and the workplace, it’s the perfect time to show off a family recipe in a new place. And, it’s the best time of year to have some extra treats stowed away at home for visiting family and friends. What can we say, a cookie a day keeps us on pace for a joyous December!

Are you getting ready for some serious baking sessions in the next couple of weeks? First things first: make sure your pantry is stocked with Rodelle extracts and baking cocoa. Your treats will be that much tastier! Next, find a recipe that will wow your friends and family. We’ve partnered up with The Taylor House and Quirky Inspired for their Holiday Sweets and Treats. Click here to see those recipes and some of Rodelle’s favorites for winter! We are also excited to announce that, coming December 8th, you can join Rodelle on our website for a 10 Days of Cookies Countdown! Some of Rodelle’s brand ambassadors will be sharing great recipe ideas with their favorite Rodelle ingredients.

So, stay tuned for a tasty month and stay stocked up in your pantry so you don’t miss a recipe!

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!