Rodelle + KitchenAid Multi-Cooker Challenge

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We are so excited to announce our latest contest – the Rodelle and KitchenAid Multi-Cooker Challenge!  With fall temperatures settling in and seasonal produce shifting it is the perfect time to usher in Rodelle’s sweet and savory ingredients to make more flavors in your kitchen. Rodelle’s baking essentials are especially handy this time of year. But, did you know we also offer some extra special gourmet spice blends and spices just for fall: Turkey Brine, Wassail (mulling spices), Pumpkin Spice Extract, Cinnamon Sticks and more! Get the skinny on all of our fall ingredients by clicking here!

The KitchenAid Multi-Cooker and Stir Tower Attachment is a revolutionary all-in-one kitchen cooking tool that home cooks will love!  This four quart Multi-Cooker offers 10 cooking functions, step-by-step cooking modes and a stirring accessory that allows for assisted cooking at precise temperatures.

The Rodelle and KitchenAid Multi-Cooker Challenge has 6 great prizes:

One Grand Prize Winner

Five First Place Prize Winners

Don’t miss your chance to enter – the contest wraps up on 10/23/15!

Enter today!

The best way to split a vanilla bean!

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If you’re familiar with Rodelle, you’ll know that we produce fine vanilla extracts and other baking essentials. We also sell high-quality, gourmet vanilla beans. Vanilla beans are what give our extracts their flavor; they provide bakers with another option to enhance their recipes with the rich flavors of vanilla.

You’ve probably noticed that some recipes call for vanilla extract, and others call for vanilla beans. Often times, you can use the two interchangeably: brownies, cookies, pies. Other times, you’ll probably want to use vanilla beans if your recipe calls for it. Ice cream and creme brulee are two examples where vanilla beans will not only add a visually appealing effect to your recipe (those lovely black flecks) but also add a creamy, vanilla element that extracts are not able to achieve in these recipes.

We encourage you to try out baking with vanilla beans, especially if you haven’t tried it before! Don’t be intimidated! Look for Rodelle vanilla beans online or in stores. Once you’ve selected your recipe (we’ve got a few ideas here), follow these easy steps to incorporate your vanilla bean:

  1. Take the vanilla bean “pod” and lay it flat on a cutting surface.
  2. Use a sharp knife (we recommend a paring knife) and slice the vanilla bean down the middle, lengthwise, creating two long halves.
  3. Next, take the BACK side of the knife and run it down the length of each split “pod” to collect “the seeds.”
  4. You can use one “split and scraped” vanilla bean in place of one teaspoon of vanilla extract in any recipe.

Want some more instruction? Check out this helpful video tutorial:

That’s it! We hope that you’ll try to use whole vanilla beans in some of your recipes this year!

Vanilla Bean Creme Brulee

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This is our new favorite Vanilla Bean Crème Brûlée recipe! It’s the best, traditional Vanilla Bean Crème Brûlée recipe yet! Rich, creamy and very vanilla! With two whole gourmet Rodelle vanilla beans, you know the pure flavor shows through in this dessert. What makes this even more incredible is the double layer of caramelized sugar topping – the cracking and tapping on the top is half of the fun!

Crème Brûlée can be an intimidating recipe for some because there are a few steps and a lot of resting/chilling periods. While it may take a while, the process is rather straight forward – there isn’t too much guess work involved and that’s why we love this recipe. To make it even easier – we broke the steps down in this how to video!

Watch How to Make Crème Brûlée! 

When you are ready to try this delicious, fancy dessert – let us know!

Summer Sweetstakes Winners!

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The Rodelle + KitchenAid + Ovenly Summer Sweetstakes has officially come to a close – today we are sharing our 1st Place and Runner-Up Prize winners! Again, thank you to everyone who participated!! We can’t say how much we appreciated all of your Facebook posts, Instagram and Pinterest follows and Tweets  that came across our screens!

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

1st Place Prize Winners

Ron Giese – Alberta, Canada
Kristen Visser – Ontario, Canada
Mark Dwyer – Arizona
Maria Beas – California
Dan Denman – Texas

Runner Up Prize Winners

Kelly Gordon – Ontario, Canada
Belinda McNabb – Manitoba, Canada
Meg Tucker – Texas
Alan Saxon – South Carolina
Jill Piechnik McKelvey – Georgia

Congratulations to you all and be on the lookout for all of your prizes from Rodelle and our great partners: KitchenAid and Ovenly! And, if you didn’t win this round, stay tuned for another great giveaway opportunity this month!!