Summer Recipe Round Up

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Now that the 4th of July is in the rear-view mirror and the dog days of summer are upon us, we wanted to round up some of our best, and freshest, summer recipes. We’re including a little something for everyone in each course….heavy on the desserts (of course). If we missed any of your favorite Rodelle summer recipes or those from your favorite sites, let us know!

Appetizers and Dips

Rodelle Caprese Salad:  This vanilla twist on a summer classic will have everyone going back for seconds and thirds!

Vanilla Summer Salsa: Stone fruit and melons combine with classic salsa seasonings to delight your tastebuds in this easy, fresh salsa. It’s perfect on chips and your favorite protein!

Tostadas with Guacamole: A delicious snack packed with healthy fats from avocado. We recommend seasoning to your taste and always making extras!

Main Courses

Grilled Salmon Potato & Tomato Kebabs: A recipe for grilled salmon, potato and tomato kebabs seasoned with Herbes de Provence. These are perfect for Summer entertaining!

Sesame Crusted Oven Baked Barbecue Chicken: A favorite dinner go-to, this recipe is easy and foolproof. You can jazz it up by finishing the chicken on a grill, however, it’s tasty perfection in the homemade sauce.

Peach Vanilla Vinaigrette: Of the endless, delicious ways to incorporate peaches into recipes, this Vinaigrette is one of our favorites. Make a big garden salad and drizzle to your heart’s content for a light, summery dinner!

Summer Shrimp Zoodle Bowls: All of our friend Jessica’s favorite summer flavors in a bowl! We bet it’s as delicious as it is beautiful.

Desserts

Fresh Watermelon Popsicles: Literally watermelon, melted chocolate and the prettiest rose petal toppings. Get this light dessert from Broma Bakery for when you want to keep things extra healthy!

Honey & Lemon Thyme Ricotta Ice Cream: This stunning recipe from Snixy Kitchen is our idea of perfection – lightly sweet and served up with vanilla peaches!

Lemon Lime Tartlets: Perfect, individually portioned tarts. We love the mix of tart lemon, subtle lime flavor and that light fluffy meringue!

Homemade Chocolate S’mores: Triple the chocolate and triple the fun! Once you make your own marshmallows, you won’t be able to go back.

Summer Fruit Tart: This no-bake chocolate cashew coconut crusted summer fruit tart is a show stopping beauty featuring your favorite vanilla and chocolate from Rodelle!

Watermelon Mojito Popsicles: These tasty little treats are the PERFECT summer dessert recipe! They are easy to make, delicious, and a great refreshment for any summer event.

Strawberry Rosé Lemonade Popsicles: A perfect summertime treat from Abby at Heart of a Baker, rose lemonade popsicles are sweet, tart, and just a little bit boozy!

Beverages & Cocktails

Mezcal Mango Smash: Fresh herbs, jalapeños, mango and smoky Mezcal Creyente Joven create a smooth, balanced elemental cocktail; the Mezcal Mango Smash created by Vanilla and Bean!

Rodelle Vanilla Mojito: This drink is a new take on the traditional mint mojito recipe! It’s a great combination of refreshing mint, tangy limes, and our smooth vanilla that makes for a simple recipe that is full of flavor.

Lavender Lemonade: Homemade lemonade that is blissfully pink, subtly floral and super refreshing! 

Frozen Hot Chocolate Recipe: You don’t have to wait for the chillier temperatures of fall to enjoy your favorite hot cocoa flavor. Mix up our rich and creamy frozen hot cocoa now!

New Cocoa Packaging!

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We are excited to announce our new packaging for our fan-favorite 25 ounce Gourmet Dutch-Processed Baking Cocoa! We decided to make the shift from a rigid container for many reasons:

  1. Plastic reduction: Our new bag reduces the amount of plastic per container by 92%! While both containers are recyclable, the less plastic we use, the better!
  2. Cost savings: As costs of plastic and cocoa continue to rise, the reduction of plastic was an automatic way for Rodelle to be able to provide the same high-quality baking cocoa to our customers without a significant price increase.
  3. Quality packaging: We are proud to now offer our baking cocoa in BPA-free, recyclable plastic bags.
  4. Shelf space: Any extra bit of space in our (over stocked) pantries is needed in preparation of holiday baking! We wanted to minimize the footprint of our bag to allow for easier storage in smaller spaces.

Even though we have new packaging, we are still putting in the same Gourmet Dutch-Processed Baking Cocoa you know and love from Rodelle! We’re even celebrating with a list of our top three visited cocoa recipes from 2016!

  1. Rodelle Dark Chocolate Cake with Baileys Whipped Cream Recipe
  2. Sugar Bakeshop’s Chocolate Cake Recipe
  3. Decadent Hot Cocoa

We hope you enjoy one of our top cocoa-heavy desserts and all of your own recipes with our Rodelle Gourmet Baking Cocoa this Fall and Winter! And, watch out for more information on our brand new Organic Dutch Processed Baking Cocoa!

Chocolate Oreo Cake

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Sometimes we all need a dessert that takes it to the next level. This Chocolate Oreo Cake does just that! Originally developed for Rodelle by Lyuba at Will Cook for Smiles, this cake is beyond heavenly. Lyuba created a soft, moist cake base with a lot of Rodelle Gourmet Baking Cocoa and kept adding in some of our favorite flavors. With all of the chocolate flavor in the cake from the world’s best cocoa powder (we aren’t biased or anything), the frosting keeps things light and airy with a cream cheese base. But don’t worry – we’ve added crushed Oreos into the light frosting to keep the Oreo theme going. With three layers of rich, homemade chocolate cake and the Oreo Cream Cheese Frosting, we could have stopped there. But, why would we!?

Top your cake off with a homemade or store-bought hot fudge, more Oreos and you’ll have a cake that everyone keeps coming back to for seconds and thirds. But, don’t take our word for it, try the recipe and let us know what you think!

Click here for the recipe! 

Gluten-Free Double Chocolate Chip Mug Cookie

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Whether you are gluten-free or not, we think everyone can appreciate a good microwave cookie recipe! This Gluten-Free Double Chocolate Chip Mug Cookie from Gluten-Free Palate doesn’t skip a beat in flavor or texture. We couldn’t be happier for this speedy recipe – talk about a lifesaver when your sweet tooth needs something delicious and STAT! As the baker, Chrystal Carver, says, “Whether you are just starting a gluten-free diet, are an expert gluten-free baker, or are looking for a quick and easy dessert, this Gluten-Free Double Chocolate Chip Mug Cookie is for you!”

Chrystal’s website, Gluten-Free Palate, shares recipes and resources for gluten-free eaters, but glutinous eating friends would never know the difference! Chrystal believes that baking gluten free should not require extravagant ingredients or complicated steps. We love that Chrystal shows readers how to convert everyday gluten-containing classics to easy gluten-free recipes. And, we know you’ll find a great recipe for your next event on the Gluten-Free Palate! That’s why we are so excited to welcome Chrystal as Rodelle’s newest Brand Ambassador! Welcome aboard, Chrystal!!

For now, let’s get back to that delicious mug cookie! This Gluten-Free Double Chocolate Chip Mug cookie uses Rodelle’s Gourmet Baking Cocoa and Pure Vanilla Extract, is ready in less than 5 minutes and can satisfy your sweet tooth’s every need. So, what are you waiting for?

Get the recipe for Chrystal’s Gluten-Free Double Chocolate Chip Mug Cookie!

4th of July is Upon Us!

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Tis the season for summer to fly by, lazy days of pool time and unlimited opportunities to grill and get out side. We’re slowing things down this 4th of July weekend – enjoying homemade treats with family and friends and generally attempting to relax as much as possible. That being said, we hope that whatever you’re planning for the 4th of July is fun, safe and memorable! To help make your menus the most memorable they can be, we’ve rounded up a few of our favorite recipes – they are sure to make an impact!

Desserts:

Strawberry Shortcake Ice Cream: We’ve combined the best of both worlds with strawberries shortcaking through our vanilla bean ice cream. Trust us, it will be a new favorite!

Summer Fruit Tart: This is a show stopper of a tart and comes together quickly! The hardest part is chopping up all of your favorite summer fruits and if you have older children, this is a great one to have them help out with!

Sides:

Summer Fruit Salsa: This salsa is zesty, but not too much so because of the balancing flavors of vanilla. We love it on fresh, wild caught fish, but it would be wonderful on chicken and even just on chips to snack on all day!

Grilled Fruit: Talk about a memorable experience – grilling up seasonal summer fruit takes the flavors to the next level! Your grill party will feel extra gourmet with some grilled fruit to accompany all of those hot dogs, hamburgers and brats!

Cocktails:

Vanilla Vodka Fizz: Mellow and fruity, our take on the slow gin fizz will satisfy the palates of many!

Vanilla Mojito: Classic!

White Vanilla Sangria: A classy and delicious twist on the traditional.