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!!

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 Vanilla Day 5K

Now that summer is fully underway, we are excitedly planning for our 3rd Annual Vanilla Day 5K! Dan_Mayor_2016 The 3rd Annual Rodelle Vanilla Day 5K will take place on Saturday, September 23rd!

We are looking forward to a great morning run/walk in celebration of the world’s most popular flavor – vanilla!! If you haven’t followed along for the past few years, here is a little history on the event. We started the Vanilla Day 5K as a fun way to kick off the baking season of Fall and Winter. Because we’re based in Fort Collins, Colorado, one of the most active cities in the US, it seemed natural to combine a healthy outdoor activity with our love for baking. Since the event started, we’ve grown the number of families who join us with kiddos and strollers to start their day with a quick walk or run around south east Fort Collins. We’ve also had fun growing the post-race events! This year, the fabulous KD & The Painkillers will be performing before and after the run, back from 2016! This band definitely adds a lot of great energy and great fun to the event. With some help from several wonderful sponsors, our Vanilla Day 5K is more than your typical run/walk event – we’re able to add in a little extra vanilla love with breweries making special small-batch brews for the event, tastings of vanilla goodies for some fuel after the run and more.

If you’re in Colorado in September, we would love to have you join us for a morning of family-fun, bounce house time, vanilla treats and more! You’ll learn more about vanilla while having a good time! Like…did you know 85% of the world’s vanilla supply comes from Madagascar? The Vanilla Day 5k brings a little more awareness to that country and the hard work of our vanilla farmers. The most fulfilling part of the race for us at Rodelle is that all race proceeds benefit social programs for communities in the vanilla growing regions of Madagascar through the Rodelle Foundation.

Would you like to learn more about the Vanilla Day 5k?

Click here to read all about the event and register!

Click here to download a sponsor document with event contact information: RodelleVanillaDay5k_2017

400+ Days Safe

Rodelle's Hazardous Waste Operations and Emergency Response team after an annual training!

Rodelle’s Hazardous Waste Operations and Emergency Response team after an annual training!

Rodelle is always proud of our great team and their hard work getting the best-quality baking essentials and gourmet spices to our customers! With all of our departments and teams, there are 65 Rodelle employees who support our production and operations. Based in Fort Collins, Colorado, there are many ways our employees stay busy outside of work: fishing, hiking, biking, visiting one of our 15+ breweries, playing on the Rodelle Extractors Soft Ball and Kickball leagues, just to name a few! We’ve got some very busy and engaged members of the community on our crew. That’s one reason we are so impressed with the quality of work and the drive our employees bring with them to Rodelle!

Since the start of company history, we have made it 400 consecutive days without an injury at Rodelle! As part of our reporting about our work environment, we do record injuries and near misses (technical terms for keeping track of any events that may cause our employees harm). The last time we had an instance of a recordable injury at Rodelle happened in January 2016! Our record of 401 days without an injury is a huge testament to our employees and their approach to the job at hand. We have a safety committee who works to support our employees by implementing job-specific training, coaching on proper lifting technique, even helping our office employees creating an ergonomically-correct work space for themselves. Because we operate some heavy equipment, and have plenty of flammable liquids in our facility at all times, Rodelle is constantly working to prevent injuries and accidents. Our fabulous employees have created a culture of safety where we take one job at a time, look out for one another, and prevent injuries instead of reacting to them.

Thank you to all of our employees who make Rodelle a safe and fun place to work!