Beat the Summer Heat!

With the 4th of July in our rear view mirrors, the dog days of summer are here! We are using the rest of summer to bask in the Colorado sunshine and trying to appreciate the heat before the seasons inevitably change. We have a few recipes that are helping us appreciate the heat (deal with the heat) and hope you’ll check them out! From vegan ice creams to a couple of bonus recipes, we have something for everyone here!

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  1. Vegan Coconut Black Sesame Ice Cream with Strawberry Swirl

This beauty of an ice cream pairs black sesame and strawberries. The unlikely pairing is perfectly coupled with the vegan coconut ice cream base. Our friend Sarah at Snixy Kitchen made this recipe no-churn, so it doesn’t require any special equipment to make at home!

Get the recipe for Vegan Coconut Black Sesame Ice Cream with Strawberry Swirl

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  1. Strawberry Shortcake Ice Cream

This decadent ice cream recipe takes 1 hour to prepare, then freezes over night and voila, you have a recipe that’s perfect for this festive time of year! Everyone will be screaming for seconds of this tasty treat!

Make Strawberry Shortcake Ice Cream

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  1. Honey & Lemon Thyme Ricotta Ice Cream

Fresh whole milk ricotta blended into a rich and creamy egg-free ice cream – served up with vanilla peaches. We love this as a use for all of the bruised peaches you might have picked up for a deal at the Farmer’s Market!

Make Honey & Lemon Thyme Ricotta Ice Cream!

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  1. Blueberry White Chocolate Raspberry Swirl Ice Cream

The white chocolate chips dancing in this ice cream are the perfect complement to fresh blueberries and raspberries pureed and swirled throughout!

Get the recipe!

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  1. Homemade Vanilla Bean Ice Cream Sandwiches

This is the perfect way to eat vanilla bean ice cream- between two homemade chocolatey cookies! Our Vanilla bean ice cream sandwich is the something the whole family will love…and, for a new twist, try the ice cream sandwiched between Homemade Chocolate Graham Crackers!

Make Vanilla Bean Ice Cream Sandwiches!

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  1. Blueberry Rhubarb Pie Ice Cream Parfaits

Bonus recipe! Our friend Traci at Vanilla and Bean stunned us with her Ice Cream Parfaits and we had to share them! She describes the recipe: “All the deliciousness of pie, deconstructed in an ice cream parfait – super simple to prep ahead and assemble later. Blueberry-Rhubarb Pie Ice Cream Parfaits are fun for summer holidays and anytime ice cream is called for with vegan options included!” … we can’t help ourselves around them! Get the recipe!

7 Memorial Day Recipes to Start Summer Right

Memorial Day is a time to honor those who have served, gather with friends and family, and start summer off with a backyard cookout. Make this holiday extra memorable with fresh and unique bites from the Rodelle kitchen. Here are just a few of our favorite Memorial Day recipes to kick the summer off in style:

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  1. Homemade Triple Chocolate S’mores

Gather ’round the fire pit and get your kumbaya on…it’s time to roast some marshmallows and make s’mores! Our homemade chocolate s’mores aren’t your typical s’mores, though – they combine made-from-scratch chocolate graham crackers and specially flavored marshmallows for a truly delectable summer treat.

View Homemade Chocolate S’mores recipe

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  1. Raspberry Jam and Vanilla Bean Celebration Cake

Celebrate the start of summer with this mouthwatering dessert! Made from fresh Rodelle ingredients, this recipe layers moist vanilla cake with raspberry jam, which is topped off with a homemade champagne buttercream frosting.

View Raspberry Jam and Vanilla Bean Celebration Cake recipe

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  1. Vegan Coconut Black Sesame Ice Cream with Strawberry Swirl

Have a vegan guest attending your Memorial Day bash? No problem! This coconut black sesame ice cream is a crowd pleaser for vegans and non-vegans alike. Whip up the ice cream using coconut cream and maple syrup, and add the strawberry and vodka swirl for an extra kick.

View Vegan Coconut Black Sesame Ice Cream with Strawberry Swirl recipe

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  1. Lemon Lime Tartlets

Fresh, tangy and scrumptious, these lemon lime tartlets are perfect for a summer dessert. This easy recipe combines zesty lemon and lime flavors for a meringue filling, which is served over a crunchy graham cracker crust.

View Lemon Lime Tartlets recipe

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  1. Rodelle Tenderizing Marinades

Every Memorial Day BBQ needs a delicious marinade or two! Rodelle’s marinade recipes step outside of the traditional box to explore new and delightful flavors. Our red wine marinade, white wine marinade and balsamic marinade are all the perfect addition to any steak or chicken breast.

View Rodelle Tenderizing Marinades recipe

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  1. Raspberry Shortcake

An easy-to-make shortcake, homemade vanilla bean whipped cream, and juicy raspberries! Who could ask for anything more? Want a festive dessert? Add in blueberries and strawberries for a little pop of patriotic color!

View Raspberry Shortcake recipe

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BONUS: Grilled Salmon, Potato and Tomato Kebabs

Take your neighborhood BBQ to the next level with this fabulous recipe from Floating Kitchen, one of our brand ambassadors. These unconventional kebabs combine salmon filet, seasoned potatoes and tomatoes, brushed with olive oil and balsamic vinegar, for a spectacular main course dish.

View Grilled Salmon, Potato and Tomato Kebabs recipe

 

Make your Memorial Day gathering extra special this year with a little pizzazz coming out of the kitchen!

Celebrate Mom – 5 Mother’s Day Recipes

She kissed your bruises when you were a kid, had your back as a teenager and gives you great advice as an adult. No one can take the place of a mother, and it seems inadequate that we only celebrate her one day out of the year.

This year, show your mom just how special she is by treating her to some delicious homemade creations. Here are just a few to get you started:

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  1. Vanilla Bean Chocolate Cake

You can’t go wrong with classic chocolate cake…and this decadent dessert puts an exceptional twist on the classic. Combine the best cocoa powder and vanilla frosting for a rich, moist indulgence. Garnish with chocolate shavings for the finishing touch!

View Vanilla Bean Chocolate Cake recipe

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  1. Homemade Vanilla Lotion

Rodelle vanilla isn’t just for edible gifts! Combine vanilla with Shea butter, coconut oil, beeswax, apricot oil and Vitamin E oil for an all-natural (and sweetly scented!) lotion. This gift is unique and perfect for all moms.

View Vanilla Lotion recipe

Calling all Lemon Lovers! Lemon pound cake with a delicious lemon glaze!

  1. Lemon Pound Cake with Lemon Glaze

This delightful dessert is a perfect blend of citrusy zest and a sweet spin. Using Rodelle Vanilla and Rodelle Lemon Extract, this pound cake has the traditional crumb and dense texture that allows it to be enjoyed either as a dessert or afternoon coffee cake.

View Lemon Pound Cake recipe

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  1. Rodelle Tiramisu

They say presentation is everything and this adorable dessert presents so well that it’s almost too pretty to eat (almost). This tiramisu layers neatly in small jars so it’s not only scrumptious but mess-free as well. Rich in flavor and using the best Rodelle ingredients, mom is sure to love this tiramisu.

View Rodelle Tiramisu recipe

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BONUS! Gluten Free Banana Bread French Toast

Instead of taking mom out for Mother’s Day brunch this year, treat her to a homemade brunch! This banana bread French toast from one of our brand ambassadors, What the Fork, combines sweet banana bread, fresh bananas, walnuts and French toast batter for a tasty morning treat. Plus, it’s kid-friendly and gluten-free so everyone can enjoy it!

View Banana Bread French Toast recipe

Make Mother’s Day extra-memorable this year with fresh and fabulous gifts from the kitchen. Enjoy!

 

Eating Healthy with Rodelle

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The new year is always a great time to kick off new healthy habits – including everything from working on your fitness to cleaning up your eating. After all of the holiday baking and preparing treats for friends and family, you may be accustomed to turning to Rodelle for trusted baking essentials. But, did you know that those baking essentials can also be the cornerstones of flavor that will make your healthy recipes shine?

Rodelle Vanilla Extract is a wonderful flavor enhancer for unsweetened or naturally sweetened recipes, similar to those holiday cookies and candies. Adding vanilla extract is an easy way to flavor unsweetened, plain yogurt for a quick, protein-packed breakfast. Or, try adding a teaspoon to acidic dishes like a hearty and healthy tomato bisque to cut through some of the acidity.

Rodelle Gourmet Baking Cocoa isn’t just for baking! With a superior, all-natural cocoa flavor, your breakfast oatmeal or smoothies can take on an indulgent taste without adding sugar or excess calories. We’re big fans of our low-carb Whipped Cocoa Ricotta with Pears – this is a low-fat calcium and antioxidant rich breakfast option. We serve ours with pears for a hint a sweetness.

Rodelle Pure Almond Extract is a fabulous way to add a sweet flavor to your morning coffee without adding any calories or sugar. If you crave that richness from coffee creamer, you can make your own with this recipe – just substitute 2 teaspoons of Almond Extract in place of the Vanilla Extract!

Lastly, Rodelle Gourmet and Organic Spices and Spice Blends pack on the flavor without a lot of sodium, calories or added sugars. Check out all of our spice offerings to add gourmet flavor to your favorite dishes!

If you’re craving more healthy recipes, follow along in January as we share some of our favorite healthy tips including substitutions and alternate approaches to preparing healthy foods!

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!