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!
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!
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!
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!
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!
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!
Firecrackers and sparklers make the 4th of July extra sparkly, but delicious recipes are what we really look forward to! Here are 4 of our favorite recipes for the 4th of July that you can make ahead of time. Take a little extra time this week and weekend, and have all of Independence Day off to enjoy the summer weather and take in the fireworks show!
Strawberry Rhubarb Pie a la Mode Popsicles
Nothing says summer fun more than a decadent popsicle. These beauties feature a strawberry rhubarb compote, a vanilla cream layer and a healthy sprinkle of homemade (gluten-free) pie crust topping. We love that you can make all of the ingredients ahead of time, and when you are ready to serve, sprinkle with the pie crust topping and everyone will think you’ve been slaving away in the kitchen!
When you say 4th of July- we say 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!
A naked cake featuring 2 layers of vanilla bean cake and a layer of homemade vanilla bean berry ice cream…summer’s perfect cake! This dreamy cake was whipped up for Rodelle by Beth at The First Year. This recipe is a two day project – but it’s not overly time intensive. Make and bake the cake and allow it to cool completely. Make the ice cream and assemble the cake, then allow it to freeze overnight. The next day add the thin layer of cool whip, decorate the top of the cake, and freeze it until ready to serve! Trust us…it’s worth it!
A delicious, traditional strawberry filling complimented by a vanilla graham cracker crust. We love the easy assembly of this pie, and the all-natural ingredients that go so well together! We definitely recommend serving this pie with homemade whipped cream!
This show-stopper summer dessert is definitely our favorite ice cream cake yet. All of your favorite banana split flavors in one impressive dessert! Pineapple ice cream, chocolate cookie crumble, roasted banana ice cream, strawberry ice cream and homemade whipped cream icing….you have to try this one!
The Vanilla Market is currently closed as suppliers wait until 2018 season officially opens in July. The opening date of the vanilla market for the past several years has coincided with Madagascar’s Independence Day (June 26th), but this year the vanilla market will open two weeks later on July 15th. The decision to delay the market opening stems from a conscious effort to increase vanilla quality in Madagascar and is predicted to have a positive effect.
Exports for this coming harvest will not start until October, and will not start arriving into the US until later in the 4th quarter. Current bean prices remain at all-time highs because the vast majority of 2017 crops were low quality due to premature picking. This took place because farmers were afraid of theft, and wanted to sell them as quickly as possible. We will have more information on bean quality of the 2018 crops after the market opens in July.
Other regions Uganda, Indonesia and India are still slow to come on board to increase inventories, but they are planting more vines and these beans will be available in the next few years. Once there is a greater supply of vanilla beans available, prices will drop. We continue to build our farmer networks in Madagascar and Uganda, and due to our vertical integration we remain very competitive on pricing within the industry.
Our farmer-owned association of vanilla farmers in Madagascar, Sahanala, is working hard to build trust to encourage vanilla farmers to improve their farming practices and increase output and quality from their vines. Sahanala has employed initiatives like dedicated health programs, a pension fund and rice bank donations to improve the daily lives of vanilla farmers and their families. With the associations’ fair market price and profit sharing, farmers have a greater incentive to register and participate in traceability programs. Rodelle can trace our vanilla back to the specific association and farmers who grew those vanilla beans. With this partnership, Rodelle has eliminated unnecessary links in our vanilla supply chain to provide a better product to our customers. Learn more about Rodelle’s supply chain and partnerships that are helping to shape the vanilla market of the future with our video here:
Diane is a certified pro at canning – her blog, Canning and Cooking at Home, inspires countless home cooks to expand their techniques at home and practice safe canning techniques. Beyond her passion for canning, you’ll also find that Diane is an excellent baker and cook – we love the Colorado-inspired recipes that can be made anywhere.
Diane is our newest Rodelle Brand Ambassador and has been whipping up some amazing treats!
Decadent Chocolate Scones: Decadent Chocolate Scones are the perfect compliment to your day. You’ll love the rich taste that this chocolate scone offers, mixed with its light and airy traditional scone texture. This scone pairs perfectly with your morning coffee without leaving you feeling ‘overstuffed’ or ‘weighed down.’ Diane packed the best flavors into these beautiful pastries: Rodelle Vanilla, Rodelle Chocolate Extract and Rodelle Baking Cocoa.
Luscious Vanilla Bean and Lemon Curd Cheesecake: Diane took her cheesecake to the next level with this recipe. Combining lemon curd with a great tasting homemade cheesecake infused with one of the best vanilla pastes – it’s a winning combination!
Easy Vanilla Bean Custard:Do you want something more along the lines of a custard but, don’t have the time for making my traditional Pot de Creme? Try my easier “stove-top” version. This is a wonderful treat and even better when served with fresh fruit.
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:
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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!
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.
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:
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!
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.
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.
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.
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!
Our loyal brand ambassadors have been busy whipping up countless delicious recipes this spring! Using Rodelle products, they have made treats, sweets, drinks and more. Step into spring the Rodelle way and try some of these mouthwatering homemade creations. Here are just six of our favorites:
Apple Upside Down Cake from Kelly Lynn’s Sweets and Treats
Apples aren’t just for fall! This fun recipe puts a twist on traditional pineapple upside down cake and uses apples instead. The tasty dessert combines Granny Smith apples, Rodelle’s vanilla extract and fresh baking ingredients for a light and fruity finish to any springtime meal.
Fresh Grapefruit Sangria from Will Cook for Smiles
This recipe will have you imagining a seaside resort and Caribbean sunset! No need to travel to the tropics for a taste of paradise – you can enjoy fresh grapefruit sangria in your own home. This simple drink uses white wine, grapefruit, rum, soda and a whole Rodelle vanilla bean to enhance the sweetness and bring out the flavor.
A light palate cleanser on the back porch is the perfect way to end a springtime meal! This orange sherbet combines fresh mandarin oranges, Rodelle vanilla extract, coconut milk, orange zest, lemon juice and a couple other odds and ends for a delightfully refreshing indulgence.
What’s more springy than a dessert topped with a carrot decoration?! These delectable cupcakes use Rodelle cocoa powder for a rich and moist texture. Plus, the kids will have a blast making the carrot decorations with orange and white candy melts.
Mango Turmeric Smoothie Bowl from A Cookie Named Desire
Smoothie bowls have become quite the trend, and it’s not hard to see why! Not only is this mango turmeric smoothie bowl like a scoop of sunshine, but it’s full of antioxidants and vitamin C. Using Rodelle turmeric, fresh fruit and coconut milk, this bowl makes for a great breakfast, power snack or healthy dessert.
A homemade nutritious power snack is hard to come by, but these almond date energy balls hit the nail on the head! Using Rodelle Ceylon Cinnamon and other all-natural ingredients, this snack is delicious yet healthy as well. Plus, it is Paleo compliant, gluten free, grain free and vegan so anyone can enjoy them!
It was a mild winter here in Colorado, but regardless – it sure feels good to see spring and summer just around the corner. The season for flower planting, mountain hiking and – of course – spring baking is in full force.
So open your kitchen windows, breathe in the fresh spring air, and fill your home with the delicious smells of lemon pound cake, macarons, and more!
Angel Food Cupcakes
Nothing says spring quite like angel food! These cupcakes have it all – light, fluffy and absolutely delightful. Made with our Vanillas and Almond Extract and filled with strawberries, how could you go wrong?
Chocolate and strawberries are a match made in heaven. This delectable treat is delightfully easy and cute for spring and summer. Whether you are having some baking bonding time with the kiddos or enjoying a romantic snack with your sweetheart, chocolate mousse filled strawberries are always a hit.
A zesty twist on traditional pound cake, this dessert achieves just the right blend of citrus and sweet. Our lemon pound cake is the perfect tea party addition with its traditional crumb and dense texture that everyone is sure to enjoy.
Fruity, fresh and fabulous! These light and irresistible mini-cakes are ideal for spring entertaining and desserts. Not only are they delicious, but they are (secretly) gluten free, so now every guest can indulge!
Dainty and delightful, these French Macarons are the perfect finish to a spring meal. They are created with Rodelle by Sugar Bakeshop and boast a delicious assortment of vanilla, chocolate, and raspberry. Enjoy!
Green like spring, this delightful recipe comes from one of our Brand Ambassadors, Heart of a Baker. This Crispy Split Pea Avocado Toast puts a fun spin on the hip and healthy trend. Enjoy it as a healthy afternoon snack or serve it up at a spring brunch!
The late winter gloom is finally coming to an end, and we’re launching headfirst into springtime! With an early Easter this year, the time for dyeing eggs and bunny costumes will arrive before we know it. Whether your Easter plans involve a large gathering with the relatives or quiet time with the kiddos, Rodelle has your back in the kitchen!
Explore these delicious Easter recipes, great for dessert, the main dish and more:
Bird’s Nest Cupcakes
These cupcakes are simple, scrumptious and present beautifully! If you need a treat for your child’s class Easter party, or you’re in charge of dessert at the family get-together, these moist and creamy creations will make your mouth water.
Light and creamy, this delectable tart is the perfect ending to any Easter feast. The subtle sweetness and flavor of Rodelle Vanilla is complemented by the coconut overtones. Your guests will be asking for seconds after one bite of the crunchy vanilla crumb crust, smooth and rich coconut custard and whipped vanilla bean cream!
An Easter dinner isn’t complete without every rabbit’s favorite snack! Not only is this dessert festive, but the extra vanilla in this three-layered cake creates a warm aroma and exquisite flavoring that sets it apart from traditional carrots cakes.
A light and healthy side dish is the perfect accompaniment to a decadent Easter spread. The wide variety of spiral-cut vegetables – squash, zucchini, carrots, etc. – are good for the whole family, and our homemade Herbes de Provence dressing adds a flavorful finishing touch!
BONUS: Peeps Rice Krispies Cake
Get the kids in the kitchen with this fun Peeps Rice Krispies Cake from one of our brand ambassadors, Lovin’ From the Oven! Colorful, crispy and adorned with marshmallow bunnies and chicks, this sweet treat is an instant kid favorite.
Whether or not you are Irish, St. Patrick’s Day is a fun excuse to eat some sweet and savory treats! From corned beef and potatoes to a hearty Irish stew, we’re big fans of using the Holiday for our culinary explorations! Of course, we’ve got you covered on the dessert front! Here are some of our favorite Irish-inspired dessert recipes that we enjoy this time of year!
Rodelle Saint Patrick’s Shamrock Shakes Recipe (spiked and virgin)
Indulge in this mint chocolate ice cream shake with vanilla and vodka, topped with Peppermint Schnapps, vanilla bean whipped cream. It’s the perfect festive drink to celebrate St. Patty’s Day! Get the recipe! >
Creme de Menthe Brownies
These Creme De Menthe Brownies are a tasty masterpiece! They are a decadent combination of mint and our Rodelle Vanilla and Cocoa. We LOVE the vibrant green color for St. Patrick’s Day, but these brownies are seriously always welcome regardless of the occasion. Get the recipe! >
Irish Cream Mini Cheesecakes
These delicious little treasures are the perfect recipe for St. Patrick’s Day! So rich and creamy, made with all of our staple ingredients and a little Irish Cream Liquor! Get the recipe! >
The stout flavor really comes through in this unique recipe. It really adds to the richness of the cocoa, and the whole recipe is rounded out with the sweetness of our vanilla extract. Pair them with a Guinness! Get the recipe! >
Matcha Bundt Cake
The flavors of matcha green tea and chocolate may have become our new favorite flavor combination! Make this amazing cake and you’ll learn why…add a little extra green food coloring to the matcha section if you want more of that St. Patrick’s flair! Get the recipe! >
Rodelle Dark Chocolate Cake with Baileys Whipped Cream
We are obsessed with this moist, coffee and cocoa flavored cake. The amazing Bailey’s Whipped Cream harmonizes perfectly and enhances the richness of this incredible St. Patrick’s Day confection. Get the recipe! >
Chocolate Matcha Cream Tarts
These mini chocolate matcha cream tarts from our friend Snixy Kitchen have a matcha pudding filling inside a rich dark gluten-free cocoa almond cookie crust with a layer of bittersweet chocolate shell between and pillows of vanilla whipped cream on top! The festive green color is perfect for St. Patrick’s Day!! Get the recipe! >