We love a simple, fast menu that is versatile for grill-outs, cook-outs, or just relaxing at home. This is especially true over holiday weekends. With Labor Day weekend coming up QUICK, we have a short list of delicious, tried-and-true recipes that come together quick and work well for any of your upcoming plans! Check out our easy menu-starter ideas below! Comment with your favorite recipe for Labor Day!
Classic Strawberry Pie
Make this classic Strawberry Pie to celebrate one last taste of summer over Labor Day weekend. The strawberry filling is bright and delicious, and the vanilla graham cracker crust holds up well at picnics and grilling parties! We recommend serving this with Homemade Vanilla Whipped Cream!
If there are 2 things we always want “s’more” of, it’s fun summertime memories and our Gourmet Baking Cocoa! This recipe for homemade s’mores offers just that! Whip up our cocoa marshmallows & graham crackers ahead of time and everyone will linger longer this Labor Day!
Our delicious cocoa steak rub compliments your favorite cut of beef. You will love the vanilla whisky gravy for an extra delicious treat! And, making these steaks is a breeze on the grill – you can prep the rub and leave the gravy off if you’re away from home.
August means the end of the summer for most kiddos across the US. That usually means many trips to the store to stock up on new school supplies, clothes, backpacks and more from the endless list of things that kids need. While you’re out at the store, we recommend sticking to the actual school supplies list, rather than also stocking up on packaged snacks and breakfast items. It takes a little more time to craft those homemade goodies, but the taste and quality will be something the whole family appreciates. We’ve gathered up a little list of our favorite healthy, quick, nutritious and delicious recipes that are perfect for kids of all ages! We hope that you’ll give one or two of these recipes a try…who knows, they might become your go-to items to meal prep each week!
While each of the recipes in this list is easy and quick, we recommend bringing the kids into the kitchen to lend a hand! It’s important to teach kids where their food comes from, and you can also make the most of a little extra bonding time before they’re off to school during the weeks to come.
Healthy Oat Muffins
Healthy, low-fat muffins that are still packed with flavor and taste delicious! A perfect source of fuel that will fill you up on the go! This is a great recipe for older kids to practice and help with measuring.
Substantial, go-anywhere, breakfast bars made with pure, healthy ingredients. Rodelle’s Maple Vanilla Oatmeal Bars are flavorful and filling to fuel your busy day! Kids of any age can squeeze baggies of their favorite toppings onto these bars and will be able to press the “batter” into the pan.
Delectably healthy to-go snacks – packed with Rodelle flavor. Three unique recipes to try! The peach flavor is perfect for the bruised, banged up bargain peaches from the fruit stand! Attentive children can help wash and pick over berries, and creative kids will enjoy cutting the finished fruit roll ups into different shapes or rolling them up and tying them.
We know you will be busy establishing a new evening routine around sports, pick up, homework, and all the activities of your family, so we recommend trying our Herbes de Provence Salmon Skewers on the grill! You can prep the ingredients the night before, and then fire up the grill to make these in a snap when it’s time for dinner.
We love the lush elegance of a pavlova all year long, but this airy dessert is the perfect thing for summertime! The light, meringue-based treat is a lovely base for summer flavors. Another bonus of pavlovas are that they are naturally gluten-free – that means everyone can have a taste without worrying, and it’s not a “tough sell” on picky eaters.
We have three favorite pavlova recipes to share with you that work well with summer produce, and are easy to whip up for a weekend dessert, but fancy enough to serve at a bridal or baby shower!
Cocoa Pavlova with Vanilla Cherries
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This pavlova is airy and light but feels decadent and indulgent. The vanilla cherries are lush and flavorful. If you are lucky enough to have sour cherries growing in your area, you can use them and increase the sugar. We love how this recipe marries the flavors of our Gourmet Baking Cocoa and the juicy cherry, vanilla notes in the topping!
Another cherry pavlova, but this one comes together with a splash of white rum to kick things up a notch! The Rodelle Vanilla Beans make the meringue and filling shine, and your family and friends will love the specks of vanilla bean that add delicious character to this dessert.
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!