It was bittersweet to open the last of the Rodelle Challenge Grand Prize Packages this past weekend. I still can’t believe I won the Challenge and received a beautiful Kitchen Aid Mixer and a year-long supply of their products! The year has gone by way too fast and I can’t even begin to tell you how much fun it was receiving their packages.
I want to pay special homage to Rodelle in this post today because it truly has been a joy trying out so many of their products and they went above and beyond taking time to wrap each package with care and providing a personal hand written note with each and every shipment (just the nicest thing ever and such a rare thing in this day and age!). Maybe I’m partial too because they are a local homegrown Colorado business!
GIVEAWAY! I thought I would just take you through a quick tour of some of the products I was able to try out and then tell you more about a giveaway I’m having – details are at the bottom of the post!
Gourmet Dutch-Processed Baking Cocoa – HIGHLY RECOMMEND: I have to say I was a fan of this cocoa from the instant I tried it and recommend it to anyone who wants to take their baking to the next level. It has the richest, deepest flavor that is just to die for! While I was writing the cookbook, I was testing numerous brands of cocoa and hands down this turned out to be my favorite! Ironically, this was long before I had even heard about their contest!
EXCITING NEWS – I just recently discovered that they are now selling “bulk” size versions of their cocoa in our local Costco! My wish came true! I had mentioned it to them earlier this year as I was having more and more difficulty finding it locally this year and voila, look what happens – it is now sold during the holiday season at our local Costco (I doubt it has anything to do with me asking but if it helped in any way to get this product out to more people, I whole-heartedly support it and has my full stamp of approval, especially after testing as many cocoa powders as I did!). I am such a fan that I filled up my entire cart full with at least a year’s supply when I was at Costco the other day! I was scared they would sell out since it’s a seasonal item so I thought better safe than sorry! You must go grab some for yourself or I just might take it all! = )
Gourmet Vanilla Paste: I had never consistently used vanilla paste in my baking prior to this so it was a pure treat to test this out in puddings and ice creams. What a difference it made! Delicious!
Pure Madagascar Bourbon Vanilla Extract and Whole Vanilla Beans: I spent the prior year making and batching my own vanilla so I already had a ton on hand. Well because I was baking so much this past year, I quickly went through all 100 bottles of my own so it was so nice to be able to supplement with the vanilla extract that Rodelle sent me and now I can put the vanilla beans to use by making up some more of my own vanilla. BTW, try using vanilla beans for frosting – you will be amazed at how it changes the flavor profile and ramps it up a notch. Yum!!
Organic Chocolate Extract: I have been intimidated to try this as I haven’t quite figured out what to use it in. Instead of experimenting with it, I need to check out Rodelle’s website and see how they put it to use. I now have a couple of bottles so it will be fun to test it out.
Almond Extract: I loved their almond extract and will definitely be using more of it in the future!
Herbes de Provence: I am partial to anything from the “Provence” region of France since being a summer exchange student in Avignon oh many years ago. I will always have fond memories of pursuing my independence that summer and the memory of seeing (and smelling) a lavender field in full bloom in front of a breathtaking Abbaye still makes me weak in the knees and is something I never will forget. For those who have never tried it, Herbes de Provence is a blend of lavender, thyme, basil, fennel and savory. It is great dried spice for just about anything – we especially enjoy it on fish.
Turkey Brine: From what I understand, this is the only brine out there that has vanilla beans in it. I haven’t yet had the pleasure of testing this out yet but look forward to giving it a try this Thanksgiving.
Sriracha Seasoning and Brisket Rub: I wish I could tell you that I have tested these but they are still on my list. Now that Fall and cooler weather have set in, I will be giving these a try very soon!
Wassail: You can never go wrong with hot mulled cider or wine so this is a perfect crisp air treat! The smell of the spices alone will have you hooked! Who doesn’t love the smell of oranges, cinnamon, nutmeg and cloves?
GIVEAWAY TIME: So now that I have given you a quick glimpse of all of these wonderful Rodelle products, I have to confess that I can’t possible go through all of this on my own and it just doesn’t seem right not to share these wonderful products with others so I would love to give some of these products away so y’all can try them too!
To enter the giveaway, please fill out the form on our “share” tab or leave a comment on our Facebook page and we will have a drawing and select a winner to receive a box of Rodelle goodies! We will contact you by email if you are selected as a winner! Just be sure and pay it forward by “sharing” what you love about the Rodelle products you receive as well as share what you think of Sharing Our Life, Love and Food with your family and friends. Easy peasy, so just leave a comment and you are automatically entered! You have until Saturday, October 10th, to enter!
It’s my first giveaway so I’m super excited to share! Thanks everyone! As always you can find more at Sharing Our Life, Love and Food.