The Best Recipes for Grilling

There is nothing like a summer cook-out. Everyone comes for the promise of good food and stays for the good company. Wind & Willow makes entertaining easy with delicious flavor combinations that can be used to enhance your grill go-tos and maybe even inspire your to try grilling a few unexpected items like mushrooms and jalapenos!

Jalapeno Peach Chicken

Jalapeno Peach Chicken

This recipe creates the perfect sweet, savory, tangy marinade for any cut of chicken. Once your grill reaches 350 degrees, cook your chicken for about 45 minutes or until the internal temperature reaches 165 degrees. Glaze the grilled chicken with reserved marinade for extra Jalapeno Peach flavor.

Bacon Stuffed Mushrooms

Bacon Stuffed Mushrooms

Just 3 ingredients are needed to create these juicy, bite-sized appetizers on the grill. While your grill preheats to 400 degrees, fill each mushroom cap with cream cheese and Bacon Stuffed Mushroom Appetizer Mix. Sprinkle them with topping before placing them in a grill safe pan (we love using a large cast iron skillet). Cook for 12 to 15 minutes and enjoy warm. Check out the full recipe here.

Chipotle Burger

This might be the simplest and most delicious recipe on our list. Gently combine 2 lbs of ground beef with Chipotle Cheddar Dip Mix. Form patties and grill as you normally would. This adds so much flavor with minimal effort. Try other combinations with dip mixes like Asiago & Roasted Garlic, Back at the Ranch, or Roasted Red Pepper.

Gourmet Burger Sauce

A FAVORITE SUMMER RECIPE!   Zesty Burger Sauce

Ranch burger? Cheesy Bacon burger? These flavor combos are easy to add to your burger with Savory Wind & Willow Dips. Combine your favorite with mayo and sour cream to create a gourmet burger. We love the idea of making a few different dips and letting your guests decide on their flavor of choice!

Bacon Wrapped Jalapenos

Bacon Wrapped Stuffed Jalapenos

Jalapenos stuffed with a savory cream cheese filling and wrapped with bacon… how could that get any better! These tasty morsels can be prepped ahead of time and be thrown on the grill as guests arrive. No one will be able to resist their smoky, spicy, savory flavor.

From burgers to bacon, everything tastes better fresh off the grill. These delicious classics are made even better with gourmet flavor combinations that will make your friends and family think you took ages prepping and planning your menu.

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Our Favorite Mexican Inspired Recipes

As the weather warms up, it’s time to pull out our favorite Mexican inspired recipes. These are our go-to dishes for when we want to feel like we are on vacation!

Chili Cheese Nachos

Chili Cheese Nachos

Can we offer you a plate of poolside nachos? This recipe uses Southwest Queso Hot Dip to punch up the flavor.

Santa Fe Stuffed Jalapeño

Santa Fe Stuffed Jalapenos Recipe

This recipe makes your average jalapeño poppers seem bland. Hot sausage, and Santa Fe Cheeseball Mix make these poppers a blast of flavor.

Chicken Tortilla Soup

Chicken Tortilla Soup

Tortilla Soup is the perfect thing for a stormy summer day. This recipe includes a few extra goodies like corn and tomatoes that make this version heartier.

White Chicken Enchiladas

White Chicken Enchiladas

Ooey, gooey, cheesy, and packed with flavor, these are a Wind & Willow family favorite. Jalapeno Jack Cheeseball Mix cuts all the creamy goodness with a little bit of spice for the perfect bite!

Margarita Cheesecake

Margarita Cheesecake

Don’t forget dessert! This one is just for the grown-ups. Our Key Lime Pie Quick Cheesecake recipe takes on a whole new spin with the addition of tequila.

Stay Inspired

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Easy Gourmet Toast

When you are in need of a hearty snack or quick lunch, there is no need to sacrifice taste! An easy gourmet toast topped with lots of fun fixings will be just the thing. You probably already have all the ingredients you need. Just be sure to stay stocked up on all your favorite Wind & Willow Appetizer Mix flavors.

How to Build your Easy Gourmet Toast

It is all about layering the flavors for this “recipe” (if you can even call something this simple a recipe). First, use your favorite bread or whatever you have on hand. Sourdough works especially well and we love a dark seedy bread, but even sandwich bread will do! Toast your bread to your liking and top it with prepared Cheeseball & Appetizer Mix (make it with regular or low-fat cream cheese and add butter or leave it out entirely). In the photograph above we used the Bruschetta Mix.

Next, stack the top of your toast with fresh veggies, a protein source, or something unexpected like a jam; here we used halved cherry tomatoes. Lastly, sprinkle your toast with the topping packet.

For a final touch, we drizzled the top of this toast with balsamic glaze. This step is optional but highly recommended for this flavor combination.

Some of Our Favorite Combinations

These simple gourmet toasts make a perfect quick lunch, hearty snack, or rustic appetizer for company. The best part is that there is no end to the possible combinations you could create. Here are a few of our favorites to get you started:

Smokehouse Bacon & Cheddar topped with rotisserie chicken and hot sauce

BLT topped with fresh veggies and extra bacon

Everything Bagel topped with smoked salmon and fresh dill

What combination are you most excited to try? Tag us on social media with your creations!

Hacks for an Easy Game Day Spread

There are a few essentials that every football party needs (chips, dips, and chicken wings to name a few), but how can you make this year’s spread stand out? Besides all of our Game Day Ready Recipes there are a few extra steps you can take with any of our mixes to make it Super special this year!

Make a Cheeseball Football!

Shaping a cheeseball into a different form adds a whimsical touch to a party that can pull in a theme! On game day try shaping Bruschetta or BLT into an oval football shape before sprinkling it with the topping. Then, cut a white cheese, like mozzarella, into strips to decorate the top with laces.

Have your bowl and eat it too!

The easiest way to elevate any Wind & Willow mix is to serve it in a fun and festive vessel. Our favorite is when the bowl is edible! Try Roasted Red Pepper Dip Mix in a halved and cored bell pepper, or serve Fresh Picked Spinach Dip Mix in a hollowed out loaf of bread.

Wind & Willow boxes come with a decorative label!

Guests are often curious what flavor of dip or cheeseball you have out, and one of the best things about a Wind & Willow box is that it doubles as a label. Simply cut a square out of the front of the box from just under the Wind & Willow banner and around the edge of the box. Fold in half and place it in front of your appetizer.

Creativity takes our mixes to a whole new level!

Though every Wind & Willow Mix is amazing as it is, our favorite ingredient you add is creativity! From recipes to new ways of serving an item, there is no end to the ways you can make a Wind & Willow Mix your very own.

Show us how you make Game Day special with Wind & Willow!

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How to gift Wind & Willow

Wind & Willow makes gifting during the holidays easy. Whether you are gifting to a friend, neighbors, teachers, or service providers like mail carriers, a Wind & Willow Mix is perfect. In this post we will show you how to feature our mixes in a gift basket, as a homemade gift, and even include printable gift tags as our gift to you!

Roasted Pecan Kit

Spatula, Check! Oven mitt, check! Roasted Pecan Seasoning Mix, double check! Give a friend everything they need to get started on making Roasted Pecans. They will love receiving it and will love it even more once they make them.

roasted pecan gourmet food gift

Hot Cocoa and All the Fixings

If you are looking for a festive gift, this is the one for you! Wind & Willow Hot Cocoa Mixes are delicious on their own, but your friends will love taking them over the top with marshmallows and candy canes. Include a couple of festive mugs to complete your basket.

hot chocolate gift basket

Grazing Board Kit

Wind & Willow is always the perfect gift for a friend who loves to host! Add your favorite mixes to a basket with a beautiful cutting board so the host will be stocked up for their next party.

wind and willow gourmet food gift basket

Hot Dip with a Pan and a Mitt

Everyone needs a cast iron pan, so why not go ahead and give your recipient a reason to use it by gifting it along side a Hot Dip Mix and a pot holder. A bit of ribbon and some greenery will make this mini gift basket complete!

hot dip in a cast iron pan gourmet food gift

Packaged Up Roasted Pecans

Cinnamon Sugar Roasted Pecans come together with just 3 ingredients (and that is including the pecans and the mix)! They are so simple, but taste super indulgent. A great way to gift is to prepare the pecans and package them up in a glass container. Make it look complete with a ribbon and a gift tag!

Roasted Pecans Christmas gift for teacher

More Great Gifting Ideas:

  • Just like the “Packaged Up Roasted Pecans” above, prepare our gourmet Party Mix recipe using Back at the Ranch Dip Mix and package it in a glass container and finish it off with a ribbon. This recipe makes 10 cups of mix, so you will have enough to bring to all your kids’ teachers, the neighbors, the mail carrier, your hair dresser, and still have plenty to snack on while you put them together!
  • There is nothing better than eating a warm soup out of a big cozy mug. Give your friends the gift of that feeling by placing a few One Cup Soup Mixes in a large soup mug. Add some ribbon or some ever green sprigs to turn it into a festive present.
  • Cookies are a very traditional choice for gifting during the holidays, but that doesn’t mean you can’t elevate those classic recipes. Our Orange Spice Cookies only have two ingredients including the English Wassail Mix, so you can have them ready to package up as soon as possible.

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How will you give Wind & Willow this season? Be sure to tag us on Facebook and Instagram in pictures of your Wind & Willow Gifts this season. Follow us on Pinterest and sign up for our newsletter for more ideas and inspiration. And don’t forget to grab our seasonal mixes like Hot Cocoa, Apple Cider, and Holiday Cheeseball Mixes before they sell out for the season!

Appetizer Ideas for a Friendsgiving Feast

Friendsgiving is a special opportunity to show our chosen family a little gratitude during this season thanksgiving. This recently coined holiday is usually celebrated in the weeks leading up to Thanksgiving and is typically a more casual event. This makes it the perfect time to try out less traditional holiday dishes. We say, keep it simple with an all appetizer menu! Each of the recipes featured here can be prepped ahead of time and finished off in minutes on the day of, leaving you free to spend time with your guests.

Wind and Willow Bacon Stuffed Mushroom Cheeseball and Appetizer Mix

One appetizer that is a must is Bacon Stuffed Mushrooms. No time to stuff a turkey? No problem! This is one of the easiest recipes to make (only 3 ingredients!!), but tastes like it took you lots of time and effort. The best part is that they can be completely prepped the day before and baked as guests arrive so that your home smells warm and inviting. Simply combine Wind & Willow Bacon Stuffed Mushroom Cheeseball & Appetizer Mix with cream cheese. Fill small mushrooms (stems removed) with about a tablespoon of the mixture and top each one with the breadcrumb topping. Cover the mushrooms and store in the refrigerator until ready to bake.

Jalapeno Cranberry Crostini are a fun twist on traditional flavors. Cranberry Sauce pairs with savory Jalapeno Jack Cheeseball for the perfect savory/sweet/heat combination. A garnish of rosemary completes this beautiful app. The best part is how simple it is to put together. You can toast baguettes ahead of time and prepare the cheeseball ahead as well. Just before guests arrive spread about a tablespoon of Jalapeno Jack Cheeseball onto each slice of toasted bread. Top with whole cranberry sauce and a bit of rosemary. These beauties will be the first thing to get polished off by your friends!

A board is the perfect way to display a variety of festive foods that guests can graze on. In addition to the traditional cured meats, cheeses, and fruit add a boost of flavor with your favorite Wind & Willow products! Savory Herb & Pecan Cheeseball, Tuscan Olive Cheeseball, and Cracked Pepper & Garlic Roasted Pecan make beautiful and delicious additions to this Friendsgiving platter.

All that’s left is to light some candles and set the food on the table for a family style feast. Fresh flowers, foliage, and seasonal produce can make fun additions to your table scape and can even serve as conversation starters!

From appetizers to desserts, drink mixes to soup, Wind & Willow has a product that will be perfect for you this holiday season whether you are hosting a holiday, attending a party, or picking out the perfect gift. Check out all our products and recipes on our website for more inspiration.

Find us on social media @windandwillow and don’t forget to tag us in your posts for a chance to be featured on our page!

16 Quick and Easy Fall Dessert Recipes Your Family Will Love

Pumpkin, Apple, Caramel, Pecan, Maple, and warm spices are all on display when the weather starts to get a little chilly. Making yummy homemade desserts full of these fall flavors doesn’t have to be tedious and time consuming. Below is a collection of every easy fall dessert from the Wind & Willow collection.

Caramel Apple Tarts

apple pie mini tart

Get this recipe featuring Caramel Apple Cheeseball Mix.

Cheesecake Baked Apples

Get this recipe featuring Caramel Apple Cheeseball Mix.

Apple Cider Pie

Get this recipe featuring Caramel Apple Cider.

Harvest Layer Cake

Get this recipe featuring Pumpkin Pie Cheeseball Mix.

Graveyard Dirt Cake

Get this recipe featuring a Sweet Cheeseball Mix.

Incredible Apple Cake

Get this recipe featuring a Wind & Willow Cider Mix.

Caramel Apple Popcorn

Get this recipe featuring Caramel Apple Cheeseball Mix.

Pumpkin Harvest Cookies

Get this recipe featuring Pumpkin Pie Cheeseball Mix.

Pumpkin Pie Cookies

Get this recipe featuring Pumpkin Pie Cheeseball Mix.

Pumpkin Spice Custard Pie

Get this recipe featuring Pumpkin Pie Cheeseball Mix.

Quick Harvest Cheesecake

Get this recipe featuring a Harvest Cheeseball Mix.

Caramel Apple Cream Pie

Get this recipe featuring Caramel Apple Cheeseball Mix.

Spiced Orange Cookie

Get this recipe featuring English Wassail Cider mix.

Spooky Dessert Pizza

Get this recipe featuring Pumpkin Pie Cheeseball Mix.

Turtle Brownies

Get this recipe featuring Turtle Cheesecake Cheeseball Mix.

Whipped Pumpkin Dip

Get this recipe featuring Pumpkin Pie Cheeseball Mix.

We can’t wait to hear what your favorite fall recipe is! Tag us @windandwillow foods on Instagram and Facebook to tell us which dessert you are planning to make. All tagged photos have the chance to be featured on our page. We especially love seeing the new recipes you come up with. So get creative and show us your work! Sign up for our newsletter and follow us on Pinterest for even more delicious content.

How to Host a Fall Craft Night with your Friends

Nothing makes it feel more like fall than gathering with friends to celebrate the changing of the seasons. You don’t have to have a complicated menu or an elaborate activity to make a fun and memorable night. With Wind & Willow, it is easy to prepare simple gourmet snacks that will have your company thinking you have spent hours in the kitchen. As for the activity, there are a few things to keep in mind to choose a low-stress project and we are here to share all our secrets! So come along to discover how to host a fall themed craft night to kick off the season with your favorite people.

When hosting, it is easy to think you have to have dozens of different snacks that all require a grocery run, cooking, and lots of clean up. The truth is, for a small gathering, you really only need one sweet and one savory snack for everyone to nibble at while you work on your crafting. Wind & Willow Sweet Cheeseballs are easily prepared by combining the mix with a block of softened cream cheese and butter. After allowing the mixture to cool in the refrigerator, shape it into a ball and roll it in topping. For a taste of fall a Harvest Cheeseball flavor like Pumpkin Pie, Caramel Apple, or Maple Pecan French Toast will set the autumn mood. We used the back of a knife to create indentations in our prepared Pumpkin Pie Cheeseball and topped it with a bell pepper stem to create a pumpkin! Served on an orange plate surrounded by fall leaf cookies, guests won’t be able to resist digging in.

For savory fare, any Wind & Willow Dip Mix will do the trick, and they couldn’t be easier to prepare; combine the mix with a cup of sour cream and a cup of mayonnaise and refrigerate until guests arrive. We love Fiesta Ranchero for its crowd-pleasing taste and vibrant pops of color. Cheesy Bacon and Chipotle Cheddar would also make excellent choices. Consider serving your dip with hearty crackers and vibrant orange veggies that will carry the warm fall color theme right through this savory snack. Small whole carrots are an unexpected twist from baby carrots and are sure to create conversation.

When choosing a craft, look for something simple that everyone will enjoy creating. It is also important to pick something that you will actually want to use when it is finished! Fall garlands made with wood beads are the perfect pick for a night like this (no glue, glitter, or paint required). All you will need to recreate this craft is twine, wooden beads of different colors, pre-made tassels, and festive wooden ornaments such as maple leaves, pumpkins, or in our case, flat ornaments painted with fun fall sayings such as “gather.” All of these components can easily be found at your local craft store.

Simply tie a tassel to one end of twine. Then, thread wooden beads of different colors, sizes, and shapes onto the string in a pattern. At the end, attach your wooden ornament to the other end to keep the beads secured. It may be beneficial to make one ahead of time as an example, or even show these pictures for inspiration. Everyone will have fun choosing their unique combinations to create a work of art all their own!

These fall garlands make the perfect accent to your fall decor. Tie one around the handle of a basket for an instant autumn look; add it to a tray like we did to make a statement on your coffee table; or simply hang it on a hook to spruce up an entry way. Every time you or your guests see their creation, it will be a reminder of the fun evening you had together!

We love to see all the ways you use Wind & Willow to bring your friends and family together. Tag us @windandwillowfoods on Instagram and Facebook for a chance to be featured on our page. See all our latest blog updates, recipes, and more on Pinterest.

Easy Pie Recipes for Every Craving

When cooler weather hits we start craving more decadent and cozy treats. No matter what you are craving, Wind & Willow’s vault of recipes has the perfect dessert for you. Today we are talking about the quintessential dessert: pie. Apple, pumpkin, and everything in between. We are listing our favorite pies to get cozy season started!

When you want the most gooey apple pie:

Caramel Apple Pie

Use Wind & Willow Caramel Apple Cider Mix to create this Caramel Apple pie. No need to measure every spice in your cabinet, simply lightly saute peeled and cored apple slices in butter, sprinkle with flour and the Cider Mix, and use it to fill a pre-made (unbaked) pie crust. After cooking at 350 for 25 minutes, the resulting pie is caramel filled and difficult to stop eating!

When you just want a bite…

Caramel Apple Tart

For individually portioned apple pies that don’t require the oven or peeling apples, try the Caramel Apple Tart recipe. Combine the Caramel Apple Cheeseball Mix with flour, water, salt, and chopped apples and simmer on the stove for 20 minutes. Fill small tart cups with the filling. Whipped topping and caramel sauce are optional garnishes for this recipes, but they truly send the tarts over the edge to perfection!

When you want apple pie, but creamier…

Caramel Apple Cream Pie

For this creamy take on classic apple pie, heat apple pie filling on the stove, add cream cheese and the Caramel Apple Cheeseball Mix, and pour the mixture into a graham cracker crust. This recipe could not be simpler, or more delicious!

When you want to feel like a fancy French chef…

Creme Brulee Pie

Wind & Willow Creme Brulee Cheeseball & Dessert Mix makes it easy to impress guests! You will just need the mix, a pie crust, cornstarch, butter, and heavy cream to make this masterpiece. Check out the full directions here.

When you are craving pumpkin…

Pumpkin Spice Custard Pie

Caught with a pumpkin craving, but don’t have pumpkin on hand? No worries! Wind & Willow Pumpkin Pie Cheeseball & Dessert Mix has you covered. This recipe is our twist on classic pumpkin pie.

When you want something decadent…

Turtle Cheesecake

This decadent recipe is on the back of the Turtle Cheesecake package! It is our classic quick cheesecake, but it is truly the garnishes that make it shine! Prepare the Turtle Cheesecake Mix using the package quick cheesecake directions, but opt for a chocolate graham crust. Garnish the pie with chocolate and caramel sauces, along with the included pecan topping, for the most decadent quick cheesecake!

When you want something savory…

Cheesy Bacon Broccoli Quiche

For all the people without much of a sweet tooth, this one is for you! Pies truly come in all forms, and quiche is our favorite savory option. Use Cheesy Bacon Dip Mix to add a punch of flavor in this easy recipe.

Pies, Pies, Pies…

…And that isn’t even all the pies! If you are still craving something different check out these recipes: Quick Pumpkin Cheesecake, Sweet Potato Pie, Cherry Cherry Cheesecake, Elegant Fruit Tarts, Mini Dessert Tarts, No-Bake Peanut Butter Chocolate Chip Pie, Classic Quick Cheesecake, and Key Lime Cheesecake Tart. If we start counting pizza “pie” recipes then the options are truly endless!

We can’t wait to hear what your favorite pie is! Tag us @windandwillow foods on Instagram and Facebook to tell us which pie you are planning to make. All tagged photos have the chance to be featured on our page. We especially love seeing the new recipes you come up with. So get creative and show us your work! Sign up for our newsletter and follow us on Pinterest for even more delicious content!

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NEW! Hot Cocoa Line

For years, customers have asked that we launch a line of Hot Cocoa Mixes. We have taken this time to develop the best cocoa mixes on the market, and we are so excited for you to try them! These mixes have great clean ingredient labels, rich luxurious flavors, and eye catching packaging. Each box contains a resealable pouch which makes 4 servings of Hot Cocoa (use 2 Tablespoons of the mix for a single serving). Combine with milk (or plant milk alternative) and microwave or heat on the stove top.

Each of the six flavors are unique and so delicious! The four traditional chocolate flavors include Original, Raspberry, Salted Caramel, and Cafe Mocha. For a seasonal twist, try one of the white chocolate flavors. Pumpkin Spice White Chocolate tastes like fall in a cup, while White Chocolate Peppermint would clearly be Santa’s favorite drink!

The beautiful, cozy packaging makes these mixes perfect for gifting. We can already imagine all of the cocoa, coffee, and holiday themed baskets. And they would make the sweetest stocking stuffer for everyone in your family!

Stocking stuffer, hot chocolate, hot cocoa, new years, boxing day

With everyday flavors like Chocolate Raspberry and Cafe Mocha, you won’t have to wait for the holidays to enjoy a decadent cup of hot chocolate. These cocoas make the perfect afternoon pick-me-up all year round!

chocolate covered raspberry hot cocoa chocolate rustic steamy

Which flavor will you try first? We keep our pantry stocked with one of each at all times. After all, you never know which flavor will suit your mood!

pumpkin spiced white hot chocolate fall autumn cozy aesthetic

Don’t forget to shop all of our Fall Favorites like Apple Cider, Roasted Pecans, Soup, and Seasonal Cheeseball Mixes.

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