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Experience The Peninsula Hotel’s Chocolate at the Pen

Posted by | Dessert, Hotel, Travel | 14 Comments

For most people, there is nothing better in this world when it comes to sweet treats than chocolate. In any form. Rich, decadent chocolate made from only the finest cacao beans.So, it should be no surprise that the elegant Peninsula Hotel Chicago is offering an adventure in to the world of chocolate from the eyes of a world-class pastry chef. Chocolate at the Pen is a chocolate bar like no other. Executive Pastry Chef and Chocolate Sommelier, Dimitri Fayard, sets the stage for an evening of sweet indulgences that range from desserts to chocolate truffles to a hot chocolate station to homemade ice cream all presented to appeal to your eyes first.… Read more

Tapioca Pudding Parfait with Fresh Summer Berries

Posted by | Dessert, Pudding, Recipe | 5 Comments

Having friends over for a last minute gathering and wondering what to do for dessert? How about a light and creamy Cinnamon, Berry and Tapioca Pudding Parfait? Elegant, colorful and lovely in individual glasses or larger serving pieces. I grew up eating tapioca pudding enjoying the sweet, delicious flavor and pearls of tapioca in each spoonful. With July 15th being National Tapioca Pudding Day, this seemed like the perfect time to share it with my guests.

This recipe is so easy to make using all-ready prepared Kozy Shack Tapioca Pudding layered with the freshest berries of the season. Finish with a dusting of spicy cinnamon and then top with a crunchy cinnamon biscuit.… Read more

Chocolate Pudding S’mores

Posted by | Dessert, Gluten Free, Outdoor Cooking, Party, Recipes | 7 Comments

Summer is the perfect time for entertaining friends and family in the warmth of the outdoors or in the comfort of your home. Being responsible for the dessert makes you the favorite hostess or guest at the party. Lucky you! Well, Kozy Shack pudding is going to help you win the gold medal in creative and delicious treats with their rich and creamy chocolate pudding. Did you know that June 26 is known as National Chocolate Pudding Day? How awesome is that?! 

Inspiring Kitchen Chocolate Pudding S'mores

What chocolate dessert do you usually think of when it comes to summertime? For me, it’s s’mores. Only we are going to use Kozy Shack Chocolate Pudding with our crispy graham crackers and soft, pillowy marshmallows.… Read more

No Guilt Sweet Gummy Candies

Posted by | Candy, Dessert, Fruit, Gluten Free, Healthy, Retailers, Vegetarian | 2 Comments

Isn’t there always that moment in the day when you just must have a sweet snack? A little treat that isn’t loaded with calories, ingredients you can’t pronounce and yet still fulfills that need for something sweet. Personally, I love chewy candies. My challenge though is that I don’t want to eat anything made with traditional gelatin as it is made with animal products.

 Inspiring Kitchen goody good stuff candy

So, when I learned about Goody Good Stuff all natural gummy candy, (http://goodygoodstuff.com/en/), I was excited to try them (especially since that sweet tooth just doesn’t go away!). What I like about this candy is that not only did they remove the gelatin issue for me, but they also created candy with only natural fruit and vegetable extracts, nothing artificial.… Read more

Inspiring Kitchen Ace of Cakes colorful cake

How to Make a Tie-Dye Cake

Posted by | Baking, Celebrations, Dessert | 10 Comments

In the housewares world, March is the time of year when those of us who live and breathe this business get to attend the International Home and Housewares Show held in Chicago. I will be doing a post coming up to showcase my finds from this year’s show, but I did discover one creative item that I had to highlight for those who love to bake.

Duff Goldman, the Ace of Cakes, from Charm City Cakes was showing his baking tools and equipment at the show. I was fortunate to be able to bring home one of his colorful mixes – perfect timing as I was having a very special guest for the week to bake with.… Read more

French Macaron Cookie Baking 101

Posted by | Bakeware, Baking, Cookie, Dessert | 5 Comments

Have you ever tried those colorful, delicate and delicious French Macarons that you see in the windows of bakeries? There are rows of yellow, red and green cookies that look like little, perfectly formed sandwiches. These are not the coconut macarons that probably first crossed your mind when I said “macaron” however.  French Macarons are meringue and almond flour melt-in-your-mouth goodness filled with chocolate, pistachio or vanilla ganache. You can also fill with jams, jellies, and lemon or lime curd. It’s all up to you.

While I love to bake, I am definitely not a pro at it. As I have mentioned before in previous posts, I am a creative cook in that I improvise.… Read more

Best Dessert: Espresso Ice Cream

Posted by | Dessert, Ice Cream Maker, ZoKu | 26 Comments

Summertime, sunshine, warmth, ice cream. They just go together so naturally. Ice cream any time of year, no matter what your age, is just one of those happy desserts that you simply look forward to enjoying. Making it from scratch is an added bonus.

Having already purchased the ZoKu Slush Maker and shared my thoughts with you in a previous post (http://bit.ly/VRrutC), I was curious about their new Ice Cream Maker. If you read the interview I just did (http://bit.ly/1pO9z37), you know that I love two kinds of ice cream: Vanilla and Coffee. As I paged through the ZoKu cookbook, I found a simple espresso ice cream recipe that sounded delicious.… Read more

Apple Season is here: Apple Tatin Dessert

Posted by | All-Clad, Bakeware, Dessert, Fruit, Seasonal | 33 Comments

We are going into that time of year where there is a slight chill in the air, trees are beginning to change their colors, and apples are plentiful. In my family, the number of ways to include an apple in a recipe is really limitless and totally up to your creativity. For a sweet treat, I like to make an Apple Tatin dessert that is loved by all for its simplicity and pureness of crisp apple flavor.

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After many trials, I have determined that using a jellyroll pan is the best style of bakeware for this recipe. The shallow sides allow for the heat to move around the dough baking it evenly with the added bonus of easy removal from the pan without breaking the pastry.… Read more