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Even More Favorite Finds from 2017 International Home and Housewares Show

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After spending four days walking the International Home and Housewares Show at Chicago’s McCormick Place, over 2,200 exhibitors from around the world and 400 NEW companies, sharing all my favorite finds was going to take two posts. So, in part two of my summary, you will learn about the following:

  • Millennials are making an impact on trends.
  • Eco-friendly products are gaining momentum.
  • Colors are most welcome, wanted and defined in the housewares world.
  • Housewares Industry professionals are extremely generous.
  • McCormick Place and its three massive halls are huge. 16,000 steps a day. Next year, wear better shoes!
  • Too much to share in one post.
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International Home and Housewares Show 2017 Favorite Finds

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If I told you that the International Home and Housewares Show sold out almost three months before opening day, would you be surprised? How about if you knew that there were over 2200 exhibitors from around the world (and 400 NEW companies) in attendance? The Show’s home for four days is in Chicago at McCormick Place. With over 62,000 attendees from 125 countries walking the show, there are a number of for-sure things that you will leave with:

  • The creativity in housewares is endless!
  • Technology is strongly entrenched in our kitchens making “SmartHomes” available to everyone.
  • Millennials are making an impact on trends.
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9 Best Chicago Ice Cream, Custard and Gelato Shops

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To this day, whenever someone asks you to get ice cream, does the ice cream jingle automatically start playing in your head? You know, the one that goes: “I scream, you scream, we all scream for ice cream!” I had never put much thought into why I think about that jingle or when I started reciting it until my friend must have finally heard it enough to ask me why. It got me thinking… after a few good reminiscing minutes, I proposed this question to my friend:

When you were a kid and you heard that beloved ice cream truck song, what did you do?Read more

Top Finds and Trends from 2016 International Home and Housewares Show

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For anyone interested in housewares, this past week’s show would have been your playground. The International Home and Housewares Show ran from March 5 – 8 at Chicago’s McCormick Place. At the show, you will find over 2,100 exhibitors from over 40 countries, educational seminars, cooking demonstrations at the show’s cooking theater, in booth cooking demonstrations, book signings and many other activities.

Top finds and trends housewares show 2016

Coming to the show every year is something I genuinely enjoy doing. I am fascinated by the new technology that is showing up in our housewares products. The color, design and creation of pieces that will make our homes, kitchens and cooking experiences so much more pleasurable.… Read more

The Coffee Lover’s All In One Ninja Coffee Bar

Posted by | Appliances, Coffee, Favorite Finds | 23 Comments

I love coffee. It’s not really a secret. I talk about it on Inspiring Kitchen and in social media pretty often. I don’t drink it for the caffeine. I drink it because I love the taste of good coffee. And that is the key: Good Coffee!

Inspiring Kitchen Ninja Coffee Bar

If you could see my kitchen, you would notice all my coffee machine vices. I like learning about new machines, how they work, and if they will accomplish my goals and make tasty drinks. With that said, let me share my newest discovery. The Ninja Coffee Bar. Have you caught the commercials yet? You know, the one with Sofia Vergara.… Read more

Baking With Nielsen-Massey Vanilla

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Vanilla. Fresh. Fragrant. Rich. Sweet. There is nothing as delicious to me as adding a splash of pure vanilla to dishes to accentuate the flavors of the recipe.

When making a recipe with just a few ingredients, using the highest quality  is always your best decision. There are no masking flavors when a dish has just 4 ingredients. I discovered a brand of vanilla that has wowed me with their depth of flavor, variety of vanilla extracts and family story. It is what I have used for many years and what I want to share with you now.

Baking with Nielsen Massey Vanilla


About 5 years ago, I had the pleasure of meeting Beth and Matt Nielsen from Nielsen-Massey Vanilla at an event in the housewares industry.… Read more

Celebrating National Cheese Lover’s Day with Cabot Cheese

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Did you know today is National Cheese Lover’s Day? In honor of this special day, we are going to celebrate with two recipes using the delicious cheese made by Cabot. The more you learn about this brand, the more you understand the commitment to high quality products that the 1200 Dairy Farm Families in NY and New England who own Cabot, promise their customers.

They are a cooperative owned and operated by their members, dairy farmers and families throughout New England and Upstate New York. Their offerings include yogurts, butter, dips, cream cheese, cottage cheese, sour cream and whipped cream.… Read more

Keep Your Resolutions With These 10 Kitchen Products for Healthy Eating

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The New Year has started which means that many of us have created resolutions to eat healthy. The good news is from a cooking perspective, there are many products that are available to you that will make your goals closer in hand. My favorite finds for ways to cook and eat healthy are below.

CHOP SALAD SHEARS 

Trying to eat well means eating lots of salads. Since there are a ton of varieties of lettuce and ingredient combinations, it really comes down to how creative you can be. Using this chopper will make the salad a little more special and like those you have in restaurants.… Read more

Instant Party with Vitani Martinis

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I admire people who see a need for a product or service and make it happen. Especially when we are talking martinis! That is exactly what Vitani’s founders, Eric and Jackie Gichner, did four years ago when they created craft martinis in a ready-to-go design.

After meeting with Jackie to hear what inspired her to launch this brand as well as what she and Eric wanted consumers to know about Vitani martinis, I left with the following insight. It really all started very simply. Jackie’s go to drink is a Dirty Martini. Making them at home just didn’t happen due to (in)convenience and taste.… Read more

Shopping for Holiday Gifts at the One of a Kind Show

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If you are in Chicago or want to come for a weekend visit, now’s the time to do some serious holiday shopping. The 15th annual One of a Kind Show is happening this weekend at the Merchandise Mart. You will find more than 600 talented exhibitors showcasing their works of art. These unique pieces may include art (paintings, glass, wood work, photography, sculptures), gourmet foods, jewelry, clothing (women’s, men’s and kids), kitchen and home decor, and so many other gift ideas. Various activities are going on throughout the show including artist demonstrations, crafting workshops, fashion shows, live music and the opportunity to speak directly with the artists.… Read more