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Chile Lime Grilled Shrimp Tacos with Mango and Jicama

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In our home, eating Mexican food is a regular thing. We have cravings for it, really. Having just gone on a vacation to the Villa Del Palmar in Loreto, Mexico, in the Baja peninsula where eating dishes with traditional ingredients from breakfast through dinner was highly anticipated, I was already trying to figure out how to replicate the recipes at home. They were that good! So when dinner time comes along on say, a Tuesday night, I will be prepared with a quick and easy meal to make. Chile Lime Grilled Shrimp Tacos with Mango and Jicama

By far one of my most memorable meals was lunch where we had grilled shrimp tacos.… Read more

Gingerbread with Crystallized Ginger

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There are so many things about the holiday season that I just love. The decorations, the parties, and of course, the food! From soups to stews to braised meats to spiced sauces and breads to desserts, creating recipes that use rich and aromatic ingredients not only tastes amazing but will make your home smell warm and welcoming. Gingerbread is one of those treats that just feel right to eat during this time of year. 


Gingerbread with Crystallized Ginger

The trick with making gingerbread loaves is to find the right balance of those intense spices like gingercloves and cinnamon.… Read more

The Best Roasted Butternut Squash Soup

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Fall is my favorite time of year. Cool temperatures make for the perfect climate to make soup. Who ever said preparing soup has to be complicated and time consuming hasn’t cooked with me.  First of all, I don’t have time to spend hours in the kitchen. Honestly, I wish I did have the time because the opportunity to invent recipes for fun is just my ideal way of relaxing. But, I digress because that is not my world. 

the best roasted butternut squash soup recipe inspiring kitchen

Having gone to the market, the fall vegetables were calling my name. So, I bought a large butternut squash. The ability to use fresh ingredients whenever possible is always a plus.… Read more

Easy Chickpea Salad

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Today’s post is courtesy of Rini Heal of Healing Tomato, a friend I am lucky to have met in the food blogging world. Rini creates vegetarian and vegan dishes that are delicious and innovative whether you are a vegetarian or not! Plus, she offers a range of recipes from side dishes to sandwiches to main courses with the freshest of ingredients. I know you will enjoy Rini’s Easy Chickpea Salad as much as I do. Welcome to Inspiring Kitchen, Rini! 

It is so nice to meet readers of Inspiring Kitchen.  I have known Julie for 2 years now and she has been unbelievably supportive.Read more

Red White Blue Sweet and Spicy Spinach Salad

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I don’t know about you, but I am so happy to have a long weekend to just relax. A little cooking, a lot of sleeping and even some reading sounds like a perfect way to spend the tranquil days.

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Then, once rejuvenated, it’s time to have some fun with family and friends. BBQ, picnics, lots of laughter and music and hanging out on the deck sound just about ideal to me. Monday’s celebration includes that previously mentioned BBQ. For this gathering, I have been charged with making a salad. Doesn’t sound too exciting, but I have lots of ideas. 

sweet and spicy spinach salad July 4th

Since it is the 4th of July, I need to amp it up a bit.… Read more

Sustainable Atlantic Sapphire Salmon

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Did you make a resolution to eat healthy this year? So many of us try to make smart decisions when it comes to food choices but it can get so confusing. We know that salmon is good for us but heard that it is being overfished and thus potentially declining in availability.

Inspiring Kitchen Atlantic Salmon

For that reason alone, I was intrigued to learn about a brand of salmon that is producing a delicious, nutritious and sustainable salmon. We know a number of things about salmon in general. Being low in calories and saturated fats while also containing high levels of protein and omega-3 fatty acids, salmon is considered extremely nutritious.… Read more

Contemporary Caprese with Fresh Mozzarella and Watermelon

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This contemporary version of a Caprese salad is made with Stella Fresh Mozzarella, mangos, watermelon, basil and balsamic vinegar and is a perfect appetizer for when guests drop by unexpectedly.

Inspiring Kitchen Caprese Fresh Mozzarella

One of my favorite things to make when entertaining is appetizers. I love the creativity in mixing flavors, colors, sizes and texture to arrive at a unique combination that everyone enjoys. Today, I am sharing a well-loved and traditional recipe using Italian style cheese that I have updated to include fruit. In every Caprese salad, using only the highest quality, fresh mozzarella cheese will have the best outcome. For me, that means using Stella Fresh Mozzarella cheese to create a contemporary version of a Caprese salad only in appetizer form.… Read more

Cast Iron Skillet Mac and Cheese

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There is nothing like making your favorite comfort food when you are having a busy or stressful week. Plus, add cheese and lots of it, to the dish, and your day suddenly improves.

This easy to make Mac and 3 Cheese recipe will become a staple in your home as it is so adaptable to the cheese you have available in the fridge or simply what you like to eat. Should you want to doctor it up with meat, vegetables or truffles, it’s all up to you.

Cast Iron Skillet Mac and Cheese


What I also really want to share is why making this recipe in a Lodge cast iron skillet is just the icing on the cake.… 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

How to Make Light as Air Popovers

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Cold and dreary day means time for some comfort foods. Today I made a dish that both my Mom and Grandmother made as we were growing up. Popovers.

Inspiring Kitchen Comfort Foods Popovers

If you have never had them before, they are light and airy with an eggy interior and a delicate outside.


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So simple in terms of ingredients but so many uses for it:

  • Brunch
  • Breakfast
  • With a salad or soup
  • Side to main courses
  • Filled with light ingredients – tuna, chopped fruit, diced vegetables

Inspiring Kitchen Comfort Foods Popovers

The recipe is filled with items you already have in your kitchen. The biggest trick is having the right pan.… Read more