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Why Steel Matters When Designing A Vehicle at Chicago Auto Show

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Why Steel Matters When Designing A Vehicle at Chicago Auto Show – An education on the different types of steel used in manufacturing cars and trucks.

I’m in car shopping mode. What could be a better way to see all my options but in one place at the Chicago Auto Show opening this weekend at McCormick Place.  As I recalled last year’s experience, I was reminded of the design elements that intrigued me when I visited each showroom. It had me thinking about how manufacturers design and build their products.Why Steel Matters When Designing A Vehicle at Chicago Auto Show

If you think about it like baking a cake, there are ingredients required to create the best cake possible.Read more

5 Reasons to Not Leave the Grounds of the Marriott Lincolnshire Resort

Posted by | Restaurants, Theater, Tourism, Travel | 6 Comments

5 Reasons to Not Leave the Grounds of the Marriott Lincolnshire Resort – A visit to the newly renovated resort and Three Embers restaurant in Northern Illinois.  

Going to a resort sometimes means just dropping your bags in your room and going off into the area in which you are visiting. That is not the case at the newly remodeled Marriott Lincolnshire Resort. Here are 5 reasons why you won’t want to leave. 

Located near the Wisconsin/Illinois border and about 45 minutes north of the city of Chicago, this property just received a $25 million major renovation. The first thing you will notice is that this resort is not located on the edge of a busy street but rather in an exclusive enclave.… Read more

Help: My KitchenAid Bowl is Stuck in the Mixer

Posted by | Appliances, Kitchen Tips | One Comment

Help: my KitchenAid bowl is stuck in the mixer – Two tricks to release your mixing bowl from the base of your KitchenAid mixer.

I created Inspiring Kitchen as a means of sharing my favorite finds and to showcase trends in the housewares and design industries. After three years of fun experiences, foods, restaurants, recipes and travel excursions, I have a new one for you. Working in the kitchen creating recipes doesn’t always mean that everything will go right. I am not even talking about the recipe here! I’m referring to a piece of equipment that I usually love and consider to be one of my important kitchen tools.… Read more

Dinner is Served: Marie Callenders Delights Panko Chicken

Posted by | Dessert, Frozen Food | 10 Comments

Dinner is Served: Marie Callenders Delights Panko Chicken – Busy lives mean finding easy solutions to meals that are delicious and satisfying.

 

Conagra Brands sponsored this post, but the opinions are my own.

I don’t know about you but this time a year my to-do list gets longer and longer. From projects for work to family activities to getting ready for the holidays, life can feel pretty chaotic. Walking into the house after a full day of work when I am hungry can momentarily be stressful until I remember that I invited Marie Callender over for dinner. Dinner is Served: Marie Callenders Delights Panko ChickenOk. Not exactly.… Read more

Roasted Shrimp and Vegetable Salad with Parmesan Crisps

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Roasted Shrimp and Vegetable Salad with Parmesan Crisps – Homemade Parmigiano Reggiano crisps elevate this roasted vegetable salad for your holiday feasts.

Do you ever have an occasion that you just want to “wow” your guests (or family) with a dish but don’t feel confident in the kitchen to get too crazy? You know what I mean: recipes like lobster thermidor or an elaborate French recipe with a million complicated ingredients.

Then this easy, adaptable and flavorful dish is going to do the trick. You already know that I am a BIG fan of Parmigiano Reggiano cheese. I have talked about how to determine what actually qualifies as Parmigiano Reggiano versus Parmesan.  And even how to create a beautiful cheese platter that is just perfect for holiday entertaining.… Read more

Luxury Car Design: It’s All in the Details

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Luxury Car Design: It’s All in the Details – Highlighting the impact design has on cars like the glamorous details in the Hyundai G80 jeweled lights and all

When you think about design, what comes to mind? Interior decorating? Architecture? Jewelry? Fashion? Art? Baking – think French pastry? Well, how about the design of a vehicle? After all, design is all about shapes, curves, color, lighting, ambience, energy, imagery, feeling and materials. The details of what make up a space or item.

These first photos are from Klairmont Kollection, a Chicago auto museum. No matter the age of the vehicle, the details are there. Luxury Car Design: It's All in the Details

Luxury Car Design: It's All in the Details

Luxury Car Design: It's All in the Details

Luxury Car Design: It's All in the Details

Luxury Car Design: It's All in the Details

Luxury Car Design: It's All in the Details

Luxury Car Design: It's All in the Details

Luxury Car Design: It's All in the Details

Luxury Car Design: It's All in the Details

I’ve been sharing my experiences working with Chicago’s LuxeHome boutiques and how the intricacies of each element of design makes a difference in the final product.… Read more

The Healthier Pumpkin Spice Frappe

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The Healthier Pumpkin Spice Frappe – Enjoy your favorite seasonal drink without the guilt with this delicious Pumpkin Spice Frappe recipe.

Do you just have those days where you want to eat or drink something sweet and decadent forgetting all your hard work to eat healthy? I know I do! As soon as fall starts, all you hear about are drinks with pumpkin in it. You know the ones, Pumpkin Spice Lattes, Pumpkin Spice Frappuccinos, Pumpkin Spice ice cream, donuts and so many other choices. No matter how tasty they are, the calories you get with every sip are not necessarily the ones you want.… Read more

Festive Fun Decorating Gingerbread Houses at Four Seasons Chicago

Posted by | Culinary Event, Holidays | 12 Comments

Festive Fun Decorating Gingerbread Houses at Four Seasons Chicago – Holiday festivities abound at the Four Seasons at a gingerbread house decorating party.

With the first snow of the season blanketing the city, the reminder that the holidays are fast approaching brings excitement and lots of energy to the city. Creating traditions is one of the most special things to do this time of year. As locals and tourists look for memorable activities to do while they are preparing for the festivities, the Four Seasons Chicago and Allium Restaurant & Bar are here to help. Festive Fun Decorating Gingerbread Houses at Four Seasons Chicago

Known for their extraordinary service whether accommodations, culinary, relaxation or business/personal gatherings, this luxury brand has created a wish list of holiday events for everyone to enjoy.… Read more

Roasted Squash and Apple Grilled Cheese Sandwich

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Roasted Squash and Apple Grilled Cheese Sandwich – Taking advantage of my favorite fall foods to make a sweet and savory grilled cheese sandwich.

This is my favorite time of year. I love the slight chill in the air, being able to wear sweaters and boots (I mean, fall fashion is just the best!) and of course, the food! Apples, squash, soup, all so good. When I was young, my Mom would take me to the local apple orchard and we would pick apples, shop the farmer’s market and enjoy hot cider.

When it comes to the apples themselves, everyone has an opinion.… Read more

LuxeHome Chill 2017: Food, Wine and Kitchen Design

Posted by | Culinary Event, Fundraiser, Restaurants, Wines | 20 Comments

LuxeHome Chill 2017: Food, Wine and Kitchen Design – a delicious recap of my experience at the International wine and food festival led by 50 Chicago Chefs.

What could be more fun than attending an event with the top 50 chefs in Chicago, access to more than 150 premium international wines and located in the most beautiful interior design showrooms around with the goal of raising money for three important Chicago charities? Not much, if you ask me!

LuxeHome Chill 2017: Food, Wine and Kitchen Design logo

The 10-year celebration of LuxeHome Chill, in partnership with LuxeHome and Wine Spectator Magazine took place this past week with an estimated 2,500 guests.… Read more