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Easy Irish Soda Bread Recipe for St. Patrick’s Day

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Leprechauns. Four leaf clovers. A pot of golf at the end of the rainbow….it’s that time of year where Chicago turns the river green to celebrate St Patrick’s Day. There are some food traditions, too, in honor of this day. If baking bread is something you’ve always wanted to do but are hesitant to try it, then this Irish Soda Bread recipe is for you.

Easy Irish Soda Bread Recipe

This simple recipe has just 8 ingredients in it. Chances are you already have them in your home. If not, a quick run to Tony’s Fresh Market and you are back in the kitchen within the hour.… Read more

Lemon Zest Cream Cheese Pastry with Candied Lemon

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With guests coming over for the holidays, it’s always fun to have a menu that includes sweet treats that everyone will like. So, yes, lots of chocolate but also desserts with a lighter flavor. I happen to love anything with fruit in it. That’s why I like making these Lemon Zest Cream Cheese Pastry with Candied Lemon treats. They are fragrant, bright and delicious. Plus, so easy to make! Lemon Zest Cream Cheese Pastry with Candied Lemon - Entertaining made simple with this light and fragrant lemon cream cheese pastry

If you love to have friends and family over but worry that your cooking skills didn’t carry through from Mom to you, don’t worry! There are so many recipes that will “wow” your guests that won’t have you googling every ingredient or technique.… Read more

Athens Phyllo Shells Make Entertaining So Easy

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Athens Phyllo Shells Make Entertaining So Easy – 6 recipes using Athens Phyllo Shells for desserts, appetizers and brunch.

Athens Phyllo Shells Make Entertaining So Easy Recipes Appetizers Desserts Phyllo Dough Dessert Recipes

The phone rings. Friends are stopping by in 30 minutes to hang out and catch up. Wine? Check. Dessert? Nope, nothing ready. Give me 20 minutes and I am all set, thanks to Athens Phyllo Shells.

Athens Phyllo Shells Make Entertaining So Easy

These ready-to-serve shells are the solution to so many entertaining dilemmas this holiday season.  Made from phyllo dough, a light, crispy and tissue thin dough used in Greek cooking, the shells make for the perfect bite size sweet or savory treat to share with guests.… Read more

Dippable Halloween Snacks with Mini Babybel Cheese

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Dippable Halloween Snacks with Mini Babybel CheeseThis post is sponsored by Bel Brands USA and Mini Babybel Cheese, but the content and opinions expressed here are my own.

Dippable Halloween Snacks with Babybel Cheese – Celebrate Halloween with party perfect melted cheese rounds for dipping in your favorite sauce.

Entertaining is such a creative outlet for me. My favorite part, which will be no surprise, is the menu. Hosting a Halloween party means having treats that appeal to adults and kids. Thanks to Mini Babybel®, I have this covered!Dippable Halloween Snacks with Mini Babybel Cheese

You may be familiar with these little rounds of cheese wrapped in red cello paper. They come in a mesh bag that you will find in the cheese section of your local Target store.… Read more

Roasted Vegetable Frittata Makes the Perfect Brunch Centerpiece

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Roasted Vegetable Frittata Makes the Perfect Brunch Centerpiece – A colorful vegetarian frittata is served at our birthday celebration brunch.

When family lives from California to Europe, there has to be a very good reason to bring everyone together. Thankfully, we had just that occasion for a special person’s birthday. We planned for a small gathering to let the birthday girl spend time with each guest. The weekend was filled with lots of food, memories and laughter. Photographs that showed images that brought joy and stories to be shared. On the final day, we wanted to do a brunch at home so everyone could relax and reminisce in comfort. 

The main dish for the brunch was a vegetarian frittata that I made two ways to accommodate dietary restrictions.… Read more

How to Build a Home Bar

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Making cocktails for your friends and family doesn’t need to be intimidating or complicated.  You are all set in the kitchen with your ingredients and cookware, but what about your home bar? Do you have everything you need? Or is the question, do you know what you need? Having the basic components and equipment available is a really good start. Knowing how often we like to entertain this time of year, it seems appropriate to showcase how simple it is to build a home bar.

Inspiring Kitchen How to set up a home bar

I recently had the privilege of speaking with Mixologist Extraordinaire, Lynn House. Lynn shared her recommendations on what you might want to consider for your home bar.… Read more

Snacking with The Laughing Cow®

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I am an official brand advocate for The Laughing Cow® in 2015. While I receive compensation for participating as a brand advocate, opinions are my own.

 

I admit it. I am a snacker. I work really hard to make smart choices when it comes to snacking though. So, when I was  invited to The laughing Cow® Love Your Local event, I welcomed all that was shared with me.

What I found particularly intriguing about The Laughing Cow® cheese brand is the multitude of ways that you could use the different cheese varieties.  In addition, those prepackaged wedges make it super convenient to grab and go.… Read more

Entertain with La Croix Sparkling Water

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Quick run to the grocery store today and found myself wandering in the water aisle. I am one of those people who always have water in my hand (or located close by) for a quick drink. What I find myself doing in my ever-present containers of water is to add flavors like fruit or herbs. But, how convenient would it be to be able to grab a can of water already flavored with bright flavors aside from lemon and lime?

 

Inspiring Kitchen Cherry Lime Mocktail

You may have already heard of or enjoyed La Croix carbonated waters but when was the last time you took a look at the huge variety of flavors they now offer?… Read more

Chocolate Raspberry Rice Pudding

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The sweetest part of summer is the opportunity to spend time with close friends just relaxing and catching up. No matter how much I love to cook, in the warmth of the summer, the last thing I want to do is heat up my kitchen. So, when it comes to dessert, I found the easiest and most delicious option that appeals to every guest: Chocolate Raspberry Rice Pudding.

If you’ve been following my Kozy Shack pudding recipes for June (Chocolate) and July (Tapioca), you’ll notice there’s been a theme known as the Summer of Pudding. Well, in celebration of National Rice Pudding Day on August 9, I am sharing my recipe for my Chocolate Raspberry Rice Pudding using Kozy Shack’s Original Rice Pudding.… Read more

Flatbread Appetizers and Pizza

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No matter the time of year, life can be really busy. Lots of running in and out of the house without much time to plan for a meal. I love to cook and tend to be more inventive when it comes to recipes. Following them sometimes, improvising most of the time — especially if I don’t have the specific ingredients the recipe calls for. So, when Stonefire sent me some of their naan, flatbreads and crisps, I was excited to play around with the components. 

Stonefire Flatbreads come in a number of different sizes allowing you to create appetizers, pizzas and sandwiches.… Read more