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Keep Your Resolutions With These 10 Kitchen Products for Healthy Eating

Posted by | Favorite Finds, Gadgets, Healthy Living | 14 Comments

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

Posted by | Alcohol, Favorite Finds | 25 Comments

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

The Ultimate Gift Guide for the Cook

Posted by | Favorite Finds, Gifts, Holidays | 55 Comments

Finding gifts can be overwhelming to some and an awesome challenge to others. With the holiday spirit in full force, Inspiring Kitchen is sharing our favorite gift ideas for anyone who enjoys cooking and entertaining. You will find everything from top quality Kobe beef gift sets to stunning hand blown stemware to 3 different types of cookbooks to spirits for your bar to the newest in wine openers to the most useful in serving platters to ways to stay organized to documenting your bucket list and to the newest in flatware. There is something for everyone on your list.

Inspiring Kitchen ultimate holiday gift guide for the cook

Inspiring Kitchen Ultimate Holiday Gifts for the Cook

Snake River Farm

For any meat lover, this is THE gift to give and receive.… Read more

Top 10 Hostess Gifts for the Cook

Posted by | Favorite Finds, Gifts, Hostess Gift | 18 Comments

With temperatures dropping and leaves changing colors, we know that we are very quickly entering in to the holiday season. It is also the time of year when we are being invited to the homes of friends, family and colleagues to celebrate happy times over good food and conversation. When you get that warm welcome invitation, you may wonder what host or hostess gift would be a nice show of appreciation for their hospitality.

This year, Inspiring Kitchen is going to help you find that perfect hostess gift. After doing some extensive research, we have found unique and exciting gifts for you to give to your hosts.… Read more

Beer and Pretzels are a Perfect Mix

Posted by | Favorite Finds, Foods, Kitchen Tools | 18 Comments

When you are in the mall and you start smelling that sweet, salty baking aroma coming from Auntie Anne’s pretzel store, have you ever stopped to ask yourself: “why can’t I make these at home”? Well, you can now! And Boardwalk Food Company makes it so easy.

They offer three different varieties of pretzels to make: Original, Cinnamon Sugar, Rosemary and Sea Salt. The secret ingredient is just what you would think of when you have a pretzel….beer! Yes, you add your choice of craft, domestic or imported beer to give that extra boost to the already yummy pretzels. If you prefer to not use beer, you can choose a carbonated soda like Sprite for a similar effect.… Read more

How to Build a Home Bar

Posted by | Bar, Education, Entertaining, Favorite Finds | 16 Comments

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

A New Way To Remember Your Vacation

Posted by | Favorite Finds, Tourism, Travel, Vacation, Wedding | 22 Comments

The moment I begin planning a vacation is when the anticipation of escaping reality begins. And if I am honest, when the countdown begins! So, when I finally get to my vacation spot, I am  just brimming with happiness. There is no way I will think of my return home until the very last second of the vacation. All those days of carefree lounging on the beautiful sandy beaches of wherever I am with the waves crashing peacefully in the distance will not go wasted by a reminder of the traffic, work and chaos of everyday life.

Inspiring Kitchen Jewelry Sand VacationAnd yet, within the deep recesses of my mind, I know that day is going to come.… Read more

Spill Proof Containers for Meals on the Go

Posted by | Favorite Finds, Organization, Storage | 17 Comments

Depending where you live, your kids may have started school already. Notebooks, pens, backpack. Check. Lunch box? Not yet. Looking for food storage containers that won’t leak and will keep your child’s lunch at the right temperature? Check plus! FUEL Collection has designed portable lunch container options with your kids in mind.

With FUEL, each container is specifically designed to exceed your expectations. No need to worry that the thoughtful lunch you have prepared will have escaped the plastic wrap to be all over the inside of the backpack or on homework. What is particularly helpful with these products is that they cover multiple types of lunchtime favorites from sandwiches to soups to salads to snacks in re-usable, sturdy and tightly sealed containers.… Read more

Start The Day With Plenti Yogurt

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Thanks to Plenti for sponsoring today’s post. As always, thoughts and opinions are exclusively my own.  

 

Are you a breakfast eater? I am. Breakfast is the meal that I count on to give me a good start to the day, both mentally and physically.

Getting ready for work every morning usually leaves me with very little time to make breakfast. (Yes, I know I could get up earlier but that just never happens) As a result, I am always on the look out for quick healthy solutions to start my day off right. Lucky for me, I am a big yogurt fan.… Read more