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How to Make a Homemade Mocha Using Instant Coffee

Posted by | Food, Holidays, Recipes | 5 Comments

I love this time of year. The types of food available, the recipes I am able to create with the abundance of seasonal ingredients and the opportunity to cook for those I care about. But it can be so stressful to find the right dishes that accommodate everyone’s dietary preferences. Which is why I am happy to have the opportunity to sit at the table today and get organized for Thanksgiving.

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With a big cup of steaming hot mocha, my favorite cookbook authors and my recipe box, I am slowly paging through cookbooks finding recipes that will be a welcome addition to our table.… Read more

Experiencing The Taste of Chicago Food Festival

Posted by | Festival, Food, Tourism | 25 Comments

Chicago is known for so many amazing things from the architecture of the city to the beautiful beaches to the Magnificent Mile of shopping to the arts to our sports teams and of course, to the food and restaurant scene. For five days in July, the Chicago Department of Cultural Affairs and Special Events welcomes everyone to the Taste of Chicago Food Festival held in Grant Park on Chicago’s glorious lakefront.

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Since 1980, visitors have been offered a wide range of food options, musical acts and cooking demonstrations among other reasons to attend the fest. This year, there were more than 60 restaurants, pop-ups and food trucks including 19 new restaurants serving their specialties.… Read more

Inspiring Kitchen Veggie Patties

Veggie Burger 101

Posted by | Food, healthy eating, Vegetarian | No Comments

Ordering a veggie burger at a restaurant is always a bit of a risk. You are never quite sure what you are going to get in the end. Will it be more beans than vegetables? Bland tasting?  Unappetizing in appearance? Have you ever seen an appetizing looking black bean burger???? Or what about buying them at your local grocery store? Do they really look like the picture on the box? Well, I have just tried a new brand, Veggie Patch, and their Mediterranean Patties. And all I can say is, Yum! They are made up of Mediterranean spices, spinach and chickpeas.… Read more

Food and Wine Event: Chicago Gourmet

Posted by | Alcohol, BBQ, Bon Appetit, Choose Chicago, Culinary Event, Food, Illinois Restaurant Association, Restaurants, Wine | 5 Comments

Just 7 years ago, Chicago launched its first food and wine event known as Chicago Gourmet. This past weekend, Bon Appetit presented Chicago Gourmet, a celebration of food and wine, showcasing more than 190 of Chicago’s finest restaurants and chefs, as well as hundreds of renowned vintners, spirit makers and premium breweries from around the world.

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If you are into the food scene, you may already be familiar with food and wine shows that are held in Aspen or South Beach. They are shows filled with exciting restaurants, chefs both local and national and trends in the wine and food industries.… Read more

Sabra Hummus & Dip Recipes

Posted by | Food, Mediterranean, Recipe, Vegetarian | 11 Comments

Hummus. That creamy, slightly tangy dip made with garbanzo beans (aka chick peas) that go great with pita chips. So delicious and filled with protein and other healthy ingredients. I had the very good fortune to work with the Sabra Hummus people recently who offered me the opportunity to learn more about their products. This was definitely a fun experience using all my creative cooking skills as I am all about coming up with innovative ways to use products.

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Here’s a bit about the Sabra brand as I was surprised at the vast assortment of products that they offer. We know they have hummus but did you know they offer 12 different kinds!… Read more

An Interview with Inspiring Kitchen

Posted by | Blogging, Cookware, Food, Housewares Show, Knives, PR, Press, Trade Shows, Wedding | 8 Comments

Wow, Inspiring Kitchen’s first interview!

Inspiring Kitchen was created as a means to share knowledge about housewares products, kitchen design, recipes, cooking tips, bridal registry advice and favorite finds. My goal is to showcase what we should have in our kitchens based on the type of cooking we like to do. Ways to use cookware beyond the obvious like what is written in the Le Creuset Dutch oven post and making bread. What knives you need in your kitchen by blade shape. And the latest trends found at the industry conferences: National Restaurant Association and International Housewares Shows. If you are looking for gifts related to your kitchen, cooking and entertaining, I hope you will take a look at what Inspiring Kitchen suggests like we did for Mother’s and Father’s Day. 

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As I get more involved in the blogging and media space, I have discovered an awesome group of people who love the foodie world to the extent they are building side or full time careers doing what makes them happy.… Read more

Summertime and Sangria

Posted by | Cocktails, Food, healthy eating, Party, Recipes | 15 Comments

Don’t you just love this time of year when the sun is out, grass is green, fresh ingredients are plentiful and everyone is enjoying the opportunity to spend time together outside? Well, living in the Midwest means I take advantage of any chance to do what I love to do: entertain friends with delicious dishes and even better, cocktails outside on the deck. Thanks to Beso Del Sol, I was able to introduce their new Sangria to my friends.

 

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My goal was to make a dinner that had a fresh, healthy and summery twist to it but wouldn’t take the whole evening to make.… Read more

Father’s Day Gift ideas

Posted by | BBQ, Coffee, Cookbook, Cookware, Food, Grilling, Knives, Spices | 10 Comments

Sunday, June 15, 2014 is Father’s Day. The list of Father’s Day gifts for Dad can literally go in all directions: sporting goods, clothing, electronics…..

Since Inspiring Kitchen is all about finding and recommending items for your kitchen, we thought we would offer our favorites.

1) Nespresso VertuoLine


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Start his day off right….coffee! Whether your Dad’s preference is espresso or a traditional cup of coffee, this machine covers both bases. You may already be familiar with the Nespresso machines and know how good their coffee/espresso varieties are. What’s unique with this dual capability machine is each pod has a bar code on it identifying the brew style for the contents so each cup turns out rich and delicious.… Read more

Homemade Bread & Le Creuset

Posted by | Cookware, Food, healthy eating | 17 Comments

Oh, the smell of fresh homemade bread baking in the oven. Nothing like it. Imagine that cup of coffee and the warm, delicious bread with butter melting over the slice just sitting on the plate waiting for you to enjoy it.

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But running to the bakery just doesn’t fit into your schedule and making it from scratch is well, way too hard. Right? Wrong!

The Chef from the cookware manufacturer, Le Creuset, shared this amazing recipe with me. It is so easy to make. Plus, once you make it the way the recipe says the first time to get the hang of it, you will find yourself being creative and adding herbs/seasonings/fruit like rosemary, basil, garlic, tarragon, cheese, cinnamon, or raisins to your next adventures.… Read more