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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

Sous Vide Herbs de Provence Cod in Wolf Gourmet Multi Cooker

Posted by | Appliances, Favorite Finds, Housewares, Recipes | 14 Comments

Sous Vide Herbs de Provence Cod in Wolf Gourmet Multi Cooker – How one machine’s precision, design and high quality construction makes cooking so much more efficient and fun. Wolf Gourmet Multi Function Cooker does it all from sear, saute, slow cooking, sous vide, rice two ways, and many more program options.

Have you wondered if there is an appliance that “can do it all” when it comes to cooking your meals? You know, one pot cooking that doesn’t make a mess of your whole kitchen. Well, I found it in my new Wolf Gourmet Multi-Function Cooker.

Wolf Gourmet Multi Function CookerI have typically been a minimalist when it comes to kitchen equipment.… Read more

2018 International Home and Housewares Show Favorite Finds

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2018 International Home and Housewares Show Favorite Finds – Sharing trends found at the show in coffee, baking, design, kitchen gadgets, cookware and creative ideas.

The 2018 International Home and Housewares Show lived up to its annual extravaganza with more exhibitors and trends than ever. So many creative concepts from colors to innovations to technology infused to eco friendly! A big focus on coffee this year as well which couldn’t have excited this coffee lover more.  

Latte art from Nespresso. My self-portrait! See how it was done

Note the spatula wall from Tovolo which is what I wrote about in the About section on how Inspiring Kitchen came to be:

Coffee/Espresso

Espro makes the French press with two sets of filters to prevent coffee grounds from getting into your coffee. … Read more

6 Tips for a Successful Housewares Show Experience

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6 Tips for a Successful Housewares Show Experience – What to know when planning to attend the International Home and Housewares Show including where to stay for an easy commute and other valuable suggestions.

For housewares brands and fans, it’s all about those 4 days in March that we look forward to each year. The International Home and Housewares Show puts on a spectacular four-day extravaganza in Chicago with more than 2,200 vendors and 60,000 attendees. Held at McCormick Place, it is a vast assortment of new to global housewares brands, manufacturers, retailers, designers and media all looking to get the word out on the latest trends and perennial favorites.… Read more

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Help: My KitchenAid Bowl is Stuck in the Mixer

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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

Is the Gotham Steel Ceramic Titanium Pan Really Non-Stick?

Posted by | Cookware, Housewares | 19 Comments

You might have seen the late night commercials showing the red colored cookware claiming no butter or oil is needed and nothing will stick to the pan. Do you believe them? Are you curious? I am!

Is the Gotham Steel Ceramic Titanium Pan Really Non-Stick?Which is why I decided to try out the Gotham Steel Cookware myself. I want to see what happens when I make eggs like they did in their commercials. Do the eggs really slide out of the pan like the ads show? Curious minds want to know.

The other obvious benefit to not using oil and butter is that you are able to cook a little healthier.… Read more

10 Examples of Smart Home Technology for your Kitchen

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Smart Kitchen Tools

In 1999, Disney Channel released an original movie called Smart House. In this children’s movie, a teenage boy named Ben wins a competition where the prize is a fully automated home that can ultimately take care of itself. To Ben, this home means his dad will not have to re-marry. However, in typical movie, Ben’s dad falls in love. Ben, feeling betrayed, tampers with the smart home’s computer program and causes it to try to take over. Spoiler alert, the movie has an all-around happy ending.

When I first saw this movie way back when, I was in awe of the idea of an automated, or “smart,” home.… Read more

Delicious and crispy roasted potatoes topped with parmesan cheese for the perfect side dish.

Crispy Roasted Parmesan Potatoes

Posted by | Housewares, Recipes | 12 Comments

I like entertaining. Truthfully. I love it. Coming up with recipes whether reading cookbooks, searching online or creating my own dish is totally fun for me. Finding side dishes that everyone likes when you are hosting a dinner party can be a bit overwhelming at times however. I have found though, that potatoes are a welcome addition to just about any table. It’s familiar and comforting to many people. And there are a 1000 ways to make them! As a Brand Ambassador for Parmigiano Reggiano cheese, I look for ways to incorporate this very popular and so flavorful cheese into my recipes.… Read more

14 Ideas for a Stress-Free Holiday Season of Cooking

Posted by | Holidays, Housewares | 7 Comments

Ok, did you realize Thanksgiving is in 6 days?! 6 days! Are you ready? Does hosting a big meal stress you out? I would understand if you say “yes”. All those recipes, grocery shopping, cooking, setting the table and personalities can make for an emotionally charged dinner. But, since I love Thanksgiving and the tradition, I am going to share some secrets with you on how to actually enjoy the day and no longer dread that Thursday in November.

Inspiring Kitchen vegetable turkey platter appetizer final

There are a million websites that will tell you what to make for dinner, how to roast the turkey and how to set the table.… Read more

Organize Your Kitchen and Life With Hefty® Slider Storage Bags

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I don’t know about you but I find my life is so much easier when I am organized. Now, I realize that term is in the eye of the beholder, but I do try to think one step ahead as much as possible. There are many ways to implement organization into one’s life from keeping a calendar to scheduling bills to be paid online to how you organize your cabinets and closets and so on. I use all sorts of resources to make this happen but the one I am going to share with you here is so simple and inexpensive, it will be an easy addition to your daily life.… Read more