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The Coffee Lover’s All In One Ninja Coffee Bar

Posted by | Appliances, Coffee, Favorite Finds, Housewares | 23 Comments

I love coffee. It’s not really a secret. I talk about it on Inspiring Kitchen and in social media pretty often. I don’t drink it for the caffeine. I drink it because I love the taste of good coffee. And that is the key: Good Coffee!

Inspiring Kitchen Ninja Coffee Bar

If you could see my kitchen, you would notice all my coffee machine vices. I like learning about new machines, how they work, and if they will accomplish my goals and make tasty drinks. With that said, let me share my newest discovery. The Ninja Coffee Bar. Have you caught the commercials yet? You know, the one with Sofia Vergara.… Read more

How to Make Light as Air Popovers

Posted by | Bakeware, Baking, Housewares, Recipe, Recipes | 44 Comments

Cold and dreary day means time for some comfort foods. Today I made a dish that both my Mom and Grandmother made as we were growing up. Popovers.

Inspiring Kitchen Comfort Foods Popovers

If you have never had them before, they are light and airy with an eggy interior and a delicate outside.

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So simple in terms of ingredients but so many uses for it:

  • Brunch
  • Breakfast
  • With a salad or soup
  • Side to main courses
  • Filled with light ingredients – tuna, chopped fruit, diced vegetables

Inspiring Kitchen Comfort Foods Popovers

The recipe is filled with items you already have in your kitchen. The biggest trick is having the right pan.… Read more

How to Build a Home Bar

Posted by | Bar, Education, Entertaining, Entertainment, Favorite Finds, Housewares | 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

Vegetables with a Spiralized Twist

Posted by | Entertaining, Family, healthy eating, Housewares, Kitchen Equipment, Vegan, Vegetables, Vegetarian | 28 Comments

Aren’t we always trying to find a way to get more vegetables in our diets? Or maybe I should say, aren’t we always told we should do this?! But just how do we do this so that the dish looks as appetizing as it tastes? I have a solution for you in the form of a kitchen tool called a Spiralizer. (Paderno World Cuisine Spiralizer Pro, 4-Blade)

 Inspiring Kitchen Vegetables with a Spiralized Twist

There are a few brands that offer a piece of equipment that does something like the Paderno Spiralizer but this is the one I like the best and recommend. The Spiralizer is a fantastic way to creatively make dishes that contain vegetables, fruits, onions and potatoes that resemble noodles.… Read more

Favorite Finds 2015 Housewares Show

Posted by | Favorite Finds, Housewares, International Housewares Show, Trade Show | 12 Comments

In Chicago, March is the time of year where retailers, brands, manufacturers, media, chefs, and restauranteurs travel to McCormick Place to attend the International Home and Housewares Show. It is a show that people like me love! Three buildings filled with the latest kitchen, dining, laundry, garage, bathroom and closet finds. Miles and miles of cooking equipment, tools and gadgets; dinnerware, flatware, glassware, barware; gadgets, tools, cutlery, cutting boards; electrics from rice cookers to espresso machines to air fryers to water purifiers and beyond; food storage containers, bakeware, pepper mills, linens and the list continues. So much to see, to admire, to want.… Read more

Potato and Scallion Soup

19 Inches of Snow Potato Shallot Soup

Posted by | Appliances, Housewares, Kitchen Tools, Soup, Winter Recipes | 3 Comments

You have all seen the news that Chicago and other parts of the Midwest have been buried in a snowstorm. Official totals as of this morning bring the snowfall to 19 inches. Beautiful, white snow. Until you have to leave the house. So, my solution is to make a warm, comforting pot of Potato and Shallot soup. Inspiring Kitchen snow storm

 Step 1: saute onions:

Inspiring Kitchen Potato Scallion Soup

Like most of the recipes that I offer, variation is the key. Personalizing to fit your tastes, time and available ingredients makes this a super easy meal. If you have read any of my other blog posts, you will see that I am a fan of Penzey’s Spices.… Read more

Vegetable Turkey Centerpiece

Best Cooking Tools and Tips for Thanksgiving

Posted by | Cooking, Entertaining, Gadgets, Gift Guide, Holiday, Housewares, Kitchen, Thanksgiving | 11 Comments

I love this time of year. A slight chill is in the air (although yesterday’s temp and snow are not welcomed!) and the holiday season is fast approaching. In just a few short weeks, we will be celebrating my favorite holiday: Thanksgiving. It’s the one time of year that family comes in from near and far to celebrate the holidays. We spend the day catching up on the happenings that have gone on throughout the year for everyone. The really fun part of this holiday though is we get to cook. Yes, that is exciting to me! Having the best cooking tools really makes a difference. … Read more

How to Choose the Best Pepper Mill

Posted by | Housewares, Kitchen Design, Kitchen Tools, Pepper, Recipes, Seasonings | 5 Comments

Salt and pepper. The two ingredients in just about every recipe. The key to using pepper in a recipe is having a pepper mill with strong grinding capabilities. Have you ever bitten down on a chunk of peppercorn that hasn’t successfully been ground down enough and your whole mouth is now on fire – let alone how your tooth is feeling? Ouch.

When it comes to certain kitchen tools, sometimes you need to spend a bit more to have quality materials so the equipment or gadget will do a great job on the task it is assigned. In this case, we are talking about the grinders used in pepper mills.… Read more

Creative Bakeware

Posted by | Bakeware, Entertaining, Housewares | 15 Comments

Have you ever been invited to a friend’s house and wanted to bring a baked item but didn’t want to worry the hostess with returning your pan? Or wanted to bake cupcakes but pictured a really fun and creative wrapper? I just learned about an award winning brand of baking pans that are made of oven-safe paper and plastic and come in a wide variety of colors, themes, designs and sizes. For me, this is a perfect opportunity to try out all the recipes that I have been collecting of different breads, desserts, muffins and cakes as it makes sharing so much easier.… Read more

Cookware 101

Posted by | Bridal Registry, Cookware, Housewares, Kitchen Design, Wedding | 19 Comments

Having been involved in the bridal registry space from a housewares standpoint for a long time now, I recognize how intimidating the walls of cookware in a store can be for someone unfamiliar with all the brands, sizes, styles and surfaces. When I talk with registrants about what cookware they are currently using, many times they tell me it is from college, their mom or a discount store. All absolutely fine answers. Until I ask them if they like to cook. When they say they love cooking, then I know we need to have a deeper discussion on their style of cooking and how many people they tend to cook for.… Read more