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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.

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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

Roasted Shrimp and Vegetable Salad with Parmesan Crisps

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Roasted Shrimp and Vegetable Salad with Parmesan Crisps – Homemade Parmigiano Reggiano crisps elevate this roasted vegetable salad for your holiday feasts.

Do you ever have an occasion that you just want to “wow” your guests (or family) with a dish but don’t feel confident in the kitchen to get too crazy? You know what I mean: recipes like lobster thermidor or an elaborate French recipe with a million complicated ingredients.

Then this easy, adaptable and flavorful dish is going to do the trick. You already know that I am a BIG fan of Parmigiano Reggiano cheese. I have talked about how to determine what actually qualifies as Parmigiano Reggiano versus Parmesan.  And even how to create a beautiful cheese platter that is just perfect for holiday entertaining.… Read more

Rumi Spice Saffron Risotto

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Rumi Spice Saffron Risotto – Learning about the origination of Rumi Spice, it’s founders and how to harvest and use saffron in recipes like Saffron Risotto.

When you hear that a spice company was created by 4 military officers with Harvard and West Point backgrounds, what would you imagine the product is? If I told you that the company, Rumi Spice, works with Afghan farmers to bring the highest quality saffron to us, would you realize that their mission is to cultivate peace in Afghanistan? You would be right if you said yes.Rumi Spice Saffron Risotto kimberly jung keith alvarezI had the distinct pleasure of being invited to a dinner held at The Blanchard Restaurant in Chicago to learn about the company’s origination and more specifically how to use saffron in your dishes.… Read more

Quick and Easy Fresh Corn, Red Pepper and Black Bean Mini Tacos

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It’s a Tuesday night and you have no idea what to make for yourself or your family for dinner. You find yourself just staring in to the fridge hoping that a meal will jump out at you. But what is sometimes easy to overlook are the handful of ingredients that are fresh and/or in a can that will make a flavorful and in this case, colorful, dish that everyone will enjoy.Quick and Easy Fresh Corn, Red Pepper and Black Bean Mini Tacos

Today, I am sharing my Fresh Corn, Red Pepper and Black Bean Mini Tacos. I am really big on adding and subtracting ingredients based on what is in season, what I am in the mood for or my guests are requesting or even what I have available in the fridge!… Read more

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

Crispy Roasted Parmesan Potatoes

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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

Roasted Brussel Sprouts with Balsamic Vinegar and Parmesan Cheese

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Brussel sprouts. You either love them or not. But, I will bet you never had them made in a good way if you say you don’t like them. There was a time that you would see recipes that showed boiled or mushy sprouts. I don’t blame anyone for not eating them. I didn’t grow up having them at dinner. And my Mom is an amazing cook!

I started making them three years ago for Thanksgiving. I found a recipe that sounded good on “paper”. Once I made them, I realized how delicious they are! The funny part was, while they look like little cabbages, they don’t taste like that.… Read more

Sweet and Tart Lemon Curd Cookie Cups

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These Sweet and Tart Lemon Curd Cookie Cups are the perfect dessert to share with your friends, family and guests this holiday season. 

Sweet and Tart Lemon Curd Cookie Cups Inspiring KitchenWe are heading into a crazy fun time of year when you love to entertain. The opportunity to have last minute guests over, let alone planned parties, just means having your pantry full of helpful resources is a really good thing. Which is why I am glad to share my little secret solution with you. The one and only “Baking Queen”, Betty Crocker, has made filling your pantry with cookie mixes to grab for a quick (and creative) dessert so easy.… Read more

How to Make a Homemade Mocha Using Instant Coffee

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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

My Favorite Pumpkin Dessert Bars with Cream Cheese Frosting

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It’s that time of year again. Pumpkin. In everything these days. I am totally good with that! I love pumpkin. I use it in sauces, pasta, salads, roast it and of course, bake with it. It’s extremely versatile whether doing sweet or savory dishes.

Every family has recipes that have meaning to them. This one is mine. My Mom has been making these bars since we were kids. In fact, she used to make them and put them in the freezer for when guests came over. The problem is, we discovered that is where she was “hiding” them and ate them frozen.… Read more

A New Look at Nescafe® Taster’s Choice® Instant Coffee

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Anyone that knows me knows how much I love coffee. I don’t just drink it for the energy – although that is a nice perk (pun intended). I actually like the flavor! And that is why I am so picky when it comes to the brands I choose to drink.

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When Nescafe® Taster’s Choice® reached out to me to try their instant coffee, I was willing to learn more. As I read about their approach to responsibly sourced beans how they roast them, brew and flash freeze their coffee to lock in freshness, I got the feeling that what I knew of instant coffee was no longer current.… Read more