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25 Best Holiday and Hostess Gifts

Posted by | Art, Candles, Cocktails, Coffee, Cookbooks, Cooking, Foods, Gift Guide, Gifts, Holidays, Home Decor, Home Design, Knives | 16 Comments

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It’s the fabulous time of year for celebrating the holidays with your family and friends. When it comes to choosing hostess and holiday gifts, sometimes it is hard to know where to start. Inspiring Kitchen is here to be your personal holiday shopper. You will find a range of gifts that focus on cooking, entertaining, home décor, foods and beverages to thrill your host, hostess, family and friends. Don’t forget to treat yourself as well to these wonderful gifts.

 Inspiring kitchen food gift guide

Finding unique gifts for the food lover is always challenging but have I got two solutions for you! Both items are perfect for those who love making a dish their own.… 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

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

Home Barista: Capresso Espresso

Posted by | Coffee, Coffee Grinder, Espresso, Espresso Machine | 24 Comments

Todays a very special day, did you know that? It’s International Coffee Day! Yeah! Especially for huge coffee lovers like me! And while you will find your favorite coffee shops offering anniversary deals (see Starbucks, Dunkin Donuts, 7-Eleven, etc), I am my own barista most of the time.

 

Over the years, I have bought a wide variety of coffee and espresso makers looking for that one that meets and hopefully, exceeds, my expectations. This is taking into consideration the brand’s reputation, machine component quality (plastic vs. metal), temperature of the coffee (I like hot coffee!), counter space, taste of finished product, ease of use and cost.… Read more

French Macaron Cookie Baking 101

Posted by | Bakeware, Baking, Cookie, Dessert, Housewares | 5 Comments

Have you ever tried those colorful, delicate and delicious French Macarons that you see in the windows of bakeries? There are rows of yellow, red and green cookies that look like little, perfectly formed sandwiches. These are not the coconut macarons that probably first crossed your mind when I said “macaron” however.  French Macarons are meringue and almond flour melt-in-your-mouth goodness filled with chocolate, pistachio or vanilla ganache. You can also fill with jams, jellies, and lemon or lime curd. It’s all up to you.

While I love to bake, I am definitely not a pro at it. As I have mentioned before in previous posts, I am a creative cook in that I improvise.… Read more

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Artisan Bread Making: Brotform Baskets

Posted by | Bakeware, Bread, Healthy, Housewares, Le Creuset, Recipes | One Comment

Does the smell of fresh bread make you stop in your tracks to see where it is coming from? I love fresh bread in any format – plain, with butter, in a sandwich, used to dip in olive oil and grated Parmesan cheese, and on and on. I am a novice, though, at bread making. I shared with you in a previous post, the method I have been using with a no knead bread recipe, baking the bread in a Le Creuset Dutch Oven. (https://inspiringkitchen.com/homemade-bread-le-creuset/) Well, I was recently offered an opportunity to use a Brotform basket to make homemade bread and decided to give it a try.… Read more

Best Dessert: Espresso Ice Cream

Posted by | Dessert, Ice Cream Maker, ZoKu | 26 Comments

Summertime, sunshine, warmth, ice cream. They just go together so naturally. Ice cream any time of year, no matter what your age, is just one of those happy desserts that you simply look forward to enjoying. Making it from scratch is an added bonus.

Having already purchased the ZoKu Slush Maker and shared my thoughts with you in a previous post (http://bit.ly/VRrutC), I was curious about their new Ice Cream Maker. If you read the interview I just did (http://bit.ly/1pO9z37), you know that I love two kinds of ice cream: Vanilla and Coffee. As I paged through the ZoKu cookbook, I found a simple espresso ice cream recipe that sounded delicious.… Read more

Apple Season is here: Apple Tatin Dessert

Posted by | Bakeware, Dessert, Fruit, Housewares, Recipes, Seasonal | 33 Comments

We are going into that time of year where there is a slight chill in the air, trees are beginning to change their colors, and apples are plentiful. In my family, the number of ways to include an apple in a recipe is really limitless and totally up to your creativity. For a sweet treat, I like to make an Apple Tatin dessert that is loved by all for its simplicity and pureness of crisp apple flavor.

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After many trials, I have determined that using a jellyroll pan is the best style of bakeware for this recipe. The shallow sides allow for the heat to move around the dough baking it evenly with the added bonus of easy removal from the pan without breaking the pastry.… Read more

Summer Drinks: Zoku Slush & Ice Mold

Posted by | Drinks, Summer Beverages | 54 Comments

Summer is the time for icy cold beverages whether you are lounging at the pool, on your patio or in your home.  Leave it to the Zoku company to create inventive products that not only work but also help me to present my drinks in memorable ways. There are two products I am going to share with you today. Both can be used for adult’s or kid’s drinks. 

Remember slushes from when you were a kid? Usually they were made of sugary, colorful ingredients that just made you smile when you saw them. Well, Zoku has designed a way to make slushes of your own creation in your own home.… Read more