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Spiced Apple Overnight French Toast Recipe

Posted by | Bakeware, Breakfast, Brunch, Holidays, Recipes | 8 Comments

Are you starting to think about recipes for holiday entertaining? This time of year always puts me in the mood for comfort foods and special recipes to celebrate the season. My Spiced Apple Overnight French Toast fits perfectly in both of these categories.  

Fall is my favorite time of year with the changing colors of the leaves and cooler air. It is also when my refrigerator becomes full of apples. I always have a variety as some are perfect for eating (Honey Crisp!) and others are great for baking. This recipe uses Granny Smith as they are tart and remain firm even after baking.… Read more

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How to Make Focaccia Bread Art

Posted by | Housewares, Recipe, Recipes | 11 Comments

I am not sure about you, but when it comes to stressful times, I need to find a creative distraction. That usually means I am in the kitchen doing something baking or cooking related. However, I have been known to teach myself how to tile a backsplash or fireplace surround in these circumstances as well. Another form of a creative outlet! In this case, I am sharing a focaccia bread recipe that I use as a canvas for my vegetable gardenscape. raw focaccia dough art

The best part is you most likely have all the ingredients in your house for the focaccia recipe. Then get artsy to design the picture you want to make.… Read more

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A Culinary Wonderland: 12 Foods and Flavors to Try in Finland

Posted by | Foods, Travel | 10 Comments

To truly immerse yourself in the culture of the country you are visiting, exploring the culinary space is not only educational but delicious. Finland’s landscape of sea, farm and forest offers a diverse food scene filled with traditional items that support their philosophy of eat local and simply, to dining on the dishes created by extraordinarily talented chefs. 

The following is a small sampling of foods and flavors that exemplify the Finnish lifestyle. As you plan your trip to this beautiful Nordic country, check out this list of places to visit along your foods of Finland journey and tips on how to try it all. Read more

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

How to Make Light as Air Popovers

Posted by | Bakeware, Baking, Housewares, Recipe, Recipes | 40 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

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Homemade Bread & Le Creuset

Posted by | Cookware, Housewares, Recipes | 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.

Inspiring Kitchen Le Creuset bread dutch oven

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 delicious recipe with me. It is so easy to make. Plus, once you make it the way the recipe says the first time, you will find yourself being creative and adding herbs, seasonings or fruit like rosemary, basil, garlic, tarragon, cheese, cinnamon, or raisins to your next batch.… Read more