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How to Care for Cast Iron Cookware

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What’s the best way to clean and maintain cast iron cookware? That is a question that anyone who has worked in the housewares, more specifically, cookware industry, has been asked a thousand times.

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The good news? I am going to answer that question right here so you can use those amazing pieces sitting in your cabinet every day. Here’s the reason why you want to use them:

  • Cast iron cookware will last forever. It’s literally passed down from generation to generation.
  • It’s essentially indestructible. Use on the stove, in the oven, on the grill and on the campfire.
  • It cooks evenly no matter how well the heat is dispersed.
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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

My College Kitchen: Cooking Essentials, Baking Basics & Tableware Tips

Posted by | College, Home Design, Kitchen Design | 5 Comments

Hello everyone! My name is Keelin and I have been interning for Inspiring Kitchen the past couple months. As an incoming senior in college, I will be living in what my university calls a “Senior House”–this is basically a fancier way to say that I will be living in a small off-campus house with a bunch of girls my age (six others to be exact). Needless to say, I am very excited to move in and start my last year of school.

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This “Senior House” will be the first full-sized kitchen I have access to in college and really the first time I have to start cooking for myself.… Read more

Cast Iron Skillet Mac and Cheese

Posted by | Recipe, Recipes | 31 Comments

There is nothing like making your favorite comfort food when you are having a busy or stressful week. Plus, add cheese and lots of it, to the dish, and your day suddenly improves.

This easy to make Mac and 3 Cheese recipe will become a staple in your home as it is so adaptable to the cheese you have available in the fridge or simply what you like to eat. Should you want to doctor it up with meat, vegetables or truffles, it’s all up to you.

Cast Iron Skillet Mac and Cheese

What I also really want to share is why making this recipe in a Lodge cast iron skillet is just the icing on the cake.… 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

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

Kitchen Design: Jenn-Air Appliances

Posted by | Appliances, Cooking, Home Design, Housewares, Kitchen Design, Kitchen remodel, Luxury | 11 Comments

Are you considering a kitchen remodel? Looking to replace your current appliances but uncertain where to start? Well, this post will hopefully offer you lots of design guidance to make the process more enjoyable. Buying appliances are a lot like buying a car, aren’t they? Purpose, cost, technical understanding, maintenance and appearance play a key role in the decision making process. As someone who has a great appreciation for quality products, I had the wonderful opportunity to participate in a design conference at the World of Whirlpool offices in Chicago. Our discussions not only included product education but designer guidance on how to build a kitchen that is most suited to your cooking style.… Read more

An Interview with Inspiring Kitchen

Posted by | Blogging, Cookware, Foods, Housewares, Housewares Show, Knives, PR, Press, Trade Show, Wedding | 8 Comments

Wow, Inspiring Kitchen’s first interview!

Inspiring Kitchen was created as a means to share knowledge about housewares products, kitchen design, recipes, cooking tips, bridal registry advice and favorite finds. My goal is to showcase what we should have in our kitchens based on the type of cooking we like to do. Ways to use cookware beyond the obvious like what is written in the Le Creuset Dutch oven post and making bread. What knives you need in your kitchen by blade shape. And the latest trends found at the industry conferences: National Restaurant Association and International Housewares Shows. If you are looking for gifts related to your kitchen, cooking and entertaining, I hope you will take a look at what Inspiring Kitchen suggests like we did for Mother’s and Father’s Day. … Read more

New Press: Crain’s Chicago Business

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Exciting press news for Inspiring Kitchen! Crain’s Chicago Business has welcomed us to the neighborhood:

 

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Other new businesses we heard about this week:

Chicagoan Julie Gordon’s new venture Inspiring Kitchen helps homeowners choose the kitchen items that are best for their cooking and entertaining style. “I have 14 years of experience in the housewares industry,” Ms. Gordon says. “So many customers were asking for my knowledge. People love to cook and entertain but are not always sure of the tools to use to make their experience better”. . . .

 

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Thanks, Crain’s Chicago Business, for recognizing our efforts to help homeowners enjoy cooking and entertaining all that much more by having the best suited kitchen items for their style.… Read more

Father’s Day Gift ideas

Posted by | BBQ, Coffee, Cookbook, Cookware, Foods, Gift Guide, Grilling, Housewares, Knives, Spices | 10 Comments

Sunday, June 15, 2014 is Father’s Day. The list of Father’s Day gifts for Dad can literally go in all directions: sporting goods, clothing, electronics…..

Since Inspiring Kitchen is all about finding and recommending items for your kitchen, we thought we would offer our favorites.

1) Nespresso VertuoLine

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Start his day off right….coffee! Whether your Dad’s preference is espresso or a traditional cup of coffee, this machine covers both bases. You may already be familiar with the Nespresso machines and know how good their coffee/espresso varieties are. What’s unique with this dual capability machine is each pod has a bar code on it identifying the brew style for the contents so each cup turns out rich and delicious.… Read more