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Parmigiano Reggiano: Understanding the King of all Cheeses

Posted by | Foods | 9 Comments

Have you ever wondered what the difference is between Parmesan and Parmigiano Reggiano cheese? I decided to do some research to better understand this storied and delicious cheese.

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There are a number of characteristics that define Parmigiano Reggiano:

  • The only Parmesan – it means of/from Parma, Italy.
  • It is lactose free.
  • There are only a little more than 300 producers.
  • Rich in high quality, easily digestible proteins.
  • There are 900 years of tradition.
  • There are only three ingredients: raw cow’s milk, rennet, sea salt.
  • It has a PDO or Protected Designation of Origin.

The naming aspect makes total sense when you consider the history of this cheese.… Read more

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

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

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

2014 International Housewares Show

Posted by | Coffee, Cookware, Housewares, Housewares Show, Trade Show, Trade Shows | 34 Comments

The big day arrived here in Chicago on Saturday, March 15, as anyone playing any role in the housewares world arrived in Chicago for the 2014 International Housewares Show held at McCormick Place. Retailers, big and small, came to see what exciting new products they could share with their customers. Manufacturers of everything from cookware to kitchen utensils to electrics to dinnerware to glassware to storage materials and beyond all came to display their wares. The show was full of energy and creativity which made walking my first day a little easier as I hit more than 19,000 steps per my pedometer.… Read more