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9 Healthy Summer Snack Ideas

Posted by | Favorite Finds, Foods, Healthy | 12 Comments

Are you a snacker? You know what I mean. You routinely reach for a handful of salty potato chips, chunk of chocolate or spoonful of ice cream to make the craving go away. You know that may not be the best choice but it is the easiest and quickest for your busy lifestyle.

In the second edition of the New Summer Foods series, I am sharing 9 healthy summer snack ideas that will resolve your craving, be convenient for your on-the-go work and family life, offer nutritional benefits and of course, taste good! Plus, you will have a new selection of fun treats for your kids that they will be excited to munch on. … Read more

Keep Your Resolutions With These 10 Kitchen Products for Healthy Eating

Posted by | Favorite Finds, Gadgets, Healthy Living | 14 Comments

The New Year has started which means that many of us have created resolutions to eat healthy. The good news is from a cooking perspective, there are many products that are available to you that will make your goals closer in hand. My favorite finds for ways to cook and eat healthy are below.

CHOP SALAD SHEARS 

Trying to eat well means eating lots of salads. Since there are a ton of varieties of lettuce and ingredient combinations, it really comes down to how creative you can be. Using this chopper will make the salad a little more special and like those you have in restaurants.… Read more

Juicing for Healthy Living with Krisp

Posted by | Healthy, Juicing, Vegan, Vegetarian | No Comments

With our crazy busy lives, finding ways to take care of our selves can sometimes be challenging. Over the last couple of years, there has been much talk about the benefits of juicing fruits and vegetables to add to or balance out our diets. Understanding which ingredients to use in the recipe for taste as well as to offer the health rewards we are seeking can be trial and error. Or, you can trust the experts. Since this is my first real foray into the juicing world, I decided to try a brand called Krisp, out of Newport Beach, California.… Read more

Comfort Food: Slow Cooker Healthy Breakfast Recipe

Posted by | Breakfast, Healthy, Recipes, Slow Cooker | 2 Comments

Welcome to 2015! The new year always sparks the resolution to eat healthier, doesn’t it? With that in mind, I want to share an easy and delicious slow cooker steel cut oatmeal recipe to help you keep your New Year’s goal. Most people use slow cookers for making chili and soups but there are so many uses for this multi-tasking machine. Sauces, desserts and breakfast recipes are just a few ideas to consider. 

Slow Cooker Overnight Oatmeal with Apples and Cinnamon

The beauty of this recipe is it is adaptable to your tastes and what you have in your kitchen. I make it with steel cut oatmeal as it is hearty and gets creamy versus mushy.… Read more

Design Forum: Jenn-Air Appliances

Posted by | Appliances, Coffee, Cooking, Design, Home Decor, Home Design, Housewares, Kitchen Design, Kitchen remodel, Luxury, Remodel, Technology | 10 Comments

Designing a new kitchen or remodeling your current kitchen is such an exciting idea. The anticipation of the gorgeous kitchen you will have to make your fabulous creations, entertain your guests, and cook for your family is energizing. However, when you actually begin the appliance research phase of the project, it can be a lot more intimidating than you first anticipated. It is with that in mind that I share my recent design education with you. In Monday’s post, I talked about Induction ranges, ventilation systems and double oven displays among other tips. Today, I am sharing a few more of my favorite finds from my Jenn-Air design conference experience.… Read more

Healthy Salad Dressings Do Exist!

Posted by | healthy eating, Salad, Uncategorized, Vegetarian | One Comment

On really busy days, I love to make a quick, healthy salad for lunch that is filled with flavor and textures. I am also someone who creates meals based on what I find in my refrigerator and cabinets. A little crunch (nuts, veggies), fruity sweetness (apples, grapes, berries), savory onion (shallot, red, Vidalia) and salty Parmesan cheese satisfies my taste buds. The final touch to that salad is always the dressing. But, finding one that is low in fat, healthy, natural and full of flavor is hard to come by. Lately though, I have been experimenting with balsamic vinegars. So, when Mange Fresh Fruit Vinegars offered to send me a sample of their fruit vinegars, I was intrigued. … Read more

Marinated Grilled Vegetable Sandwich with Pesto and Mozzarella

Posted by | All-Clad, Grilling, healthy eating, Housewares, Le Creuset, Lodge, Recipes, Sandwich, Vegetables, Vegetarian, Weber Grill | 19 Comments

I love to grill. Vegetables. Yes, there it is. Not gourmet but so delicious! One of my favorite sandwiches is super easy and very customizable as you can see from comments on Inspiring Kitchen’s Facebook page. (https://www.facebook.com/inspiringkitchen). What works so well with this dish is being able to have friends over and everyone gets to make their own personalized sandwich varying with the choice of filling. What I will typically do is have a platter of all different kinds of vegetables (colored peppers, onions, zucchini, squash, eggplant, tomatoes, fennel,  etc), sauces, spreads (salsa, pesto, sun dried garlic paste – yum!), cheeses and even meat for those who want it.… Read more

Summertime and Sangria

Posted by | Cocktails, Foods, healthy eating, Party, Recipes | 15 Comments

Don’t you just love this time of year when the sun is out, grass is green, fresh ingredients are plentiful and everyone is enjoying the opportunity to spend time together outside? Well, living in the Midwest means I take advantage of any chance to do what I love to do: entertain friends with delicious dishes and even better, cocktails outside on the deck. Thanks to Beso Del Sol, I was able to introduce their new Sangria to my friends.

 

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My goal was to make a dinner that had a fresh, healthy and summery twist to it but wouldn’t take the whole evening to make.… Read more

National Restaurant Show Favorites 2014

Posted by | National Restaurant Association, Restaurants, Trade Show | 13 Comments

This week, I had the opportunity to attend the National Restaurant Association Show as well as the International Wine, Spirits and Beer event in Chicago. These trade shows are intended to showcase products, operational equipment, services, food and beverage items from over 1800 exhibitors for those who have some connection to the restaurant space. As someone who is very familiar with the International Housewares Show, this show offered me a different perspective on the world of cooking and housewares.

 

Here is my list of items that I found while walking the show that you might find delicious/enticing/helpful and just fun to have.… Read more

How to make your non-stick cookware last longer

Posted by | Cookware, healthy eating, Housewares, wooden tools | No Comments

Having just talked about the need to use the right tools for your ceramic and non-stick cookware in my previous post, I wanted to share with you a brand of wooden tools that I found made by a Canadian company called Timbers.

Now, we can find wood tools at any store these days, right? What I found so lovely about these products is that they are well-made and attractive to the point that they can be used for both cooking AND┬áserving. You always need wood spoons for mixing on and off the stove. Wood is easy on your cookware whether it is non-stick, ceramic or even stainless.… Read more