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30 Organizational Ideas for the Ultimate Kitchen Design

Posted by | Home Design, Kitchen Design | 12 Comments

When you are in the middle of cooking dinner, do you open every cabinet and drawer trying to find what you need? Is your goal to have nothing on your countertops? Organization and efficiency are the most wanted features when it comes to designing or remodeling a kitchen. Here are 30 kitchen design ideas from outlets to islands to create the kitchen of your dreams. 

Cabinet and Drawer Organization

Divided Drawer:

Create a drawer that is set up with containers for flour, sugar and other ingredients you use frequently. Include a sticker for identifying purchase date, expiration date or any other details that are important to remember.… Read more

Chewy Peanut Butter Chocolate Cookies

Chewy Peanut Butter Chocolate Cookies

Posted by | Housewares, Recipe, Recipes | No Comments

Baking is therapy. You have to measure. Be precise. Focus. Distractions can lead to not the sweetest results. Which is why in this uncertain time we are living in, I have spent so much time in the kitchen! Cooking and baking make me happy. Feeding others is a joyful solution to all the scary news reports. And Chewy Peanut Butter Chocolate Cookies are the magic result from today’s baking adventures. 

Chewy Peanut Butter Chocolate Cookies

This recipe is made with all the ingredients you already have in your pantry. A good thing given our #stayathome mandate. If you have kids in the house, this recipe would be an activity for them as they get to not only help measure and mix the ingredients but roll the dough into a ball for each cookie.… Read more

Easy Carrot Cake Recipe Baked in Lodge Wedge Pan

Posted by | Cookware, Holiday, Housewares, Recipes | 12 Comments

I just got the “funnest” new pan and I want to share it with you. Cast iron cookware has been around for a very long time as most people know. After this year’s International Home and Housewares Show where I spent time talking with the nice folks from Lodge Cast Iron, I am making it my mission this year to learn all about it.

Easy Carrot Cake Recipe Baked in Lodge Wedge Pan

I know that cast iron cookware is traditionally passed down from generation to generation especially in the South. But the demand for this style of cookware is expanding rapidly. Lodge cookware is a brand that has been designing and manufacturing cast iron cookware since 1896 in the small town of South Pittsburg, Tennessee.… Read more

Favorite Finds from the International Home and Housewares Show

Posted by | Housewares, Housewares Show, Trade Show | No Comments

After five days of exploring the 2019 International Home and Housewares Show, I can honestly tell you that I still love going to this show! With more than 60,000 attendees and 2,200 exhibitors, there is so much to see and learn about. The show is held at Chicago’s McCormick Place Convention Center in three of its enormous halls. 

What never ceases to amaze me is the creativity of products shown. Yes, all the major brands are there but so are small, soon-to-be-well-known (in my opinion) companies from all over the world. If you have ever wondered how a product comes to life, consider that someone had a need and made it happen. … Read more

Easy Irish Soda Bread Recipe for St. Patrick’s Day

Posted by | Entertaining, Entertainment, Housewares, Recipes | No Comments

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

2018 International Home and Housewares Show Favorite Finds

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2018 International Home and Housewares Show Favorite Finds – Sharing trends found at the show in coffee, baking, design, kitchen gadgets, cookware and creative ideas.

The 2018 International Home and Housewares Show lived up to its annual extravaganza with more exhibitors and trends than ever. So many creative concepts from colors to innovations to technology infused to eco friendly! A big focus on coffee this year as well which couldn’t have excited this coffee lover more.  

Latte art from Nespresso. My self-portrait! See how it was done

Note the spatula wall from Tovolo which is what I wrote about in the About section on how Inspiring Kitchen came to be:

Coffee/Espresso

Espro makes the French press with two sets of filters to prevent coffee grounds from getting into your coffee. … Read more

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Help: My KitchenAid Bowl is Stuck in the Mixer

Posted by | Appliances, Housewares, Kitchen Tips | 7 Comments

Help: my KitchenAid bowl is stuck in the mixer – Two tricks to release your mixing bowl from the base of your KitchenAid mixer.

I created Inspiring Kitchen as a means of sharing my favorite finds and to showcase trends in the housewares and design industries. After three years of fun experiences, foods, restaurants, recipes and travel excursions, I have a new one for you. Working in the kitchen creating recipes doesn’t always mean that everything will go right. I am not even talking about the recipe here! I’m referring to a piece of equipment that I usually love and consider to be one of my important kitchen tools.… Read more

International Home and Housewares Show 2017 Favorite Finds

Posted by | Favorite Finds, International Housewares Show, Trade Show | 11 Comments

If I told you that the International Home and Housewares Show sold out almost three months before opening day, would you be surprised? How about if you knew that there were over 2200 exhibitors from around the world (and 400 NEW companies) in attendance? The Show’s home for four days is in Chicago at McCormick Place. With over 62,000 attendees from 125 countries walking the show, there are a number of for-sure things that you will leave with:

  • The creativity in housewares is endless!
  • Technology is strongly entrenched in our kitchens making “SmartHomes” available to everyone.
  • Millennials are making an impact on trends.
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Abt Electronics Launches Luxury Kitchen Design Studio

Posted by | Appliances, Home Design, Kitchen Design, Retailer, Technology | 8 Comments

The kitchen is the heart of the home. No matter how beautiful your living room is, it’s the kitchen where everyone will congregate. If you are fortunate to be able to design your dream kitchen, then there is a new place for you to visit before making any purchases. Abt Electronics and Appliances launched their Inspiration Studio this past Thursday evening to a thrilled and in awe audience of media and interior designers.

Abt Inspiration Studio Inspiring KitchenIf you are not familiar with this retailer, they are recognized throughout the country for their outstanding customer service. This family owned company first launched in 1936 by Jewel and David Abt and has remained in the family all these years later.… Read more

Create Your Wedding Registry Part Two

Posted by | Wedding | 32 Comments

Congratulations on your wedding and engagement! Such an exciting time in your lives! Last week, we started our discussion on what items you should consider adding to your wedding registry. It is very easy to get carried away when you walk into your favorite stores and are given a scanner or are using your cell phone along with the store’s app to zap away at anything and everything. A registry is your wish list after all. However, it is important to be strategic when doing your registry.

Inspiring Kitchen wedding registry continues

There are a number of important points to keep in mind when registering as are mentioned on Inspiring Kitchen’s wedding menu as well as throughout my previous post on registering.… Read more