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Roasted Squash and Apple Grilled Cheese Sandwich

Posted by | Recipes | 18 Comments

Roasted Squash and Apple Grilled Cheese Sandwich – Taking advantage of my favorite fall foods to make a sweet and savory grilled cheese sandwich.

This is my favorite time of year. I love the slight chill in the air, being able to wear sweaters and boots (I mean, fall fashion is just the best!) and of course, the food! Apples, squash, soup, all so good. When I was young, my Mom would take me to the local apple orchard and we would pick apples, shop the farmer’s market and enjoy hot cider.

When it comes to the apples themselves, everyone has an opinion.… 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

Top Finds and Trends from 2016 International Home and Housewares Show

Posted by | Favorite Finds, Housewares, Housewares Show, Trade Show | 29 Comments

For anyone interested in housewares, this past week’s show would have been your playground. The International Home and Housewares Show ran from March 5 – 8 at Chicago’s McCormick Place. At the show, you will find over 2,100 exhibitors from over 40 countries, educational seminars, cooking demonstrations at the show’s cooking theater, in booth cooking demonstrations, book signings and many other activities.

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Coming to the show every year is something I genuinely enjoy doing. I am fascinated by the new technology that is showing up in our housewares products. The color, design and creation of pieces that will make our homes, kitchens and cooking experiences so much more pleasurable.… Read more

Favorite Finds 2015 Housewares Show

Posted by | Favorite Finds, Housewares, International Housewares Show, Trade Show | 12 Comments

In Chicago, March is the time of year where retailers, brands, manufacturers, media, chefs, and restauranteurs travel to McCormick Place to attend the International Home and Housewares Show. It is a show that people like me love! Three buildings filled with the latest kitchen, dining, laundry, garage, bathroom and closet finds. Miles and miles of cooking equipment, tools and gadgets; dinnerware, flatware, glassware, barware; gadgets, tools, cutlery, cutting boards; electrics from rice cookers to espresso machines to air fryers to water purifiers and beyond; food storage containers, bakeware, pepper mills, linens and the list continues. So much to see, to admire, to want.… Read more

Expert Tips Wood Cutting Board Maintenance

Posted by | Cutlery, Cutting Boards, Education | 5 Comments

As someone who sells high quality kitchen knives, there are a handful of questions I get asked on a regular basis. This post is going to answer one for you that is critical in the maintenance of your knives.

When you make an investment in kitchen cutlery, it is so important to do your part in taking caring of your knives. And by that I am referring to the cutting surface you are using. I cringe every time a customer or client tells me they are cutting on plastic, glass, granite or any other type of stone. They are causing such damage to their blades by using these materials.… 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

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

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

Top 5 Knives for your Kitchen

Posted by | Cutlery, Knives | 36 Comments

This is the most asked question when I begin working with clients and the subject of cutlery comes up. They quickly say that they don’t want to buy a set because they won’t use all 20  knives included in the block. I totally agree with them!

There are three basic knives that most homeowners need in their kitchens:

Paring knife: 

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Serrated knife:

 

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Chef’s knife:

 

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The paring knife does your detail work like peeling or slicing strawberries and mushrooms, the serrated knife helps you to easily slice anything with tough skins like peppers, tomatoes and breads, and the final knife is your chef’s knife.… Read more