MY FAVORITE KITCHEN ITEMS

| COOKBOOKS, IN MY KITCHEN, KITCHEN GADGETS, KITCHEN TOOLS

Since I started doing my Instagram Live videos a few weeks ago, So many of you have been asking me for my favorite kitchen tools and gadgets that I use. I thought it would be better to put it in writing and give you direct links to all my favorite things that I use in my kitchen. If there is anything I missed, please leave a comment and ask away. I will keep this blog live and continue to add things and update them. For most things I will give you the direct tools that I own and use and some will be on the higher end price, but in my opinion worth it, if you take care of them. (more…)

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HEALTHY, EASY, CHICKEN TORTILLA SOUP

| DINNER, FAMILY FRIENDLY RECIPE, GLUTEN FREE, HEALTHY, MEXICAN, QUICK MEAL, SOUPS

I don’t know about you guys, but we do taco Tuesday’s at our house often, because we just love them. But, sometimes on a cold winter evening I change it up and make my super easy tortilla soup instead. Soup is one of my favorite winter meals. With this soup you get the same great Mexican flavors as if you would if having tacos, but in a soup form. It’s the perfect soup to warm up around the table with my family. It takes me about 30 minutes, if that to make this.
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COLORFUL COBB SALAD WITH LIME CILANTRO WHOLE30 DRESSING

| DINNER, HEALTHY, QUICK MEAL, SALAD, WHOLE30

Happy New Years! Can’t believe it’s already the first week of January. I am super excited for 2017 and the opportunities and fun things that are in store for me this year. It’s January, so I think most people look over their diet and exercise routine and try to start something new and fresh after the holidays have passed. So come see what I have made for you to try and add to your healthier dinner routine.

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Finex 1 QT CAST IRON SAUCE POT giveaway

| GIFT GIVING, GIVEAWAY, HOLIDAY

Super excited for this great giveaway with Finex. To enter, simply follow Lena’s Kitchen Blog & Finex Cookware on Instagram and tag your friends in the comments section to spread the word! Fill out the form below and you will be entered in a drawing to win a 1 Quart Cast Iron Sauce Pot ($125). The contest ends December 23rd 12:00 pm PST so be sure to get your entries in by Friday!

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EDIBLE GIFTS – FLAVORED SALTS

| GIFT GIVING, HOLIDAY, HOMEMADE GIFTS

Can’t believe that Christmas is around the corner. I am excited for this week because my birthday is on the 17th and my husband and I are adventuring out to the mountains to cozy up by the fire, enjoy some jacuzzi time, eat some yummy eats and drink some tasty drinks. But before we head out, I wanted to share this super easy idea for your holiday gifts. Flavored salts are so easy to make and I bet you have everything in your cupboards and refrigerator to make these great gifts.
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shortbread cookies three ways

| BAKING, COOKIES, DESSERTS, HOLIDAY, SWEET

shortbread-cookies_lenasktichenblog12Holiday baking at my house is in full swing. We are baking dozens of these shortbread cookies to give away to friends, family, teachers and coworkers. I love this time of the year when the weather outside is cold, but it’s nice and cozy inside. We wear our pajamas most of the day while playing christmas tunes and making the house smell great while baking. There is nothing better than the combination of butter, flour and sugar to make these easy cookies. But I figured why not elevate them a bit and make three different flavors this year, every bite will be special. (more…)

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crispy smashed potatoes with roasted garlic, parmesan & balsamic shallots

| DINNER, FAMILY FRIENDLY RECIPE, HOLIDAY, POTATOES, SIDE, THANKSGIVING

lenaskitchen_smashed-potatoes_finalI could never turn down a crispy potato, friends. These are so delicious! I’m assuming you don’t have leftover potatoes in your fridge right now so I wrote this recipe starting with raw yukon gold baby potatoes. So excited to share this recipe with you for these crispy smashed potatoes topped with roasted garlic, balsamic shallots, freshly grated parmesan, lemon zest and green onions! These are heavenly and are sure to please all your guests. (more…)

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Kroger Blogger Banquet

| EVENT, INFLUENCER, KROGER

Cincinnati from aboveI have been working with Kroger for a year now doing recipe development for them. So when I got an invite from them a few months ago to attend their first blogger banquet in Cincinnati, I was all in for sure. There was so much anticipation and excitement for the trip. My friend Holly of The Modern Proper and I came the night before and got to explore the city a bit, grab some dinner and take a nice stroll through the city. What a gorgeous city, have you ever been? It was my first time. The beautiful architecture of this city, old touches of history of the buildings, the renovations of new parts of the city were all so much fun to explore.

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Wolf Gourmet, smoothie, tacos & plum tartine

| APPETIZERS, BREAKFAST, DINNER, SMOOTHIE, TACOS

Remember me posting about how excited I was about attending Feast Portland about a week or so ago. Well I can’t wait to share some of my favorite photos of food I tried in the next post. But for now I will share a bit about my new kitchen appliances from Wolf Gourmet.

wolf-gourmet-blender-lenaskitchenblog_smoothieI got to work with Wolf Gourmet and shoot some photos for them at Feast this past weekend. Their products are so sleek, modern, powerful and just stunning. I was so glad to add some of their products to my kitchen collection, especially excited about the beautiful blender. I created a quick healthy smoothie before heading out for the day of feasting. (more…)

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