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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Feast Portland 2016

| EVENT

You guys, I am super stocked to finally attend Feast Portland this year. It’s next weekend and I am getting excited to eat some incredible food and taste different cuisines and have some tasty drinks as well. This is the 5th year that Feast is happening in Portland and I get to be there, finally… SO EXCITED. I’ll be putting on my stretchy pants and walk off the food as much as possible during the events. And most likely will need to do a cleanse after, to survive, but it will be all worth it, for sure.

aubrielegault_sandwich_001Photo credits of both images to Aubriele Gault from the sandwich invitational.
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mini Chicken Pot Pies

| DINNER, FAMILY FRIENDLY RECIPE, HEALTHY, LUNCH, QUICK MEAL

lenaskitchen_chicken-pot-pie_final1This fall weather has me feeling all sorts of good feelings these days. It’s now the end of summer, school began 2 weeks ago and the weather has been getting a bit chilly. But, I am excited to cozy up by the fire, wear sweaters and boots, watch the leaves change outside. One of the best things about fall coming is turning on the oven to cook our dinners at home to make the house smell good and feel cozy too. I’m kind of obsessed with these mini chicken pot pies. They taste like the ultimate comfort food and are the perfect meal to have on-hand when you only need one serving at a time or you are feeding your family.

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Easy Browned Butter & Sage Gnocchi

| DINNER, FAMILY FRIENDLY RECIPE, LUNCH, POTATOES, QUICK MEAL, SIDE, VEGETARIAN

lenaskitchen gnocchi finalEasy meals have been my go to lately with school starting up again. I like to keep a few packages of the Private Selection Gnocchi in my pasta drawer, you can find them in the pasta isle at Fred Meyers. I used one of my new favorite non stick pans for this recipe, Calphalon 3-Quart Saute Pan, recently got this as part of a complete set for a steal from my local Kroger store, Fred Meyer.

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