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It’s been a busy season with lots of events happening that we are so fortunate to take part in. It is a pleasure to create custom menus for our clients + have access to such great ingredients this time of year which makes the planning process even more fun. Here...read more
When taking a trip to the store these days it’s very important to understand where our food comes from + what we are actually consuming. Here are a few things that will help you decode the nutrition labels + make the best choices when it comes to food. ...read more
Having both my girls in the kitchen with me is something I really enjoy. Now that they are both getting older, they can take on more responsibilities in meal preparation. It has become so fun to watch them learn + continue their growth. I like to get them...read more
My girls love to do anything I’m doing, so when it is time to plant herbs, vegetables + flowers at the house, they are ready to pitch in. A few years ago they received their own gardening gloves, shovels, garden hoes from the Easter bunny– in pink of...read more
I spent quite a bit of time in the garden yesterday + it was fantastic. Digging up roots was probably the most challenging part + almost broke my back! I decided that I would fill the garden space with herbs + a few native Missouri plants that will attract butterflies...read more
With it being Earth Day this weekend, it’s a great time to highlight the importance of using green practices. At the kitchen, it’s daily practice for us to use eco-friendly products in the majority of the things we do. From our LED light bulbs to composting on a...read more
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See what Chef Kara has been cooking and try and make her creations in your kitchen. She insures that all her recipes consist of healthy, natural ingredients that are sure to please the whole family. Taste life’s occasions with Flavor 360.
Adding a little sweet treat to your lunchbox can be done fresh from your own oven + ahead of time. I like to bake granola cookie wedges on the weekends for a treat option that is ready to eat when needed. During the week I will include them in lunches, as a...read more
We have been hearing a lot about fish fries so I decided it was a good chance to incorporate fish into our own dinner menu for the week. Fish Sticks are a favorite of my girls + most kids if I had to guess, so that was the perfect choice. When...read more
If you are having a little gathering of friends + family to watch the Oscars or just a gathering to entertain it’s nice to have an appetizer to share before the main course. There are a few that I like to share with my guests before the evening is in full swing....read more
Lemongrass is one of those ingredients that can be intimidating when you walk by it in the grocery store, but with a few quick tricks it is simple to work with. It’s bright, citrus + lemony quality adds a beautiful aroma + flavor to many Asian dishes. You can...read more
At our house, when dad is in charge of dinner, the meal of choice is what our girls like to call a “special daddy sampler platter.” It’s a cute tradition he started with the girls while I was working + has continued every since. It usually...read more
It is so nice to have a meal with family during the holidays. And if your family is like mine then you have some left over. I find that the week following a holiday meal is a perfect time to get creative + make something new with the pieces of the meal that...read more
As I mentioned before, there are many great ways to incorporate pumpkin into a dish to provide additional health benefits + great taste. On the weekends when we have a relaxed family breakfast, the girls will often choose waffles or pancakes as the treat of choice. We...read more
As soon as a slight chill hits the air + fall has fully emerged I am quick to pull out my dutch oven + put a soup on for dinner. This recipe is great for incorporating pumpkin flavor + rich spices that will warm you from the inside. Spicy Pumpkin Soup...read more
I’m always looking for ways to incorporate more veggies into my kids meals and use what the season offers. Adding pureed pumpkin to mac-n-cheese, allows me to boost the nutrition and cut down on the amount of cheese I need to use. Chef Kara Tip: You can...read more