Thursday, February 26, 2015

Creamy Roasted Celery Soup

Creamy Roasted Celery Soup is perfect for these frozen winter days. Roasting the celery and vegetables before blending gives this soup a wonderful depth of flavor and a mild celery taste.

Creamy Roasted Celery Soup Recipe

Wednesday, February 25, 2015

Ivy Speaks - #WoofWednesday


Our little Boston Terrier, Ivy, has a lot to say. From the freezing February temperatures, to how she keeps busy during the long winter days. Don't let that sad face fool you. She knows that she is one lucky dog... and that she's also our little drama queen.


"Hi, everyone, Ivy speaking." "It's been such a long time since my mom has given me the time to sit at her computer and blog, that I'm not really quite sure where to start."

Sunday, February 22, 2015

Herbed Butter and Cheese Popcorn for #SundaySupper - Red Carpet Party

And the winner of the best tasting movie or awards shows snack is....Herbed Butter and Cheese Popcorn! 



The Sunday Supper gang is hosting an Oscar party for this year's Academy Award's night, and you're invited! Come on along with us and take a walk down the red carpet to see who's serving what for the big occasion. But don't forget to wear your best smile for the paparazzi, and a big appetite for the food. It's going to be a menu to remember.

Iced Coffee Margarita #NationalMargaritaDay 2015

Iced coffee mixed with tequila, a lemon twist and served in a rimmed glass of ground coffee and sugar. Talk about an eye-opener!


It's National Margarita Day, so you know what that means? When you're sipping on an Iced Coffee Margarita, you don't have to feel guilty about drinking in the morning! :)

Saturday, February 21, 2015

Homemade Raspberry Thyme and Blackberry Laurel Vinegars


Homemade Raspberry Thyme Vinegar and Blackberry Laurel Vinegar are very easy to make and are super fun to cook with. They also make great gifts for anyone who loves to cook, and they're totally customizable to your favorite flavors.

Raspberry Thyme and Blackberry Laurel Vinegar Recipes

Hi all! With flavored vinegars being so popular lately I wanted to try my hand at creating a few custom flavors with some of my favorite berries and herbs.

Wednesday, February 18, 2015

Chinese Bing Bread


Bing Bread is a yeasted sweet and savory Chinese flat bread that's filled with potato, bacon, green onion and cheese. Topped with soy sauce and sesame seeds, bing bread is best when grilled in a cast iron skillet for an amazing outer crust, and finished in the oven.

Bing Bread - Kudos Kitchen by Renee

Monday, February 16, 2015

Roasted Garlic Rosemary Cheese Bread


This Roasted Garlic Rosemary Cheese Bread works equally well an a delicious appetizer, side dish or meatless entree. 

Roasted Garlic Rosemary Cheese Bread works equally well as a delicious appetizer, side dish or meatless entree.

Hi Everyone! I have a quick and easy recipe for you today that takes advantage of store-bought Vienna bread (but feel free to use your favorite store bought bread), some smoked mozzarella cheese, chopped fresh rosemary and some oven roasted garlic. Oven roasted garlic is so easy and delicious to make that you just might want to make extra to spread on your morning toast...but maybe that's just me ;)

Sunday, February 15, 2015

Popcorn Is For Lovers


These perfectly proportioned personalized painted popcorn bowls are the perfect present to present after he's "popped" the question.

Personalized Painted Wedding Popcorn Bowl - www.kudoskitchenbyrenee.wazala.com

Hi everybody! Today I'd like to share with you the steps I take to paint my large, personalized popcorn bowls. I hope you'll enjoy seeing the process. Please know that even though I don't show it, every color takes at least two coats of paint for the opaqueness I desire.

Wednesday, February 11, 2015

Lower Fat Dilled Swedish Meatballs


Fat free evaporated milk is the key to making these Lower Fat Dilled Swedish Meatballs. They're so good, and so packed with flavor that you'll never miss the heavy cream.

Fat free evaporated milk is the key to making these Lower Fat Dilled Swedish Meatballs. They're so good, you'll never miss the heavy cream.

Hello everyone! If you have a taste for Swedish meatballs but are leery of the heavy cream sauce that goes along with it, then I have a wonderful (and tasty) surprise for you!

Woof Wednesday - Pet Friends - Meet Maggie and Rowdy


This brother and sister duo came into Jennifer's life at different times, and under different circumstances. But now they're all as close as any family can be.




Here's what Jennifer shares about her fur kids:

Maggie is the mini dachshund and Rowdy is the black/tan chihuahua/corgi/not sure what mix.  Maggie is 6 years old and we got her as a puppy.  Rowdy is a bit of a mystery.  He was a stray we adopted from a rescue group five years ago.  Not sure why such an incredible dog would ever be a stray!  

We all know that adoption animals are some of the sweetest animals ever. Even though we'll never know or understand why someone would put any animal out on the streets under unthinkable circumstances, but at least there are people like Jennifer who help animals in need by giving them a kind, loving home and family!

Dear Readers:
If you'd like your pet featured on an upcoming edition of Woof Wednesday - Pet Friends, I'd love to show them off for you to my readers. Please email me a photo (or more) of your pet (dog, cat, bird, lizard, fish, etc.) along with a little bit about what makes them so special to you, and I'll take it from there. Then, each Wednesday, I'll feature a new pet/pets from you, my valued readers. Because I'd like this blog to be as interactive as possible, what's better than sharing the pets that make us smile and fill our hearts with love?

Kudos Kitchen by Renée ~ Where food, art, fun (and fur) collide on a regular basis!

Until we woof again,


Sunday, February 8, 2015

Chocolate Espresso Creme Brulée for #SundaySupper Valentine's Day Wine Pairing #GalloFamily


Chocolate Espresso Creme Brulée is the perfect dessert to share with your Valentine. It's thick and creamy with a crunchy sugar topping that will make your heart swoon and your pulse race.


When I think of a romantic Valentine's dessert, I can't help but think of Chocolate Espresso Creme Brulee that been lovingly prepared and paired with Gallo Family Vineyard's  Sweet Red Wine.

Friday, February 6, 2015

Napkin and Fabric Storage Solution


If you're a food blogger (like me) or crafter who collects fabrics for sewing projects, this basket filing system is a great way to store and organize your napkins and swatches.

If you're a food blogger (like me) or crafter who collects fabrics for sewing projects, this basket filing system is a great way to store and organize your napkins and swatches.

I wish I were a more organized person by nature. In my perfect world (only in my head, mind you) you could open up any random closet or cabinet in my home and find everything neatly put away and in it's proper place. Much like my mom and her neatly organized home and life.

Thursday, February 5, 2015

Rich and Fudgy Black Bean Brownies


These are the richest, fudgiest brownies ever! They get my award for the best brownie I've ever made, or eaten. Plus, they're good for you! I'm doing my happy dance now!

These are the richest, fudgiest brownies ever! They get my award for the best brownie I've ever made, or eaten. Plus, they're good for you! I'm doing my happy dance now!

What I love about this recipe (other than the taste, of course) is that you put all the ingredients into a food processor and whip them up until they're smooth and creamy.

Wednesday, February 4, 2015

Sloppy Skillet Chicken Parmesan #WeekdaySupper #McSkilletSauce

Sloppy Skillet Chicken Parmesan has all of the flavor you love of traditional chicken Parmesan, but with none of the fuss. And it's ready in a fraction of the time.
Sloppy Skillet Chicken Parmesan has all of the flavor you love of traditional chicken Parmesan, but with none of the fuss. And it's ready in a fraction of the time.

I really love these McCormick Skillet Sauces and have been enjoying the way they help me prepare and put a delicious, nutritious family meal on the table in only minutes. This fact is especially sweet for a busy #WeekdaySupper, and with the McCormick name I trust to help me do that I feel like a dinnertime hero!

Sunday, February 1, 2015

Chicken Fried Rice with Sesame Seeds and Almonds #SundaySupper #McSkilletSauce

My version of Chicken Fried Rice using McCormick's Stir-Fry Skillet Sauce is so good; I made it twice in one week.
Chicken Fried Rice with Sesame Seeds and Almonds #SundaySupper #McSkilletSauces

Chicken Fried Rice with Sesame Seeds and Almonds #SundaySupper #McSkilletSauces
Bring your family to the Sunday Supper dinner table quickly and easily with my recipe for Chicken Fried Rice with Sesame Seeds and Almonds, which uses McCormick's Sesame Chicken Stir-Fry Skillet Sauce for that authentic Asian flavor.

Kudos Kitchen By Renee

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