CELERIAC, FENNEL & SWEET POTATO SOUP

| DINNER, GLUTEN FREE, SOUPS, VEGETARIAN

I think when most of us, while sick, crave a good soup? Well, I don’t know about you, but when I am, I crave cozy, simple soups like this Celeriac, Fennel and Sweet Potato soup. Plus all of the cold and rainy days Portland this winter, it has not helped. It comes together so quickly, which in my mind is always a good thing. This soup combines a few of my favorite root veggies and an addition of milk makes this a velvety and smooth in texture. (more…)

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BEST SMOKEY 30 MINUTE TURKEY QUINOA CHILI

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

I have no idea why I have never made chili before? Maybe because I have tried some before and since I am not a big fan of beans, I tend to avoid eating them. But this chili, OMG it’s the best accidental chili I’ve ever had/made. The first time I experimented with this a few days ago, I was looking for that nice smokey flavor bacon gives and when I was getting the bacon, I saw a nice piece of ham hog and decided to add it in for more of that flavor, match made in heaven. Adding in the organic ground turkey meat and quinoa adds a good healthy option to the chili instead of using beef. Also, adding smoked gouda to top off the chili adds more of that smokey flavor I was going for. (more…)

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Mini hasselback – Hasselhoff potatoes with duck fat, thyme & homemade mustard sauce

| APPETIZERS, DINNER, GAME DAY, GLUTEN FREE, POTATOES, SIDE, WHOLE30

If you’re looking for a striking side dish or appetizer that will impress your guests, try these Mini Hasselback or Hasselhoff’s as I am starting to call them now. The first time I made these a few weeks ago I was doing an Instagram Live video and accidentally called them Hasselhoffs and that caught on and now that’s what I call them, jokingly. These would be perfect for next weeks Game Day party for sure. These were featured on Food and Wine Instagram account today, so you know they are good. (more…)

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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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