Friday, May 31, 2013

Bruschetta with Herbed Goat Cheese and Sweet Balsamic Syrup

So, what do you think of the new Calamity Kate's Kitchen? I am still in the process of organizing all of the recipes. Through this organization, I have found some wholes in my recipe collection. The main dish, sides, appetizers and breakfast categories are low on recipes compared to the desserts and cupcakes. So while I will still share cupcakes and desserts, I am going to try to add more main dish, appetizer, sides and breakfast recipes. So... on to my favorite appetizer that Dad and I ate for lunch on Wednesday and Aunt Nancy, Uncle Stewart and I ate for dinner the last night of my vacation!

Italian bruschetta (pronounced “brusketta”) is the perfect summer food. It brings together the best of summer tomatoes and fresh and fragrant basil. I love eating bruschetta all year long, but it isn't nearly as delicious as the fresh summer bruschetta.  I have already made bruschetta 3 times since the second week in May!  

Wednesday, May 22, 2013

Welcome to the New and Improved Calamity Kate's Kitchen

Hello friends, 
It has been a few weeks since my last blog post but I am back with new recipes, an updated blog (I am still working on organizing all of the recipes) a new blog with a fresh, clean, modern blog design, a new logo and more.  Yay!

So, if you haven't noticed, Calamity Kate's Kitchen just had a redesign. I have been working with Christin Thomas. She has worked so hard to get the new design up and running, even though I had her add in additional cool features, like the drop down recipe box and the front landing page. It is super sweet that we now have a landing page. The landing page has already confused a few people, but to access the blog posts just push the Blog button on the menu and you will see all of the blog posts. Christin is a gem and so easy to work with! She has done such a beautiful job with the whole blog and adding my super awesome slide show. I can't wait to see what you all think of the new designs! 
Also, I have been working with the very talented, Bitsy Matatall McCann to design the new logo for Calamity Kate's Kitchen. She is a genius! We communicated with a phone call and  and several emails and look how perfect the new logo is and we have two different color choices. This one will be a keeper! I am still finishing up with Bitsy, but Calamity Kate's Kitchen will have a blog button, a new logo and (as soon as I get some time and money) CKK with have a new facebook page. The facebook page should be done before the end of June!  

In the few weeks since you last heard from me, life has changed. My dad fell and had surgery last Thursday and they re-attached his ripped quadriceps tendon on his left leg. So he is in a immobilizing cast for the next 5-6 weeks. After that he will start physical therapy. So my family is taking shifts hanging out with dad the next 6 weeks or so and helping him.  Today I am driving to their condo in Indianapolis (it is the only home that is on one floor and has an elevator in the lobby)  to hang out with him. I am bringing a Apples to Apples and Monopoly to play. While he sleeps I will continue working on organizing some more recipes for our new, drop down recipe box!

So.... what do you think of all of this change? Please leave me a comment on which color logo you like best: blue/green/purple or blue/blue.  Thanks everyone and have a wonderful day!!!        Cheers, Kate

Contact Christin Thomas Designs for a blog design
Contact Bitsy Matatall McCann for a logo (email me at katiedid512 at gmail (dot) com)with the heading of Bitsy+Design and I can contact her for you. 

Friday, May 17, 2013

Photographer's Dream $1000 Shopping Spree

Calamity Kate here, gosh, when I had a chance to be a part of another huge and cool giveaway, I jumped for the opportunity! How cool would it be for one of you to win a $1000 Photographer's Dream Shopping Spree! You could would get to pick your own camera or just get one for me, (just joking.)  I know everyone needs a great camera.

 My own camera goes everywhere with me and it is so awesome to have the perfect camera for each occasions. This week alone, my little Canon camera has taken pictures of two tarts, BBQ chicken, brucetta,  middle eastern lamb and veal meatballs, baba ganoush, mussels, hummus, my new honey pot, sweet mixed berry fougasse, pita bread and focaccia bread and more! Recipes to come!  
If you don't need a camera, you could pick out anything from lighting equipment, camera bags and more! Wow this is so fun... now all you need to do is enter below. So come on and win! 

Sunday, May 5, 2013

Cinco de Mayo Recipes

Good Morning Everyone! 
I have assembled a few recipes to help you celebrate
 Cinco de Mayo! 

Wednesday, May 1, 2013

Oreo's 100th Birthday: Double Stuffed Oreo Birthday Cupcakes

 The Oreo cookie just celebrated its 100th Birthday
 So I decided to make cupcakes with Oreo's 100th birthday special
birthday cake creame flavored Oreos!