This page showcases some of my favorite things I use in the kitchen. Disclaimer – I earn money on purchases made using the Amazon and Tastefully Simple links. I’m not in the business of running a blog for making money, but it’s a nice way to offset the costs of running a blog.
Electric Gadgets & Small Appliances
- KitchenAid Artisan Stand Mixer – This thing is one of the most-used items in my kitchen. It’s so versatile and can be used for much more than mixing cake batter!
- Vitamix Professional Series 750 – The best blender I’ve ever owned. If this one is out of your price range, check out other Vitamix models or the Ninja.
- Immersion Blender (Cuisinart) – Great for pureeing soups and other sauces on the stovetop.
- KitchenAid 14-cup Food Processor – Why do I have this if I already have a stand mixer and a Vitamix? Some things are just easier to do in the food processor (for example, pie crust). Its also nice to have this to use when I’m using the Vitamix and stand mixer at the same time for other things.
- Mini Food Processor – Great for chopping nuts and other small jobs. (This isn’t the exact one I have.)
- WeMo Wifi Crock Pot – Controlled by an app on your phone!
Cookware & Bakeware
If you’re searching for new pots and pans, the main tip I have is make sure you get ones that are oven safe! You may not think you’ll need that feature, but believe me – it’s great to be able to sear a filet on the stovetop and put it in the oven in the same pan!
- Le Creuset Dutch Oven (6.75 quart) – This thing is big. I could definitely get by with a smaller one, but it’s nice to have the capacity when making stock with a whole turkey carcass. A smaller round one is on my wish list though.
- Calphalon Stainless Steel Cookware – I’m really not a fan of most nonstick cookware, so we went with stainless. The set I’ve linked isn’t exactly what we have, but it’s similar. We have a stainless Caphalon set with more pieces, I think it was a 13-piece set. If you’re looking for just the essentials, get a stock pot, saute pan, frying pan, and a saucepan.
- AirBake Cookie Sheet – Perfect size for a Silpat.
- Le Creuset Mini Cocottes – I use these all the time for mini mac & cheese, french onion soup, mini chicken pot pies, and more. They’re also fun to display in the kitchen. (The ones I’ve linked are stoneware, not cast iron. Don’t use on a burner! Oven and microwave are fine.)
Stand Mixer Accessories
- Glass Mixer Bowl – This is great for pouring batters into pans. The lid also makes convenient to make things in advance and transfer the bowl directly to the fridge. It’s also nice to have two mixer bowls when I’m making a lot of food for a big dinner or party.
- Flex Edge Beater – Scrapes the bowl as you mix. No more stopping to scrape the bowl!
- Ice Cream Maker
- Pasta Roller & Cutters (Spaghetti & Fettuccini)
- iSi Flex-It Measuring Cups – These are so much better than regular liquid measuring cups. It’s so much easier to pour with these.
- iSi Pro Tongs 9 Inch – These are really great tongs. Very durable! One edge is jagged to make gripping tricky foods easier. I also have the iSi Pro Tongs 12 inch.
- Silpat Silicone Baking Mats – No need to grease a cookie sheet. These are also good for making candies and hardened sugar stuff. Basically great for anything that will stick.
- Pampered Chef Pastry Mat
- Pampered Chef Tool Turn-About – It holds a lot of tools for easy access. By far the best tool folder I’ve used.
Get whatever knives feel good to you and fit your budget. Just please promise me that you’ll keep them sharp, you won’t put them in the dishwasher, and you won’t use the blade side to scrape things off of your cutting board (just flip the knife over to the non-blade side to do scoot your ingredients around!) Consider a block set if you’re just getting started, and make sure you handle them to see if you like the feel. These are my two most favorite knives:
Storage and Such
- OXO Pop Containers
- Le Creuset Salt Crock – I use kosher salt (David’s, specifically) a ton, so I like to keep some available on my counter all the time.
As I mention on my “About” page, generally I love cooking from scratch. However, with a full time job and a mega-commute, sometimes I just need a little help. These products help me save time, especially when I’m trying to rush to make weeknight dinner. It’s a lot easier to taste something, realize it’s under-seasoned, and just add more of a pre-made blend than it is to stand there exhausted trying to figure out if it’s rosemary, thyme, or sage I need to add. You can get any of these items from my independent consultant site here. The list below contains only a few of my favorites.
- Rustic Herb Seasoning
- Beer Bread Mix – This stuff is really versatile. It’s good for super quick bread, but I’ve also used it for quick biscuits and flatbread.
- Wahoo! Chili Seasoning
- Spinach & Artichoke Warm Dip Mix
These are the apps I use so often I have them on the first screen of my phone.
- Paprika Recipe Manager – I have this on my iPhone, iPad, and MacBook. I use it to manage all of my recipes and save other recipes I love.
- Chefling – Integrates with Amazon Echo. This is where I keep track of everything in my pantry. I will never make the mistake of buying ground cinnamon at the grocery store 5 weeks in a row again.
- Vivino Wine Scanner – Scan wine labels to get ratings or rate a wine. I also use this to keep track of the wines I currently have. Follow me