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IN THE KITCHEN:
Cuisinart Food Processor This is probably my #1, can’t live without, cooking tool. It makes chopping, dicing, grating, and everything else in the kitchen so easy! It is also amazing for making mayonnaise and salad dressings because it emulsifies the EVOO in ways that whisking and shaking a jar never can. If you don’t have this in your kitchen, get it. Get it now.
Kitchen Aid Stand Mixer Ok. Hands down my #2 can’t-live-without cooking tool is my stand mixer. My mom gifted this to us a few years ago for Christmas and it changed everything. Baking bread, cookies, and cakes suddenly became so much easier.
Electric Kettle I know it might be weird, but this item definitely comes in as my top 3 must-have kitchen item. And not just because I drink a lot of tea. This is my secret to getting water temperatures just right for yeast breads, doughs, crusts, etc.
Mini Spatulas I use these for everything. In fact, I think I use these little guys more than I use my regular sized spatulas now. They are just perfect for getting into jars and tiny nooks and crevices.
Pyrex Mixing Bowl The perfect bowl – it can handle boiling water, the microwave, and anything else you might want to throw at it. Plus, it has cup measurements on the side so you don’t always have to use a separate tool to measure out your ingredients which = fewer dishes. You’re welcome, Lane!
Rice Cooker and Steamer We pair rice with a lot of our meals because we love Asian food. And with little ones running around it is nice to have one less thing to worry about when cooking. Just add your rice, water, and set it and forget it. It will even allow you to set it on a timer (so you can go to work and come home to cooked rice!) and will automatically switch to “keep warm” once its done cooking.
Griddle Great for cooking pancakes, grilled cheese, and pupusas. We have also discovered it comes in very handy when camping, especially if there is a fire ban due to a recent drought.
Caphalon Pots and Pans My mom has a set of these from when she and my dad got married and they are still going strong. So, when it was time for us to upgrade our pans I knew exactly which ones I wanted. And I love them. They are non-stick and wonderful and heat super evenly.
Cast Iron Skillet – 15 Inch We don’t use cast iron for everything, but for a good pan of cornbread you need a cast iron skillet and some bacon grease. Plus, you will never have better fried eggs than the ones fried in a cast iron pan.
Cast Iron Enameled Dutch Oven – 7 1/4 Quart Great for baking chickens in the oven and stews, soups, and everything else on the stove.
Ninja Blender Our favorite blender of all the ones we have tried.
Slow Cooker I’m pretty sure you can’t survive as a mom without one of these, and this one is our favorite.
Jar Opener Random, but this little jar popper has helped me out of a tight spot so many times. But Lane is still our official jar-opener!
Waffle Maker Square waffles over round waffles all day every day.
Cuisinart 4-Cup Food Processor Yeah. I know. Another food processor. But this one is tiny and cute and perfect for when you just need to chop a small amount and don’t want to break out the big 11-cup food processor.
Extra Large Baking Sheets You can fit more cookies on these which is a win-win. Just make sure your oven is big enough for them (most ovens are!).
Wooden Cooking Utensils I love how these look on my counter and how well they work. I’ve had mine for almost 5 years and have not noticed any lingering food smells/tastes or discoloration.
Fish Spatula Even if you don’t like fish you will love these spatulas. They are perfect for eggs, brownies, pancakes, pretty much anything you could ever need a spatula for.
Pizza Stone Lane takes his pizza very seriously and that means perfect pizza must be cooked on a pizza stone to achieve that crispy, delicious, fluffy crust.
Silicone Pastry Mat Way better than rolling dough out on your counter or cutting board. This was a game changer for me!
Cookie Scoop Ok. I never bought myself one of these because I figured the old two-spoon method had always worked for me so why change it up. And then my mom gave me one in my stocking last year for Christmas. Oh-my-goodness y’all. Where has this been my whole life? Cookies are uniform and lovely now. The way cookies should be.
In the Bar:
Wine Opener This electric wine opener is a life saver! And it cost as much as our manual wine opener with the arms. Go figure.
On the Table:
Blue and White Floral Dishes I am kind of obsessed with dishes and these are by far my favorites. We always get compliments on them and they can be dressed up for special occasions but they are also great for everyday use. Plus, they can go in the dishwasher!