My Kitchen Essentials

Hi, Friends!

I’ve been asked to share links and purchase information for some of the can’t-live-without products that help me out in the kitchen.

These are all products that I own and love and that have held up to my abuse in the kitchen.

Let’s get started!

Martha Stewart Dutch Oven


Martha Stewart Enameled Cast Iron 6 qt. Dutch Oven – (above) – I adore this dutch oven! It has a beautiful color and can even be put in the dishwasher. It’s significantly less expensive than the Le Creuset line.


Anolon Nonstick 14-Inch Covered Wok – A good wok can make all the difference in your stir-fry recipes.


Crispy Tilapia in Curry Sauce from If Looks Could Kale food blog.

Calphalon Nonstick Pans – (above) – I worship my Calphalon pans. As much as I love cooking with cast iron, sometimes you just need to pull out the non-stick!


OXO Good Grips Pineapple Slicer – I can’t believe I ever tried to cut up a pineapple without this gadget! Totally life changing.


OXO Good Grips Mango Splitter – What the pineapple slicer does for pineapples, this mango splitter does for mangoes. I think I’ve gained an extra three years onto my life in the time I’m saving with this handy gadget.


Microplane Zester/Grater – Essential for grating Parmesan or zesting citrus.


Chai Peach Clafoutis from

Lodge Logic 12-Inch Pre-Seasoned Skillet – (above) – Pre-seasoned cast-iron is the best thing since sliced bread! This little baby makes everything taste delicious. Plus, you can take it camping! At under $20, you really can’t beat the price on this one.


Norpro Stainless Steel Grip-EZ Meat Pounder – I also use this little baby to smash my garlic cloves up before mincing them.


Wusthof Classic Ikon 7-Piece Knife Set – These knives are my babies. I’m a firm believer in investing in a quality knife set as early on in life as possible. These knives will last for decades!


Homemade Corn Tortillas 4

Norpro Cast Aluminum Tortilla Press – (above) – Fun tool for making homemade tortillas and impressing your friends.


Premium Bourbon-Madagascar Vanilla Beans – These vanilla beans are the BEST, and are sold at a really reasonable price. Keep them in a mason jar and they’ll last for ages. Try using them for Vanilla Bean Panna Cotta.


Garam Masala Spices – I have a hard time finding garam masala in the grocery store, so I buy it online. For many Indian dishes, there just isn’t a substitute!


Pure Lavender Extract – Can’t make Lavender Creme Brulee without it! Also good for lavender lemonade or just making your bubble bath smell like a spa.



Lodge Cast Iron Pizza Pan – Perfect for making pizzas in the oven or on the grill. I also use this for making biscuits, Irish soda bread, and Naan (above)! It’s around $30, which is a great deal for cast iron.


Double Sided Crinkled Cookie/Biscuit Cutter Set – I put off buying biscuit cutters for the longest time and have no idea why. They are so handy!


Fagor Splendid 6-Quart Pressure Cooker – I use mine for Barbacoa Beef, homemade tamales, fast beans from scratch, and to prep short ribs before throwing them on the BBQ.


Mueller Immersion Blender – Another one of those items that I can’t believe I went so long without owning. Perfect for whipping cream or pureeing soups.


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