My Kitchen Essentials

It’s almost Friday!!! I can’t even put into words how excited I am for this weekend. I am in definite need of a little relaxation time and some time in the kitchen. Cooking and baking is aΒ stress-relieving hobby for me, so after a long week letting my mind wander in the kitchen always sounds appealing.

Thanks to one of my readers, I am going to do a different kind of post today and talk about some of my kitchen essentials! Cooking or baking has to start somewhere right? What are the things that I can’t live without or use very frequently?

Below I will provide links to some of my favorite products as well as alternatives that may be a bit cheaper or found at more convenient stores. Most of my kitchen supplies are from Crate and Barrel,Β but I have purchased from other places such as Sur La Table and Target. Thankfully, my wedding registry provided a lot of my basic pieces (thank you again to anyone who sent something our way!!), but I have picked up a few odds and ends myself that have really helped us build our collection. Everyone has a “kitchen style” and mine is pretty simple and clean lined with a few pops of color πŸ™‚

I hope this inspires you to go through your own kitchen, take a look at what you have, what you need, and what you would like! Make your kitchen a “special place” and you will be more likely to not only enjoy the space, but actually want to cook more often! Happy Thursday everyone!

Cookware

cookware

Lodge Cast Iron Enamel Dutch OvenΒ $$

I use this product on a weekly basis, whether it is to cook soups, chili, sauce, or many other of my favorite dishes. It keeps your food warm long after you turn the heat off and is a great staple to have and utilize frequently. Warning — it is SO heavy! Sometimes I realize how weak my arm muscles are after trying to clean this bad boy!

cookware 2

Calphalon Contemporary Non-Stick Fry PansΒ $$

I purchased this two piece set after our wedding and absolutely love it. They are so easy to clean and truly limit any sticking from food. The inside has a triple layer of non-stick coating. A great investment if you cook often or need a set of good pans!

Utensils/Prep

utensils

Wusthof Gourmet 18-Piece Knife SetΒ $$$$$

While this set is a little pricey, it is definitely worth it for a great quality, full knife set. Whether you are cutting some of those stubborn, hard veggies like spaghetti squash or sweet potatoes or slicing a loaf of bread, there truly is a knife for everything! It’s no secret that I’m not very strong, so I need all the help I can get with sharp utensils to help prevent me from slipping while chopping or slicing!

utensils 2

Comparable product:Β KitchenAid Classic Stainless Steel SetΒ $$$

While I haven’t tried this product out, it received 5 stars and is well-priced at $89.99 for a 12 piece set!

flexible-grip-mats

Flexible Grip MatsΒ $

These easy-to-clean mats make chopping and cutting a breeze! Color coordinate different food groups with different mats to prevent cross contamination (such as all raw meats go on white). Don’t put these in the dishwasher! Hand wash only!

cookware 3

Sur La Table Ceramic Mixing BowlsΒ $$$

If you follow my Instagram feed, you probably saw when I received these! I purchased the set of 3 bowls which are PERFECT for prep or can be set out for serving large salads, pasta dishes, etc. These bowls are not only practical and functional, but I think they are so pretty! I love clean, simple and white or cream, so these were the perfect addition to my mixing/serving bowl collection!

mixing bowls

Comparable Product:Β Anchor Hocking 4 Piece Mixing BowlsΒ $

I have not used these bowls, but this simple set of four glass bowls is fairly priced and received a 4.5 star rating.

Decorative

anju-linen-placematΒ kiran-indigo-placematΒ leaf-jacquard-reversible-placemat

Place matsΒ $$

If you’ve ever been to my home you’d know my table is always set. Even thought it is just my husband and I, it makes me so happy to come home to a set table. I change it with the seasons and love to jazz it up when we have guests or family over! I attached a link to one of my favorite new prints from Crate and Barrel, as well as picture of some of my other favs!

garden-plot

DecorativeΒ Dish TowelsΒ $

I LOVE a cute dish towel. This is something that I have started to collect from Crate and Barrel since prior to our wedding, or I sometimes will pick up a fun towel if I see it at an art or craft show! I have a huge collection that is still growing (I may need to get a second drawer)! I have attached a link for one of my new favorites from Crate and Barrel! These can also be changed with the season and are great conversation pieces.

Art/Decor $$$

One of my good friends in Phoenix does custom pieces of calligraphy artwork and decor. Her pieces are not only for the kitchen but also throughout your house or for special occasions. I am all about motivational quotes, sayings, or things to keep my kitchen a happy and bright place! Her recent piece for me was the perfect fit! I will definitely be ordering more it the future!

IMG_1243

Advertisements

Leave a Reply

Fill in your details below or click an icon to log in:

WordPress.com Logo

You are commenting using your WordPress.com account. Log Out / Change )

Twitter picture

You are commenting using your Twitter account. Log Out / Change )

Facebook photo

You are commenting using your Facebook account. Log Out / Change )

Google+ photo

You are commenting using your Google+ account. Log Out / Change )

Connecting to %s