* * * Kitchen Equipment Box * * *

Showing up for cook sessions, I always bring a box of my favorite utensils.
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Breville immersion blender

immersion blender

You may notice this Breville immersion blender attached to my hand during half the cook session. I use it to puree marinara, vegetable soups, salad dressings, and pesto. It's way less cleanup than a food processor.

OXO vegetable peeler

vegetable peeler

I admit, I am in love with the OXO brand. They seem to truly test their products and understand the consumer. This OXO peeler is excellent for peeling potatoes, cucumbers, and making lemon twists.

OXO mini whisk

mini whisk 

I love this OXO mini whisk! I use it for simple sauces on a daily basis. So cute. I've had the same one for about five years and currently shows no signs of wear.

six-sided Cuisipro grate mult-purpose

multi-purpose grater

This six-sided Cuisipro grater is like a Swiss army knife. I can zest lemons, grate cheese, mince ginger, and mandolin slice zucchini.

Messermeister knife guards

knife guards

Of course I bring my own freshly sharpened knives to cook sessions. To transport them safely, I place them in these knife guards. If you're traveling anywhere with a kitchen knife, this is the minimalist way. I mean, who doesn't travel with knives, right?!

manual citrus juice press

citrus juice press

You'll find yourself using this juice press more often than you think. There is a large (orange) press, medium (lemon), and small (lime). I find the sizes silly. Just get the lemon size and call it good for all three citrus fruits. If you drink cocktails at all, bonus.

Tovolo mini tongs

 

mini tongs

These Tovolo mini tongs are the best! This was another one of those items I started using in someone's client, then found out how useful they were. It's the item I didn't know I needed until I had it!

ThermoPro probe meat thermometer

meat thermometer

I have found that I do love the probe thermometer with a cord. The probe goes into the meat while the cord and brain of the thermometer can be outside the oven. Genius.

Garmin Vivo watch

waterproof watch

I wear this Garmin Vivo watch to every cook session because of its ability to undergo lots of water splashing on it and never get phased. After a cook session, I head to the gym and can track my one-minute rest between sets. It has some other heart rate and miles tracked features as well. It's pretty amazing!

OXO fine mesh sieve

fine mesh sieve

This is my second favorite kitchen tool after the immersion blender. Behold, the OXO fine mesh sieve for rinsing rice and quinoa plus draining pasta and sauces. I've tested out numerous models and learned to never buy an off-brand sieve. Cheap sieves fail by rusting, the handle breaking, or having weird edges that catch food particles, making cleaning difficult.

plastic white meat cutting board

meat cutting board

For cutting meat, I prefer this white plastic cutting board. The white color easily shows off any deep nicks or food stains so I know when it's time to replace. It's also dishwasher safe, bonus.

OXO can opener

can opener

I tried out several crappy models before appreciating this OXO can opener. I added the can opener to my equipment box when I began to encounter those crazy Swiss-style can openers that I can't figure out!

Tovolo silicone masher

masher

This Tovolo silicone masher is the brain behind guacamole mashing, refried beans, and of course, mashed potatoes. I love all things silicone, so easy to clean. The Tovolo brand is known for its fun colors.

Yeti temperature stable cup

temperature stable cup

Not in the equipment box, but in my car awaits a Yeti temperature-controlled giant glass of ice water. I get really parched after a long cook session and this thing saves my day.

bamboo vegetable cutting board

vegetable cutting board

I always carry a bamboo cutting board for vegetables. I love how this one can be personalized! I'm already planning on who to gift it to next.

fine point black Sharpies

labeling Sharpies

For labeling Pyrex containers, I place a strip of masking tape on the top and fill out the label with a fine-point black Sharpie. The fine point makes for a more legible of name of the dish and date.

Tovolo all-purpose spoon

all-purpose spoon

Tovolo makes such quality products that this spoon will last years and quickly become your favorite all-purpose utensil as well. There's on in my equipment box and one in my kitchen drawer.

OXO plastic measuring spoons

measuring spoons

Rather than those annoying measuring spoons on a ring, these OXO measuring spoons snap together, so one can be used without having to watch the entire group. Great invention!

21-pack non-abrasive sponges Scotch Brite

non-abrasive sponges

Abrasive sponges can scratch expensive appliance surfaces, so it's important to bring along non-abrasive sponges like these from Scotch-Brite.

Scotch masking tape multi-pack

container labeling tape

Your container labels need to be sticky enough to adhere to the food container, but not so sticky the client is annoyed with your choice of tape. Scotch is my preferred brand as the cheaper brands do not stick to containers and instead get lost in the frig.

* * * Items in my own Kitchen * * *

I don't bring these items to cook sessions with me, but do find them really handy at home. Some of these items I may have learned about from someone else's kitchen then bought one for myself, ha! #affiliate

 

All Clad 3-ply pots and pans set

pots and pans set

I personally find All Clad to be the absolute best brand for pots and pans. There are many different finishes, but the best are the tri-ply and five-ply. This is the tri-ply set and has all the pots you'll need for a proper dinner. Feel free to burn away then watch the residue wipe right out without soaking or scrubbing.

Lodge carbon steel pans

non-stick pans

These carbon steel pans by Lodge have the perfect surface for cooking omelets and most anything that can be cooked in a skillet other than citrus. You will fall in love too.

Le Creuset casserole baking dish

casserole baking dish

This is a must-have in your kitchen for winter. Le Creuset is the best quality. I have tried other brands and they often need replacement after two to five years. Once you have one of these, you'll find yourself using it daily and wonder how you lived this long without it.

Vitamix high speed blender

high-speed blender

Before the Vitamix, I had a pretty amazing Oster blender, but had to kick that to the curb when I discovered how this high-powered motor can puree salad dressings made with nuts as well as truly make my smoothies smooth. There is so much you can do in the Vitamix. Between my hand blender and this guy, my kitchen appliance life is complete.

All Clad crockpot

crockpot

There are the fancy crockpots that brown, steam, and do miraculous things apparently, but I like the old fashioned "just make me a stew" crockpot. This All Clad crockpot is a fantastic size for dinner and leftovers the next day. Ohhh, the possibilities...

Cuisinart convection and toaster oven

toaster oven

My new best friend, the Cuisinart Convection & Toaster Oven. Gone are the days of microwaving and here to stay are the days of the speed convection oven.

Mazzo Luigi coffee grinder

coffee grinder

A proper Americano starts with a proper grinder. Coffee in our house is no joke. This Mazzo Luigi coffee grinder is proof.

copper kitchen compost bin

kitchen compost bin

We're trying to save the plant over here and this compost bin is my go to for that purpose. I forego the bags, however, and just rinse between uses. Even if you dump the contents behind a bush in the backyard, you are helping the ecosystem and keeping the deer away from your blooming flowers.

blue 7-cup Pyrex containers and lids

7-cup Pyrex

Similarly, these 7-cup Pyrex bowls are great for prep ahead meals. I'll cook up a large risotto, then spoon it into four bowls so they're ready to heat and serve for individual lunch or dinner on the go.

blue 2-cup Pyrex containers and lids

2-cup Pyrex

I may have 52 of these 2-cup Pyrex bowls that hold mostly salad items. In summer, I'll prep each bowl with a different item like black beans, crumbled feta, chopped tomato, shredded lettuce, sliced olives or cilantro then for dinner, open up each one and set it on the dinner table for a salad buffet.

blue 1-cup Pyrex containers and lids

1-cup Pyrex

These 1-cup Pyrex storage containers are the perfect size for salad dressings or garnish. They also pack up well in kids' lunchboxes.

OXO salad dressing container

salad dressing container

Obviously this salad dressing shaker is not in my equipment box, but after seeing it at a client's house, I feel like everyone should have at least two! The lid sits airtight for easy shaking and then tilts to pour from the angled nozzle. It's good quality, easy to clean, and holds about 1.5 cups of dressing. Yum.

Buddy dishtowel wall hooks white plastic

dishtowel wall hooks

These are the cutest buddy hooks. The plastic guys screw into the wall and can hold your potholder, dish towels, or just be decorative.

Le Crueset white garlic keeper

garlic keeper

Garlic, potatoes and onions should always be kept in your cupboard, never in the refrigerator. This is a fantastic little garlic keeper that looks cute on your shelf too.

white food storage chip clips

food storage clips

You always need chip clips! These are handy for the usual - chips, crackers, cookies, all the stuff that you push to the back of the cupboard so they don't tempt you.

Dexter-Russell oyster knife

oyster knife

Mmmm, oysters. Shucking them, however, is not fun. This oyster knife does the job though!

European dishtowels blue and white

quality dishtowels

These European-made dishtowels are heavenly. Thick, professional-grade, super absorbent and 100% cotton. Of course they come in a rainbow of colors.

pink slotted spoon Tovolo silicone

slotted spoon

This silicone spatula is my number one kitchen tool at home and in my portable tool box. I love this spatula! If I'm in my home kitchen, it's likely in my hand.

Tovolo blue slotted spatula

slotted spatula

This Tovolo slotted spatula is in daily use at my house for frittatas, quesadillas and turning everything over in the oven. It is silicone so won't scratch your precious cookie sheets and pans.

Rachel Ray insulated grocery tote bag

insulated grocery bag

This is the best quality insulated tote I've ever had. I bring it to parties, picnics, and haul groceries in it. Those lightweight grocery bags don't last long, but I anticipate this heavy duty one lasting at least ten years.

granite mortar and pestle set

mortar and pestle

This is a non-porous, natural granite mortar and pestle set for grinding herbs, spices, nuts and seeds to release their full flavor and aroma. I can smell the basil pesto already.

OXO magnet measuring spoons

measuring spoons

There's nothing worse than measuring spoons on a ring! You use one and then have to wash the whole stack. These magnetic measuring spoons are great for stacking and storing. There are other magnetic measuring spoons on the market, but I highly recommend choosing a name brand. I've tried some of the generic brands and after a few washings, the magnetic label falls off. Fail.

OXO measuring cups

measuring cups

You know I love the OXO brand. These are the highly recommended quality measuring cups.

silicone baking mats

baking mats

These silicone baking mats are the best invention. I place one atop a cookie sheet to protect it from stains and unnecessary scrubbing. Once out of the oven, just wipe clean with minimal mess.

Breville citrus juicer

electric citrus juicer

Making cocktails was never more fun after purchasing this Breville Motorized Citrus Press. I spotted this model behind a bar one night and the next night (thanks to Amazon overnight shipping) it was in our kitchen making margaritas.

OXO bar set

bar equipment

I do have to get off work at some point and this OXO bar set is just the perfect high quality set I prefer. Just add ice.

Cocktail Kingdom cocktail shaker

cocktail shaker

The weight of this cocktail shaker is ideal. Cocktail Kingdom puts out amazingly good quality products. Without these, there would be no happy hour at my house.

HiCoup corkscrew

 

corkscrew

I spotted this corkscrew at a client's house and went home to order it for myself! After breaking so many, it was nice to find a great quality one for under $10.

perfect coupe glass

coupe glasses

The perfect coupe glass is essential to the perfect cocktail. I enjoy the weight of this this particular glass. It's just begging for the addition of liquid intelligence.

Cordon Bleu white dinner plates

dinner plates

I prefer presenting my dishes on white plates to let the food be the star. These Cordon Bleu dinner plates are the best quality I've found. I may have the whole set!

Jamie Oliver bowls

bowls

I  love the subtle design imprinted in these white Jamie Oliver bowls. They're the perfect size for breakfast cereal, soup and actually most of our weeknight dinners.

 
 
Cordon Bleu white salad dressing pitcher

salad dressing pitcher

Matchy matchy my white dish fetish is this Cordon Bleu salad dressing pitcher. Assemble-your-own salad buffet is a weekly theme in this home. I say, let the colors of the food shine on white dishes.

* * * Kitchen Gifts * * *

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Instant Pot

Instant Pot

Ever since I learned that you can make risotto in an Instant Pot, I have wanted one! This is the model I have my eye on. Meanwhile, I've been collecting Instant Pot recipes.

Kitchenaid stand mixer

stand mixer

This Kitchenaid stand mixer had me at the beautiful color.

sous vide

sous vide

Just vacuum seal the filet mignon in plastic pouches, then heat slowly in a temperature-controlled water bath. Behold the Sous Vide, but I like that this one is half the size of other sous vide machines, small enough to fit in a drawer. Works with iPhone and Android.

Waterford decanter

decanter

Waterford decanter that can be personalized with my initials so everyone knows, hands off!

LED lightsaber chopsticks

chopsticks

LED Lightsaber chopsticks!!! Maybe these should be on my wish list instead of the kids' section. Hmmm

unicorn cookie cutters

cookie cutters

Unicorn cookie cutters! I'm imagining how cute these would be at a unicorn themed party. Yes!!!

unicorn tea bag

tea bag

I may or may not own this unicorn tea bag holder. Not sayin.

Mickey Mouse oven mitts

 

oven mitts

Protect those cute little hands with these Mickey Mouse oven gloves. So cute. I wonder if they come in adult size.

portable waterproof picnic blanket

blanket

Cutest thing ever! I'm already looking forward to the next picnic on this portable waterproof blanket.

Kamsah ceramic appetizer platter

appetizer platter

This memorable handcrafted ceramic appetizer platter can hold so many different treats. The recipient is going to be delighted!

Thanksgiving turkey serving platter Martha Stewart

serving platter

Guess what to put on this platter? Martha Stewart makes a pretty good quality turkey serving plate.

annovero porcelain bowls

decorative bowls

You can't help but be a good mood while eating out of these colorful serving bowls. Six Annovero porcelain bowls are included in the set.

Wusthof chef knife

chef knife

What chef wouldn't drool over this carbon steel Wusthof knife.

Aldo Rossi tea kettle

tea kettle

What tea love wouldn't be fascinated with this Aldo Rossi tea kettle. The simplicity of the design has me and the fact that it's Italian art.

nachosaurus taco holder

taco holder 

Yes, it's the nachosaurus and the tacosaurus. You may have heard they were extinct, but indeed I found them online.

portable Bento box

bento box

For kids or adults, behold the portable bento box. It's BPA-free with removable compartments, leak proof, and has kid-friendly latches. Yes please!