Wednesday, February 19, 2014

Five Favorites (v. 5)

My kitchen has five essentials that I use almost every day. I was not much of a cooker ("cook"?) before I got married; I baked desserts for my family, and only cooked when necessity dictated. Fortunately for me, one of my best friends is a certified pastry chef, and she gives me encouragement and advice when needed.

I'm trying more recipes and cooking with onions every other night, now, so I must be getting fancy.


A 12-inch skillet is essential for meals that can/ should be cooked in one place. One of my favorite cookbooks calls for use of this skillet frequently. Ours is Will's from his bachelor days and is calphalon. I think we'll need to retire it in a few years, if anyone has any suggestions.


It's so beautiful...

Zojirushi Neuro Fuzzy rice cooker is worth every penny. If you eat rice even weekly, this cooker is worth your consideration. It cooks all different types of rice + porridge, and all you do is put in the rice, put in the water (or we use chicken stock), push the button and voila! Perfect rice! It also keeps it heated for extended periods of time if need be, and the rice's taste does not alter - perfection.

p.s. if you have Amazon Prime, you save a decent chunk of change on this item.


(In case you were wondering)

Good knives - nay, Wusthof knives! Makes cutting anything an enjoyable (though, potentially hazardous if not careful) experience. Pair these knives with epicurean cutting boards and you might just be America's Next Top Chef!


Where the magic happens.

O KitchenAid, my KitchenAid, how lovely are your settings! You mix around, and keep it neat; you twirl and whirl, then it's complete! O KitchenAid, my KitchenAid, how lovely are your settings!

(An ode to my KitchenAid stand mixer, to the tune of "O Christmas Tree")


Okay, a tough call for the last one... but I feel very strongly about Pyrex glassware. It's the best. The best to cook in, the best to store food in, the best to wash, the best to use. We had a lot of different tupperwares growing up, and I am in love with Pyrex. There, I said it.
Just lovely.

Honorable mention to our toaster oven and 16 qt. stockpot. Thank you for all you do, especially for Will.

Joining with Hallie (c/o Christy) for more!


  1. Fun post! And you are a wise chef to allow these great tools to work in your favor. So much in the kitchen depends on a great knife. We were once encouraged to spend as much as our budget allowed (or save save save) in order to get a high-quality one.

  2. Cracking up at the honorable mentions!

  3. Mmmm now I want rice and cake...

    I haven't got a rice cooker but need one, I made brown rice a couple weeks ago, completely screwed up the ratio and ended up cooking it for hours and it was totally inedible. I may have cried a little.

  4. So many of my favorites, as well! Ditto on the pyrex and rice cooker and great knives; my crock pot would definitely make my list!