My Favorite Things
Paprika is an iPad app I use to store my recipes. It’s an electronic recipe box. It’s not designed to help you find new recipes, it’s an organization tool for recipes you add into it. It also allows you to email the recipes, plan menus, and create grocery lists. It’s awesome.
This is my favorite whisk ever! It costs $22, which made me cry a little, but it is worth every penny. It gets into the bottom of the bowl and edges of the pan in a way no round whisk will ever be able to do. It cleans up like a dream. My only complaint is it will scratch non-stick cookware.
Measuring cups that collapse flat. They take up very little drawer space and they don’t get dented or cracked. They clean up easy and make life in my very small kitchen a lot easier. I also have about five one-cup measures that collapse. I use them for everything.
My KitchenAid 5 Quart Stand Mixer – Yes, mine is cobalt blue. They didn’t make the hot pink ones when I bought mine and at $350 each, I can’t justify buying another one just because I want pink. It will mix anything. It will last a lifetime. The only downside is it’s very heavy. I can’t wait until we buy a house and I have some counter space for this thing to sit permanently.
My Cuisinart Hand Mixer – The integrated storage is so fantastic. No more searching in every drawer to find that one beater that is buried in a black hole. It has an electronic readout for your speed and the trigger eject button for the beaters is super cool. The slowest speed is a little fast but this thing is awesome.
My Paula Deen 9″ x 13″ Lasagna Pan – I got this at Walmart for $20. I use it at least three times a week. It’s durable, cleans up like a dream and can be used in the oven, the microwave, and can go in the dishwasher. Generally, I’m not a fan of Paula Deen but this dish rocks my world.
Wide Mouth, Pint Jars – I use glass jars for all of my leftovers. I hate plastic storage containers. Heat them up with red sauce in them and they melt and look like crap. And what chemicals are they transferring to your food? Glass jars look fantastic no matter what you put in them, you can heat the food up in them and not worry about weird chemicals. Put them in the dishwasher and they look brand new. If the lids gets rusty, buy new lids cheap. The wide-mouth variety make food storage a breeze and the pint size is a perfect two cup portion. Love them!
The Rochester Public Market – It’s open year-round and I love that most of the produce is fresh from local farmers. When your carrots have slightly damp earth on them, you know they are fresh from the field. The prices are fantastic and the wide variety of vendors makes every Saturday an awesome adventure. If you live anywhere near Rochester, NY, then make sure you visit the public market. It’s wonderful.
I’ll add other things from time to time, but for now these are the kitchen essentials I can’t live without.