Before I give you the keys to the recipe kingdom I wanted to start out by sharing some of the tools that have helped make my life in the kitchen easier.
It all started with a love for Anthropologie home goods while I was in college and working at the retail store. I began coveting cute little kitchen timers and beautiful lace aprons. Once I graduated and was making a paycheck that could cover more than a six pack of beer, I decided to start “investing” in some pieces for my future kitchen. Those investments turned into an obsession and now I have, what I like to call, my dowry. It’s a collection of beautiful plates, fancy wine glasses, cute oven mitts, that little kitchen timer, a dutch oven and more. I have slowly been collecting these items for one day (soon!) when I have a house of my own, when I might be on a tighther budget. It’s much more affordable to get one plate each paycheck, rather than 8 at once!
But there are pretty kitchen items for special occasions and there are things you need everyday. Here is a list of the six kitchen tools I couldn’t go a day without:
- A flat wooden spoon You can use this to stir sauces, to get the good stuff off the bottom of the pan, and to turn veggies over. Once you go flat, you’ll never go back!
- My Vitamix I love everything about this machine. From perfectly blending my smoothies in the morning, to churning out steaming butternut squash soup for lunch, and pulverizing a cauliflower mash for dinner, it’s the best healthy eating companion. Trust me, if you like smoothies and soups, you’ll love the Vitamix.
- An Immersion Blender You might be thinking “why do I need two blenders?” But I love an immersion blender for salad dressing, which I always make homemade, and for soups that you want to make slightly creamy, and slightly chunky. Since it’s handheld you can control the blend much more.
- My monogram chef knife aka my other prized possession. This was the best, most thoughtful gift I’ve ever received. Luke got it for me this Christmas with my future initials on it, cause I’ll be a Belford longer than I’ll be an Arnold…swoon. I literally take it on every road trip I go on so that I can chop like a pro. Invest in a good knife, you’ll never regret it.
- Big wooden cutting board For me, the bigger the better. You just have to make sure it fits in your sink so you can clean it.
- Baking sheets for roasted veggies I could live off roasted vegetables, literally. Caramelized, salty goodness. Baking sheets making it easy to make the perfect dinner companion, set it and forget it!