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A collection of my favorite products that I recommend for cooking, entertaining, and everyday life.
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Instant Pot

I’m completely obsessed with this, and can’t recommend it enough.  It’s a pressure cooker, slow cooker, rice maker, steamer, warmer, and saute pan all in one!

Dinosaur Planter

Coolest planters ever.  Air plant included.  Rawr. (Comes in other designs and colors too…if you must.)

Everlane Apparel

I’m in love with this online brand. They focus on well-made basics, the company is transparent about their factories, and they have great return policies.

KitchenAid 6-Qt Stand Mixer

This is my favorite item in the kitchen — my stand mixer.  It does everything!  And I love the 6-qt size.

Whole Wheat Pasta

DeLallo is hands down my favorite brand of whole wheat pasta.  The taste and texture are great, and many shapes of noodles are available.

Magimix Food Processor

I’ve owned this 14-cup food processor for years, and it is a force.  So sturdy, so powerful, and I love the attachments.

Maldon Sea Salt

I’m obsessed with this stuff.  It’s especially a great finishing salt, perfect for sprinkling on savory and sweet dishes.

Utility Cart

This IKEA cart is famous for having a million different uses, but I love using mine in the kitchen.  It comes in a few colors and is only $30!

Spice Jars

I own about three dozen of these little guys and have used them to store my spices for years.  Love the simple design and price.

Wooden Cookbook Stand

Perfect for holding a cookbook or tablet while cooking.  Plus a handy conversion chart is printed on the back.

Kitchen Utensil Holder

This beautiful marble holder would make a lovely home for any utensils.

Zwilling Knife Set

My favorite knife set.  So well-made, the right mix of knives, and worth the investment.

Literary Flower Earrings

Origami rose flower post earrings.  Too cute!

FashionABLE Apparel

A gorgeous collection of bags, scarves, jewelry and many other beautiful products made by “women who have overcome”. Love their stories.

Sseko Apparel

One of the coolest brands I know with fantastic shoes, scarves, bags, jewelry and more made by women in Uganda.  Read all about it!

Threads 4 Thought Apparel

Activeware and cotton basics that are made ethically and sustainably.  (I especially love their dresses!)

Organic Shaped Dinnerware Set

My favorite classic white dinnerware set.  It’s affordable, beautiful, and microwave- and dishwasher-safe.

Organic Shaped Metallic Rimmed Dinnerware Set

Love the thin metallic rimming on this classic set.

Glass Bottles with Wood Stoppers

Love these pretty glass bottles from West Elm.  Different bottles are sold separately.

Serving Bowl

A beautiful serving bowl that I use all the time.

Enamel Dinnerware Set

I’m so happy that enamel is back in style!  This beautiful set is super durable, lightweight, and dishwasher-safe.  (Also comes in red and white)

Slate Palette Dinnerware Set

Love this slate mix and match dinnerware set from West Elm.  The patterns in person are even more lovely.

Glass Storage Container Set

This affordable 24-piece set will have you covered (literally, it includes lids!) with all of your food storage needs.

Blentec Blender

If you’re going to invest in a high-powered blender, I highly recommend Blendtec.  They’re reliable, powerful, and they include fantastic warranties.

Silk Long-Sleeve Dress

A classic long-sleeve dress that’s cozy and comfortable, and easy to dress up or down. Available in multiple colors.

Silk Tank Dress

A simple swing dress for summer, available in a few pretty colors.

V-Neck Sweater

A simple cotton V-Neck sweater from Everlane, available in a few colors.

Silk Round Collar Blouse

This lovely silk blouse from Everlane is classic, available in multiple colors, and so flattering in person.

U-Neck Sweater

Classic scoop-neck Italian wool sweater from Everlane, available in a few colors.

Silk Tank

Love this beautiful simple silk tank from Everlane.  Very flattering.

Organic Cotton Pintuck Duvet Cover + Shams

I’ve had this duvet set for many years, and still love it.  It comes in many colors, and looks good with just about any bed frame.

Crock-Pot 4-Quart Slow Cooker

This is the smaller slow cooker that I’ve had forever.  It’s not programmable, but it’s affordable and gets the job done well.

Gap True Skinny Jeans

My new favorite pair of jeans.  (That I, of course, own in three colors.)

Crest Bentwood Chair

I recently bought these chairs for my dining room table and love them!  They are surprisingly comfortable and I love the mid-century design.

Mirror Trays

Love these gorgeous mirror trays from West Elm.  I’m convinced that they make anything you serve extra lovely.

Reclaimed Wood Trays

I own one of these trays, and absolutely love it. Perfect for serving, a bar cart, decorating, you name it.  :)

Crock-Pot 6-Quart Slow Cooker

My favorite large slow cooker!  It’s fully programmable, and the bowl is stovetop safe for searing or sauteing ingredients before slow cooking if needed.

Threshold Bar Cart

Super-affordable and super-cute gold bar cart from Target. Love the classy mid-century design!

Cuisinart Ice Cream Maker

This appliances takes up quite a bit of storage space, but if you make ice cream regularly, it’s totally worth it!

Campaign Desk

I bought this desk a few years ago from World Market, and totally love it.  The design is simple and well-made and goes with nearly any decor.  Keep an eye out — it goes on sale often!

Aroma Rice Cooker

I used to swear that rice cookers were non-essentials, but I use mine all the time and love it.  This one’s affordable and never fails me.

Faux Fur Throw

There’s nothing like snuggling up with a heavy, soft, (faux) furry blanket in the wintertime.  Lots of options from PB!

Warmest Throw

I adore this throw from West Elm.  It’s lightweight, super-soft, and looks great with all styles of decor!  (Multiple colors available – I especially love it in Nightshade.)

KitchenAid 5-Speed Immersion Hand Blender

Perfect for blending soups, frothing milk, making whipped cream, and more.

Oster Belgian Waffle Maker

My favorite Belgian waffle maker that makes gorgeous (and delicious!) waffles.

Custom Gold Foil Print

Choose your favorite text, color, size, and font for a customized gold foil print.  Affordable too!

Square Baking Dish

My favorite everyday 9×9-inch square baking dish.  Sturdy, classic, and it makes food look great!

Rectangle Baking Dish

My favorite everyday 9×13-inch baking dish.  It’s sturdy, classic, and it makes food look great!

Jumbo Popcorn

An absolute must for homemade popcorn lovers.  Big fluffy pieces of popcorn every time!

Glass Tea Bottle

Love this gorgeous glass tea bottle from Food52.  Perfect for taking your brew to-go, and it’s BPA free with a cork sleeve.

Grilling Tools Set

A great 14-piece stainless steel grilling tools set, including a carrying case.  Great for any griller!

Himalayan Salt Block (and Holder)

Perfect for grilling or chilling many of your favorite foods, this salt block technique adds extra flavor to food and also makes for great entertainment.

Mesh Grilling Basket

Perfect for grilling meats, seafood, veggies, and more.  Plus it has a removable handle!

Jane Austen Postcards

For all of my fellow Austen fans, these lovely cards feature her personal correspondence.  Set of 100 (4 each of 25 designs).

Victorian Whale Bookends

Because what better to bookend your library than a Victorian whale?  :)

Ruffled Pie Dish

My favorite pie dish from Crate & Barrel.  It makes every pie look extra lovely. :)

Acacia Plates

I own one of these plates (the large one) and love it!  Perfect for serving, a bar cart, decorating, you name it.  :)

Pizza Baking Steel

The best way to evenly bake professional-quality pizzas.

Quiche Dish

My favorite classic white quiche dish.

Bundt Pan

A solid, classic bundt pan.  I feel like the mom in A Big Fat Greek Wedding would be proud. :)

Nonstick Round Cake Pan

My favorite non-stick, non-toxic, evironmentally-friendly round cake pan.  So sturdy, and worth the investment.

Nonstick Square Baking Pan

My favorite non-stick, non-toxic, evironmentally-friendly square baking pan.  So sturdy, and worth the investment.

Nonstick Rectangle Baking Pan

My favorite non-stick, non-toxic, evironmentally-friendly rectangle baking pan.  So sturdy, and worth the investment.

Ruffled Individual Pie Dish

My favorite mini individual pie dishes from Crate & Barrel.  They make every pie look extra lovely. :)

3-Piece Baking Sheet Set

Love this brand of non-stick, non-toxic, evironmentally-friendly bakeware.  So sturdy, and worth the investment.

12-Cup Muffin Pan

My favorite non-stick, non-toxic, evironmentally-friendly 12-cup muffin pan.  So sturdy, and worth the investment.

24-Cup Mini Muffin Pan

A solid 24-cup baking pan, perfect for mini muffins, mini cupcakes, my wonton cup recipes, and more.

Hunter Black Adjustable Boots

I own and absolutely love these classic black Wellies, and am a big fan of the adjustable backs.  So comfortable and durable!

Calphalon 13-Piece Stainless Steel Cookware Set

My favorite cookware set from Calphalon.  Beautifully designed, works great, and more affordably priced.

Chestnut Afar Loafers

These chestnut loafers were recently released by Sseko, and are absolutely gorgeous and so comfortable in person!  Even better?  They’re made by an incredible group of women in Africa working with Sseko.  Great shoes to support and even greater story.

Le Creuset 5 1/2-Quart French Oven

This was my dream Dutch oven, and last year it finally became a member of my kitchen.  If you look at the blog, I clearly use it for everything.  It’s definitely a big investment, but I love it and plan to have it for a lifetime.  (Mine is matte white.)

Nude Ballet Flats

Some buy $200 Tieks.  I stick with Target’s $17 ballet flats.  :) They’re comfortable, come in all sorts of colors, and never go out of style.

Cast Iron Skillet

My favorite 12-inch cast iron skillet from Lodge.  Other sizes are also available.

Nonstick Wok

A solid non-stick wok from Crate & Barrel.

Sseko Brown Sandals

I absolutely love these sandals made by women in Uganda with Sseko.  First off, the ribbons are inter-changeable and they sell tons that you can buy.  But the fun part is that there are literally hundreds of ways you can tie these sandals!  Check out Sseko for tying tutorials, and the great story behind these

Stainless Steel Utensils

A classic set of utensils that are sure to last for years and years to come.

2-Cup Glass Measuring Cup

A classic glass measuring cup.

4-Cup Glass Measuring Cup

A classic glass measuring cup.

IPA Beer Making Kit

For any other fellow IPA lovers, this kit provides the tools to kick off your new home-brewing hobby.

Promenade Flatware Set

My favorite flatware.  Classic, beautiful, durable, and I plan to have mine for years to come.

Copper Flatware Set

Love this new line of copper flatware from West Elm!

Gold Flatware Set

Everyone always asks where I found the gold flatware I use in my photos — here it is!  It’s beautiful, the handles are slightly matte in person, and I love it.

Gold Flatware Serving Set

To go with your gold flatware set.

Rewined Pinot Noir Candle

I love this line of repurposed wine bottle candles, and the pinot noir scent is my favorite.

2-Layer Sandwich Box

This cute sandwich box has 2 removable layers that are the perfect home for your sandwich on top, and a salad or snack below, with clasps to hold them together.  So functional!  (Set of 2)

Spice & Herb Salt Tower

A stacked rainbow of beautiful spice and herb salts.  8 delicious varieties included, and perfect for gifting!

Peppercorn Tower

A stack of 5 delicious varieties of peppercorn that’s perfect for gifting.

Salt Tower

A beautiful collection of 6 hand-harvested salts from around the world.  Perfect for gifting!

DIY Kombucha Kit

Learn how to ferment your own batch of classic kombucha with this simple home brewing kit.  7-piece kit plus instructions included.

DIY Grow-Your-Own Shiitake Mushroom Log

Um, quite possibly the coolest gift ever?!?!?  Just soak this prepared log in in cold water for 24 hours, mist it occasionally, and in 6-12 months, you’ll have a crop of delicious mushrooms.  Brilliant.

DIY Tortilla Kit

Kick Taco Tuesday up a notch with some homemade tortillas!  This great set gives you the instructions and supplies to make some delicious homemade corn tortillas from scratch.  They’re easier than you might think!

DIY Deluxe Hot Sauce Kit

Calling all hot sauce lovers!  This fun kit has everything you need to make 6 bottles of gourmet hot sauce: Sweet Heat, Louisiana Style, Caribbean Sauce, Brazilian Sauce, Garlic Sauce, and Garden Sauce.  So fun!

Carry-On Cocktail Kit

All you need to do is order a miniature bottle of bourbon, and then this cute kit will help you mix two perfect Old Fashioned cocktails at 30,000 ft.  The bitters included are also small enough to make it past security.

Arrow Cocktail Picks

Garnish your martini in style with these stainless steel picks.  Set of 6.

Classic Cocktail Kit

From margaritas to martinis, this gift kit is perfect for anyone who loves a good cocktail.  8-piece set.

12-Bottle Stainless Steel Wine Refrigerator

If you want a wine refrigerator, but don’t have room for a huge one, I love this sleek 12-bottle option.  Adjust the temperature as desired for whites, roses, reds and more.

The Homemade Gin Kit

For all of the gin-lovers in your life, this fantastic kit contains everything you need to infuse your own gin!  The only other thing you need to add is vodka.

Hexagonal Wine Rack

Love this small, geometric, affordable wine rack.  Perfect for displaying in your dining room or kitchen.

Sphere Ice Molds

Chill your drinks without watering them down!  Plus, these sphere molds make any cocktail look sleek and classy.  (Set of 2)

Whiskey Wedge

A new “slant” on whiskey sipping.  I can’t wait to try one of these!

Literary Scarves

My book clubbers and I all love this line of literary scarves, featuring excerpts from books like Pride & Prejudice, Jane Eyre, Les Mis, Little Women, Anne of Green Gables, and more.  So great!!

Bath Caddy

A good book + some good wine + a good bath.  Seriously, what could be better?

Steinbeck Candle

“And now that you don’t have to be perfect, you can be good.”  Gotta love Steinbeck.

Bread and Wine

My all-time favorite food memoir.  Well, I love all of Shauna Niequist’s books, but this one absolutely captures the heart of everything I love about food and the role it plays in the important relationships and moments of our lives.

Three Many Cooks

I adore this memoir written by the mother-and-daughters trio behind the blog, Three Many Cooks (Pam Anderson, Maggy Keet and Sharon Damelio).  Their essays about food, faith and family will draw you in, make you laugh, and inspire you in the best of ways.

It Was Me All Along

A powerful, honest, and beautifully written memoir by my friend, Andie (of the blog, Can You Stay For Dinner), who shares all about her significant weight loss and journey to loving her life through and after it all.

America’s Test Kitchen: The New Best Recipe

My all-time favorite cookbook!!!  I buy this for all of my friends who get married, because it’s a fantastic resource for learning how to cook and the recipes are ALWAYS a success!

The Flavor Bible

An absolute “must” for anyone who loves to cook and experiment with new recipes.  I use my copy every week!

Madewell Tote

I have admired Madewell’s totes for years, and now they have a classic tote that comes with a zip top.  So beautiful!  (2 colors available)

Sseko Caramel Tote

Gorgeous caramel leather tote, embellished with my favorite little beaded accent.  Even better?  The incredible women in Africa who make them, and the Sseko story behind it all.  I love everything about this company.

Kate Spade Small Black Purse

The “Cedar Street Cali” from Kate Spade is the perfect, classic, small purse.  It comes in a variety of colors, and can also be monogramed.

Let’s Brew T-Shirt

Perfect for the coffee, tea or beer lovers in your life.

Calphalon Nonstick Grill Pan

I have owned this pan for about 8 years, and use it all the time.  It’s the perfect indoor alternative to grilling outside, and it cleans easily.

Gilead

My all-time favorite book.  Beautifully written, inspiring in the truest ways, full of wisdom, and part of it takes place in Kansas.  Marilynne Robinson is remarkable.

KS/MO Necklace

#KCProud!  This one goes out to everyone from Kansas City.  I own this beautiful necklace from local jeweler, Janesko, and absolutely love it.  (Available in 4 different finishes)

Small Square Stud Earrings

Need some bling for your ears?  I love this pair of small sparkly stud earrings from Kate Spade.

Wine Saver

A must-have for wine.  I also keep an extra set of the stoppers on hand to save extra wine after parties.

Geo Salt + Pepper Shakers

Love these geometric salt and pepper shakers from West Elm!  They’re guaranteed to make you want to shake it out, shake it out….

Slow Cooker Revolution

Love this new book from ATK.  It’s full of delicious soups, stews, braises, chilis, pasta sauces, meatballs, bbq, casseroles, eggs, desserts and more — all slow cooked with minimal prep time.  Plus, they include all sorts of great tips and secrets for getting the most out of your slow cooker.

The Skinnytaste Cookbook

Written by my talented food blogging friend, Gina Homolka, this cookbook is my go-to favorite for healthier delicious recipes!

Silver Mercury Glass Bottle

I love this mercury glass bottle.  It’s classic and beautiful — great for fresh herbs or flowers.

Caged Bubble Vases

Perfect for decorating, using fresh or artificial blooms and branches.  They also make great dining table centerpieces!  (Three sizes available)

Slate Cheese Board

The most affordable cheese board I’ve found.  It measures 18″ x 12″, it’s nice and durable, and it is the most beautiful way to serve cheese or other tasty appetizers!

Vinturi Wine Aerator

I received one of these as a gift a few years ago, and am totally hooked on it.  It aerates wine in a few seconds, and the difference in taste is incredible.  Plus it’s small and easy to store!

Bonavita Coffee Maker

My coffee-shop-owner-friend recommends this as the automatic coffee maker that tastes most like pour-over.  My good friends own one, and I agree that it’s the best-tasting coffee maker I’ve tried.  Worth the investment!

Aeropress

If you’re looking for a short brew time (less than 1 minute!), I’m a big fan of Aeropress.  It’s easy to use, less acidic, and delicious.

Geo Terrarium

Love these geometric terrariums!  They come in three different sizes, and make any home plans look fantastic.

Smoky Stone Drop Earrings

Is anyone else as obsessed with World Market’s jewelry as I am?  Love these earrings — they’re $9.99, classic, and they go with just about everything.

Capri Blue Mercury Glass Candle

My all-time favorite candle!  It’s absolutely beautiful, has the yummiest sweet scent, and lasts quite awhile.  LOVE.

Linen Textured Dinnerware Set

I love everything about this set!  The intricate texture is so beautiful in person, and the dishes are microwave- and dishwasher-safe.  (Items available in separate sets of 4.)

Perfect White Mugs

I have a few sets of these mugs and use them constantly.  They’re average-sized, nice and thick, and perfect for a warm cup of coffee.  (Set of 4, available in multiple colors)

Acrylic Tray

A great and versatile tray for serving.

10-in-1 Bar Tool

This little tool is the James Bond of bar tools and is a cocktail maker’s best friend.  It’s compact and incredibly efficient, plus, it’s pretty handsome looking.

Large Glass Carafe

Beautiful, classic, affordable and dishwasher-safe.  Great for entertaining and everyday life.

Small Glass Carafe

Beautiful, classic, affordable and dishwasher-safe.  Great for entertaining and everyday life.

White Wine Glasses

Beautiful, classic, affordable and dishwasher-safe.  (Set of 6)

Red Wine Glasses

Beautiful, classic, affordable and dishwasher-safe.  (Set of 6)

Stemless Red Wine Glasses

Beautiful, classic, affordable and dishwasher-safe.  (Set of 6)

Martini Glasses

Beautiful, classic, affordable and dishwasher-safe.

Coupe

Beautiful, classic, affordable and dishwasher-safe.  (Set of 6)

Pilsner Glasses

Beautiful, classic, affordable and dishwasher-safe.  (Set of 6)

Beer Mugs

Beautiful, classic, affordable and dishwasher-safe.  (Set of 6)

Belgian Beer Glass

Love these beer glasses!

Champagne Flutes

Beautiful, classic, affordable, and dishwasher-safe.

Highball Glasses

I use these as my everyday taller drinking glasses, yet they also double for cocktails.  I love how thin and delicate they are, yet still dishwasher-safe.

Double Old Fashioned Glasses (Short Glasses)

I use these as my everyday shorter drinking glasses, yet they also double for cocktails.  I love how thin and delicate they are, yet still dishwasher-safe.

Modern Red Wine Glasses

My friend, Jeanine, introduced me to these modern wine glasses and I am in love.  They are small and perfectly-sized, and they are dishwasher-safe.

Gold Honeycomb Necklace

Beautiful and delicate and sweet as honey.

Coffee Bean Necklace

You can drink your coffee, and wear it too.  ;)

Hario V60 Kettle

The spout on this kettle is perfect for pour-over coffee.  It’s also dishwasher safe.

Chemex (with Glass Handle)

My favorite way to make pour-over coffee.  I especially love the design of this version with the glass handle, and they come in multiple sizes.  Be sure to buy filters (and good coffee!) to go along with it.

8-Piece Stainless Steel Measuring Set

Dishwasher safe, well-designed, and they’ll last you forever.

Skinny Measuring Spoons

I’m obsessed with these skinny stainless steel measuring spoons from SurLaTable that will actually fit in your spice jars!

Julienne Peeler

I’m obsessed with this thing!  It’s a fantastic way to make vegetable noodles without a spiralizer.

Horizontal Peeler

A classic and affordable horizontal peeler.

Swivel Peeler

A sharp and affordable swivel peeler.

Ceramic Macaroni Necklace

Love this!  The chains come in different colors too.

Mr. Coffee Automatic Burr Grinder

If you’re looking for a burr grinder, I’m convinced this one outperforms grinders 3x more expensive.  It’s adjustable and does a fantastic job grinding.  I use mine every day and recommend it to everyone!

Bodum 8-Cup French Press

I’ve had this French press since college, have used it probably thousands of times, and still love it.  It’s beautiful, and also dishwasher safe.

Grater / Zester

I use my Microplane zester almost daily on everything from citrus, to garlic, to nutmeg and more.  So useful!

Pizza Cutter

This pretty stainless steel pizza wheel is perfect for slicing up your favorite pizza, or any other dough or food that needs slicing.

Zyliss Ice Cream Scoop

This is the best ice cream scoop!  I’ve owned it for years, and it makes the perfect scoop every time.

Kitchen Tongs

I use these constantly, and love the rubber handles (which keep the tongs from getting too hot).

Stemless Wine Glasses (Dishwasher Safe!)

It’s no secret that I hate doing dishes.  So I’ve switched over to owning a few sets of these, and they make cleaning up after a dinner or party all the easier!  (Plus if they break, they are super cheap to replace.)

Nonstick Cooling Rack

A baking essential, and this one is nonstick!

Mandoline

Four blades, adjustable-height, dishwasher-proof, and slices like a pro.

Mason Jar Shaker

For any of you Mason jar lovers who are still out there, get ready to whip up some cocktails with this classic shaker!

White Marble Cheese Slicer

I own and love this small cheese slicer.  It’s great for setting out at parties, or just slicing up some cheese for a snack.

Conversion Dishtowel

I own and love this dishtowel from Crate & Barrel.  Looks great and is mighty handy to have nearby too!

Textured Dip Bowls

I own a bunch of these in various colors and love setting them out at parties.  A fun pop of color!

Cozy Door Mat

This welcome mat says it all.  :)

Food Scale

I’m always surprised at how often I need a food scale, and this is a great one.  It’s small, affordable, and has a great pull-out feature for weighing large items.

Strainer / Sifter

This 8-inch strainer/sifter is made with fine mesh stainless steel, and perfect for sifting flour, dusting sugar and cocoa, rinsing produce, straining liquids and more.

10-Piece Glass Bowl Set

I use these all the time for both cooking and serving, and love that it’s dishwasher-friendly.

Wine Glass Writer

Perfect for keeping track of wine glasses at a party!  This set includes 3 colored markers that are safe for writing on wine glasses and wash off easily.

Metal Bendy Straws

These metal straws show up in quite a few of my photos here on the blog, and with good reason — I love them!  They’re a bit of a pain to clean, but so much fun to use.

Custom Bookplate Stamp

Customize your very own bookplate stamp — or order one for a friend!

Amber Beer Soap

Lather up with some…beer?!  Turns out it’s actually pretty good for your skin!  Love this handmade line from Oil & Ash Soap.

Spatula

Love the white + wood combination in this affordable spatula.

Silicone Whisk

Love the white + wood combination in this affordable silicone whisk.

Silicone Pastry Brush

Love the white + wood combination in this affordable pastry brush.

Hot Cinnamon Sunset Tea

My all-time favorite tea.  (Well, this is the version sold at Target.  I originally love the Hot Cinnamon Spice, which seems to basically be the same thing.)  I drink it every day!

Luxardo Cherries

These original maraschino cherries are definitely a splurge, but I love them as a special treat in cocktails.  And they last a long time!

Bicycle Bookends

My bookshelves look so much better with these adorable and stylish bookends.

The Love & Lemons Cookbook

A gorgeously designed cookbook by talented bloggers Jeanine and Jack, that will instantly brighten up your home (and your diet).

Eating in the Middle Cookbook

A fantastic cookbook by my friend, Andie (of the blog, Can You Stay For Dinner).  It’s full of amazing, healthy (but not too virtuous) recipes that are totally inspiring.

Spoonula

I love this flexible hybrid of a utensil! It’s great for scraping, stirring and serving, plus, I love the color!

Ratio

For anyone who wants to experiment with developing your own recipes, this book does a great job at explaining the basic ratios behind popular foods.  I’ve used and loved it for years!

Weck Juice Jar

I’m kind of obsessed with weck jars so I love this little juice carafe. It’s great for storing infused water or fresh squeezed juice, and it makes a cute addition to your table.

Cherry Bombe Magazine

I absolutely love this biannual magazine celebrating women in food. It’s got awesome photography, interviews, and recipes, and it’s totally inspiring.

Pre-Cut Parchment Baking Sheet Liners

These are so, so, so convenient.  And when purchased from this shop on Amazon, I think they’re even cheaper than the rolls.

Digital Food Scale

I’ve been using this $19 scale for about 5 years, and absolutely love it.  Whether it’s measuring out the weight of my coffee beans, or the right amount of pasta (from my giant Costco-sized portions), or the perfect amount of flour for a recipe, I’m regularly thankful that I have this little scale nearby.

Cake Leveler

This cake leveler probably wins my award for the Seems-Totally-Unnecessary-But-Is-Actually-A-Lifesaver item on this list.  You can try to do the same with a serrated knife, but I’m tellin’ ya, this leveler is easier and is accurate for me every time.

French Press

I’ve owned a couple of these over the years, and this plastic/glass version from Bodum seems to have outlasted the others by a mile.  It’s well made, it’s dishwasher-safe, and it makes delicious French press coffee like a pro.

Jumbo Silicone Ice Cube Tray

If you like making cocktails — or really, any drink that you don’t want diluted with quickly-melting ice — then these jumbo ice trays are essential.  The make big ol’ blocks of ice that serve the double purpose of looking lovely in your drink, and also cooling it down without immediately watering it down.  And the silicone

Lime Juicer

This juicer is so strong and will squeeze out every last drop of lime juice like a pro.  It’s worth every penny.

Microplane Grater-Zester

This is definitely one of my all-time favorite kitchen tools.  It’s perfect for all of your citrus zesting needs, and I also use mine regularly to grate everything from nutmeg to Parmesan to garlic to ginger to chocolate and beyond.  A “must” for every new cook, and Microplane is the best!

Cherry and Olive Pitter

If you happen to like fresh cherries (or olives), this pitter really is worth every penny.  It pits like a pro — super efficiently and pretty darn accurately — and makes cherry season all the more delicious.

Horizontal Peeler

I tend to use this Y (horizontal) peeler much more than my vertical peeler.  Nice and sharp, it easily skins just about any kind of produce, and also does a great job at making vegetable “ribbons”.

Digital Instant Read Thermometer

This instant-read thermometer is super quick and easy to use, nice and small, and it’s more affordable than many others out on the market.

Julienne Peeler

I use this regularly to shredded carrots for salads, turn zucchini into zoodles, and shred potatoes for hash browns.  It’s definitely a cheaper alternative to spiralizer (although I love mine too), and this brand is nice and sharp.

Oil Mister

I use this to spray pans before cooking, mist veggies and proteins before roasting, and sometimes even fill it with a (non-chunky) salad dressing to evenly-mist my salad.  Definitely a helpful and environmentally friendly (aerosol-free!) tool to keep on hand.

Box Grater

It may seem insignificant, but having a comfortable handle when you’re grating a bunch of cheese or veggies really does make a big difference.  And having a nice little container to catch the food?  Also helpful!  Both are dishwasher-safe, too.

Measuring Spoons

I just love these measuring spoons because they’re nice and skinny and long, which means they’ll actually fit into your spice jars!  Brilliant.

Paring Knives

When it comes to paring knives, these inexpensive and colorful knives from Kuhn Rikon can’t be beat.  They cut and peel and chop impressively well, they each come with a matching sheath for safe storage (also good for packing in a lunchbox if needed), and you can pop them in the dishwasher and they’ll still come

Pepper Grinder

This pepper grinder may not be the prettiest, but I use it every single day and am always impressed by its performance.  I love that it produces a super-coarse and super-fine grind.  If you love pepper as much as I do, I totally recommend it!

Silicone Regular Spatula

I’ve owned many a rubber/silicone spatula over the years, but this line of spatulas from OXO is by far my favorite, and I own at least one in every size.  Mostly, I just love them because the top won’t fall off of the handle!

Ice Cream Scoop

This is an item I think is worth a slight splurge.  This brand of ice cream scoop works like a charm, even on really hard ice cream.  And the design of it feels comfortable in your hand along the way.  Bonus?  It’s also dishwasher safe.

Stainless and Nylon Tongs

Every cook needs a good pair (or two) of tongs, and these ones are (by far) my favorite.  The nylon grip prevents them from getting too hot to handle, and the clamp lets you lock them for more compact storage.

Divided Airtight Container

A grown-up lunch box!  Love the design and functionality, and it’s made with stainless steel.

The Best Slippers Ever

These “luxury plush foot duvets” = life-changing.  I’m obsessed and can’t go a winter without them. Best slippers ever.

Bamboo Skewers & Knot Picks

Perfect for serving small bites, cheese, fruit, meats, or other various cocktails.

Frozen Ice Pop Maker

I love this popsicle mold — it’s affordable and easy to use, and I love that it allows you to make 10 pops at once!

Lemon Juicer

If you also use a lot of lemons, I definitely recommend this lemon juicer (which juices both lemons and limes).

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