Kitchen Faves

Now that the busy holiday season is over, I’m trying to get excited about cooking again. I’ve finally figured out over the years that it’s not the actual cooking that I dislike. It’s the clean up after. And I’m not too fond of the grocery shopping either. :)

To kick off the new year, I treated myself to a new stainless steel pan at Williams Sonoma. Please don’t judge! I got it on sale and even then, it is by far the most expensive pan I have ever bought.

The great thing about this pan is that it’s dishwasher safe and seems to cook stuff without the “stuck-on” problem I have had with other stainless pans. I know you are probably thinking, “Just get non-stick!”. But the truth is that I have non-stick and it has to be hand washed. I’m not going to say too much about this, since I feel like I’ve been a bit of a Debbie Downer lately: If you have non-stick cookware and the coating is flaking off, it’s time to throw it away. Heat + broken down chemicals = bad for you. I’ll leave the Googling to you!

After my Wooden Spoon freak out last Friday, I went through and evaluated all of mine and threw away 3. I replaced them with a bamboo 3-pack from Target that was $2.99. I think the brand was Chefmate, but I couldn’t find them online to link to. Beware of the Giada 2-pack that is more expensive and is getting awful reviews online. Apparently, they splinter immediately. Woops! The bamboo ones I got seem really sturdy and I always put them in the dishwasher. I am not hand washing wooden spoons!

Something else I use in the kitchen, and certain people have made fun of me for (you know who you are) is:

Plink!


These are used to clean your garbage disposal. I know you can use citrus peel. But if you don’t eat oranges every week, these are nice to have around. I usually buy mine at Bed Bath And Beyond, but Amazon has it as well.

Dishes! I love these bowls:

Latte Bowls from Anthropologie


They come in tons of different colors and even a smaller mini size. Mine are a kelly green color that they appear not to have anymore. You can shop for them here.

I recently bought:

Winter Calligraphy Plates from West Elm


I’m really digging all of West Elm’s new stuff. I haven’t gotten to use my plates yet, but they are on sale now.

Something else I’ve had in my kitchen forever are these:

Thanks, guys!


My Aunt Chris and Uncle Dan gave these to us along with some stainless utensils for a shower gift. We’ll be married 15 years in a couple months and they all look practically brand new. (A note to all smart asses: Yes, I have used them!) You can buy them here.

Last but not least, is my red Mario Batalli dutch oven from Crate and Barrel.

Mine is a slightly different shape, but they don't carry it anymore.


Even though I have to hand wash it, it’s red and I love it! It is a measure of my devotion and what a good job it does, that I use it all the time even with the extra clean up needed.

What are your favorite kitchen tools? Any new recipes you want to recommend? There’s a bean stew that I saw over at Smitten Kitchen that I want to try for tonight. We’ll see… Have a great weekend!

PS Check back on Sunday. I think I’m doing a giveaway, and I’ll be linking to a cool site run by a friend I’ve made through blogging.

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14 responses to this post.

  1. Posted by lou on January 7, 2011 at 12:02 pm

    I also use Plink:) And the breakfast bowls from the PW cookbook are very good. I have made them with bacon and with ham and my whole family liked them both, which is saying a lot! If you are getting rid of unused pot/pans…you can sure send them my way…or dishes…or whatever else you might be replacing!

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  2. I’m not a big cooker either because the dishes kill me but I try to wash them while I’m cooking. But this cookware you have are great choices.

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  3. I just got a Ninja for Christmas! Yes – a Ninja. It is a combination of a chopper, blender and food processor. I have only used it twice, but so far so good. You can find it at Sam’s or Costco or I am sure somewhere online! And I love those Anthropology bowls!

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    • A Ninja?! What a great name! Is every part dishwasher safe? I like my food processor, but it’s kind of big. At least everything can go in the machine.

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      • Yes, the only part you cannot put in the dishwasher is this “top” that actually does the blending. If you use it correctly, this will never need to be washed anyway!

  4. Hey we follow Smitten Kitchen too! Great blog! We have a cooking blog too if ya wanna check it out: Chef Fresco.

    Have a great weekend and enjoy your new pan!

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  5. oops sorry, I think my link was wrong. Try this one: Chef Fresco

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  6. Hey Chic Girl!:-)

    Thank you so much for your comment today! Guess what? I just awarded you the Stylish Blogger award!

    Have a wonderful weekend, sweetie!

    xo

    Luciane at HomeBunch.com

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  7. Posted by Kate on January 8, 2011 at 2:48 pm

    I lOVE the dutch oven from crate and barrel! It’s by far my favorite kitchen item. :)

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  8. I have those bowls, too. Have you seen the tiny ones? So cute.
    Mary Ann

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