RESOURCES

These are a few of my favorite things!

Whether you're just starting out or it's old (chef) hat to you, these are the items I trust and use in my kitchen daily. These items might also make great gifts for the cooks in your life.

FOR THE BEGINNING COOKS:

cutting board

A LARGE CUTTING BOARD

Get one as large as you can handle, in wood or plastic. Glass and other materials are destructive to knife edges. Personally, I like wood because it looks nicer longer, but plastic is dishwasher safe if that’s a priority for you.

chef_knife

A CHEF KNIFE

A decent knife doesn’t have to cost more than $50 but it should cost more than $10 if you want one that will keep its edge and isn’t so flimsy that it’s dangerous.

knifesharpener

A KNIFE SHARPENER

Everyone should have one of these and use it weekly.

steelskillet

A STEEL SKILLET

Easier to learn to use than a cast iron skillet, and much more durable than a non-stick skillet.

saucepot

A SAUCE POT

A 2-quart size works for most things.

MY LEARN TO COOK BOOK

A most excellent primer on learning to cook, learning to grocery shop, meal planning, and more. Includes over 150 recipes.

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FOR INTERMEDIATE COOKS:

moreknives

ANOTHER CHEF KNIFE

Nice to have when you have a friend over to cook together. Maybe you want to upgrade now, too.

castironskillet

A CAST IRON SKILLET

Cast iron is my go-to skillet. They take some breaking in (see my “how to season a cast iron skillet” instructions) but once you’ve got it, you’ll love it.

blender

A BLENDER

Blenders aren’t just for smoothies. Use the blender to scramble a dozen eggs for a crowd, to mix up pancake batter, to turn bread into crumbs, and to crush ice for cocktails.

silpat

A SIL-PAT

(or two) - these silicon baking tray liners are a dream. They keep baked goods from sticking, they are reusable and easy to clean.

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FOR ADVANCED COOKS:

mandolin slicer

A MANDOLIN

I find these more versatile than a spiralizer because you can use it to make thin slices or julienne “noodles”. These can cut you; use the hand guard, and sprinkle some water on the plate before you begin to lubricate it and keep food from sticking. (See the video on making “coconut zoodles” for a demo on this.)

dutchoven

A DUTCH OVEN

Dutch ovens are wonderful tools for stews and braises. You can use them on the stove or in the oven with great results.

standmixer

A STAND MIXER

Great for making cakes, kneading bread dough, whipping cream or egg whites, and any number of more advanced techniques without breaking a sweat

flavorthesaurus

THE FLAVOR THESAURUS

Probably the most-used “cook book” in my house, this book is full of interesting flavor and ingredient combinations to experiment with.

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EXTRAS:

These are things you may find extremely useful, depending on your lifestyle.

slowcooker

SLOW-COOKER

I use my flow-cooker often, especially on busy days when I won’t have time to cook dinner. I even wrote a Slow Cooker Recipes book with 40 new recipes!

foodprocessor

A FOOD PROCESSOR

Use this for chopping large amounts of onions or other vegetables; grating cheese; even making pie crust

instantpot

INSTANT POT

This is an electric pressure cooker/slow cooker/rice cooker. I have one and use it often to cook dried beans and meats on the pressure cooker setting. It’s safe, easy to use, and easy to clean.

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