1. KitchenAid Artisan Stand Mixer. Of course my pink KitchenAid mixer is at the top of my list since it's what started this crazy "pink" obsession in the first place. This mixer is my favorite for making cookies or mashed potatoes. ($299.99, Macys.com)
2. Le Creuset 5 1/2 quart French oven and 3 1/2 quart Braiser. I cannot tell you how much I love these. I use them constantly. The French oven is great for roasting a whole chicken or for soups and chili. The casserole pot can be used the same way as a saute pan. I am always cooking chicken breast or ground beef in that one. These can be purchased at Williams-Sonoma (www.williams-sonoma.com) or the Le Creuset outlet in The Philadelphia Premium outlets in Limerick. Also, I purchased the stainless steel knob on the yellow one at the outlets. The regular black knobs can only withstand a certain temperature in the oven. I think the yellow color (Citron at Williams-Sonoma) is discontinued, but the Dune shade is still available. (French oven, $240. Braiser, $205. Williams-sonoma.com)
3. Pampered Chef Bamboo Knife Block set. These are the best knives I've ever used! Plus, this set comes with all the knives (except for the pink one in the picture), kitchen shears, and a sharpening tool. ($415, www.pamperedchef.com)
4. Deni 56-Blade Meat Tenderizer. If your chicken always turns out tough (like mine used to) this is a lifesaver! This makes chicken and steaks so tender you could cut them with a butter knife! I purchased mine from QVC, but I think it's currently out of stock. They are also available on Amazon. ($26 amazon.com)
5. Swissmar Peelers, set of 3. These peelers don't look like anything special, but they are! Includes a straight edge peeler, serrated edge peeler, and a julienne peeler. The straight edge is great for potatoes and carrots. The serrated edge can be used on softer items like peaches or tomatoes. I can't wait to use the julienne peeler this summer to make "pasta" out of zucchini, since this one slices into thin strips. Only $15 for the whole set! What a steal! ($15, williams-sonoma.com)
6. Nielsen-Massey Vanilla Bean Paste. This stuff rocks! It has little vanilla bean flecks in it so it makes homemade vanilla ice cream look gourmet. A little goes a long way. One bottle usually lasts me about 1 year. Has more flavor than vanilla extract so you don't need to use as much. I swear it makes chocolate chip cookies taste better! ($11, Williams-sonoma.com)
7. Tastefully Simple Onion Onion and Garlic Garlic seasoning blend. I love fresh garlic and onion, but sometimes I'm a little lazy and don't feel like chopping onions and messing with stinky garlic. These seasoning blends make your dish taste like you used the real thing. I use these all the time. The Onion Onion is great in meatballs! ($8.99 each, Tastefullysimple.com)
8. Stove-side must haves: Pepper mill, Salt Pig, and Olive oil. I like to have these right beside my stove so I can just grab them while I'm cooking. The pepper mill and salt pig are from HomeGoods. The olive oil dispenser is from Reading China and Glass.
9. Pampered Chef Garlic Press. The BEST garlic press on the market. You don't even have to peel the garlic clove. Just throw the whole thing in and squeeze! The little tool that comes with it is for cleaning and it attaches directly to the inside of the handle so it doesn't get lost. ($16.50 Pamperedchef.com)
10. All-Clad Measuring Cups and Measuring Spoons. First of all, I love All-Clad. They make the best products and almost all of their items have a lifetime warranty. These are not only cute (they resemble the full-size stainless steel All-Clad pots), but super durable too. ($50 if you buy them as a set, williams-sonoma.com)
11. Pampered Chef Stoneware. I'm sure everyone gets sick of hearing how much I love this stuff, but it really is amazing! In the picture above, I included a brand new stone, so you can see how much I've used the yucky brown one. Even though it looks gross, this is how you want it to look. The uglier it gets, the better it performs! It creates its own non-stick surface.
(Medium bar pan, $24. Pamperedchef.com)
12. Metrokane Rabbit Wine Tool Kit. If you love wine, you need a rabbit. Opens wine like nobody's business! Simply love it! I love to have a glass of wine while I'm cooking dinner. Turn on a little Michael Buble....heaven! ($49.99, Bedbathandbeyond.com)
Thanks for checking out my favorite things! Speaking of wine, I think I might have a glass!
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