Top 10 Kitchen Loves

I am not at ALL a professional chef, but I absolutely LOVE cooking. Most of the items I purchase from Marshalls/Homegoods. In my opinion, it’s more important to invest in quality pots/pans and cutlery. Here are the items I’m loving in my creative kitchen:

  1. Garlic Press ( Reg $14.99)— Never thought I would be able to tell the difference between fresh garlic and garlic powder. A garlic press will make all the difference! Just make sure it’s a sturdy one.
  2. Lemon Juice Squeezer (Reg $6.95) — I use this thing daily. It makes it so much easier to squeeze lemon into my water, or in sauces, or over freshly cooked seafood.
  3. Immersion Blender (Reg $50.00)— You can definitely use a regular blender, but this handheld version is light and easy to use. I love using this for making sauces and creamy soups. It gets the consistency just right.
  4. Cast Iron Skillet (Reg $27.00)— If you have one seasoned and passed down from your grandma, EVEN BETTER! I love using the sear and roast method for most meats. Sear in hot oil for 1–2 min on the stove and roast the rest of the time in the oven. This creates a great crust on the meat and roasting keeps the meat juicy.
  5. Balsamic Vinegar — I love using this for marinades, sauces and salad dressings. I’m not loyal to one brand, so I typically just pick up one from Marshalls/Homegoods that looks good.
  6. High Temp Cooking Oil (Reg $9.00)— For my sear and roast method, it’s important to use an oil that can withstand high temperatures. I love this one from Sun CoCo.
  7. Unsalted Butter — I am a FAN of butter… in moderation. Normally, I use unsalted butter so I can control the amount of salt in my food.
  8. Chicken Stock — Always great to add flavor to sauces. I also use this instead of water when steaming my rice. This broth is a great substitute, especially if I don’t have white wine on hand to add flavor. I’ve only seen it available at Giant though.
  9. Parchment Paper — I am an aluminum foil girl, all the way. But when I’m roasting veggies, this is BAE! It’s a breeze to clean up and non-stick.
  10. Steamer (Reg $40.00)— I love this inexpensive one. Works for rice, veggies and seafood.
  11. BONUS Global Chef’s Knife— This year I invested in a new Chef’s Knife. All I can say is WOW! It makes food prep so much easier and slices through even the hardest foods.
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