These kitchen tools and small appliances have been life savers, allowing for faster and easier cooking. I really do use and recommend each and every one of them!

  • Scanpan CTX Cookware: I love these pots and pans. They are PFOA-free and are made from 100% recycled aluminum. I find they cook very evenly, are truly nonstick and wash up easily. There are several different lines (I like the CTX because they work on my induction cooktop), so check them all out and see which one best fits your needs.

  • Le Creuset cookware and bakeware: There is nothing like cooking in Le Creuset. My mom had several covered casserole dishes, as I do. I am also partial to the brasier. I prefer the cast iron line – it retains and evenly distributes heat extremely well. The enamel glaze makes clean up a snap.

  • All Clad d5 Double Boiler: Every kitchen should have a double boiler, and I love how this All Clad d5 Stainless Steel with Porcelain insert model functions. It heats evenly and slowly, allowing you to gently apply heat when making recipes that need to heat “slow and low,” like melting chocolate or making custards.

  • Half sheet pans: I’m often asked for recommendations on the best cookie sheets. I always use half-sheet pans. Made of aluminum, they heat evenly and don’t rust. With reinforced steel sides, they don’t warp either. I recommend purchasing together with a companion wire rack (see below).

  • Nonstick wire rack for half sheet pans: I recommend purchasing these racks for your half sheet pans. Alone, they are the perfect cooling rack. In the pan, they are excellent for crisping bacon and other foods in the oven.

  • Pre-cut parchment paper sheets for half sheet pans: These are a complete time saver. Cut to fit perfectly in your half sheet pans, they are unbleached, food safe and good to use up to 450 degrees. And, they don’t roll on the edges!

  • Wusthof knives: I love the feel, weight and shape of these knives. The blades are forged from one piece of high carbon steel and the handles are designed for comfort. Super sharp, they make chopping easy. I use the Classic Ikon series in my home kitchen.

  • Kyocera Ceramic Knives: I am often asked which knives I use. These Kyocera knives are a favorite. Why? They are light, perfectly balanced, super sharp (and stay sharper longer) and easy to clean. Not only do I love these knives, I couldn’t live without my Kyocera vegetable peeler!

  • Kyocera Y-shaped Ceramic Peeler: As a left-handed person, often traditional peelers don’t work that well for me. This one is perfect! The Y-shape makes it usable with either hand, and the ceramic blade is super sharp. It’s also easy to clean, and doesn’t rust.

  • Cuisinart 13-Cup Elemental Dicing Food Processor: I recently had to replace my food processor with this one, and it is fabulous. Chops, slices, shreds and mixes evenly – and the dicing blade works extremely well. And it comes with two different size bowls, so no need for a separate mini-processor. It even comes with a second, flat top cover without a feed tube!

  • KitchenAid Stand MixerA must-have, this 10-speed KitchenAid Stand Mixer can handle up to 4 ½ quarts at a single time and features 3 handy accessories – a flat beater, wire whip and a dough hook.

  • Immersion/hand blender:  This simple, hand-held blender provides smooth, even blending and is lightweight enough for one-handed operation.

  • Microplane Zester/GraterDesigned to extract the best flavor from food. Excellent for using with hard cheeses, onions, citrus fruits, ginger and much more.

  • Lemon and lime squeezer: This citrus press makes juicing lemons and limes super easy, and ensures you get every last drop of juice!

  • Onion Goggles:  The answer to tear-free chopping, mincing, dicing and slicing! Designed with comfortable foam seal, these googles protect your eyes from all irritating kitchen vapors.

  • Paderno Spiralizer: Why pay extra for spiralized vegetables when you can easily and quickly make your own? I’ve tried a few different brands, and like the way this Paderno model works the best. Several different size blades to pick from, and they all easily store inside the unit.

  • Food LoopsThe first ever heat resistant silicone food trussing tool, designed to replace kitchen string and toothpicks during the food prepping process.

  • Cooking Temperature Guide: This excellent guide from Meathead Goldwyn (www.amazingribs.com) is must-have to ensure safety when cooking – as well as not overcooking. Using an instant read thermometer in conjunction with this cooking temperature guide guarantees that your fish, chicken, pork or beef is cooked properly and evenly every time!

  • Flour sifter: This is my favorite flour sifter. The mesh is fine enough to do a good job, plus it’s both easy to use and to clean.

  • Rolling pin covers: My mom always had a cover on her rolling pin, so naturally I always do, too. They prevent dough from sticking to the roller – including for cookies, pie crusts, even pie dough. Made of 100% cotton, they are washable and reusable.

  • Mini Tart Tamper: This little device is a “must have” for pushing puff pastry squares, bread slices, small balls of dough, etc. into mini muffin cups.

  • Round Biscuit and Cookie Cutter SetRanging from ¾ to 3 5/8 inches, these stainless steel cutters are ideal for cutting dough for pastries, cookies and more. They are the same brand (Ateco) my mom used for years!

  • Dough E Z Rolling System: This silicone mat and guides are must when baking. The nonstick mat reduces the need for excess flour, and the guide rulers take the guesswork out of rolling dough and ensure a uniform thickness.

  • Stacking BowlsBeautiful, clean, stainless steel food containers with a locking handle to hold them in place; perfect for easily transporting just about anything to a picnic. Un-stacked containers can be used as serving or eating bowls.