Happy Thursday ya’ll! I hope your week has been treating you well thus far!
Last week, for our anniversary we did a French Riviara cooking class at Uncorked Kitchen. Drew and I enjoy cooking and do a pretty good job in the kitchen, but it is always fun to go to a cooking class and make something we wouldn’t normally make at home. Our class menu included rosemary parm crackers with an olive tapenade, tuna nicoise salad, bouillabaisse, and lemon tarts!
It was delicious and a blast trying new techniques and recipes out together! I would highly recommend a date night cooking class. Sir La Table also does cooking classes that we have also really enjoyed!
On our date night, in the big fancy kitchen got me thinking about all my favorite cooking tools and gadgets I use at home. So, I thought I’d do a kitchen edition of Things I’m Loving Thursday.
In no particular order, these are my top favorite items, and why I love them:
- Mandoline – This is the newest addition to my kitchen, but I wish I had had it long, long ago! I think every kitchen needs a good set of knives, but my mandoline beats out my knife skills any day. I use it for so much, and not only does it cut down on prep time, everything ends up the same size, go figure! I’ve used it to slice sweet potatoes, thinly slice onions for salads, cucumbers, zucchini, and more. I pull this guy out at least once a week.
- Electric food chopper – I have a big ‘ol food processor that I love, but sometimes its almost a bit too much for quick use. This little Black & Decker chopper was something my mom gave me when I moved into my first apartment in college. She has one, and I feel like she was gifting me with her secret kitchen knowledge with this ‘lil guy. It doesn’t take up much room, but it is super easy for making salsa’s, pesto, chopping veggies, and so much more.
- Hand emersion blender – My hand emersion blender was a hammy-down from my MIL, and it is the best! I sometimes use it interchangeably with my food chopper when making salsa, but for making big pots of soup this is always my go-to tool. I use it when making butternut squash soup or if I were to make a homemade marinara. You can put it directly in the pot you are cooking soup in and this way you don’t have to deal with the mess of transferring back and forth to a blender.
- Glass nesting bowls – I use these glass nesting bowls probably on a daily bases. There are ten different size bowls and I use them for everything from tossing and serving a salad, scrabbling eggs, to gathering spices. I love the nesting feature so you can have a ton of size options without taking up much space in your cabinets.
- Wine aerator – We have a beautiful wine decanter, but you want to know how many times we’ve used it? Maybe 2… we don’t host a ton of sit down dinner parties, they are more of a big shindig where a glass decanter is more of a liability. So, this handheld wine aerator gets used almost every time we open a bottle of red. You pour your win straight from the bottle, through the aerator, into your glass and it adds air to the wine without having to wait for it to open. Plus, my grandfather who is a major oenophilia (lover of wine) and majorly knows his way around wine, loves this little guy!
- Meat thermometer – This next little gadget was something that we registered for when we got married and it is da best. There isn’t much worse than dry chicken, and this meat thermometer has saved us many dinners from the perils of dry chicken. It is also great when cooking steaks, or any other meat.
- Cast iron skillet – Another all-time favorite is our cast iron skillet! My wonderful aunt and uncle gifted us a cast iron and it will be a favorite in our kitchen for years to come. They might seem a little intimidating because you can’t use soap to clean them, but once properly seasoned a cast iron will be your go-to for anything from chicken pot pie, shrimp, or even a cobbler.
I’d love to hear if you have any other beloved kitchen gadgets you think are game changers. Happy cooking!
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