Tools & Equipment

These are the things outside of conventional cookware that I use regularly in my recipes. This is also the only place on the site where I use affiliate links. I only link to products I own and personally use.
  • Plan-to-Eat: This is my recipe book, meal-planner, grocery list of choice. If you are interested in trying it out, here is my affiliate link . This tool is the only thing I link in the actual recipes I post for two reasons. Firstly, I'd love to be able to have some of you on my friends list in the app to trade more recipes! Secondly, I like to promote the platform as it has been an integral part of my grocery shopping, recipe clipping and meal planning since 2011.
  • Pressure Cooker: You can use a crockpot, but read Kenji's article about why pressure cookers are SO much better. I put off buying an Instant Pot forever, and now I use it several times a week. Getting the non-stick insert is really helpful for anything tomato based.
  • Spiralizer: Not just for zoodles! I use the spiralizer for all sorts of things like shredded cabbage, scalloped potatoes, onions for frying onions, Asian salads.
  • Heavy Duty Blender: A few years ago my sister convinced me it would be worth the money to upgrade to a high-performance blender and now I have no idea how I ever lived without one. She has a Vitamix. I opted for a Blendtec because at the time, the jars were dishwasher safe and because the Blendtec does not use sharp blades (I'm accident prone). As these are several years old, I have no idea what newer brands and models may be improvements. I have two different size jars, the one that came with it for big batch and one for smaller things.
  • Immersion Blender: I use one with an attachment that makes it work as a mini food processor which is fabulous for quickly chopping up things like garlic and cilantro. I probably use that attachment more than the blender wand.
  • Cast Iron Skillets: I do about 90% of my stovetop cooking and roasting in cast iron. I have three different sizes. The 8-inch is my go-to for my 2-person weekend frittatas.
  • Ceramic Pans: My sister introduced me to these, and they are fabulous. No need to line them. They have completely replaced metal cookie sheets for me except for broiling.
  • Books: I the majority of my cooking from web sites, but I do have several cookbooks that I love!