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My Favorite Kitchen Items


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One of my favorite kitchen items is this piece I ordered on Etsy in the Summer of 2020. It took a good 7 months to arrive but it was worth the wait and the construction is solid. I ordered the wine fridge from Wayfair and the piece was built around the dimensions. Sadly, the shop was overwhelmed with orders and is not available on Etsy. They have their own website where you can contact them for a custom piece. You can shop similar items on Etsy for custom wood pieces.

The room I have spent the most time in over the last year has been the kitchen. Baking/cooking is what is keeping me calm and distracted so it makes sense. I am making breakfast, lunch, and dinner at home and I am loving it. As I navigate throughout the kitchen on a daily basis, there are a few items that I use over and over and have become my favorites. I wanted to share these with you and I would love it if you share some of your kitchen favorites with me in the comments.

I start my mornings with coffee, I love my Bodum French Press. I also make my coffee with Nespresso. It all depends on how much time I have in the morning and what time it is.

Le Creuset

I have invested in Le Creuset since last year, slowly I have been adding pieces and I truly love them. They are pricey but they are made to last a lifetime so it is an investment in your kitchen. I went with the Cherry Red color and it makes me happy. In the morning, I make hot water in the tea kettle. I also own the saucepan, stockpot for soup, and dutch oven for making bread.

Staub I recently invested in a Staub over Christmas. I was hesitant for the 4qt because I thought it would be small but I have used it so many times. It is one of my favorite new purchases. I cook chicken, sauces, and soups in here. I love that the inside is cast iron. It helps keep my chicken flavorful and juicy.



staub 4 qt pan

Tea Towels

I go through so many tea towels in a week to keep dishes and my hands clean, they are also a fun accessory, especially to bring a little Paris home. They are washable so I just throw them in with my regular load of towels and keep the kitchen clean.

KitchenAid Mixer

I received my KitchenAid Mixer as a gift a few years ago. I use it at least once a week for cookies. If you have counter space, it helps to have room for it out. My sister and I both have the black one and pulling it in and out of the cabinet is a bit of a pain but I still love it.

Cutting Board

This is one of the things I use the most in all of my kitchen. My aunt bought me one as a move in present and I use it as a multipurpose cutting board/cheese board in a pinch.


my favorite kitchen organization items everyday parisian

Kitchen Organization

There is nothing I love more than a clean kitchen. Since I am spending so much time at home and I ordered extra baking supplies, I needed a place to put them. I ordered these from Sur La Table that is fabulous. I could probably use another pack of 10 if I was being honest. I also ordered these fridge keepers from Rubbermaid. I was using plastic Tupperware from Walgreens ( I know, it’s terrible) these were about the same price and the quality is so much better. I wish they were glass but for $40 and a set of 10, it is a steal and I literally use them all the time. The little ones are great for all the things you would put in zip lock bags and get lost in the fridge.

Cuisinart

I get a lot of searches for this on the blog. It was under $100 to purchase one and a great investment. I use it to make my pasta sauce and pesto. It pops right in the dishwasher to clean up and stores away in the cabinet so it isn’t out all the time. I also have a smaller one that is around $40 that I use for sauces and salsa.

Bowls/Whisks/Peeler

I make a salad at least once a day and I love the process of peeling, cutting, and prepping. If you are in a hurry, you can meal prep all these things and stick them in the fridge for convenience. I make my own salad dressing and now put it in a squeeze bottle in the fridge for easy access. These bowls may be the most used thing in my entire kitchen. They are inexpensive, come in a variety of sizes and they are easy to wash. I swear I have used every size! There is always a use for a small bowl when cooking.

Pans

All my favorite pans that hide in a drawer in the kitchen that get used all the time.

Soap


my favorite kitchen items everyday parisian

I have been washing my hands over and over and in the kitchen it is so important when you handle food to keep clean. I keep a few soaps at the kitchen sink to rotate.

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    • Thank you! I highly encourage a wine fridge. It helped with more space for leftovers in the regular fridge 🙂

  1. Been following you on Instagram and just realized you had a blog! Sorry I did not know sooner. I was trying to figure out where you lived since you post about Paris, but your address says Chicago. Now I understand. You are one lucky woman and congratulations for carving out such a great career. The phrase "do what you love and the money will follow" certainly applies to you.

    Curious as to what neighborhood you live in in Chicago. I lived in Lincoln Park for 5 years and then in a Gold Coast high rise for 4 years. Such a great city.

    I hope to spend a week in Paris in late March of next year. Moved from late October of this year. Fingers crossed that there is some sort of a resolution from this virus.

    Love your blog and look forward to learning much in preparation for my trip!

  2. I love my Le Creuset pans! I plan on them lasting a lifetime (or longer). And I’m in desperate need of some more kitchen organization canisters, I will check those out. The kitchen is my favorite place in the house and I’m starting to feel like I finally have a good collection of quality items.

  3. I have used it to make bread, and am amazed at the end product! I have experimented with a number of new recipes (some using the Dutch oven, some not) from butternut squash soup, to Coeur a la Creme. I don’t know if you have ever made a Coeur. I had the recipe kicking around for years, and finally decided to give it a try. One of the most sinfully delicious desserts I have ever made. Let me know, if you would like the recipe, and I will share.

  4. I too have been spending even more time than usual in the kitchen. Years ago I had a Le Creuset Dutch oven, but it became damaged. I had not replaced it, due to expense. I took the plunge during their 20% off sale, and have to say I don’t know how I lived so long without one. I purchased the dark blue. My standing mixer and food processor are two items that have been used over and over. So glad I took an interest in cooking years ago, and have continued to expand my range. It has been so therapeutic—even if my clothes are a little snug. That can be corrected! And, thank you for all of your lovely posts, during this time of isolation. They have lifted my spirits!

    • Hi Lily!

      I am so happy you love the Le Creuset dutch oven too! Have you made bread with it yet?? What have you enjoyed cooking the most? I am always looking for new recipes.

      Thank you so much for reading xo
      Rebecca