Cooking up a storm

Eric and I will be moving when our lease is up come June, and I’m eagerly checking out new apartments with a bit more kitchen space. Lately I’ve been cooking and baking more than ever, and while it’s been a lot of fun, I am also realizing a few things that we’re missing that would make the experience a lot more enjoyable!

Here’s a list of a few things we have (and I adore!), or are on our wishlist for when we have a bit more space.

APPLIANCES

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Getting a KitchenAid Stand Mixer $450 $250 is definitely in my ‘someday’ wishlist. It’s something that I know it would be nice to have, but I wouldn’t use daily, so it isn’t worth the splurge just yet. I did get a KitchenAid Immersion Blender $40 for Christmas and it’s gotten plenty of use so far! I love making soups, and this definitely makes the process easier. They’re also great for making smoothies, sauces and more. I came across the Dash Rapid Egg Cooker $30 $20 and it grabbed my attention. Eric and I both love having hard-boiled eggs on hand for a healthy snack, and it’d be great to have them close at hand and quicker to make.

TOOLS

tool

A low-key important tool to have in the kitchen? Tongs. I was making a giant batch of bacon for breakfast this weekend, and I know this pair of KitchenAid Stainless Steel Locking Tongs $7 would’ve come in handy. We recently got a Cast Iron Skillet $60 $40, and that has been a treat to learn to cook with. It sears up steaks nicely, and moves easily from stovetop to the oven. Something we haven’t needed to invest in yet is a colander, seeing as we have a pot with a draining lid. I do miss the ease of being able to dump anything I’m making through the strainer, so I picked up this TableCraft 5-Quart Copper Colander $20. The copper makes it a bit prettier sitting in your sink. Making banana bread this weekend, I realized the need for a rubber spatula! Nothing quite works like them, and I love the Crate & Barrel Silicone Spatula $10 covered in adorable bumble bees.

NICE TO HAVE

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We have a really nice amount of counter space, with a main island to help, but very little stovetop space. (Our stove is probably 20″, so we don’t have much to work with.) That’s why a piece like the kate spade new york Ampersand Trivet $15 would work so well, and wouldn’t look too shabby sitting out, either! Another problem to solve: I love salads; I hate wet lettuce. Hence my recent order of the OXO Salad Spinner $30 – it makes it so easy to have crisp, fresh lettuce after washing. Adding to my love of eggs, I love the idea of the Quirky Egg Minder Smart Egg Tray $50 $11. Not only does this make it easier to glance and see how many you have, but this little gadget syncs with your phone to tell you how many eggs you’ve got at home! And it’s on major sale. Finally, while baking this weekend (and spilling flour everywhere), I realized the necessity of having an apron. The kate spade new york Le Pavillion Apron $30 isn’t just adorable, but it’ll save your clothes from catastrophe while cooking.

XO
Amanda

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