I have been seeing a lot of Instagram stories and blog posts lately with holiday shopping guides and favorite finds.  So I thought I would start putting together some of my favorite things that I use most often and couldn’t live without! Today I want to share my favorite kitchen items with you all.

Farberware Percolator

We brew our coffee every morning in a percolator.  We have had many different kinds of coffee pots through the years but, in my opinion, the taste of percolator coffee can’t be beat!  My brother and his wife have always used a percolator and now my sister and her husband do too!  Try it, you’ll love it!

Lodge 10.5 inch Cast Iron Griddle

I saw this pan for the first time at my sister in law’s years ago and bought one right away!  It truly never gets put away in our house, you will always find it sitting on our stovetop. We use it to heat our tortillas on taco night, making grilled cheese, eggs, toasting rolls etc.Parchment Paper

We use parchment paper pretty much every time a cookie sheet is used.  I also use it to line bread pans for easy removal.  If baking cookies you do not need to spray the pan if you have parchment. It can also be used to make “packet meals” where you place all the ingredients to a meal (protein and vegetables) inside and wrap them up so they all cook together. I go through this stuff like crazy! It just makes cooking and baking so much easier!

LeCreuset Dutch Oven

Hands down the best pot ever!  My parents bought this for us several years ago for Christmas and this puppy gets used so much!  You can cook on the stovetop or in the oven.  It heats so quickly and cooks evenly and we love it!  I think my parents appreciate all of the meals we feed them out of this!  Soups, stews, risotto, roasts, you name it.  Totally worth the price!  It comes in several different sizes. I have the 5.5 quart and the 7.25 quart.  We use both but definitely use the 7.25 quart the most as you can fit a good sized roast and most soup recipes in it.



Kitchen Aid Stand Mixer

I couldn’t live without this mixer.  Well, I probably could but I don’t want to!  It has changed my life!  Another purchase made by my parents several years ago.  Gee, notice a tend here? My parents sure like to buy me things that make delicious food for all! I use it so much that I always worry  it’s going to break down on me in the middle of a big baking project!  When we had our kitchen renovated 14 years ago I had a special cabinet installed just for my mixer!!!  I love it that much!


OXO Softworks Cookie Scoops

These cookie/ice cream scoops are a great tool with multiple uses.  I have them in a couple of sizes and I use them for scooping cookies onto sheets, dropping muffin batter, scooping ice cream and making meatballs, to name a few. They enable you to make things uniform in size!

Flexible Stainless-Steel Slotted Spatula

I just got this spatula a couple of years ago, basically because I see everyone on Food Network use one!  I believe they’re meant to be used to cook fish but I use it for everything! It’s great for tossing roasted vegetables which I am constantly making!

Cooking Tongs

These tongs are put to use everyday in our house for so many things! Serving, scooping, flipping, you name it!




OXO Softworks Rolling Pin

I have a few different wooden rolling pins that I use on occasion but I use this one the most because I love anything that can go in the dishwasher!!! I’ve had it for years and put it in the dishwasher every time I use it and it’s like new!!!  Other than cast iron and teflon pans I rarely buy things that cannot go in the dishwasher.  I never feel like things are truly clean unless washed in there!

Pampered Chef Skinny and Classic Scraper

Again…dishwasher safe!  I hate rubber spatulas with wooden handles, I just don’t get it? I have these on my Christmas list because I use them so much that, even though they are still in perfect shape approximately 10-15 years after buying them, they’re always in the dishwasher!!!  I have bought several different rubber spatulas over the years but these are hands down my fave!!!

Pampered Chef Smooth-Edge Can Opener

Another amazing tool that I have had forever.  Extremely easy to use and it cuts the lids off of cans so that the edges aren’t sharp! Genius!!


I hope this list of my kitchen favorites will help in your holiday gift giving for the cooks in your life! Happy shopping!


2 responses to “Holiday Gift Buying Guide: Favorite Cooking Essentials

    1. I hope Santa brings you one! You will love it! They have good prices at Wal-Mart and The Kitchen Collection at the outlets. I have the ice cream maker attachments and now I’ve got my eye on the citrus juicer attachment!

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