A few of my favorite things

Whiskers on kittens? Brown paper packages tied up with string? Um, yeah, those may be a few of Fraulein Maria’s favorite things in The Sound of Music, but I’ve got something better.

I spend a LOT of time in my kitchen and while I have what many think are a lot of gadgets, I have tried to reign in my most useful and helpful. Here are my top 5 must have kitchen gadgets!


When we downsized a few years ago, I had some pretty tough decisions to make regarding what to save and what to toss. This was a before Marie Kondo came onto the scene with her house cleansing philosophy.

In my pursuit of healthier eating and clean cooking these past two years, I thought I’d share some of my must haves and go-to kitchen products. These are the things that I can honestly say I could not function without.

The first would have to be my ” target=”_blank” rel=”noopener”>Nutri Ninja personal blender. I use this every day. It’s small enough to not overwhelm and it’s powerful too. It’s affordable too. I can whip up salad dressings, smoothies and dips. The motor is strong enough to grind nuts, which is great when you don’t want to use a large food processor.

Delicious smoothies are a snap with a Ninja!

My next favorite is my ” target=”_blank” rel=”noopener”>immersion blender. I actually have had this for nearly 30 years.  It was wedding shower gift, and quite honestly, I knew so little about cooking then, that I used to never use it! This is a very underrated device. If you like to make soups, this is a great tool to blend a thick soup into a puree without ever having to remove the soup from the pot. If you like gazpacho or thick tomato soup, you need an immersion blender.  I have a fabulous recipe for creamy creamless tomato soup and I could not make that soup without my immersion blender.

Have you ever heard of Saladmaster? It’s a very high-end line of cookware, It is only sold at home parties when a Saladmaster rep comes to your home and makes a lovely dinner for you. Then they give you a very high pressured sales pitch with lots of crazy facts and figures and scare you into thinking that whatever cookware you are currently using is dangerous! Yeah, we hosted one of those dinners, and no, we didn’t buy anything. But, I did find an amazing set that is a fraction of the price. It works wonderfully and I couldn’t be happier with it.

Another indispensable gadget is my citrus juicer. I have no room for a large electric juicer. I know Ina Garten has a beautiful countertop juicer and it is the envy of many cooks. I simply can’t spare the space, so I have found this juicer to be just as easy to use and it fits right into my gadget drawer!

 My kitchen would not be complete with my 11-cup Cuisinart food processor. This is actually my second one in about 22 years. I had my first one for about 16 years, but the motor finally gave up after many, many good years of use.  My cuisinart is great for making pestos, grinding nuts and making granola. It’s great for slicing veggies and just makes food prep so much easier.

I hope that you find these kitchen tools as helpful as I do. What are some of your favorites? Leave me a comment––I’d love to know!

For my local reader, if you’re interested in seeing many of these tools in action, I encourage you to sign up for my Build A Bowl Meal Workshop on April 2. 

See you in the kitchen soon,


Disclaimer: The links above are affiliate links to Amazon. If you choose to order any products, I receive a very small amount of money in return. I appreciate all of my readers and I hope that I can continue to bring you quality posts.



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