1. SABRE Glitter Teaspoons 2. RENÉ REDZEPI: A Work in Progress Book 3. KRUPPS Coffee Maker 4. WILLIAMS-SONOMA Peppermint Bark 5. ABRAMS Pasta Modern Cookbook 6. C. WONDER. “Kiss the Cook” Cheese Plate 7. FORNASETTI Appetizers Bowls 8. SODA STREAM Maker 9. BARNEYS Wine Tote 10. BLACKBERRY FARM Pumpkin & Pear Butter 11. L’OBJET Malachite Dessert Plates 12. WILLIAMS-SONOMA All-Clad Waffle Maker 13. BOUCHON BAKERY Coffee 14. MODERN HOUSE Wines
It’s only been a little over a year since I’ve made my way into the kitchen. (Remember this post? I’m getting much better.) Before that, I used my stove primarily for heating the water for my tea and my oven was makeshift cabinet for storing my past Vogues. That’s all changed now. I mean it. I’m a foodie, so while I never turn down trying a new restaurant or visiting my favorites, a lot more of my nights are now spent cooking at home. Once I started doing it, I found that I actually really enjoyed it. Cooking is something I look forward to (95% of the time); and since I’ve always loved to host a dinner party, being able to cook the meal for everyone makes it all that much better.
Just like any hobby, new toys and gadgets make it all the more fun. I was spoiled this year with wedding gifts, and having all of those fun toys to play with in the kitchen certainly makes me more apt to try new things. For instance, I used to not be a waffle person. (I’ve always been more of a pancakes gal.) However, thanks to this super entertaining gift, I now whip up a batch of waffles on the reg. I’m also a big fan of this thing. It’s under $50 and Friday nights are way more fun with it. If you’re looking to splurge (like really splurge) then the Vitamix is the way to go. It it by far my favorite thing in our kitchen. It basically does everything – blends, purees, chops, mixes, you name it. I use mine at least three times a week to make a smoothie (I’m loving this one right now). Another necessity in the kitchen? A great cookbook. I love this one for healthy weeknight meals. This one is currently on my wish list and is sure to please any Mexican-food lover. I love Pinterest recipes, but sometimes I just like to do it the old-fashioned way.
If you’re foodie friend/chef is anything like me then she likes her food to be perfectly presented, too. You can’t go wrong with items for her tablescape. Nesting bowls and/or some fun ikat napkins would do it. On that note, I’m dying for Santa to bring me a set (or two) of these dessert plates. A slice of this cake would look even prettier sitting atop one of those plates, don’t you think?