Happy Friday! Today I'm going to share some of my favorite cooking tools that I just couldn't live or cook without. AND this is perfect timing since Mother's Day is just a couple weekends away, and these items would make the perfect gifts for your Momma!
I LOVEEE love love my Cuisinart Mini-Prep Plus Food Processor! I got this as a gift from my roommate and was intimidated by it at first. What do I put in there? Do I press chop or grind? Once I started experimenting with it, this little chopping powerhouse has become one of my staples to help me whip up perfectly delicious meals! The great thing is that it's compact - it isn't one of those huge processors with multiple parts. This one is just 3 cups, fits perfectly on your counter, and comes in a whole rainbow of fun colors! I use it for chopping, for pureeing sauces, making salad dressing, mincing, mashing, blending . . . you name it! A MUST for any cook - whether you're a newbie or seasoned in the kitchen!
My number 1 most-used cooking tool in my kitchen is my lemon juicer. Yes it's kind of simple and you can easily squeeze a lemon, lime, or orange with your own hands, but this just makes it so much easier and helps you get every last drop of citrus out of your fruits! TIP: Make sure you buy a juicer big enough to fit an orange . . . that way you can use it for limes and lemons too. If you buy one that is the right size for limes, well then, the other fruits won't fit and that would just be silly!
Cuisinart Smart Stick hand blender - this is a fun one! Just plug it in, put it directly into your pot of soup, press one button, and voila - you'll have perfectly pureed soups! Also great to make dressings, sauce, fruity-yogurt and smoothies!
Last little tip of the day - I think it's really important to invest in at least ONE great knife. I had been wanting a nice ceramic chef's knife for SO long, and I finally saw that there was a Kyocera sale on Gilt Home. In one quick click, an amazing ceramic chefs knife was mine and I LOVE using it! Having a great knife really makes cooking a lot easier! This is the one I have, so always be on the look out for great sales - Gilt and One Kings Lane have them all the time!
I'm a Southern California foodie who lives for a great meal, has a serious weakness for sweets, and loves to spread happiness by cooking for friends and family. I welcome you to WeekNight Bite - where you'll find cooking tips, tricks, and videos of healthy and delicious recipes that are quick and effortless - perfect for any night of the week!