Products We Love
This is where you will find all things we love. Including books, kitchen supplies, cooking products, accessories, home decor and more!
Peugeot Pepper Grinder
Peugeot is a French company that has been making pepper mills since 1874 and trust me they know what
they are doing.
This particular style the Paris u’Select has a mechanism that allows you to choose the size of the grind you want to use. This versatility helps bring out the pepper's flavor and that really enhances the taste of your food.
To be honest, I wouldn't cook without my Peugeot. And since I like it so much I purchased one for everyone
in my family.
Heavy Duty Sheet-Pan
There is nothing better than a good quality pan.
Sheet-pans need to be heavy enough so they do not warp when they get hot. These pans made by Nordic Ware Aluminum pans are strong and durable.
This size is a half sheet and perfect for your oven.
17.88” x 12.88 x 1.06 exterior pan size
16.5” x 11.38” x 1” interior pan size
Made in USA
Heavy-duty Measuring Cups and Spoons
I love these heavy-duty measuring cups and spoons. They are strong, well constructed, and will last a lifetime.
The straight edge of the cup is perfect to push dough
or crumbs into the corner of a pan. It is also great
when I need to crush nuts.
Include are 1/4 cup, 1/3 cup, 1/2 cup, and 1 cup
1/8 tsp, 1/4 tsp, 1/2 tsp, 1 tsp, 1/2 tbsp, 1 tbsp
Set of 3 - 1 cup, 2 cups, and 4 cups
I like to cook so really like having all three of these sizes ready to use when I need them. It isn't because I really need them but because I find it easier to not have to wash them when I’m measuring different ingredients.
I also really like to have them available when I prep before I start cooking. Everything is measured and laid out in front of me and ready to go.
9 Stackable Duralex Bowls
I don't think you can ever have too many bowls.
The assortment of sizes are great and so useful.
I not only use them for prepping, I use them to serve salads, fruit, and anything that I think will look better displayed in glass.
The fact that they are Duralex, as I've mentioned, and great quality is a huge plus when you buy glass.
Over the last few years, I have been transitioning from plastic to glass. I like that glass is not absorbant and that I can wash it at high temperatures without worrying.
I find this tool essential in my kitchen!
It makes prepping vegetables so much easier.
Cutting potato slices for a gratin dauphinoise is so easy with a mandolin, or apple slices for a French apple tart.
You'll be thrilled with all the blades that this mandoline comes with. And equally as important, because the blades are very sharp I like the way they are stored making it safe to put away without fear of getting cut.
I love my zester!
But it isn't perfect. Its shape actually makes it hard to get the zest off the tool.
What I like about this particular zester is the openness of the design makes it much easier for the ingredients to fall off and to clean.
That isn’t a huge deal but a nice adjustment.
I love my emersion blender!
I use it for everything that needs blending. Such as soups, sauces, drinks you name it. Sauces have become easy to make with the invention of the emersion blender.
Since I bought mine they have come out with cordless ones. Honestly, I don't think you need that, I have a plug near my stove and I've never had a problem.
There is no question that I consider my emersion blender to be an essential kitchen tool that I wouldn't give up.
Set of 6 Stackable Clear bowls 3.5"
I can't have enough of these stackable prep bowls in
Getting everything that needs to be chopped and prepared before starting to cook, is called mis en place and these bowls make this task really easy.
You can use these bowls for a multitude of other things I promise you'll love having at your disposal.
Stackable bowls with lids
These stackable bowls are made by Duralex a French company that has been making glassware since 1939. I'm a huge fan of their quality.
They are strong, durable, and manufactured to withstand sudden temperature extremes from -4 Degree to 266 Degree making them perfect for hot and cold liquids. They are made of tempered glass and are stronger than other glassware.
They are freezer, microwave & dishwasher safe and can go directly from the freezer to the microwave.
I use the pestle with my mezzaluna and bowl.
I find it to be the perfect combination of tools to create herb and spice combinations.
Crush garlic, pulverize seeds, create pastes, everything you would do in small food processors but these 3 tools, give you much more control and flexibility.
with Wooden Bowl
This rounded blade is called a Mezzaluna and combined with the curved bowl is a wonderful tool.
I use it to chop, crush and grind herbs and spices.
I combine this with the wooden pestle and I have a tool combination that I use all the time. I find this more practical than my mortar and pestle
Use it to chop garlic and herbs, add kosher salt and use the pestle to create a paste to season your food.
This one tool can make cooking a lot easier!
Sharp knives are not only safer to use but they make all the slicing, chopping, and dicing easy.
That may not seem like it is really important but I promise you'll be thrilled.
All you need to do is sharpen your knives regularly and you'll discover a big difference when your knife slides through that tomato or those onions without resistance you'll wonder why you didn't sharpen your knives before.
I like the fact that the handle of this sharpener is easy to hold while you use the coarse and then the fine sharpeners.
Lodge Cast Iron Pan
Cast iron pans are essential kitchen tools that last forever. If you are not lucky enough to have one that was passed down to you, you can buy your own from the Lodge Cast Iron Company (made in the USA since 1896).
I find the 12" skillet to be a perfect size.
The good news is that they come pre-seasoned with instructions on how to care for them—it isn't hard. They come with a red silicone handle holder.
Years ago, I was given a cast iron square pan as a housewarming gift and I have to say it was one of the best gifts I've ever gotten.
You can't go wrong with a cast-iron skillet.
Kitchen Food Scale
I’d never thought I would need a kitchen scale—but I was wrong. It's amazingly useful. Weighing ingredients when you bake is really the only way to get accurate measurements. You no longer need to worry about converting grams to ounces the scale does it for you.
I do a lot of cooking that I freeze and the scale is a great way to divide portions equally.
This Escali Primo P115C precision kitchen scale
has an LCD digital display, weighs up to 11 pounds, and runs on 2 AA batteries.
If you want to add a bit of color to your kitchen the scale comes in a multitude of choices.
Black Swan of Paris
by Karen Robar
During WWII the underground played an important role in subverting the Germans that were occupying France. I always assumed that there was a camaraderie between all the people who were working together. The Black Swan of Paris describes that it was exactly the opposite. For their survival they were secretive and only knew the small groups they were affiliated with. Knowing more jeopardized everyone. If caught and tortured there was no guarantee that they wouldn't talk. Karen Robard reveals, in a strong well written story, that secrecy and mistrust and not friendship was how they survived and were effective in their mission. I really enjoyed this book.
The Chief Inspector Gamache Series
by Louise Penny
I have so enjoyed reading Louise Penny's series about Chief Inspector Gamache. I binged read the series. All the characters are so charming that when I finished one I couldn't resist going on to the next until they were all done.
The stories are murder mysteries that take place in a small town between Montréal and Vermont. As they solve the murders we get to know the people that live in this small village of Three Pines and I fell in love with them all, okay some more than others.
Ruth Zardo the seventy-something poet that lives in the small town is by far my favorite.
To my delight, there are fifteen books in the series and she is still writing.
by Ronald Balson
Ronald Balson creates a multi-layered, engrossing plot that unfolds as the characters attempt to save Sophie.
The story includes a kidnapping, a terror plot, stolen money, and murder. All you need for a good mystery. Balson includes a history of the Arab and Israeli conflict that makes it a fascinating historical novel.
It is a good read - I was riveted.
Love, Loss, and What I Wore
by Ilene Beckerman
I was recently reminded of how much I love this book. It is a wonderful book that describes Ilene Beekerman's life through the clothes she wore. Each story includes a drawing of the outfit that accompanies her recollections.
The book was made into a Broadway play written by Nora and Delia Ephron. To be very honest I liked the book so much more than the play. I've given this book as a gift for years. When I looked for it on my bookshelf I realized it wasn't there! I gave it away and didn't replace it. I just ordered another copy. I can't wait to get it!
You're going to love it!
The Personal Librarian
by Marie Benedict and
Victoria Christopher Murray
This is a remarkable historical novel about Belle da Costa Greene, the woman whom J.P. Morgan hired in 1905 to be his personal librarian for the remarkable Pierpont Morgan Library. She became one of the most powerful people in the art and book world at that time.
Her determination to succeed at all costs and the time she lived in forced her to hide her identity as a black woman and pretend to be white.
The book is a beautifully researched piece that blends fact with fiction to describe Belle's amazing achievements that could only happen at great sacrifice.
A Gentleman in Moscow
by Amor Towles
This is not a new book it was published in 2016, by Amor Towles. If you haven't read it yet YOU SHOULD! I loved this book. When I finished reading it I started the book again. It is the story of a Count who is under house arrest in the Metropol Hotel in Moscow in 1922. The book describes his life in this infamous hotel. I was totally charmed by his encounters.
My favorite line from the book "...you look as if you've never seen a beautiful woman step from a closet before..."
"The book is like a salve. I think the world feels disordered right now. The count's refinement and genteel nature are exactly what we're longing for."
(Ann Patchett) - I so agree!
I AM I AM I AM:
Seventeen brushes with death
by Maggie O'Farrell
This book was suggested to me by my editor, Betsy.
It is a well-written memoir, that is an open and honest compilation of stories that revolve around the authors near-death experiences. Don't let the subject stop you. The book is engaging and thought-provoking. In my mind, any book that makes me think about its subject is worth reading.
I recommend this one!
Farm-Fresh Cut Flowers
by Stargazer Barn
Whether you give or receive flowers, These are wonderful!
These flowers are perfect for any occasion and even better to give when there is no occasion.
These fresh from the farm flowers are a wonderful way to bring the outside indoors. I love their assortments.
Go to the site and see what they offer.
I'm sending them to myself this year!
Never be stingy with yourself!
I’d never thought about using Post-it® notes to organize a dinner party but they work brilliantly!
I write down every task I need to do on a note and place it on the end of my island.
As each task gets done, the post-it is removed. It is also a great way to get people to help. All they have to do is look at what needs to get done, do it and remove the note.
I like these super sticky Post-it's the best.
* All the items mentioned on this page are products I like and have used unless otherwise noted. The products all come from other companies and are available on Amazon. If you purchase them using one of my links I get an affiliate commission BUT it may not be enough to buy a glass of wine unless I'm really lucky. Merci