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Tools of the Trade

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This page lists the tools, utensils, appliances, and other kitchenware I use in cooking.  You make have seen these items in my videos and wondered where I purchased them.  Well, wonder no longer my friends! I get lots of questions asking where I purchase my cooking tools and so I created this page to be a one-stop shop for you to find these items and purchase.  It’s super-easy.  Locate the item below.  (I’ve grouped them into major categories and referenced the video where you viewed the item.)  Then click on the link to go to Amazon to review the product in more detail and then purchase online.  How easy is that?!?  Happy Shopping Friends!


Tools and Utensils

Progressive International Stainless-Steel Magnetic Measuring Spoons, Set of 5 – double-ended spoons–what a brillant idea!  The tapered end works well in small jars and the rounded ends are good all-purpose spoons.  I love that this set comes with a 1/2 Tbsp.  The best thing is the spoons are magnetic so they can nest together neatly in my drawer.

OXO Good Grips Measuring Spoons, Stainless Steel – this is a good basic set and an essential item for every cook.

Norpro 18/10 Stainless Steel Measuring Spoon Set – a very good set that includes more than the basic measurements.   The tapered ends are great for spice jars.

Amco Measuring Spoons for Small Amounts – this set is so cute and contains spoons for pinch, drop, smidge and hint.

OXO Good Grips Medium Cookie Scoop – great for portioning and scooping meatballs, dough balls,  ice cream, etc….

Norpro 155 Stainless Steel Mini Meatballer– make perfectly shaped meatballs, mung bean balls or cake pops with this tool

OXO Good Grips Smooth Edge Can Opener – no need to clutter up a counter with an electric can opener.  This one does a great job and fits neatly in a drawer.

OXO Good Grips Swivel Peeler – nice and sharp with smooth peeling action, this is a fantastic peeler to have.

OXO Good Grips Garlic Press – when you want fresh minced garlic but don’t want to get your fingers all smelly, this tool does the trick.

12″ Asian style Rolling Pin *Smooth Wooden Surface* – a must-have item for the baker, it’s great for rolling doughs for pastries and biscuits.  Small and thin it doesn’t take up a lot of room.

Tovolo 12-Inch Solid Silicone Spoon, Pink – the cute factor factor is what sold me.  Love the pink color!  It’s a nice solid spoon with a generous silicone head.

Tovolo 13-Inch Tip Top Tongs, Pink – another very cute item.  The silicone tip is generous and makes gripping foods easy.

OXO SoftWorks Salad Spinner – the work horse in my kitchen.  I use this to spin salad, herbs, veggies and noodles.  It comes in 2 sizes, large and small and, of course, I have both.

Videos: Make Perfect Rice Vermicelli

Benriner Japanese Mandoline Slicer – a nice compact and inexpensive mandoline.  It has 3 exchangeable blades and is great for shredding vegetables for salads or pickles.

Pro Smart Slicer – Simple and Easy to Use – the best mandolin ever!  It has a 4-position rotating blade for thick slices, think slices, thick julienne and thin julienne and a stationary blade.  This one tool does it all and there’s no need to swap out blades.

Paula Deen Signature Pantryware Wooden Pie and Cutting Board – this large, sturdy cutting and pastry board has a really nice finish.  The nice big surface is great for rolling out dough and other pastries.

Salter 1020 Aquatronic Electronic Kitchen Scale – when preciseness matters, this scale does the trick.  It’s small and compact and is good for weighing dry ingredients.  I use to make sure my mung bean and meat balls are all the same size.

OXO Good Grips Digital Timer – a must-have tool in every kitchen.  This one doesn’t take up a lot of space on your counter and can easily fit in your utensil drawer when not in use.

OXO Good Grips Two-Fold Grater – this has 2 shredding blades one for fine shredding and the other for grating.  This does a wonderful job with mung bean, fresh coconut, potatoes, etc.

OXO Good Grips Lemon Zester – fresh lemon adds such a pop of flavor to any dish.  This tool makes it easy to add zest to your dishes.

Kom Kom Miracle Zig Zag (Julienne Blade) Thai Multi Purpose Knife – this is the culinary version of the survival knife.  It juliennes, engraves, peels, and cores fruits and vegetables.  I use it to shred papaya for the perfect salad.

Oxo Good Grips Nylon Ladle – I find myself reaching for this tool quick a bit because the ladle itself is such a generous size.  It’s perfect for filling a bowl with a generous amount of hot broth or soups.

OXO Good Grips Salt and Pepper Grinder Set – have freshly ground salt or pepper with this set.  What’s unique about these is that there are multiple settings to control the grind from fine to coarse

Norpro 2-Piece Stainless Steel Turkey Lifter Tenderizer – no more worry about dropping the bird on the floor.  These are really handy!

Joie Fruit And Vegetable Wavy Chopper Knife Stainless Steel Blade – this wavy cut knife is wonderful for vegetables and for agar agar jelly

Wilton 2104-6667 12-Piece Cupcake Decorating Set – a really nice basic kit that’s great for cakes and cupcakes.  The long tip is perfect for filling cakes and pastries

Zwilling J.A. Henckels Twin Signature 7-Inch Vegetable Cleaver – I used this to chop the harder vegetables like squash, pumpkins, etc.  I also use the back to crack open fresh coconuts.

Coconut Shredder Handy Scraper Portable Grater Tools – use this tool to hand grate coconut.  It has two ends for coconut shreds or coconut slices.

Dish Plate (Steamer) Clips – this is such a handy tool for removing dishes, plates and pans from the steamer.  Not very expensive, this is a must-have item.  No more scalded hands trying to wrap a towel around the plate.

Cups and Bowls

OXO Good Grips Measuring Cups, Stainless Steel, Updated Design – a kitchen essential, a good set of measuring cups are a must.  I have to older design which Oxo doesn’t make anymore.  I love the wide handles and the new shape in this new design.

Pyrex Prepware 1-Cup Measuring Cup, Clear with Red Measurements – a good measuring cup for liquid measurements is essential for every well-stocked kitchen.  This one has both imperial and metric measurements.

Pyrex Prepware 1-Quart Measuring Cup, Clear with Red Measurements –

Pyrex Prepware 8-Cup Measuring Cup, Clear with Red Lid and Measurements – this measuring cup is awesome for those bigger liquid measurements like stock for soups, vegetables for stews and stir-fries.  I use this big cup quite a bit to measure and mix batters.  The fitted lid is the whole reason I bought this item.  A lot of times when batter needs to rest, I pop on the cover to prevent dust or contaminates from getting in.

Libbey 6-1/2-Ounce Small Bowl with Plastic Lid, Set of 12 – these little bowls have a multitude of uses as pinch or snack bowls to molds for making jellied foods like this Jellied Pork recipe.  They’re also great for storing any smaller amounts of leftover foods or sauces.


Cooking and Grilling

12 inch 3-Tier Aluminum Steamer

Lodge Logic LPGI3 Pro Grid Cast Iron Grill/Griddle

NEW, 12-Inch Long Stainless Steel Skewers, Barbecue Skewers, BBQ Skewers, Shish Kebab Kabob Skewers, Ring-Tip Handle, 1-Dozen

Charcoal Companion Non-stick Kabob Grilling Rack, with Six 13-Inch Skewers

Bayou Classic 0880-PDQ Stainless-Steel Beercan ChickCAN Rack



Wilton SILICONE MINI LEAF PUMPKIN MOLD Cake Pan Autumn Halloween Treat. My GN

Anchor Hocking Oven Basics 2 Piece Value Pack includes 2 Quart and 3 Quart Baking Dishes, Crystal Clear

Wilton Recipe Right Fluted Tube Pan

Wilton 2105-6816 Perfect Results Nonstick Lasagna Pan, 14 by 10-Inch

Fat Daddio’s Anodized Aluminum 8 Inch x 3 Inch Round Springform Cake Pan

Chicago Metallic Non-Stick 8-Inch Springform Pan

KitchenAid Gourmet Nonstick Bakeware 12-Cup Uncovered Muffin and Cupcake Pan with Red Anti-Slip Grips

Cuisinart AMB-17BS 17-Inch Chef’s Classic Nonstick Bakeware Baking Sheet

Silpat Non-Stick Baking Mat, 11 5/8 x 16 1/2-inches, Half Sheet Size

Pyrex Bakeware 4.8 Quart Oblong Baking Dish, Clear

HIC 6-ounce Porcelain Souffle 3.5-inch Set of 6

Freshware CB-305 12-Pack Flower Silicone Reusable Baking Cup

Wilton Recipe Right 2 Piece 9 Inch Round Pan Set

NEW, Heavy-Duty 1/4 Size Cooling Rack, Cooling Racks, Wire Pan Grade, Commercial grade, Oven-safe, Chrome, 8 x 10 Inches, Set of 2

Baker’s Secret 1061483 10-by-16-Inch Nonstick Cooling Rack, Set of 2

Nordic Ware Round Cooling Rack, 13.25 Inch Diameter

Baker’s Secret Three Tier Cooling Rack

Epoca Turkey Roaster with Rack Cookware

Fat Daddio’s Anodized Aluminum 8 Inch x 3 Inch Round Springform Cake Pan – this pan has a nice wide base–easy to hold onto and an elevated platform which great for cakes baked in a water bath.  Even a little water seepage won’t run the cake as the bottom sits up higher.  The sides are 3-inches high which is perfect for cakes with height like sponge cakes or cheesecakes.  The pan is a study aluminum and is really light weight.   Love it!



Zojirushi NSRNC10FZ Automatic Rice Cooker and Warmer 5.5-Cup/1.0-Liter, Spring Bouquet

Cuisinart DLC-2A Mini-Prep Plus Food Processor, White

West Bend 84915 5-Quart Oblong-Shaped Slow Cooker with Tote

Presto 06006 Kitchen Kettle Multi-Cooker/Steamer

KitchenAid K45SS Classic 275-Watt 4-1/2-Quart Stand Mixer, White

KitchenAid K45DH Dough Hook Replacement for KSM90 and K45 Stand Mixer

Hamilton Beach 50161N10-Speed Wave-Action Blender, White

Hamilton Beach 59765 2 Speed Hand Blender – this hand blender is perfect for small jobs when you don’t want to bring out the other hand mixer.  It’s great for whipping dressings, sauces, eggs, custards and soft fillings.

Hamilton Beach 62695V Power Deluxe Hand Mixer – this is the newer model of my mixer and has 6-speeds.  A nice basic mixer that is good for mixing batter, whipping potatoes, etc. It’s perfect for little jobs when when you don’t want to drag out the stand mixer.

Video:  Homemade Mayonnaise

Hamilton Beach Steel 7.2-Cup Kettle

KitchenAid BCG100WH Blade Coffee Grinder, White

Hamilton 1.7 Liter Stainless Steel Kettle

Cuisinart TOB-40 Custom Classic Toaster Oven Broiler

Cuisinart DLC-2011CHB Prep 11 Plus 11-Cup Food Processor, Brushed Stainless

Cuisinart DLC-834TX Fine Shredding Disc, Fits 7 and 11-Cup Processors


Clean, Store and Organize

Culinary Accessories – Odor Remover Bar (Removes odors from hands), Stainless Steel

The OriginalTM Dish Drying Mat XL Microfiber Absorbent Machine Washable Fast Drying 18″X24″ Multipurpose Extra Large

Tovolo Three Pigs Pan Scrapers, Set of 3


Everything Else
Seville Classics Bamboo 16-1/2-Inch by 13.4-Inch Cutting Board, 7-Multi-Color Mats – what an amazing design!  you get the cleanliness of having separate cutting boards in a compact, attractive design.  The cutting board is really good size and nice enough to leave on the counter.  Buy the an extra set of the mats as well! Seville Classics WEB163 Cutting Board Mats Set, Set of 7

GelPro Basketweave Comfort Floor Mat, 20-Inch by 36-Inch, Truffle – say goodbye to achy feet after long hours on them prepping food or washing dishes.  These are worth the price and they look nice too!