My Go-To Kitchen Essentials

Kitchen essentials list

No matter how long you’ve been following me, you likely know that I absolutely love cooking. Getting creative in the kitchen is one of my passions and I love sharing easy recipes with you. Having you all cook with me during Sunday suppers has been so much fun, whether it’s for a simple caprese chicken or a more involved risotto (both paired with delicious wines of course!)

Whether you’re new to cooking or consider yourself a whiz in the kitchen, this list of essentials will help you boost your meal prep game. These items will ensure that your experience in the kitchen is as fun and functional as it can be. They’ll make your life easier and simplify your cooking routines so you can spend more time eating with your family. Check out the list below to find out what my 12 go-to kitchen essentials are.

Le Creuset Baking Dish

Le Creuset creates classic items that will last a lifetime (and probably your kids’ as well!) Their bakeware is a must have for any kitchen. This square dish is perfect for baking just about anything and doubles as a beautiful serving dish that you will likely pass down for generations.

KitchenAid Stand Mixer

KitchenAid stand mixers are well known for their versatility in the kitchen. Whether you’re baking cookies or whipping up some homemade ice cream, a stand mixer will be your go-to. This one also happens to look amazing and will be a statement piece on your kitchen counter.

All Purpose Wine Glass Set

My love for wine is no secret. This wine glass set makes for a good, versatile set for your kitchen. Plus, they’re dishwasher safe!

Stoneware Serving Bowl Set

Every kitchen needs a beautiful serving bowl set for entertaining. Whether you have family over for an intimate celebration or neighbors for a small party, this neutral serving bowl set will go with any decor.

Cuisinart Food Processor

Food processors are not the most glamorous kitchen item, but they’re definitely workhorses that can help you create unique and flavorful dishes. This one has a large capacity and can be used for a huge variety of foods and sauces.

Lodge Cast Iron Skillet

Every home chef needs a cast iron skillet. These babies can be used on the stovetop or in the oven, for main dishes or desserts—honestly just about anything you can think of. This one from Lodge is the perfect size for everyday use.

Pizza Stone

Having a high quality pizza stone on hand is a surefire way to achieve crispy crusts on your homemade pizzas every single time. Your family will thank you for this, I promise.

Wüstof Knife Set

A durable and sharp knife set is a game changer when it comes to meal prep. I love that this one happens to look beautiful on your countertop—just make sure it’s out of reach from your kids!

Cutting Board

This wood cutting board pairs beautifully with the knife set above. It’s made with a warp-resistant checkerboard pattern to provide extra durability. It also boasts a substantial size for serving small bites at parties or for chopping a variety of veggies at one time.

Greenpan Frying Pan Set

Greenpan makes safer cookware free of PFAs, lead, cadmium, and other pollutants. The non-toxic ceramic coating makes clean up a dream and keeps toxins away from your family. The 2-piece set allows you to whip up a quick egg dish and a larger pan of veggies at the same time!

Instant Pot Pressure Cooker

You guys know that I use my Instant Pot for so many different dishes. It’s by far the easiest way to prepare healthy meals when you don’t have much time.

Electric Wine Bottle Opener

Last but not least, this handy little gadget will save you the headache of dealing with a corkscrew. It’s the small things in life that make the difference (especially with young kids), and simplifying your wine opening will add just a little bit of pep to your day.

Hi! I’m Erika and I live in Sonoma County with my high school sweetheart and two kids. Follow along to find home inspiration, delicious recipes, and the inside scoop on all things wine country.

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