The Main Ingredient: Kitchen Essentials

Layouts, lighting, placement, finishes and function top the list of kitchen essentials kitchen design considerations.  Recently I was asked my opinion on key kitchen essentials.  The first order of business is to place the stamp of you on the space.  It’s the main ingredient in the recipe of optimum kitchen design.  What works for one tastes or space will not translate to another.  Personal decor and culinary style throughout, favorite work with me kitchen wares and products, a prep playlist, and plenty of storage and work space prove to be my key kitchen essentials.

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Nordic Ware Platinum 60th Anniversary Bundt Pan

grater zesterMicroplane Grater ~ Crate & Barrel: $16.95, $14.95

Convenience, chalk and conversions create culinary 3 part kitchen harmony!  This printable kitchen conversion chart from Shanty 2 Chic is ready to print, frame and consult.

measurement conversion chart

Kitchen cabinet or cupboard availability is not always a bountiful blessing.

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Heritage Hill Glass Jars with Lids 

Enter a kitchen essentials classic storage solution.  The Heritage Hill glass jar with lid is a clear, versatile, and affordable kitchen storage choice.

Mason Chase bowlsMason Cash Mixing Bowls

Prep station solution with the ooh la la factor!

French kitchen tableFrench Kitchen Table 

Kitchen Safety 101:

Washing your hands with soap and water is the first defense in eliminating  the spread of bacteria.  Handling onions?  Now there’s a delicious aroma when cooking, sauteing, or caramelizing, but not so much as an unpleasant leftover on the hands. Problem solved with the clean, fresh scent of Mrs. Meyer’s Clean Day Lemon Verbena liquid hand soap.

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 Mrs. Meyer’s Clean Day Lemon Verbena Liquid Hand Soap 

bose-sound-systemBose SoundTouch 30 Series III Wireless Speaker

Here’s my Now We’re Cooking playlist.

It’s the perfect sous chef in the Places In The Home test kitchen.

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I bought this framed masterpiece of an anonymous woman at an antiques fair years ago.  Dave the Builder thought I’d lost my mind and still thinks so today, but beauty is in the eye of the beholder.  There could be a bit of so ugly it’s pretty at work here, but I absolutely love this portrait.  The distressed frame, subject matter, and countertop art placement receives far more compliments than panned comments.  Expect the unexpected to garner rave reviews.

framed art

What’s on your list of key kitchen essentials?

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