There are so many things that we love to cook with. Electric tea kettles, silicone spatulas, digital meat thermometers… And so many brands we love and have trusted through the years.

Cooking food with a skillet and spatula
Cooking food with a skillet and spatula

So with some thought, we decided to curate our own Shop of the pieces we couldn’t live without. And pieces, tools and accessories we see chefs everywhere using. Yes, we fall victim, too, to the latest “in” products (like the Instant Pot), but only when they’re purposeful.

Take a look at what we put together. When you have a minute, let us know what some of your favorites are. What do you love to cook with? What brands have you relied on and trusted?

While you’re there, be sure to check out our Recipes section for some inspiration. Cheers.

So how’s it going? We’re midway through summer and you made it this far. Maybe summer plans didn’t turn out exactly how you thought. Maybe now you can’t fit into that new Aronik bathing suit you picked out. Whatever the situation, this easy, simple recipe will hydrate and nourish…

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Our frosty is super easy and focuses on three main happy ingredients — coconut, pineapple and banana. Did you know some temples believe the coconut represents purity, having the ability to purify heart, mind and soul?

And the pineapple is indigenous to South America. After European explorers tasted it for the…

Warmer weather or quarantine blues may inspire you to try a new cocktail recipe. Consider a tequila classic — the Paloma…

Grapefruit slices
Grapefruit slices
Refreshing Grapefruit

The Paloma gives you sweet, sour, salt and carbonation and is the most popular tequila-based cocktail in Mexico. Think simple and easy. Think sunshine, spring and summer and perfectly balanced refreshment. The exact origin of the Paloma is disputed but is estimated to have started in the mid-1800’s in Mexico. Here is our recipe & brand recommendations:


  • Sea salt (Redmond Real Salt or Hain Iodized Sea Salt)
  • Ice
  • 1 1/2 ounces blanco tequila (Corzo Silver or Espolón Tequila…

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