I love cooking. And eating. Although I'm no pro, I have done my fair share of entertaining and cooking for groups both large and small. And these are the five basic kitchen items that I cannot live without:
Number one on the list is my Kitchen-Aid. It does everything from making the perfect mashed potatoes, to mixing cookie dough. Plus, if you get the grinder attachment, it even makes cranberry sauce for Thanksgiving a breeze. I splurged on the Professional version. It's worth every penny. This puppy can handle a quadruple batch of chocolate chip cookie dough without so much as a whimper. (I know, I know. Who needs to make four batches of cookies at once?)
In the kitchen of every good chef, you'll find a great knife. B and I took a cooking class together, and that's when I first encountered this knife. It is by far the best knife I've ever had the privilege of touching. I guess you could call it love at first slice.
And for all those items that need to be mixed by hand, a gigantic mixing bowl is the key. I feel a little retro singing the praises of Tupperware, but this bowl is amazing! It can handle the stickiest of situations (think: extra-gooey Rice Krispy Treats) and somehow all the goo magically slides away when you spray it with water. This bowl can even handle my super-big batch of cinnamon roll dough without overflowing.
For baking anything from sugar cookies to pizzas, good cookie sheets are a must. These commercial quality half-sheet pans are the stuff dreams are made of. I actually have five of them, so I'm prepared for any culinary situation that may arise.