Happy anniversary to me! It’s been 3 years since I started my vegan project and I have loved every minute of it. It is because of your interest, encouragement, questions, and comments that I have continued to post my humble recipes, food experiences, stories, and vegan thoughts. Thank you so much for coming along on my journey!
I have learned a lot over the last three years. I like looking back at my early recipes and gauge how far I have come. And that would be very F A R! I really didn’t know how to cook, have my own style, or even have the right stuff in my kitchen. But I sort of do now, especially when it comes to gadgets in my kitchen. Here are my top 5 and I couldn’t imagine my kitchen without them!
Santa brought me the Professional Series 500 and it is my #1 favorite item in my kitchen. I was torn a few years back about buying a really great blender and a Vitamix. I opted for the blender. Then the Vitamix came along and the blender went bye-bye. I use this thing multiple times a day for everything from my morning shake-y shakes to vegan milks and vegan cheeses, to soups and desserts.
KitchenAid Stand Mixer
Santa brought me this one year and it stood perfectly unused for a while until I realized it could knead dough for me! Plus, I got a pasta attachment this year and now we even make homemade vegan pasta dough. Post coming soon.
Cuisinart Ice Cream Maker
I love making ice cream and sorbet. Like with everything else, homemade is best and this machine makes it super easy. I keep the bowl in the freezer and cans of coconut milk in the pantry so any time the desire for ice cream strikes, we are ready! KitchenAid makes an ice cream maker attachment too but I had this before I got my mixer.
Foley Food Mill
This is the only special tool my mother had in our kitchen growing up and it was the first thing I bought when I moved out. It is my go to tool for applesauce, tomato sauce and gnocchi.
I have lots of other tools and gadgets on my counters, in my drawers and in my cabinets. But I will save that list for another day. What do you have in your kitchen that you can’t live without?