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10 Kick Ass Gadgets You Need in Your Kitchen

Jan 3, 2014

The New Year is the perfect time to revamp your cooking and cooking utensils and gadgets.  Even though I cook often, I get so inspired in the New Year to try new recipes and invest in a few new cooking tools to make my life easier.  With two babies I need to be productive in the shortest amount of time possible.

 I compiled a list of a few of my favorite cooking gadgets and new ones I am hoping to acquire.


 Last year I used a gift card my grandfather gave me for Christmas and purchased the
Breville Juicer and it was the best investment ever.  I make Matt and I
fresh juice most mornings,  it is a great way to start your day and I
swear I have more energy the days I drink my green juice. 

 Plus it is on major sale right now online at Bloomingdales 

And if you are looking for great juice recipes, the Williams-Sonoma Blog has an awesome round-up of 30 juices to make.


I am dying to buy a Vitamix.  They are definitely expensive and an investment but I have heard nothing but amazing reviews about them.  Totally worth the money.  I really like that you can use it for hot or cold preparations.  I would use it for smoothies and soups.


Lets be honest with little sleep these days coffee is a big priority in the wee hours of the morning when I am up.  The Nespresso is the mack daddy of all coffee makers.  I love the sleek chrome look and the fact that it doesn’t take up too much space.  I also love that it froths your milk.   Plus the coffee brewed from it tastes phenomenal.  Already told the rents I want this for my upcoming birthday!


I use my iPod when I am cooking all the time.  It is much easier than using my laptop in the kitchen.   If you are like me you use Pinterest often for recipes (my poor cookbooks are neglected).  This stand makes it easy to pull up Pinterest recipes and cook away!


I have wanted one of these forever.  I love the idea of creating raw salads and pastas with zucchini and squash.  You can even use it to make curly fries.  I actually just ordered myself one of these:)

How awesome does this Summer Squash Pasta look, that you could use the Spiralizer to create!


We received these electric salt and pepper mills for a wedding gift 6 years ago and still use them everyday.  They are amazing, they grate the salt and pepper so finely and quickly.   Plus they are pretty sitting out on your counter too.


Wheatgrass is filled with so many great nutrients for you, plus I love the taste of it.  I always get a shot of it when I pick up a smoothie and have wanted a way to make it at home.  I was delighted when I saw Williams-Sonoma carries a version.  It is under $100 and you can use it to press vegetables and fruits as well.


Who wouldn’t want a pizza maker?  This one makes crispy brick oven pizza, which is my favorite.  It is on sale right now at Williams-Sonoma.  Everything Breville makes is awesome.


I would use it to make this Turkey Sausgae Broccoli Rabe Pizza.


These gold pans are hands down the best baking dishes ever.  They always cook everything evenly and I love the look of them.  I have this 6 piece set and use it all the time.  It is currently on sale for a really good deal.


 This is the best grater you will ever use.  All four sides grate different sizes and it even has a slice side if you want to thinly slice veggies.

 Any other gadgets I need in my kitchen?  Do share!

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  1. Love these! I can't wait to get out of my barbie sized kitchen and into a real kitchen so that I can gadget it up. I'm definitely getting at least five things from your list.

  2. HMC says:

    I got a Nespresso for Christmas and it is the greatest thing ever. Easy delicious lattes from the comfort of my own home!

  3. Amie Steele says:

    Would you mind sharing your green juice recipe? Is it one of the Williams-Sonoma ones?

  4. Love all of these! I have a cappuccino maker and it's one of my favorite things ever! I have a delicious cappuccino every morning! I'm lusting over the Vitamix blenders too and want to get on a smoothie routine for breakfast and/or lunch. I heard Ninja blenders are great and are so much less expensive!

  5. 1+1=3 says:

    I have a ninja and love it! I can vouch for the nespresso also bc my mom got one for Christmas and it makes the best lattes and is so easy to use.

  6. o so much fun! i want that paderno spiralizer!

  7. Caroline says:

    Love this post! I've made it one of my resolutions to cook more this year and a few new kitchen gadgets will definitely make it easier. I love gold touch pans!! I swear by them. I would love a new grater. Another item on my list is an immersion blender. Any advice on brand?

  8. 1+1=3 says:

    I have an AllClad immersion blender and it works great. Its heavy duty and cleans up easily

  9. Kitchen gadgets make me SO happy (next to clothes and shoes!) I have the Vitamix and it is so amazing, a true game changer. The Nespresso is also pretty amazing. I got ours after my 2nd was born and getting out for coffee was impossible. It has been a god send. Also LOVE our spiralizer! I make zucchini pasta with it all of the time! HIGHLY recommend all three of these! I'm definitely ordering that iPad stand, the bakeware and S&P mills!

  10. I love all these kitchen gadgets, I just need a bigger kitchen so I can put them somewhere!

  11. Pris says:

    I just recently purchased a food steamer for our kitchen. It perfectly steams veggies in no time at all. Such a time saver that makes it easy to get healthy veggies!

  12. Sarah says:

    My parents bought me the nespresso lattissima plus for xmas and I LOVE it! My baby has a soy/dairy allergy so I've been enjoying almond milk lattes every morning! It's amazing! šŸ™‚

  13. we love our nespresso! It's amazing!

  14. Melissa W. says:

    Nespesso sounds amazing! I need one! What a great post, Natalie! I am a sucker for good, quality kitchen items.
    I have the Ninja blender. It is great, but does not touch the Vitamix (my in-laws have one)!

  15. This is perfect timing as we'll be registering soon. Thanks for the tips šŸ˜‰

  16. We got a Ninja Kitchen System for our wedding and it's probably my favorite thing ever. I use it to blend smoothies, chop up veggies, and make soups. It has different attachments – one that is specifically for kneading dough. I'm sure the Vitamix is worth every penny, but I really don't feel the need to try it because of our Ninja. It chops up anything like it's nothing.

  17. Ashley Brown says:

    I have both the vitamin and nespresso and can say we use them both everyday if not more!

  18. I so need a juicer, but I don't have lots of space, I know that there's a compact one from Breville, maybe I'll get that one! And get out with that gold bakeware! My friend got the nespresso for Christmas and she's in love!

  19. Agree completely about the Gold Touch Bakeware! THE best! Love your list. I have a WS Giftcard burning a hole in my wallet I might have to go use!

  20. I have that spiralizer and love it but the box it is stored in takes up so much space! Nespresso is a must…I haven't bought Starbucks in forever. Great list!

  21. such a good list! Now I just need you to move up here and cook for me šŸ™‚

  22. Pretty sure I want everything on this list! Thanks for sharing and happy new year! xoxo

  23. Sarah Brooke says:

    Just added a bunch of these to our wedding registry. Thanks!

  24. KP says:

    Perfect I need like all of these in my kitchen! What I want right now is a high quality juicer!

    xoxo, KP
    Eleventh & Sixteenth

  25. I have the Nespresso and can attest to how amazing it is! Worth every penny. And I JUST saw all of these amazing recipes using the spiralizer and it's in my cart on Amazon as we speak. Totally need!

  26. caycee says:

    I heard the Vitamix is amazing, and it's like $150.00 off at Costco right now! I am putting those gold touch pans on my list as well!!

  27. Jane says:

    The gold bakeware looks awesome. My old bakeware are on its last legs; I need some new ones. Gonna go check these out!

  28. Patria Jase says:

    Wow!!! Perfect I need like all of these in my kitchen! I JUST saw all of these amazing recipes using the spiralizer and it's in my cart on Amazon as we speak. The gold bakeware looks awesome too.I need some new ones.

    Diaper Bags

  29. Jonnel G. says:

    Love the spiralizer! I would try to use it for everything! I have an immersion blender and it is so quick and easy to use, plus doesn't take up any space. Love the list!

  30. The spiralizer looks so cool!! Vitamix is my favorite kitchen gadget. Definitely worth the splurge!! We got ours at costco… They have deals pretty often.