Supplies for A Cozy Kitchen


Supplies for A Cozy Kitchen

I get this question a lot: What should I buy for my kitchen? What do you use? What’s worth splurging on and what’s worth getting the average stuff on?

Well, after years of running this blog and cooking nearly every day, I feel like I’m finally at the place to really give my two cents on what’s important and what’s not. I thought of really scrubbing all of my pots and pans for this post but you know what, this is what they look like because I use them A LOT.

When I took all the stuff out of my cupboards and put them on this table it was kind of a lot of stuff, so there will be a part dos, but here’s the first round-up of my favorite kitchen stuff!

Supplies for A Cozy Kitchen

Lodge 10” Cast Iron Skillet

The one kitchen item every single person should own is a 10” cast iron skillet. I bake cakes in this and sear steaks and make pancakes and fry things. I literally use this nearly every day of my lil’ cooking life. The best part about it is that it’s $15 and it will last you decades.

Skillets and Sauce Pans

I want them in every size, but these two sizes of sauté pans (8-inch and 10-inch) are great. I also use this 3-quart saucepan a whole lot. I use it to make the bases of ice creams, to make sauces, as the bottom of a make-shift double-boiler and I use it to make soup for one. It’s a good size. These pans are All-Clad and yes, they’re pricey, but worth the splurge. I also have found that Sur La Table’s brand is pretty good, too.

Oh and fun fact, most of my All-Clad pieces came in a set, which I purchased off Craigslist from some comedian dude who couldn’t pay his rent. His mom had gifted him a set and he didn’t cook so I scooped them up for a steal!

5-quart Dutch Oven

The only item here that was given to me. I spent years coveting one and when I finally started using it, I realized why they’re so important. I use this probably the most, only second to my cast iron skillet. I’m talking soups, stews, cassoulets and I use it for deep-frying, too. And it’s pretty enough to go from the stove to the table. If you’re looking for something cheaper, World Market has pretty good-quality Dutch ovens. Oh and again, Sur La Table’s brand is also really well made.

Supplies for A Cozy Kitchen

Kitchen-Aid Stand-up Mixer

Never let anyone tell you an appliance will change your life. It won’t, ok? I went years, YEARS without owning a stand-up mixer. And you know what, my cookies came out JUST fine. I used a hand-mixer and whisked the dough instead of using a paddle attachment and it kinda all worked out ok.

Having said that, there’s nothing like it running, doing its job, and me being hands-free to do other things. It’s really great in the multi-tasking world. And don’t get me started on doughs. The dough-hook alone makes it all worth it.

Supplies for A Cozy Kitchen

Silicon Spatulas and Wooden Spoons

Just FYI, mine aren’t all that cute. I usually get them when they’re on sale at TJ Maxx or Marshall’s. And I kinda don’t care. For me this is definitely not a splurge-worthy item. If it’s silicon and bendable then cool. I don’t need anything fancy. I do like alternating sizes, though. The small ones come in handy!

Whenever I see wooden spoons I think of that bit in Blood, Bones & Butter when Gabrielle Hamilton talks about her mother’s oily spoons that she uses for mixing everything. I feel the same way about mine. I use them for everything! And I love them dearly. And like silicon spatulas, I don’t need them to be fancy.

Supplies for A Cozy Kitchen

Fish Spatula

I use my fish spatula for lots of things not pertaining to fish. I use it for moving fragile things, or when frying fritters (because oil can fall in-between the slits) and of course, I use them when searing fish. And in this instance, I don’t use fancy either. Just a $6 fish spatula will do.

Vegetable Peeler

The best veggie peeler EVA. So good and like $4. Those old-school ones from back in the day are terrible compared to this one, promise.

Off-Set Spatulas

Most commonly used to ice a cake, but I use them a lot for doughs. Like, if I’m making pie dough, and cut up slits for a lattice, I’ll often times use an off-set spatula to move the pieces around. It’s useful for getting under sticky doughs like that. Oh and cookies. I use them for moving cookies, too.


No need to explain. Again, not fancy. Just normal ones are fine, but I do like the ones that have rubber on the handle so they don’t get hot.

Mortar and Pestle

I mainly got this because I think it’s pretty, but once it was in my kitchen I started using it all of the times. I use it to grind up spices or nuts or anything that I’m too lazy to dirty up my food processor for. It’s amazing and beautiful-looking.

Supplies for A Cozy Kitchen

Various Baking Items

Loaf Pans

I prefer an 8×5-inch loaf pan and I like the ones that are very square–no round edges!

Tart Pans

Definitely not a necessity but oh so pretty.

Square Cake/Brownie Pan

I use this 8×8-inch cake/brownie pan surprisingly A LOT. I’m not sure what this brand is. I got it at Surfas in LA; the one you see linked is not the exact one but one super close to it in price and quality.

Muffin Tin

Taking out all of my baking stuff reminded me how much I use them and that maybe it’s time to get a new muffin tin because this one is a little gross, but OH WELL. There’s nothing fancy about this one because it’s a damn muffin tin, you know.

Cooling Rack

I used to own like ten (I’m not kidding) but I got rid of all of them in favor of these tightly-wired ones. I have two: one circular and one that’s square. Love them.

Supplies for A Cozy Kitchen


Here is one item that is the most unnecessary thing in the world but man is it cool. I got it for Josh for Christmas but it was secretly one of those items that I was excited to use for myself. Think of it like a roving broiler/torch. V v cool.

This is PART I! Part II is coming soon.

What’s a must-have in your kitchen?!

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  • Reply Belinda @themoonblushbaker February 18, 2015 at 1:55 am

    Thank you for piling this listing together! I have way too things in my kitchen now, so it is helpful to see what you can not live without 🙂 My has to be the kitchen aid and my french shallow cast iron casserole.

  • Reply Angie February 18, 2015 at 4:29 am

    I love this post! I hope you do more like them (even after Part Dos of this one). It’s a nice reference for all of us and interesting and fun too! My must have is the juicer I received for Christmas. I love it!

  • Reply lorelai February 18, 2015 at 6:08 am

    I just bought that exact Lodge cast iron pan and I love it! I have a 3 qt Dutch Oven (Martha Stewart – it was on clearance at Macy’s a couple of Christmases ago) and I love it for rice dishes but I could definitely use a larger one.

  • Reply Caro February 18, 2015 at 6:08 am

    I bought this omelette turner on a whim from the crate and barrel outlet. I’ve never used it to make an omelette, but it is the best bowl scraper/spatula I’ve ever used. It gets every drop of batter out of the bowl (which makes licking the bowl much less satisfying).

    • Reply Adrianna Adarme February 18, 2015 at 10:41 am

      Ohh! That’s cool. I don’t believe I’ve ever seen that but I can totally see how it could be useful beyond turning an omelette.

  • Reply Ashley Nathalie February 18, 2015 at 6:36 am

    Yay! This was awesome, I definitely need to up my kitchen game! Starting with that mortar and pestle because its so cute! Thanks for sharing!

  • Reply Jillian Lopina February 18, 2015 at 6:43 am

    Hmm… wedding registry ideas… 🙂
    Do you use nonstick for any of the pans or tins? I hate the idea of teflon, but I’m wondering if it’s worth it.

    • Reply Adrianna Adarme February 18, 2015 at 10:42 am

      I do. I’ll include it in part I but I’ll tell you I don’t think it’s worth being an investment piece. My parents bought an expensive (All-Clad) non-stick and it started chipping after 2 years so I just go super cheap on non-stick pans.

  • Reply Emily @ Life on Food February 18, 2015 at 9:27 am

    I feel like I am doing pretty well here with this list. We just got a fish spatula and are so happy we did. Need a few more all clad sizes.

  • Reply Allison February 18, 2015 at 10:09 am

    I think a food processor is necessary! It’s so versatile, from chopping to shredding to mixing and kneading. It really can take the place of many different kitchen items and take a lot of the work out of cooking.

  • Reply Abby @ The Frosted Vegan February 18, 2015 at 12:30 pm

    Ohh soo I kinda want that Searzall thing now..ughhh thanks a lot!!

  • Reply Christy Luong February 18, 2015 at 1:02 pm

    I’ve gotta save this list for when I get my own place after I graduate!!! Do you think there’s a major difference between metal, glass, and ceramic bakeware?

    • Reply Adrianna Adarme February 18, 2015 at 1:04 pm

      YES! Absolutely. I think metal tends to heat unevenly. That’s why I always recommend glass or ceramic bakeware for pies. I actually don’t recommend those expensive, ceramic pie dishes because while they look pretty, they’re totally unnecessary. I’ll touch upon that in my part ll!

      • Reply Christy Luong February 18, 2015 at 3:11 pm

        Yeah, ceramic dishes are SOOO pretty. But probably not necessary for a first kitchen haha. Looking forward to part II!

  • Reply Jenny @ The Peachy Pair February 18, 2015 at 1:10 pm

    So, my vegetable peeler (which I would cry over if ever lost or broken) was part of a super cheap utensil set I probably got 15 years ago when I first moved out on my own. Everything white and plastic. Probably cost $20 for all the 20 pieces including the holder. Best friggin’ peeler I have ever had. Tried “fancier” ones but they are crap compared to my $0.50 peeler.

  • Reply Mariana February 18, 2015 at 2:09 pm

    Oh, the vegetable peeler! That thing is just so useful, right? Also, I use a hand blender like aaall the time, I guess it’s my favourite kitchen appliance.

  • Reply Mary Frances February 19, 2015 at 3:07 pm

    This is a great compilation, thanks for putting it together!

  • Reply stephanie @ iamafoodblog February 20, 2015 at 11:41 am

    i love peeking into other people’s kitchens and seeing what they love 🙂

    girl – your photos in this series!!! on point!

    • Reply Adrianna Adarme February 20, 2015 at 11:52 am

      I got a new lens and it’s changed my whole life (kidding, sorta). xox

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  • Reply Sienna March 9, 2015 at 3:53 pm

    i love your blue kitchenaid!

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