Must-Have Cookbooks

Here are a few of the cookbooks in my arsenal that I constantly find myself referring to:

 Mastering the Art of French Cooking Vol. 1 & 2 by Julia Child, Louisette Bertholle and Simone Beck

 Barefoot in Paris by Ina Garten

 The Pioneer Woman Cooks by Ree Drummond

 Ad Hoc at Home by Thomas Keller


Must-Have Kitchen Tools

These tools make my time in the kitchen even more enjoyable!

Le Creuset Dutch Oven

KitchenAid Stand Mixer

 Kitchen Accessories & Aprons from  This is my favorite store, and they have the most adorable kitchen goodies I've ever seen.

Silpat Silicon Mats
Kitchen Tongs

A Food Processor is great for everything from pastry dough to chopping pecans.  My processor has saved me many hours in the kitchen!

 Cuisinart ICE-21 Frozen Yogurt-Ice Cream & Sorbet Maker


Pantry Must-Haves

Here's a list of items that I always try to keep stocked in my pantry.  Some of them are obvious staples, while others may surprise you.

All Purpose Flour + Whole Wheat Flour
Low-Sodium Chicken Broth
PAM for Baking
Pine Nuts
Good Olive Oil & Grape Seed Oil
Local Honey
Balsamic Vinegar
Red Wine Vinegar
Brown Rice
Old-Fashioned Oats
A Jar of Pinto Beans (a great substitute for pie weights!)
Sea Salt
 Whole Black Peppercorns
Baking Powder
Active Dry Yeast
Semi-Sweet Chocolate Chips
Granulated Sugar
Powdered Sugar
Brown Sugar
Vanilla Beans & Extract
Assorted Dried Pastas
Diced Tomatoes (Canned)
Dried Parsley, Thyme, Bay Leaves and Basil
Mustard Seeds