The following are some of my favorite cooking utensils and appliances.

Blender, High-Powered

While a traditional blender can do the trick when it comes to making smoothies and blending sauces and the like, for exceptional blending results a high-powered blender is definitely the way to go.  The popular players in high-powered blending is Vitamix and Blendtec and searching online you’ll find numerous reviews of both, with comparison charts on all of their features.  One brand definitely worth adding to this list is Waring.  I was able to get my hands on a Waring Commercial Blender (Model MX1200XT), which I hear is popular in culinary school kitchens.  I purchased mine with both a polycarbonate container and stainless steel container (mostly because I just love gadgets and the stainless steel one was so pretty).  As for the regular professional series, the Waring Pro Blender (MX1000R) is about $36-$50 cheaper than the others when purchasing from their store’s retail site and $70-$90 cheaper than its competitors on Amazon.  If you’re in the market for one of these blenders, they definitely don’t come cheap but are a great investment if you blend a lot.  I like to refer to mine as the mini bike of blenders because of its 3.5 horsepower motor.  It makes excellent green smoothies, cashew cheeses, and blended soups!

Comal (a.k.a. Skillet)

An important piece of cooking equipment for any kitchen is a comal (a.k.a. skillet).  While you can purchase non-stick skillets of different shapes and sizes, I’m partial to a traditional round cast iron skillet because it distributes heat evenly and can go from stove stop to oven.  If you can’t get your fingers on a hand-me-down skillet from your mom or grandmother, worry not!  I found mine on Amazon and it cooks beautifully.

Food Processor

This is one of my most favorite tools in the kitchen, especially when I need to chop onions (I hate chopping onions because it always makes my eyes sting).  I have the Cuisinart Elite Collection 4-Cup Chopper/Ginder, which I purchased on Amazon.  It’s such a breeze to clean and is the perfect size for the amount of food that I generally prepare.  I don’t know if I will ever add a larger food processor to my arsenal.  Perhaps someday.  But for now, this baby has a prime shelf location in my kitchen!

More to come!


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