Kitchen Must-Haves: Cookware and Tools

Jo-Anna from A Pretty Life in the Suburbs is stopping by to share her kitchen must-haves for whipping up delicious recipes.

Hi everyone! Today I’m kicking off a new series where bloggers share their must-have tools or supplies for doing what they know and do best. First up, I’m happy to have Jo-Anna from A Pretty Life in the Suburbs stopping by to share her favourite kitchen tools.

Jo-Anna is always whipping up the most amazing looking food on her blog, so I was curious to know what someone with her experience and talent reached for time and time again in the kitchen. Let’s take a look at her kitchen must-haves…

Must-Have Kitchen Tools and Cookware

Kitchen Must-Haves


Well, it wouldn’t be my favourite kitchen items list without my favourite cookbooks!

These four books are my most-loved cookbooks of all time: The Joy of Cooking, any Best of Bridge book, Looneyspoons and Chef at Home. I refer to them all the time and love them all!

Cookbooks, Including The Joy of Cooking, Best of Bridge, Looneyspoons and Chef at Home

Tools and Gadgets

These are some of my most used kitchen items, and I would be lost without them.

I use my Pampered Chef knife every day, it’s really the best! And the bag clips, these are the greatest invention ever! I also can’t live without my pan scraper, silicone spatula and my pretty measuring cups!

Kitchen Tools and Gadgets, Including Measuring Cups, Chip Clips, Silicone Spatula and More

Ceramic Bakeware

These dishes are a recent addition to my kitchen and I love them SO much. I bought the entire set of this ceramic bakeware from Superstore.

Collection of Ceramic Bakeware, Including Pie Dish, Loaf Pan and More

They bake everything beautifully, and they look fabulous in my blog food photos! I use these dishes everyday. They make an everyday meal look gorgeous! My favourite way to use these dishes is to roast vegetables, like this brown sugar and rosemary butternut squash.


Heavy Skillets

I absolutely love my heavy skillets. I grill, saute, broil and bake with them. What I love the most about them is that I can start a dish off on the stove and transfer it directly to the oven. It saves time and dirty dishes!

Red Enameled Skillets

I used these dishes recently for my apple baked dutch baby.


You can see more of my kitchen essentials!

Thanks, Jo-Anna! It’s so fun to take a look at behind-the-scenes! I know I can’t live without my stovetop-to-oven skillet and dutch oven! (It probably has a lot to do with there being less dishes!)

What can’t you live without in the kitchen? Do you and Jo-Anna share any of the same favourites? 

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Have a delicious day!

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  1. OMG! Have just discovered your blog and I think it’s so beautiful and fun to read! You are so creative and inspiring!

  2. I can’t live without my ice cream scoop – and I don’t even use it for ice cream! I love it for scooping muffin mix into the muffin tray – making cookies (instead of scooping using a tablespoon)…biscuits for the top of stews, etc. The other tool I couldn’t live without is my pasta pot – we received as a wedding gift – and the lid has holes in it and locks into place so you can turn it completely upside down to drain the water from the pasta (or vegetables) – love it!  Rhondda #SITSBlogging

  3. I love all of your cook ware!! So gorgeous.  I definitely think, as silly as it sounds, that an apple slicer is a key component to any starter kitchen.  I juice a lot and cutting the apples, surprisingly, takes a long time.  Having the apple slicer not only makes it easier, but also encourages me to eat more apples!!


  4. I have a two things that I can’t live without in the kitchen. The first is my recipe book binder that I used for collecting recipes that are a go-to for me. The second is my mixing bowl. Use it all the time. #SITSBlogging

  5. You are right your ceramic dishes do look gorgeous in your photos. My go to items have to be a good set of knives that I bought several years ago, my Calphalon cookwear and my rubber spatulas. My husband does most of the cooking in our house, I am sure he could add to the list.

  6. Hi, my first visit here. I see some of my favorite Pampered Chef items in your photo. Don’t know what I’d do without my PC gadgets!

  7. I’ve seen Jo-Anna and her delicious recipes around on Google+.  I’m pretty sure I’ve pinned more than a few of her recipes.  Love those measuring cups and the Apple Baked Dutch Baby looks delicious!

  8. I have never tried a Dutch Oven, but I would like to…especially if it means less dishes. ;)

    You’ve got nice items featured here!! #SITSBlogging

  9. What a fun guest post! I can’t live without my Vitamix blender. I also have some pampered chef items that I swear by. It’s a bonus that the apple baked dutch baby recipe link was included- I’ll be trying that one soon! Happy to find you via #SITSBlogging ~



  10. My mom just bought me a full set of pots and pans from Wolfgang Puck and they are fab! These dishes look great, I need some deep dishes like this. #SITSBlogging

  11. I love the look of your blog! So clean and fresh! Those kitchen must-haves are great, but I have yet to own a ceramic set.

  12. Oh goodness, my kitchen is bursting but upon reading this post I’ve discovered a few things “i need” which will only mean the seams will go pop at some point! What an adorable collection of goodies. I don’t think you can ever have too many cookbooks, dinnerware, or serving bowls! :)

  13. I need a late night snack after reading this. ;) Loving those fun measuring cups. I’m in need of a new set and now will be searching for some fun ones. 

  14. This makes me want to run out and purchase a heavy skillet asap! That squash looks so good. Thanks for this post! #SITSBlogging

  15. I just recently got a cast iron skillet and pot.  I LOVE them!  As far as my kitchen goes, I can’t live without my cute measuring set, my food processor and my crockpot.  Oh my gosh, I love my crockpot.  It saves this busy momma a lot of time!!

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