Kitchen Must-Haves {A Pretty Life in the Suburbs}

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 - A Pretty Life in the Suburbs

Kitchen Must-Haves

Must-Have Cookbooks

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!

A Pretty Life in the Suburb's Favorite Kitchen Tools

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!

Favorite Kitchen Tools - bakeware

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


Favorite Kitchen Tools - heavy skillet

I absolutely love my heavy skillets. I grill, saute, broil and bake with them…but 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! I used these dishes recently for my Apple Baked Dutch Baby.


You can see more of my favourite things in this post!

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 not wanting to do more dishes too!)

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



  1. 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

  2. I can’t live without my Kitchen Aide or food processor. Makes everything so much easier.
    Glad I found your blog!

    Stopping by from SITS

  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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