We have finally moved in to our house. It has been a whirlwind two weeks of moving across the country. Until today I haven’t had any access to the internet (thank goodness for being able to schedule automatic blog posts!), which is why I haven’t responded to your comments and been commenting on any blogs lately. But I promise to get to them soon. After I lay on my couch for a while and detox from all the unpacking, that is.

Enough complaining, what I really want to do today is celebrate! Celebrate that my kitchen is unpacked, that I have actually been cooking and baking again (wahoo!) and celebrate that I am back to blogging.

If there is one thing that unpacking, which I loathe, has done, it has made me realize what things I love. Especially kitchen things. I was practically kissing and hugging my citrus reamer, silpat liners and perfect white platters just from having been without them for so long.

In honor of being back in the blogging world after a crazy move (did I mention that all four of my kids came down with strep throat and ear infections??), I am hereby giving a shout out for two of the kitchen things I unpacked this week that I can’t live without…and I am giving away one of each to two lucky winners!

Here they are (drum roll, please):

Silpat Liner: oh my, I am not exaggerating (and if you know me, you know I love to exaggerate) when I say I use these babies at least three times a week (I have two of them). I line my baking sheets with them every time I make cookies, breadsticks, french bread, rolls, etc. I love them. A lot. They are absolutely nonstick and make clean up a cinch. I’m giving away one of these beauties.

Digital Scale (Salter): If you haven’t been converted to weighing your ingredients, now is the time. For any recipe that gives weights and measures, I ALWAYS weigh. It is accurate and precise and provides practically no-fail results. Plus it makes me feel very culinarily scientific. I have a Salter Digital Scale. I heart it. I’m giving away one just like mine!

Leave me a comment telling me your favorite kitchen item (or just saying hello) and your email address and I’ll enter you in the contest. Only one entry per person, please. Contest ends Friday at 6:00 pm CST. I’ll announce the winners that evening.

By the way, this contest isn’t sponsored by any company. Salter and Silpat (Demarle) have no idea who I am and would probably be embarrassed to know I am waxing poetic about their products. It is simply because I love the products and want to share them with you. Okay, bye now.

346 Responses to I'm Back and Ready to Celebrate!

  1. Anonymous says:

    Welcome back!! My favorite kitchen item is my set of kitchen knives. They’re always being used!


  2. Anonymous says:

    My favorite kitchen gadget right now is my citrus press/juicer. I love using fresh lime juice in recipes! Congratulations on getting unpacked!
    Lisa H.

  3. Anonymous says:

    Love my pampered chef spatulas and cookie scoops!! jlhaverdink (at) sbcglobal (dot) net

  4. Anonymous says:

    I love my KitchenAid mixer! I’ve always wanted to try a silpat!

    jojo17 at gmail dot com

  5. Shelley says:

    My Bosch Universal Mixer! Love it! 5 loaves of bread at a time, double and triple cookie recipes, and a super blender…the best!

  6. Katie says:

    I’m not sure what my favorite is. We don’t have a lot of space in our kitchen so I find I don’t get out many appliances. I’d say I probably love my waffle maker. Even though I don’t make waffles very often, when I want one, I’m so happy that I have one.
    ktkadoo @ myself.com

  7. Amy says:

    I love your blog! I have made so many recipes from it! I think I really enjoy my kitchen aid mixer! How did the pioneers do it when they had to make things by hand. We are so blessed! Keep up the good work and thanks for sharing your wonderful recipes! You are so talented and giving!

  8. Jami says:

    My Kitchen Aid!
    theburgundybutton at gmail.com

  9. Chelsea says:

    It’s pretty hard, I love kitchen things. I’d have to say my favorite things are my half sheet pans, wisks and heatproof spatulas (like screwdrivers, you can’t have enough!) and my nesting stoneware bowls.

    chelseaflitton at yahoo dot com

  10. Anonymous says:

    Either my food scale or rubber spatulas, can’t imagine time in the kitchen without them

    lmj_614 at msn dot com

  11. Amy says:

    i love my wusthof knives
    amyleehong at gmail dot com

  12. Abbey says:

    I love my silpat too! I need to buy another one so I can multi-task better. Who knows, maybe I’l just win one.

    acamara76 at yahoo dot com

  13. Megan Anderton says:

    Definetly my garlic press and I’d have to say I really love my blender too:)

  14. Angie says:

    My favorite thing in the kitchen is my dishwasher!

  15. Stephanie says:

    I love my pressure cooker and I really enjoy your blog.

  16. Anonymous says:

    I love my zester.
    Kathy, Shattuck, Oklahoma

  17. Traci says:

    My favorite item is my Kitchen Aid Mixer, I feel like I can do anything with it! Thanks for the giveaway. My email is lcart11 at gmail dot com.

  18. Jennifer H. says:

    I love my Silpat as well, but I also love my big stand mixer! How did I ever get along without it?? You just cannot make marshmallows without it!

    jjnhubbs at yahoo.com

  19. Jenny says:

    I Love my cuisinart mixer!

  20. Anonymous says:

    I love my Cuisinart.

    I don’t have a blog like everyone else. But here is my email – stuff (at) thephelpshome (dot) net

    Love your site!


  21. Mama Feelgood says:

    I love my mango slicer. Sounds silly, but I was wasting so much of my mango before I found this.

  22. JoAnn says:

    Welcome back! Hurray for getting unpacked!

    I know this will be a popular answer, but my fav kitchen item is my stand mixer. I would never EVER knead bread without it.

  23. Nikki says:

    Thanks for all the great recipes. My favorite stuff would have to be my knives or KitchenAid mixer. I am very curious to try the Silpat.

  24. Stephanie says:

    Just wanted to say hello! Hope you get settled into your new life soon! Moving is the pits! And..I love all my kitchen gagets, I couldn’t choose just one…:)

  25. Cassie Winters [email protected] says:

    Wow I have so many things I love in my kitchen and so many things I miss since moving to Germany. I will say my antique mixing bowl and bamboo spoon…so many brownies and banana bread loaves began there πŸ™‚

  26. Anonymous says:

    Welcome back! I would be one happy girl to win either of these. Thanks for such a fun giveaway. I have really wanted a kitchen scale so I can make the bagel recipe you posted awhile ago. The silpat would come in hany because my least favorite thing to clean in the kitchen is my cookie sheet (especially baked on cheese). My favorite thing in my kitchen is probably my bosch mixer. -Liz K.
    [email protected]

  27. Leslie says:

    my tart tamper~~i only made a tart once in my life, a long time ago, but it was a suggested item to buy with a recipe~~i now use it a LOT for anything that needs to be spread evenly into a pan~~like granola bars, etc.~~it doesn’t stick, it makes everything so level, and no fingerprints on top~~my email is [email protected]~~i have a scale already, but would LOVE a silpat!

  28. Shelley says:

    I can’t live without silicone spatulas and my mini muffin tins . . . .

  29. Stacy says:

    I love my muffin scoop from pampered chef.

  30. Megan says:

    mrsdresses (at) gmail (dot) com. My favorite item is my…well sad, I can’t remember. We’re remodeling our kitchen. I can feel for you.I think my dough whisk is one of the coolest inventions.

  31. Annie Jones says:

    I found your blog while you’ve been away. I love it and have added it to my favorites. I think my favorite kitchen item is either my Bosch mixer or my set of 4 colorful silicone scrapers. Is use both all the time. I’d love to try a Silpat. I use parchment paper now, but would love something reusable. I could use a new kitchen scale, too. πŸ™‚

    My email is imannies (at) gmail.com.

  32. mysterie91 says:

    My favorite kitchen item is my ice cream scoop – use it for everything from melon to ice cream to cookies to buckeyes to meatballs. Love it!

  33. Loralee and the gang... says:

    Hi! So glad you made it safely to Wisconsin (?) (but sorry about the strep & ear drama – you REAlly didn’t need that, too, did you).

    My kitchen items are pretty basic, but I’d say my favorite is the one I use most often – my Kitchen Aid mixer (I almost said my microwave – but you’d probably have shot me for that one)

    [email protected]

  34. grace says:

    best of luck getting settled!
    meanwhile, my favorite kitchen tool right now is the pastry cutter. it’s simple, but buddy, it gets the job done. πŸ™‚

  35. Robbie and Erin says:

    I love my ladybug spatula! This is a great site, you have such yummy recipes! relund06{at}gmail{dot}com

  36. Amanda says:

    So hard to choose just one! One of my faves is my kitchen aid (although I sometimes wish it were a bosch).

  37. Morgan says:

    Hands down, my Bosch is like my little baby in the kitchen!! wugrider AT hotmail DOT com

  38. Tay says:

    Pizza stone. Oh man is that thing fantastic!
    tay1141 at gmail dot com

  39. Nancy says:

    I really like my electric skillet and then a close second is my Farberware Electric grill that is 38 years old and still looks new….

  40. Jerilynn says:

    my favorite kitchen tool is my kitchenaide mixer…I love just looking at it…and really love using it.love your blog too Ü

  41. Anna says:

    Wow, you are popular. I love my muffin/cookie scoop. Thanks for all your yummy recipes!

  42. Callie says:

    I just love my cookie scoop! It makes perfect sized cookies everytime! And I love cookies!

  43. jessvb05 says:

    I love my Cuisinart Mini Chopper. I love not having to chop onions…or anything that I don’t want to chop. It makes my marinara sauce a breeze. One day I’ll get a full-size food processor, but in the mean time, this will do.

    jessicafk at gmail dot com

  44. Alan says:

    I must have a sharp knife, and a saute pan

  45. Tiffin says:

    I enjoy your blog. Your recipes are terrific. Thanks for sharing.
    I have a little mini chopper that I LOVE! It is especially helpful when chopping onions. No more crying!!

    tiffinclark at cox dot net

  46. Jill says:

    Hi! My favorite kitchen item is my Kitchen Aid mixer. Hands down. I’m thankful I have it everytime I use it!

  47. bethygil says:

    I love to bake and I use all of the tools that I have, meaning, I don’t just buy every gadget out there, if I add to my kitchen it must be something I am converted to. One of my most surprising tools is my offset spatula. I thought for years that a knife is completely sufficient and I didn’t need an offset spatula, I am totally converted though, I just can’t live without it now.

    Thank you for your blog. I love checking to see what you have made. You are very inspiring!

    [email protected]

  48. Jonelle Hughes says:

    MEL! I have missed you and thought of you often during your move. I hope it went beautifully. My favorite kitchen gadgets are my pampered chef garlic press- it is the best, my dough cutter which I use to transport cut onions, score things, and actually cut dough, and my very favorite things are my two 1 cup vintage measuring cups that were my moms- they are avocado green and a very bright teal-about 20 years old and PERFECT! I have to admit, I look at the Silpat everytime I go to Sur La Table, but I have never given in! So glad you are back, and oh, I made the chicken curry tonight… my kids DEVOURED it! My picky 5 year old twinboy even had seconds and declared it delicious! YEAH!

  49. Lulu says:

    I love my little in-hand lemon/lime squeezer. Love my Kitchenaid mixer which I’ve had over 30 years. Just bought a new paddle beater with ‘wings’ this week for it. Love microwave!
    I have been going to buy a silpat and scale for quite a while. Glad to know you like them.

  50. Chris, Jessica, Mackenzie, & Alison says:

    Kitchen Aide Stand Mixer! Gotta Love it!

  51. Sara says:

    Congrats on surviving the move! πŸ™‚ My favorite kitchen item is my pink hand mixer. It’s so easy and convinient to use, plus it’s not as much of a hassle as my stand mixer.

  52. Crazy Lady says:

    hmmmm….really love my bosche …but wish i had a bigger one.

  53. Future of Hope says:

    My favorite “items” currently in my kitchen are my two little men. Whenever possible, they like to be at my side helping me bake and cook.

    As far as the “unhuman” favorite kitchen item, it would have to be my KitchenAid stand mixer. Love, love, love it!

  54. Jenny says:

    My favorite item has GOT to be my KitchenAid stand mixer! I don’t know what I would do with out it!

  55. Anya says:

    I love my Calphalon pan…Thanks for the chance.

  56. BMK says:

    My favorite kitchen tool would have to be my wooden spoons.

  57. Curtis and Amy says:

    I love my sharp kitchen knives. They are the very best things I have been given.

  58. ec says:

    can i only pick one? because you asked me today, i’m gonna say my ice cube tray … the little one that makes bite sized ice cubes. i’m totally loving that these days.

    any other day? probably my kitchen aid.

  59. Sarah says:

    Great Blog! I would have to say I love my kitchenaid and couldn’t live without it! I’m ready to start weighing my ingredients as I’m an avid Alton Brown fan πŸ™‚

  60. Frieda says:

    Welcome back! I can’t believe that I don’t have a Silpat or a digital scale, yet! Hands down, is my Kitchen Aid mixer, which I used several times per week… I don’t know if I could ever live without it!

  61. TJ says:

    I would have to say, like you, I love my citrus reamer, my silpat, and my pampered chef mini spatula and gravy whisk.

  62. Karen says:

    I love your recipes! I’m always grateful for my Kitchen Aid mixer, but right now I’m really loving my mandolin slicer with the crinkle-cut edge since it makes the coolest homemade pickles. (So many cucumbers from the garden!) So crunchy and tasty!

  63. Jinii says:

    Oh I love my blender. I know so silly but it has so many uses and makes yummy shakes!!!

    I really could use both of these items. My fingers and toes are crossed.

  64. Julianne says:

    Yeah for giveaways, you’re awsome!

    I could NOT live without our garlic press. A must-have, die-without item in the kitchen.

    That and my husband, doing dishes. But I don’t think that counts.

  65. Jenn N Goo says:

    My favorite item is my bundt pan! I just love it.

  66. Mary Lynn says:

    It’s hard to pick just one thing, but I’m going to say my pampered chef stones…I have several and I love them all.

    mbourns at aol dot com

  67. Jessie says:

    I cook quite a bit but don’t really have a favorite kitchen item. Maybe one of your prizes will become one of my new favorites!

  68. Michelle says:

    The first thing I thought of was my pampered chef garlic press. I cook with garlic a lot and couldn’t live without it. I love, love, love it!!!

  69. shanda says:

    I love my mini ice cream scooper. I use it to make pergect round chocolate chip cookies! Yum.

  70. Tori says:


  71. Annie G. says:

    I can’t live without my BOSCH mixer!!! It is worth its weight in gold…and I love it more every time I use it! I don’t have either of the two items up for giveaway…both things on my wish list!

  72. Janelle says:

    Oh pick me! I’d love the Silpat liner. Favotire kitchen things that I already have: my food processor is my favorite appliance, but my olive oil mister is my favorite gadget.

  73. Jane says:

    I love my wooden spoon. It is absolutely necessary for me to cook or bake. I love stirring cookie dough like my grandmother used to.

  74. Dorothy says:

    I would have to say it is my KitchenAid Blender or Mixer or both…

  75. Kate says:

    I love my springform pans, because getting them out means that it’s cheesecake time!

  76. Karen says:

    I love my disher. I make lots and lots of cookies and the disher always makes the cookies the same size.

  77. Cammee says:

    Glad you’re getting settled in. I love my Wusthof knives and my food processor (i despise chopping onions!). Thanks for the giveaway!

  78. Aubri says:

    Yeah! You’re back! I’ve been enjoying some recipes of yours…thanks! I really want that scale! I have lots of kitchen gadgets that I love, but I’ll say…Um…I love my wheat grinder and my bosch. Gotta love home made bread!

  79. Josh and Ashley says:

    I’m not sure what I would do without the GRILL! My husband went on a really healthy streak where he had 2 pieces of grilled chicken for lunch and dinner.
    akalei2001 (@) yahoo (dot) com

  80. Kara@ Creations by Kara says:

    I am so glad that you are settling in! Can’t imagine what a monumental task that would be with four boys, especially when one of them is a baby. Yay for you!!!

    My favorite kitchen item is my Bosch mixer. My 4 boys go through a lot of bread!

  81. Annemarie says:

    I could not live without my KitchenAid!

    You crack me up!

  82. Tari McDonald says:

    It’s a tie between my kitchen aid and my pampered chef chef’s knife! I hope your little ones are feeling better and that you recover from the move soon!

    tari.mcdonald [at] gmail [dot] com

  83. Kathi says:

    My rolling pin is my favorite kitchen item, even though I don’t use it all that often. It was my great-grandmother’s, made of birds-eye maple.

  84. Mrsblocko says:

    my favs are my santoku knife and oxo cookie scoops.

  85. Stohl Family says:

    I love my Kitchen Aid Mixer and my Panini Maker.

  86. Molly says:

    I ::heart:: my kitchen aid stand mixer (I actually saved my pennies and bought it when I was 18!)

    My other FAV is my doughmakers pans – they’re WONDERFUL! I’ve never burnt anything on them and they cook so evenly – no more domed cakes!

  87. michelle says:

    I’m so glad you are finally settled in. There is nothing so terrible as a cross country move!
    MY favoite would have to be my red kitchen aid. Love it love it LOVE IT. (I love your blog too!)

  88. lana and drew says:

    I LOVE LOVE LOVE my rubber heat resistant spatula. My husband calls it a spoonula (thanks Rachel Ray), but i use it to stir and scrape up everything in the kitchen. I hope i win!!!

  89. Tiffanyrose says:

    I love my Bosh Mixer. I use it all the time. I love reading yuor blog and getting new ideas for yummy food!

  90. Queen B. says:

    Welcome Home !
    My favorite kitchen items:
    1. Le Creuset Enameled Cast Iron Square Grill Pan – I LOVE corn OR flour tortillas heated on these to make the perfect quesadillas.

    2.Emile Henry casserole pans. THEY ROCK. Nothing sticks !

    3. Microplane to for zesting and parm. cheese !

  91. kkicks says:

    A sharp paring knife

  92. SJ says:

    I really like my kitchen shears.

  93. Jessica :) says:

    It is hard to choose just one favorite . . . but I think I’d have to go with my KitchenAid. I’m not sure how I survived without it ;)!

  94. Amy says:

    I love my Kitchenaid Mixer, I couldn’t live without it!

  95. Victor says:

    I can’t live without my Cutco knives set (I think a set is one item).

    confusion180 at hotmail dot com

    Welcome back!

  96. AmyB says:

    I love my silpat too! And we are soon to leave the country, and live where there is no such thing as cooking spray, so another silpat would be wonderful!

  97. Delectable Dining says:

    My favorite kitchen item would have to be my kitchenaid mixer!

    Great contest– welcome back!

  98. Emilee says:

    I love your blog and I must say that one of my favorite kitchen tools is my food processor! I got it about one year ago and now I don’t know how I EVER lived without it!

  99. Jane says:

    Although it isn’t for cooking or baking, my favorite appiance is our stir crazy popcorn popper. It makes the very best popcorn.

  100. Janell says:

    I’m a very simple cook so I love my crock pot. I always have dinner on the table in time when the crock pot does all the work!

  101. Brooke says:

    I love my kitchen aid mixer. I use it all of the time!

  102. Brooke says:

    Wow – what a great giveaway. My favorite kitchen item lately is my blender – nothing fancy but it makes a great smoothie.

  103. April says:

    I have many favorite kitchen items, and since I live in a place where I have none right now, I miss them all. But one thing that I love is a zester. I don’t know the true term, but I used it for everthing (small) like garlic, lemon, oranges and anything else I can think to use it with, I also love my kitchen aid.

  104. MommyDoodle says:

    Great recipes!

    My favorite kitchen item is my pampered chef batter bowls, not only are they great for mixing, but you can bake in them. How great is that!

    My 18 month old’s favorite item is the box that I store all my leftover jar lids in for leftovers. He tends to carry the box, a small bar board, and other items from kitchen to living room several times a week.

    [email protected]

  105. TheOnesInColorado says:

    Wow – you are a popular lady! Glad your move went well and you’re getting settled! I think my favorite tool in the kitchen is, currently, my HUGE mixing bowl. It’s so great to make mixes (onion soup mix, microwave oatmeal, baking mixes, hot cocoa, etc.) without being worried about sloshing ingredients all over. I can mix with reckless abandon! [email protected]

  106. Amy says:

    Just one thing… that could be tough! I have so many things that I love. Lately, I guess, it has been the nesting bowls I picked up at Target. There are 6 of them, so one of them is the perfect size for just about anything I am mixing up. Glad you made the moved safely and that the kiddos are feeling better (I hope they are anyway!).

  107. carrie says:

    Right now its my bullet. Its great for making the impromptu baby food.

  108. fmandds says:

    I love two things-my kitchen aid. Although I do secretly wish it to be a Bosch at times. And my mother’s “vintage” pyrex mixing bowls. I am scouring the web now to try and find others to have.
    fmandds @ comcast . net

  109. Laura says:

    One of my favorite kitchen items is my Pampered Chef Turnabout to hold all my utensils. It works great!!

  110. Norah says:

    My cast iron skillet. I love it and could never imagine not having it to use.

    I’m glad your back and everything is going well for you!

  111. Sherri says:

    I love my Pampered Chef garlic press and cookie scoop!

  112. Jessi says:

    I love my Kitchen Aid. I use it all the time

  113. Emily says:

    Hmmmm, I love my kitchen-aid mixer and the food that goes in it!

  114. Grammaduh says:

    I’d love to try out either one of your favorite kitchen gadgets! jeffhone@juno.com

  115. MemΓ³ria says:

    Welcome back!!! I missed your blog!

    I was just thinking about one of my favorite kitchen items yesterday, my Farberware silicon spatula. I even hugged it LOL!

  116. Linds Forrest says:

    I love our Miracle Blade knives. They truly are miracles!! πŸ™‚
    lindseyforrest at hotmail dot com

  117. ang :o) says:

    This is an awesome give away. Thanks for the opportunity! I love my kitchen aid!I would love either of those items, especially the scale!

  118. Jessica says:

    I LOVE my ‘butter yellow’ KitchenAid mixer. My husband surprised me with it for my birthday a few years back. It still looks pretty and brand new even though I use a ton.

    Good luck to you and your unpacking and getting settled in your new home. I have moved my family a couple of times (Utah-to-Ohio, Ohio-to-Michigan) So I totally understand what you are going through πŸ™‚


  119. ErinFromIowa says:

    I adore my American Kitchen cookware. It was my Christmas present to myself this past year. blonday 2 u at g mail dot com

  120. Cindy says:

    I would love either of those items! My favorite kitchen utensil? It would have to be my Bosch mixer.

  121. Mama C says:

    You have become one of our favorite Kitchen accessories! πŸ™‚ We found you about a month ago and have tried dozens of recipes from your site…they are always tasty! When my children see a new recipe they ask if it is from that yummy blog.

    Welcome to your new home!

  122. Christie says:

    My favorite kitchen item is my silicone rubber scraper/spatula. I have 5 and manage to use them all most days. Thanks Christie christieae@yahoo.com

  123. Teri says:

    What a great giveaway! I’ve been wanting a Silpat for a long time now! My favorite kitchen tool would just be a nice, sharp chef’s knife! I go to my Mom’s house or my Aunt’s house and use their dull knives and I don’t know how they aren’t cutting off fingers!!!?!

  124. Ruby says:

    I love my Crock Pot! I must use it 2-3 times a week. I have soup cooking away in it right this very moment.

  125. Annie says:

    I love my microplane. I may not use it every day, or even every week, but when I need it is so so great to have.


  126. RN says:

    i can’t live without my knife set!


  127. Joi says:

    Welcome back! The two things that I could not live without are my kitchen aid mixer and my griddle. I love them both.

  128. Hillary, Jonathan and Lincoln says:

    My favorite kitchen item is my wooden spoon (or any wooden utensil.) I’m glad you survived your move!


  129. Brandee says:

    My BOSCH! How did I survive without it?

  130. MaRiN says:

    I love my alligator chopper! Makes my cooking life so much easier! It’s a must have in any kitchen.

  131. Kelly says:

    I love my pampered chef garlic press!


    Thanks! And welcome back!

  132. D says:

    I love my non stick Bialetti Skillets. I got 3 sizes for 20 bucks at costco and I got way more than I paid for. They are wonderful (truly non stick and easy to clean). I have a 5 qt saucepan with lid that I got for a wedding present 7 years ago and it is awesome too.

  133. thecaldwells says:

    I love my kitchen aid and use it almost daily! THanks for your great blog! kkpcaldwell@juno.com

  134. jaesi says:

    hello πŸ™‚
    I can relate to you on oh so many sentences in your post….I HATE MOVING!

    favorite item….the kitchen!!!

  135. Jenn says:

    So great to have you back! I love the recipes you share with us!

    I have no big fancy mixers or other kitchen items so I think my favourite item in my kitchen has to be my fry pan. I seem to cook everything in it.

  136. JoEllen says:

    I love my Cutco knife! I wish I could afford to have a whole set…they are miracle workers!

    joellenzafacon at gmail dot com

  137. Cindy says:

    I love my Kitchen Aide!

  138. Deborah says:

    I love my medium sized cookie dough scoop, it makes baking cookies SO much easier than forming each ball of dough by hand! πŸ™‚
    deborahsw @ gmail.com

  139. Melanie Anne says:

    Congrats on gettting settled. I am jealous–I have all that moving stuff coming up in the next month. I would like to just fast forward to “sitting on the couch detoxing”! Anyway–I hope you are enjoying your new home. My favorite kitchen items are the silpat for sure and my demarle muffin pans–especially the mini muffins. I want a digital scale bad! Mine is an old cheap one and it is hard to read and I am sure not accurate!! Fun giveaways Melanie!

  140. Darsi says:

    My favorite kitchen item would have to be the cookie sheets that I got for a wedding present 26 years ago. The new cookie sheets I have don’t compare. dar.sieb@gmail.com

  141. sylvia says:

    I love my wooden spoons!!! Sylvia

  142. bjhegland says:

    Favorite kitchen item = glass mixing bowl. It’s nothing special, but I associate it with the cheesecake that I mix up in it…which makes me oh-so-happy πŸ™‚

  143. Amanda says:

    I just went throught the moving process a couple months ago, NO FUN! But it’s so nice to be in a new place once you’re all finished. Hooray!

  144. I'm Lindsay! says:

    Ohh I’m dying for a silpat liner! My favorite kitchen tool are Ici silicone tools from Williams & Sonoma. They are the absolute best!

  145. Heidi Smith says:

    Well, I do love my big Kitchen-Aid, but I think that my Braun hand mixer is extra special because I can just use it on the stove and no sauce ever has lumps!

    H. Smith (heidi.amelia@gmail.com)

  146. Intisar says:

    Welcome back! Hum, that’s a tough one, my favorite kitchen gadget would have to my microplane zester or my stand mixer. They both come in handy more times then not!

  147. Shelby says:

    Congrats on getting moved in! I don’t have many kitchen gadgets yet… but my fave is porbably my… oh, wow, I actually don’t have one. πŸ™ Can I say my beer opener? πŸ˜‰

  148. Tracy says:

    I could never live without my KitchenAid mixer and my trusty set of spatulas!

  149. Jen says:

    Has to be my Bosch mixer!

  150. Jenna says:

    I love my Pampered Chef juicer. I use citrus in a lot of my cooking and the juicer is convenient, practical and efficient!


  151. Adrienne says:

    I’ve always wanted a Silpat Liner. My fav kitchen thing would have to be my crock pot. Love the ease of it!

  152. Becks says:

    I’m in love with my mom’s blender/mixer. Bosch? Yeah I think it is. It makes me smoothies AND snickerdoodle cookies!!!!! MMMMMMMM!!!!!!!

  153. Laura says:

    I have been wanting a silpat liner for the longest time! I would love the digital scale as mine is about on its last leg. I really, really love my microplane grater. I no longer avoid recipes that call for fresh ginger citrus zest!

  154. Mandy says:

    I love my kitchen aid mixer. It makes cookies super fast and I feel like Martha when I turn it on.

    I also love my “desperate housewife” apron. It makes me feel like a sexy sassy cook…even though I am barefoot and pregnant in the kitchen when i wear it.

    mandybvoges @ gmail.com

  155. Christine Bell says:

    My favorite item in my kitchen by far is my red Kitchenaid mixer. I have definitely gotten my money’s worth out of that thing.


  156. Sims Family says:

    I love anything made from silicone. (Kitchen related! πŸ™‚ )
    I suppose right now it would be the brush I use for BBQ-ing, but usually the spatulas. They don’t melt ever. Love them!

  157. Marci says:

    I love my pampered chef food chopper! I love your blog!
    marci6tx at msn dot com

  158. Jessica says:

    Congrats on surviving the move! My favorite item is my set of 3 Santoku knives. Use them every day!!


  159. d8t8k says:

    It would have to be my Pampered Chef stone. I use it for most baked goods and pizza.

  160. teresa says:

    welcome back! i actually love my silpat too, i wonder how i’ve gone so long without it!

  161. Shannon says:

    It’s hard to choose a favorite, probably just a sharp knife because it makes the job so much easier! Thanks for an awesome giveaway!

  162. Danielle says:

    I love my rubber spatulas. They hold up so well!

    daniellek01 at yahoo dot com

  163. adamanderin says:

    I love my cookie scoop! It is perfect for cookies, muffins, cupcakes, you name it! Thanks for the giveaway!

    erinhudd84 at gmail dot com

  164. Becca says:

    I love my pizza stone, and mixer. I would love the silpat mat. I have heard they are great.

  165. Tharon & Alicia says:

    The one kitchen item that I love and can’t live without is my Zyliss chopper. I use it all the time to chop, onion, nuts, carrots, boiled eggs, etc. Anything that I don’t want to chop with a knife and you don’t have to touch the food. Which is really good for onions. Really hope I win! My email is kishi10@hotmail.com

  166. destiny says:

    I can’t live without my Bosch! I use the blender just about every day. I also love the way the mixer kneads the bread dough for you!


    BTW- I just love your blog!

  167. Murdock Family says:

    My favorite item is my cookie scoop!! I make cookies alot for people, and I love it!!! Love your blog!!

  168. Kelsi Rose says:

    I have to say my favorite thing in the kitchen is my sharp cutting knife. I have no idea who made it, but I like the slight curve to the blade and the handle fits nicely in my hand. It saddens me that I went so long with out a good knife. krburr82@gmail.com

  169. Nate and Lyndsi Clements says:

    I love a good cutting knife!

  170. Megan A. says:

    I don’t really have a favorite kitchen item.

  171. Jingle says:

    Welcome back! I MUST have my kitchen aide mixer! Not only do I use it all the time, BUT, just looking at it in it’s fabulous red glory makes me happy!

  172. Natalie says:

    I love my Bosch!! Everytime I almost buy the Silpat liners I have wimped out, but maybe it is time! natj621@msn.com

  173. Rebecca says:

    I love my KitchenAid Food Processor!

  174. Cammi says:

    Believe it or not, I added a huge metal bowl to my kitchen this year and honestly don’t know what I did without it. I use it almost every day. cammihawker@hotmail.com

  175. Kenna says:

    This is Kenna (Bennion) Smith from back in the days of MT:) I’ve been secretly obsessed with your blog since I found it (via blog stocking Billings people…I know, I SHOULD be ashamed) and have been trying just about every recipe you’ve ever posted…all the while feeling guilty that I have never left a comment. Well there’s nothing like free kitchen gear to make me come out of the closet and admit my obession. So THANK YOU for making especially dinner time something to look forward to and for making it Impossible to lose any weight because of all the YUMMY treats:) Thanks again!

  176. Kelly says:

    I love the recipes you put up in the blog! I’ve tried many of them and have had great dinners/desserts! My favorite kitchen item would have to be my beloved Kitchen Aid mixer with its 5-gallon mixing bowl…best wedding present ever!


  177. Polliwog says:

    I love the my zester/grater (hand-held, long) from Williams Sonoma. I use a LOT of parmesan. πŸ™‚

  178. iowagirleats says:

    Fabulous!! My favorite kitchen item is definitely my Calphalon chef’s knife – I use it everyday!

  179. Mary T. says:

    I LOVE your blog!! I really my food processor!! Couldn’t without it!!

  180. Tammy says:

    Oh so many things I love…I think I have to agree with Destiny – I love my Bosch!

  181. jen says:

    goodness my bosch is at the top of my list too; right alongside my bakers pin and parchment paper.
    I’ve thought about converting to weight but I only have a manual scale so I haven’t mustered up the motivation to take it out each time I bake. Must do something about that…

  182. The Arizona Pickeral Family says:

    I love my bosch and couldn’t live without it!! Brooke Pickeral pickeral@q.com

  183. The Whatcott Fam says:

    My favorite kitchen item is my bosch mixer- can’t live without it!!

  184. Jill says:

    My favorite kitchen item is my mixing bowl with the rubberized bottom so it doesn’t slip around. . . but I could use a new favorite! jillsstorey@yahoo.com

  185. jezinthekitchen says:

    I love my stone bakeware from Pampered Chef … it is truly amazing stuff!

  186. Every day life says:

    Two of moy favorite things are my kitchenaid mixer and my lemon squeezer.

  187. Stephanie :) says:

    I love my computer–that isn’t even close to my kitchen, which gives me the opportunity to try recipes from all sorts of people I would never get to know otherwise. And my hundreds (almost, but not really) of silicone spatulas! Can you really have enough of those?

    stephilund at gmail dot com

  188. Allison says:

    I absolutely LOVE your food blog! I love that you explain how to make things so well, have amazing pictures, and post do-able, real recipes.
    I would love the digital scale. Ever since I did a food science lab that showed the variance that comes with measuring cups, I agree that weighing is the only way to go!
    I could not live without my kitchen aid, I love it!

  189. Shelli W says:

    Congratulations on being moved in. What a relief. I enjoy using my kitchen aid mixer along with the 100 thousand other people who like it! It does make things easy.

  190. Deborah says:

    I love my pampered chef garlic press…so easy to use and clean. Love your blog!


  191. Jenny says:

    I love my Kitchen Aide and also my Nicer Dicer!
    Thanks for the giveaway!
    jmojmo24 at gmail dot com

  192. Sarah says:

    My favorite kitchen item might have to be my set of Wusthof knives…haven’t found any knives that work nearly as good as this set!

  193. Jenny or sometimes Bozo says:

    My favorite kitchen item is my cutco knives, followed closely by my kitchen aid mixer. The knives are a dream come true.

  194. Mark, Chelsey, and Boys says:

    I’ve been having a lot of fun with the dutch oven this summer. It’s great to cook outside and the food is always tasty. Thanks for the great recipes! chelseywestergard@yahoo.com

  195. Poulsen Family says:

    K, not kissing up, but your blog recipes and other recipes from my favorite sites and magazines. If I didn’t have them no tool would work well for me.

  196. Diane says:

    My favorite things to use are spatulas. I have many, in different colors and sizes. I go through 4-5 a day!

    Enjoy settling into your new home. I love your blog, I refer to it all the time!


  197. Sharee says:

    I love my rice cooker! And I really want the scale.

  198. Jen says:

    Love your blog…I think the thing I use most is my mixing bowl with a rubber bottom so it doesn’t move. It’s just the right shape too so that stuff doesn’t go flying when you are mixing in it. twinsej @ gmail dot com

  199. Christa says:

    My recent crush is my meat mallet. I love to take out my frustrations on a piece of meat.


  200. Natalie says:

    My garlic roller… sounds wierd I know, but its a round little holder with wheels,you stick garlic inside the round area and roll it like a toy car, the blades inside mince the garlic perfectly… you don’t have to touch the garlic and get stinky hands, not to menntion you get to play with a “toy car”!
    nataliejramos -at- gmail.com

  201. Jaylene says:

    This is hard I love so many tools that I use in the kitchen but I would have to say the item I use the most that I love are my cutco knifes

  202. Sarah says:

    My favorite kitchen item? Hum… probably my knives. I use them every single day without fail. Although I would really like a silpat!
    reade.sarah at gmail dot com

  203. Tiny Head says:

    oddly enough it is my cookie scoop. it is so much easier when the cookies are all the same size. πŸ™‚

    btw, i’m excited that you moved (back) to wisconsin. my hubby and i just got back from a vacation there, and are thinking about relocating there!

  204. Lori says:

    I just started cooking and baking (more) when we moved a year ago, so I have a limited supply. So the only tool that I have is my KA mixer, which of course I love!

  205. Jenn says:

    Kitchen Aid mixer.

  206. Amy and David Ziehl says:

    Ok, so my fave kitchen must is you and your boys. We have some good memories in your kitchen. :] amy_gunnell_6@hotmail.com

  207. *~Dani~* says:

    My favorite item is my nonstick rubber bottom steel mixing bowl. Love it!

    Welcome back and good to hear the move went well!

  208. Laura says:

    Definately my Kitchen Aid mixer. I use it almost daily.

    Enjoy your new neighborhood!

  209. Francis says:

    I love my spatulas. I know they are so basic but I couldn’t bake without them. I just love knowing that I used every last drop of dough. I love your blog!

  210. The Bentley Family and Aussiemuminthekitchen says:

    My husband is still in school so I don’t really have any nifty kitchen tools yet. I do have a long list that I would like someday though =) What a neat post. So glad you all made it safely and that you are starting to get settled in. Have fun making new friends. I made and posted your lemon chicken while you were away. It was delicious of course!

    Thanks Melanie!

  211. Lori says:

    My most used, most loved item is a good chef’s knife. I have even bought one for my mom and sister as Christmas gifts. After growing up with dull, bad knives, I never knew that a knife could make such a huge impact on my life in the kitchen!

  212. Becky says:

    I have to say I am loving my new bosch. Not only does it make the best bread, but it shreds my chicken for me. Note: It has to be piping hot for this to work with the wisk. beckypulsipher(at)gmail(dot)com

  213. Princess Selina says:

    My favorite kitchen item are the silicone spatulas (the ones that Rachael Ray has dubbed ‘spoonula’). I use them for just about everything in the kitchen. Oh, and all my cupcake cookbooks are also my favorite. My email is crownprincess at gmail dot com.

  214. The Mendoza Family says:

    Melanie! I miss you already!!! I’m sooo bummed we didn’t get to hang out one last time! Darn it!! Anyway, I have a bench scraper I use to scrape the fondant off my countertop and also to smooth the edges of buttercream cakes. I also love my pizza cutter because it can cut…pizza, fondant, sandwiches, etc, etc!!

  215. Annie says:

    My Kitchen Aid- hands down! Thanks for the sharing such yummy recipes!

  216. Melissa Basua says:

    I love your blog!! i check it all the time and have tried LOTS of great recipes for here. Thanks for all the great ideas! My favorite kitchen tool is my Blendtec bender!


  217. Kight Family says:

    I would love one of those gifts. I have neither and I am sure I could say they are my favorite kitchen tools.

  218. Jaime says:

    I love having you as my accessory!! My family has benefited from your recipes!!!


  219. Amber says:

    I love my food processor, It’s served me well for almost 6 years, the bowl is finally cracking and I’m shopping for a new one. I can’t imagine living without one!

  220. Jenna Consolo says:

    Welcome back! I love my crock pot and my 10 cup blender with smoothie spout!


  221. Cheralyn says:

    My favorite kitchen item is my kitchen aid. Without it I would be lost!

  222. Amy says:

    Man there are a lot of posts!!! My favorite kitchen appliance is no doubt my dish washer!! There are many things I love, but I don’t think I can live without my dishwasher.

  223. rickandangie says:

    Welcome back, Mel. So you already know that I love the recipes on your blog. Those are my favorite thing to look at in the kitchen — just turn the computer around and I have the recipes at my finger tips in the kitchen. 2nd favorite is my boys standing on the stool helping me. 3rd and more what you’re looking for with this comment is my Pampered Chef slicer (mulitple blades, cleans up in a flash, and is always sharp). hecks@comcast.net (you know that) ;o)

  224. Rebecca says:

    dugnbec at hotmail dot com

    I guess I want to win something because I need to discover kitchen gadget love for myself. I’m looking around my kitchen trying to think of an item I wouldn’t want to live without.

    I really love my juice pitchers. They are plastic and they have a plunger feature for mashing and mixing the juice. I still use the two I have, even though both of them have broken handles, because I can’t find new ones anywhere. They’re not Pampered Chef, although I know they sell something similar.

  225. Luke and Jessi says:

    I LOVE my little plastic cutting board. So easy to use, and clean!



  226. Kali says:

    Glad you made it across country safe! Been enjoying your recipes all summer.

  227. Candace says:

    The two giveaways are on my wish list! I can’t live without my Bosch. candacefielding(at)gmail(dot)com.

  228. sarandipity9702 says:

    My favorite kitchen item…my Kitchenaid stand mixer. I wouldn’t make half the recipes I do if I didn’t have it. In fact, I just made cookies with it this afternoon!

    sarandipity9702 at yahoo dot com

  229. Beth and Shae says:

    I too share your love for silpats. I have a scale but not a digital one. That would be fabulous.
    Thanks for sharing,

  230. CoralieandCasey says:

    My Kitchen Aid, hands down!!! lovesjunkmail @ yahoo.com

  231. Brit and Heath says:

    I love my mini muffin pan from pampered chef and I’m lazy by nature and I am completely in love with my kitchen aid. I love your blog, it’s always been one of my favorites. Your awesome, congrats on the big move!


  232. Candace says:

    I can think of quite a few kitchen gadgets I’d like to have. But my favorite that I own is probably my Kitchenaid. Everything is a lot easier with that!

  233. Andrea says:

    I used to work at Williams-Sonoma, so I have lots of fun toys in the kitchen, but my favorite is probably my ceramic vegetable peeler. No rusting. Woo-hoo!


  234. Michelle says:

    So glad the move is settling down for you– sorry you had so much sickness! Hope you are all feeling better. As for the kitchen item I cannot live without it would have to be my pampered chef garlic press. I use it many times each week and it makes me smile every single time I use it!


  235. M-Ann says:

    Great blog – doable, but not ordinary recipes. My fav kitchen item… my vitamix or my kitchen aid… may be a tie.
    mychaelann (at) yahoo.com

  236. Rae says:

    My favorite kitchen item would have to be my Cutco scissors. Those things can cut a penny in half (no joke)!

  237. Nicole says:

    343 comments! Come on Mel I can’t compete with this! πŸ™‚ Okay my favorite kitchen appliance still has to be my crockpot because nothing is better than something cooking itself all day! My second favorite is probably my kitchenaid mixer (don’t judge- I know you are partial to your bosch!

  238. madfam says:

    crap i have a lot of competition…hmm my favorite thing in the kitchen is my WOK ..I cook with it every day and cook endless maels with it..it is my baby!!!
    you know my email:)

  239. jandcwed says:

    I love my kitchen aid mixer!!


  240. Dixie says:

    I love my bosch and couldn’t live without it!! tdelekhan@hotmail.com

  241. Dixiechick says:

    I love my crockpot because it is a sassy red and looks so cute on my counter when it’s on. And I also love my cutco knife set. I feel like a professional chef when I use them…which I couldn’t be further from. The trick is to not cutco off your finger. πŸ™‚

  242. Kara says:

    Hmm I have so many, I love my kitchen aid lately!

  243. The Hobson Clan says:


    I’m so glad you’re all moved in! I’m so sorry about the sick kids. I know all about that, except I wasn’t in the middle of a move! I wish we could have seen you when you came down for the temple open house. We live only a few minutes away! Now I guess I’ll have to come to Camille’s house to see you! Thanks so much for your blog. You save me! I have your sweet and spicy chicken in the crockpot right now! I share your blog with everyone! My favorite kitchen tool right now is my Magic Bullet. I love that thing. I freeze bananas and every morning I pour a cup of milk with a little ovaltine and toss in a banana for an amazing chocolate banana milkshake. Sorry for the long post! Love ya! Melissa mnhobson@hotmail.com

  244. aubrie says:

    Welcome back! I’m glad that you got all moved in and unpacked, that is definitely not an easy feat. My favorite kitchen tool is my knives. I use them several times a day and can’t seem to cook anything without them!

  245. mdnaef says:

    I love my crockpot. I always feel on top of my game when I have dinner going early. Thanks, Danell


  246. Amanda says:

    I love my thin plastic cutting boards from Ikea. They were so cheap but are so incredibly useful. They bend. So, once you are done cutting, you just transport it right to the pot. They also clean so easily.

  247. Megan says:

    I absolutely love my large wooden spoon.

  248. the mama monster says:

    i love the slip mats too! and my all time favorite kitchen tool is my kitchen aid.

  249. Amanda says:

    Great giveaways! I love my Viking whisk… it really works better than any others I’ve tried.

  250. Brigitte says:

    I love kitchen gadgets in general. But if I have to pick one, I really like my garlic press. Mostly because I love garlic.


  251. Joely says:

    I love my cookie scoop! I use it for several different things!

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