Mel's Kitchen Cafe


Instant Pot

Yes, I’m one of those crazy Instant Pot lovers and proud of it. I have the 6-quart and 8-quart and often use both at the same time. Dinner saver!

Wheat Grinder

Another appliance I’m not sure I could live without – I’ve been using this amazing KoMo grain mill for almost 10 years. It sits on my counter and I grind wheat every day using it.

Food Processor

After having two Cuisinart food processors die on me, I bought this Breville one and it’s been going strong for years – totally worth the investment!

Waffle Iron

I like having a waffle iron like this that can make four square waffles – perfect for mornings at our house.

Panini Press

I have the older model of this panini press and it gets a ton of use in my kitchen – panini night (ok, or just grilled cheese).

Enameled Cast Iron Pot

I don’t have a Le Creuset to compare, but this much more affordable cast iron pot is awesome. I use it most to make no-knead bread.


I use this griddle almost daily: pancakes, French toast, flatbread, tortillas, etc.

Instant Read Thermometer

An instant-read thermometer will totally change your meat cooking game, and when it’s this inexpensive, there’s no reason not to have one.

Candy/Deep Fry Thermometer

This is the only candy thermometer I’ve used for years – it isn’t perfect (no such kind on the market), but it’s definitely the best out there, in my opinion, especially if it’s calibrated correctly.

Creme Brûlée Dishes

The best dishes for creme brûlée – but we also use these for dishing up all kinds of desserts or side dish salads and the like.

Perfect Can Opener

I tell everyone I know about this can opener (nerd alert). I swear, it’s not JUST a can opener. It’s something special. I’ve been using mine for years and love it so much.