6 Cooking Tools I Use Daily


Like most home cooks, my kitchen is full of gadgets, tools, and appliances. Some items are used for special occasions, but others are used on a daily basis. Here are the items in our kitchen that get the most use. They are our workhorses in our kitchen, and the tools that really lay the foundation for all of our family’s cooking.

41okb6os7jlLodge Cast Iron Dutch Oven (buy it here on Amazon)

This cast iron dutch oven gets a lot of use in our house. It can do so many things – braised and seared meats, stews and soups, perfectly baked sourdough bread, baked casseroles. We’ve even taken it on camping trips. I’ve owned my dutch oven for about 6 years, and plan to pass it on to my kids as a family heirloom. This thing will definitely live longer than me.

71cagmgumnl-_sl1500_Cuisinart 12-Piece Knife Set (buy it here on Amazon)

We actually own two knife sets – this Cuisinart 12-piece set, and a full Cutco set that I’ve had since selling Cutco knives as a summer job during college. I like this set because they are good, solid stainless steel knives. They come with blade guards, and comfortable handles.

81e685wuucl-_sx425_Pyrex Mixing Bowls (buy it here on Amazon)

These glass mixing bowls are great for mixing or storing anything from salads to cake batter. They are really sturdy, and we’ve own ours since getting married over 10 years ago.

81bo7tjzyll-_sl1500_Silicone Pot Holders (buy it here on Amazon)

These were given to me as a gift a few years ago, and I did not expect to use them so frequently. They can be used as pot holders, trivets, can openers, and spoon rests. Also, they are super easy to clean.

71piuvb9-dl-_sl1067_Digital Kitchen Scale (buy it here on Amazon)

This kitchen scale is so useful. It is great for measuring food by weight, which is important if you’re following recipes that call for ingredients in grams or ounces. The scale is very precise, has a tare function (so you can automatically subtract the weight of your container), and has a unit button that converts to various weight measurements.

61qv9tsgqil-_sl1500_OXO Good Grips Tongs (buy it here on Amazon)

You need yourself a good pair of tongs. This version is great because it is a long 12-inches, and has silicone heads that are safe for non-stick cookware.

What are some of your favorite cooking tools that you use on a regular basis?

Favorite Summer Recipes

Hello, beautiful friend. What are you doing to enjoy summer?

We are enjoying a leisurely summer of day camp for Aaron, trips to the park, watching movies, lots of book reading, and warm days at the beach. Which explains why it’s been quiet crickets here on The Larissa Monologues.

I feel like the summer vibes cause me to get way more laid back with my cooking. I am more relaxed with meal planning, with the occasional pizza night and lots of tried and true recipes.

Here are some of my favorite recipes for the summer.


Perfect Lemonade


Bread & Butter Pickles


Egg Salad


Slow Cooker Carnitas


Lemon Bars on Brown Butter Shortbread


Bourbon Barbecue Sauce

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Potato Salad




Berry Trifle


Flatbread With Prosciutto, Apples, English Cheddar & Fig Jam





Spinach Artichoke Chicken


No-Bake Strawberry Icebox Cake


Spinach & Ham Frittata


Chocolate Cookies & Cream Ice Cream

I would love to hear what you’re cooking these days. Do you have any good summer recipes? Please share them in the comments!