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I'm Mama Harris, the wife and mother to a large blended and multicultural family. In my lifetime I've been a single mom, a step-mom, a working mom and now a stay at home mom. My kids range in age from toddler to newly adult and I write about my kitchen adventures and the variety of foods and recipes I feed my family at From the Kitchen of Mama Harris. I've experienced all aspects of mommy-hood and look forward to sharing my kitchen tips, tricks, recipes and shortcuts!

Outfit Your Kitchen For The New Year: Kitchen Essentials

Categories: cooking, kitchen, organizing

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The New Year is here and I know that everyone is buzzing about their goals and resolutions for 2014.

Maybe one of your resolutions is to spend a little more time in the kitchen or maybe you plan to get a little more creative with new recipes, or even to spend time cooking or baking with your kids. Naturally, most of my resolutions reside in my happy place: the kitchen. So how can I make this year a better year…or better yet, my kitchen a better kitchen?

I’ve developed a list of my favorite kitchen tools and utensils to ensure the ultimate efficiency and safety. Here’s to a happy and yummy new year!

  • A good set of knives. You want something with a solid handle, easy to handle, and sharp. Dull knives are actually more unsafe than sharp and a dull knife can definitely prolong your prep time.
  • A full set of pots and pans. You need a little something for everything like a wrought iron skillet, stainless steel pots, and one big pot for your everyday cooking. Figure out what works for you and invest in a good set.
  • Good, solid cutting board. With those new knives you want something solid to use them on. I prefer a nice big, heavy wood cutting board made of maple, walnut or bamboo. There are also plastic and stone boards available. You want something that won’t slide under your food while cutting and easy to clean.
  • Good utensils. When cooking it’s important to have good cooking utensils. The last thing you want is a plastic spoon to melt in your soup, so it’s important to choose properly. I love silicone utensils, they’re easy to clean and hold up to heat.
  • Bakeware. Quality bakeware makes a world of difference. They can distribute the heat more evenly to ensure a better cake or cookie, and a good piece of bakeware won’t stick.
  • Cookware. Just as bakeware is important, the same goes for good cookware. I love pieces that can go from oven to dinner table, that are pretty and functional.
  • Storage. With all that cooking, there’s bound to be leftovers. Storage is a must. A full set of pieces that match and are interchangable are even better. I never know where half of mine ends up so this is something I replace often. Be sure it’s budget friendly!
What are some kitchen must-have’s in your home? Do you have a favorite item or brand?


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