It's that time of year for gift guides and crazy sales, so here's mine.
I lived in Williamsburg for four years and was always a fan of Whisk, a local kitchen and cooking supply store on Bedford Avenue. Going there was such a treat and a splurge, and they managed to pack a ton into not-that-big of a space (so does my new love and neighbor, A Cook's Companion).
So in the spirit of Small Business Saturday (yes, I know that was weeks ago, but we can still shop local), I went through Whisk's web site and picked out a few favorites that I wouldn't hesitate to make space for in my kitchen.
For starters, you can never have too many tea towels, and these by Claudia Pearson - featuring my beloved borough and herbs from the Greenmarket - are just darling.
When I moved into my old apartment in Park Slope, J bought me a beautiful chef's knife as a housewarming gift, and for my last birthday, Vivian very generously gave me an amazing Wusthof blade, so I'm squared away in the general chopping and slicing department (and am also one very lucky gal).
Now that that's taken care of, I could use a serrated knife for slicing bread and tomatoes and other more delicate things, and a place to store these sharp, sharp things - like this wall-mounted knife strip.
The more we eat salads (getting inspiration from recipes like this one, poured over a lovely heap of greens, or this one, or this one, or this one!) and other leafy green dishes, the more I pine for a salad spinner. I'm not saying I need a $50 salad spinner, per se - although this one by Oxo is certainly lovely.
Speaking of salads, I could use a salad bowl to toss and serve them in. I love the bright pop of color from this bamboo bowl, and as an added bonus, the bamboo it's made from is a sustainable resource.
Since I've started blogging and taking photos of my steps in the kitchen (not just the final product), I've found myself really wishing for some pretty mixing bowls. I didn't spring for any when I moved in because J had some that were perfectly serviceable, but they're not pretty. So first on the list of wants-but-not-needs are pretty mixing bowls. These glass ones are timeless and classic, and I'm also a sucker for navy striped anything.
I've been wanting to host a brunch party for ages (it would give me an excuse to make these delicious scones again), and if I got my hands on this darling little creamer, it might be just the kick in the pants I need to brew up a big pot of coffee for guests. (They also have a cat creamer! And a dog! And a dinosaur! I may need one of each.)
Why do I not have a cake stand yet? Seriously, why? I adore the mod-retro feel of this pretty jade one.
I could keep going and going - their whole store is enchanting. Instead of linking to every item they sell, I'll stop here and promise a free cake to anyone who buys me that cake stand.