Wooden Spoons

Wooden Spoons

Wooden spoons.

I think at last count I probably have about 30 of them.

Okay, maybe not 30. But, easily 20.

They’re one of those staples that I can’t imagine living without. I use them daily, and for a variety of tasks! They’re one of my favorite things, just like the white dishes.

The wooden spatula is probably my most favorite. My go-to when I’m sautéing veggies or whipping up a stir-fry. The flat edge is perfect for scraping up bits, and yet it doesn’t damage pan finishes.

Wooden Spatula

My other favorites are a recent acquisition. They belonged to my grandmother and came with the house we moved into this past June.

Wooden Spoon Ladle

These kitchen shovels aren’t just any wooden spoons.

They’re substantial.

They have a deep spoon pocket.

They’re not too heavy.

I love them.

Wooden Spoons Variety

But even though the specialty wooden spoons and spatulas totally make my day, I still adore the plain Jane wooden spoons. Even the smallest of the bunch.

White Dishes

You Should Own White Dishes

Let me start by saying this is not a sponsored post.

Now that we have that little detail out of the way, I’ll start with the whole point of this post: to kick-off sharing some of my favorite things in the kitchen, beyond the pantry. To go into detail about all the kitchen staples I love so much!

I thought I’d start with one of the most simple, yet terribly critical, items: WHITE DISHES.

Let’s be honest.

Did I always have white dishes? NO.

Did I always understand the aesthetic beauty of white dishes? NO.

Have white dishes fixed all the plating problems in the kitchen? Yes. NO.

When did white dishes become so important?

When I started this blog in 2010, I knew nothing about plating and shooting food photos – aside from the few years of photography classes in high school and college (with an old – but sturdy! – Pentax K1000).

It didn’t take long for me to realize the earthy gray-bluish plates we’d gotten for our wedding in 2002 were AWFUL in photos. And they didn’t do much for the food either.

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My PHOTOS WERE TERRIBLE – not the just fault of the plates.

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So, it was somewhat serendipitous when my co-workers gave me a holiday gift card to Williams-Sonoma in 2010. My first thought was, “How do I spend this?” Followed quickly by, “I NEED NEW PLATES!” You can read more about that here.

Related: Williams-Sonoma hides their “pantry” sets on the website, which are both AH-MAY-ZING and affordable.

For a food photographer (even an amateur like me), having really great accessories can make or break a photo. Some food bloggers pull out all the stops, with little original touches of delicate silverware, special linens, backdrops – you name it.

I love that. But that’s not me.

I’m simple. I don’t like to fuss around much, nor do I have the time for it.

Give me a white plate, some natural light, a terrific angle and I’m good to go.

And, because it deserves another shout-out: NATURAL LIGHT.

But you’re not a food blogger….

Okay, so you’re not a food blogger.

White plates are practical for EVERYONE. They make your food the highlight of the plate. It looks more appetizing. They go with any type of color scheme you have in mind for napkins, candles, tablecloths – whatever.

And they look so clean.

White Dishes

I love these dishes. So much so, I’m going to buy another set. And so should you!

Here are the details:

Williams-Sonoma Pantry Dinnerware

A superb value, our restaurant-quality porcelain dinnerware is sophisticated enough for entertaining yet sturdy enough for everyday dining. The clean, simple lines and pristine white color coordinate beautifully with other dinnerware and serveware, so you can use the pieces as part of a wide variety of inviting table settings. Made of high-fired porcelain for exceptional durability, they will provide years of memorable meals. Oven, microwave and dishwasher safe.

Williams-Sonoma Pantry Dinnerware

And, again – it’s not a sponsored post. I just REALLY love this dinnerware set!

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