Friday, March 2

kitchen must-haves according to Crate and Barrel

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I received an email from Crate and Barrel the other day and it was titled: The Top 8 Kitchen Must-haves for a Bridal Registry.  Curiosity took hold and I had to take a look.  This email  got me thinking… ‘Must-haves’ according to whom?  Yeah, yeah... I know - Crate and Barrel, duh. But after looking over the email… I knew they definitely didn't ask me (or any other homeowner) to vote. Maybe sales are down a little on some of these items and it was time to jump start the marketing? If we had all these ‘gadgets' for the kitchen… exactly how big would our kitchen have to be?  Talk about a need for extra storage!  Then I got to thinking… Are these on anyone's list?  
What do you think:  Must-have or Must-not?

no ` 1. Nespresso® Citiz White Espresso Machine  $249.95
Swiss precision for the coffee connoisseur. Nespresso's fast, convenient espresso machine combines Thermobloc heating, 19 bars of pressure and automatic pump priming for the purest, subtlest coffee aromas and flavors and richest crema. Slim, retro-modern countertop presence in fresh white; automatic capsule ejection, and removable water tank and drip tray.
MUST-NOT: Isn’t this why there is a friendly barista at Starbuck’s?

no 2 2. Hurom Slow Juicer SALE $358.95 sugg. $400.00
Patented low-speed technology extracts juice faster than most high-speed centrifugal juicers and expels drier pulp for a higher juice yield — all while saving energy. Auger action acts like a mortar and pestle to break down the cellular structure of fruits and vegetables and release the deep-seated nutrients and minerals, minimizing oxidation and preserving precious enzymes.
MUST-HAVE: I have to admit there is NOTHING like a fresh squeezed glass of orange juice in the morning. If I could PAY someone to prepare this everyday, I would! So juicer, yes... this thing - what does it say it does?

No3 3. Cuisinart® Griddler SALE $99.95 sugg. $185.00
This timesaver is a nonstick griddle, contact grill, panini press and open grill all in one—with one reversible plate and dual temperature controls allowing for simultaneous use in two formats. Five separate cooking options handle everything from pancakes and sauces to steaks and burgers to grilled cheese and panini.
MUST-NOT:  I think I could do the same thing with a iron skillet… although I have been curious to see how nifty those Panini Presses are.

no 4 4. KitchenAid® Custom Metallic Series® Copper Stand Mixer SALE $499.95 sugg. $529.95
KitchenAid® updates this kitchen classic with a beautiful metallic copper finish and our exclusive 5-quart glass bowl. Powerful 325-watt mixer goes from a gentle stir to a fast whip with a flick of the control switch, while a hands-free 67-point planetary mixing action thoroughly blends ingredients all the way to the edges. Head tilts up for easy access to bowl. Flat beater, "C" dough hook and wire whip included.
MUST-HAVE… MUST-HAVE… MUST-HAVE: I LIVE with my KitchenAid Mixer. I am surprised that poor thing hasn’t given out on me.  This marvel of marvels is the next best thing since sliced bread.

no 5 5. Breville® Electric Tea Brewer & Kettle SALE $249.95 sugg. $299.99
Tea aficionados will appreciate the thought that's gone into this brewing technology, designed to steep any style of tea to the desired strength with the touch of a button. Programmable brewer with auto-start has variable electronic controls with five temperatures specified for green, white, oolong, French press and black tea (boil setting).
MUST-NOT: Ok, first off, I admit I am not a tea drinker (except Sweet Ice Tea… after all, we are in the South, y’all).  But I make my tea on the top of a stove.  I have tried the automatic tea brewers and ‘can’t teach an old dog new tricks’ comes to mind.  I will concede this may be for some tea drinkers, because – DON’T EVEN THINK ABOUT TOUCHING MY COFFEEMAKER!

no 6 6. Cuisinart® 6.5 qt. Digital Slow Cooker SALE $99.95 sugg. $185.00
Slow cooking gets a modern makeover with sleek new lines and improved performance. Housed in brushed stainless steel with chrome-plated handles, this 6.5-quart unit gently and evenly cooks food. Touchpad control panel with digital LCD offers cooking accuracy on warm, simmer, low or high settings. 24-hour timer with four heat settings automatically switches to warm when cooking is complete. Removable black ceramic pot and stainless-rimmed glass lid with chrome-plated knob go straight to the table.
MUST-HAVE: This is the working woman’s BEST FRIEND.  I have gone through probably 10 of these in my um-teen million years of cooking and working outside the home.  Trust me, YOU WANT THIS.  And size does matter here, you want to be able to put the whole meal in here – don’t skimp.

no 7 7. Cuisinart® Toaster Oven-Broiler SALE $79.95 sugg. $145.00
Compact cooking versatility and modern design make this countertop toaster oven-broiler an ideal choice for today's lifestyle. Brushed stainless and black housing is outfitted with wire rack, broiling rack and baking/drip pan. Nonstick interior and removable front crumb tray are easy to clean. "Always even" shade control monitors toasting temperature for maximum consistency; auto slide-out rack means convenient, hands-free loading and removal of foods.
MUST-HAVE/MUST-NOT: I am torn on this one.  I have NEVER owned a toaster oven so I really can’t think of it in a practical way, except when I heat a whole oven to warm something or broil something.  However, my sister and her husband SWEAR by theirs…. At their house, EVERYTHING goes in there… I think my sister could make Thanksgiving Dinner in it if it was requested.

no 8 8. Vitamix® 500 Professional Blender $599.95
Start a culinary revolution on your countertop with this commercial-quality blender, prized by chefs for decades. The Vitamix® does it all: makes smoothies and cocktails, frozen desserts, nut butters and hot soups from raw ingredients in just a few minutes.
MUST-HAVE:  I have had those dinky little blenders all my life and if you use too much ice for a Margarita just once - your kitchen will smell like the Indy 500 track burning with rubber.  A friend gave me a professional blender one year and – HOLY MOLY – Where have you been all my life?  I can mix anything in there and never get near the “race track”!

Ok, your turn, what’s your thoughts? 
‘Must-have or ‘Must-not’ ?


  1. I agree 100%, Crate & Barrel needs you on their marketing team! I hate having huge appliances that I use once in a blue moon taking up space in my kitchen! Now that I think of it I have a bread maker that needs to go!

  2. i'd love to have that juicer... Happy Friday!

  3. Well, I have k-cup by Breville, I have a juicer but it cost 1/10 as much, I HAVE TO HAVE my Kitchenaid mixer, don't need a grittle like this one. I have a pan and a foil covered brick. Just change foil and I have a clean weight. I don't need a tea kettle that plus into the awl, and i certainly wouldn't pay 600 plus for a Vitamix when I can get a Kitchenaid for 1/3 of that price.
    have a nice weekend.

    1. Exactly Teresa! ...I love the brick and foil - much easier than cleaning two cast iron skillets! Have a marvelous weekend!

  4. Since my wife had a stroke and was put on low sodium diet, the most important appliances have become the bread machine (for kneading low sodium breads which I bake in the oven, the food processor because canned vegetables are high salt, and the crock pot for making soups - none of mine cost as much as these though.

  5. Hello Jalon, glad you found me so that I could find you! I love this post! Gets me thinking...I love my panini grill that I got at target for 40.00, we use it all the time. Debated the expensive one but nixed it for the cheaper version to see if i would actually use it and we do. My college kids love theirs too. I simply have to have a coffee maker but boil water for my tea, love my crock pot and have a braun mixer that i have had for 20 years that i love. Have never owned a toaster oven. Actually I dislike any appliance that has to be on the counter with expect my Blendtec that I can't live without now that I use it daily for smoothies and shakes. a regular blender just doesn't make them as smooth...

  6. Around here the appliances we can't live without are our bread machine (for kneading, I do the actual baking in the oven), food processor, and crock pot - for making low sodium & fresh versions of foods

  7. I have a juicer and just got a kitchen aid mixer as a gift but I totally don't get the single serve coffee things. It weirds me out that my coffee would be brewed in a plastic cup {plus when I worked at an office with one, the coffee it made wasn't good}. I second the professional blender. I have ruined or almost ruined 3 blenders in the last few years. I now have a Kitchen Aid blender and it's okay but it leaves weird large ice chunks in the drinks so a professional one would be great to have.

    Have a great weekend!

  8. I have to get me some of these... thanks for the info!!! I just love that copper Kitchen Aid! You have a fantastic blog and I can't wait to follow! Thank you for all your sweet comments on my blog, I can't wait to get to know you more!
    Best wishes to you!


  9. love a good bread machine and coffee machine :) Thanks for your visit!

  10. Thank you for your beautiful visit that lead me right over here to see what you are inspiring! I see a fwe pieces I would love to have mine are just worn down and on there last leg.

    I love shopping in William Sanoma! and have decked out my kitchen needs from hand towels to All-Clad pots and pans.
    I have the jucier love it, but next on my list is a new blender to make those wonderful smoothies yummy!

    Thank you my new friend for introducing yourself and inspiring my kitchen needs :)
    Please stop by often, as I will return as well.

    Beautiful weekend full of inspiration to you.

  11. Hi Jalon thank you for the kind words and the visit. I'm lovin your blog too am a new follower. As for these to die for new appliances....... That slow cooker makes mine look like it's from 197??? The mixer is pure gorgeousness! Looking forward to all of your posts!!!

  12. Oh that copper mixer is divine.

    THANK YOU FOR YOUR VISIT LAST NIGHT!!! Your blog is just lovely. Anita

  13. When I was newly married, I didn't think a toaster oven was important, but wow... once I got one, it became a must-have!

    I agree with Kristin -- my "wish list" for the kitchen has a breadmaker on it. A friend of mine has one, and she makes fresh bread all the time. There's just something so inviting about fresh bread in the house.

  14. Give me a good toaster and coffee maker and I'm pretty much done in the appliance department.

  15. The only appliances I use on a regular basis are my coffee maker, blender and toaster, but then again, I abhor cooking and would do anything to get out of it, hehe.

  16. ..oh how funny...i am trying to think what i have from my kitchen shower 42 years of marraige ago (does anyone else remember that we had different showers for differnt things)...all i can say that i have and would never ever give up...two really really good cast iron skillets that will never wear out...and never go out of style for anyone who still makes cornbread...and fries chicken!....blessings laney

  17. Strange... but I never noticed that Crate & Barrel sold appliances. I always went to the store for home decor products.

    In my opinion, a Nespresso is VERY necessary. However, I don't think any of the other products are essentials except for the Kitchenaid.

  18. I really appreciate good design of all types. Italian appliances are beautiful! Have a great week. xo Nancy