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My Favorite


Cutting Board - BPA free, bigger than standard size. Won’t fit in your dishwasher and you’ll need a large cabinet to store it. It’s taller than a sheet pan.


Cutting Board Scrapper - You’ll need this if you buy a bigger cutting board since you can’t carry the big board to your stove.


Chef’s Knife - Knives I use - inexpensive, fits nicely in my hand, light and Cook’s Illustrated winning knife. 


Cast Iron Pan - Standard 12” cast iron by Lodge, nothing fancy, but comes with a silicon sleeve for a hot handle.

Basic Vitamix - Great for everything.

Smart Vitamix - Digital with auto-shutoff.


Big Mixing Bowls - For most everything.


Small Mixing Bowls - For marinades and sauces.

Garlic Press - best way to mince garlic.


Thermometer - Best one. Use it all the time for meats and fish. Poultry - 165º. Fish - 145º.


No-Cut Gloves - Use when using a grater or mandolin.

Mandolin - great for shredding Brussel sprouts or zucchini rounds 


Lemon/Lime Squeezer - This one will work for both lemon and limes. 


Microplane - For zesting.


Favorite Spatula Set - Includes large “spoon” spatula and the small one for tomato paste cans, lifting muffins out of pans, small bowls, plus two more. 


Long Spoon - Great for getting all the “gold” out of the bottom of your Vitamix!

Mini Measuring Cup

Greenpan Griddle

Mason Jar Lids - both wide and regular mouth lids

Mason Jar - 16oz for smoothies

64oz Mason Jar for Soups

Pyrex Glass Containers - good for food storage and overnight oats

Parchment Paper Sheets - helps to reduce waste guessing how big to make cut a sheet

Mini Cuisinart

Oven Mitts

Veggie Scrubber

Steamer Basket

Ice Cream Scoopers - 1T, 2T, 3T

2 Tablespoon Measure


My Favorite

Vendors - Farmbox + organic produce and meats delivered around Chicago. - Best flash frozen wild fish. I believe you get $10 off with that link. I only cook seafood from Vital Choice at home. It’s wild, sustainably caught and flash frozen. I simply defrost each filet in their packs in a pyrex dish filled with cool/warm water. It takes about 30 minutes to defrost, so I can pull them out whenever needed. Vital Choice fish is fresh, not fatty and the most delicious in my opinion. I like their Halibut, Mahi Mahi, Cod and Silver Salmon. All other salmon I call “wedding salmon.” Blech. That said, I do also trust Whole Foods fish department. Look at the wall behind the counter to see how they rank their seafood. 


Frontier Coop - Bulk spices - organic and most flavorful in my opinion.  

Terrasoul - organic nuts, seeds, quinoa, rolled oats, cacao, mulberries, etc.

I like to order somethings in bulk from Costco, so that I can make anything at any time. Having forzen proteins from the sources above also makes this possible. With Instacart, you can order from Costco without needing a membership. If you've never ordered from Instacart, that link is a referral link and will give you $10 off. Yes, some other brands might be higher quality, but having these items on hand is a lifesaver. Here's what I order from Costco - most are organic...

  • Organic Diced Tomatoes

  • Organic Tomato Sauce

  • Organic Tomato Paste

  • Organic Extra Virgin Olive Oil

  • Organic Vegetable Broth - not stocked in summer

  • Organic Whole Unsalted Cashews

  • Organic Coconut Water

  • Organic Quinoa

  • Organic Ground Flaxseed

  • Organic Unsweetened Almond Milk - you need to note unsweetened in ALL CAPS

  • Organic Vegetables and Fruits - when I'm placing an order, but typically get elsewhere

  • Organic Eggs - when I'm placing an order, but typically get elsewhere

  • Bags of Limes and Lemons - will get non-organic if I have to, because I go through bags and bags of these

  • Avocado Spray


My Favorite

Supplements + More


Probiotic - I take this on and off.

Vitamin D3 + K2 - Boosts mood and helps bones! Sunshine is the best source though.

Fish Oil - Reduces inflammation.

Melatonin - I take one 30 minutes before bed.

Phytomulti - I take one primarily for iodine. I prefer to get vitamins and minerals through food.




Collective Resource - Composting at home.

Northshore Composting - run by a cool New Trier senior

Music - Good for shopping, cooking, yoga, walking, driving with the windows down.

More Music

PubMed - research site, check up on “new” studies that you read. 

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