Yes – of course I cook in the summer. But let’s be honest. It’s already blazing hot outside, so my cooking is pretty simple. Some baked chicken and roasted veggies with a fresh summer salad for color – that’s been the routine around here. And we’re ready to shake things up!

As the calendar ticks closer and closer to September 1st, I can already smell the fragrant aromas of fall filling our home for months to come. Apple and cinnamon spiced cider, creamy pumpkin soup, baked pumpkin loaves and all the squash – ALL the squash! I’m preparing our kitchen for what’s ahead and sharing a few of my favorite kitchen gadgets with you!

First and foremost, I love seeing my recipes on display. Keeping the current recipe in clear view eases the process of cooking and ensures each ingredient makes it in the dish. If you use a paperback book, consider a traditional wooden display to keep your book open and within eye sight. If you use an electronic device like an iPhone or iPad, opt for something to keep the lights on!

Another favorite gadget – this little contraption that helps me turn vegetables into spiral noodles! I often use this to create a base of veggies to act as a pasta substitute or to create spiral “fries” in the oven.

My newest kitchen addition allows me to make smoothies, sauces, and much more. I can easily dice vegetables for a beautiful and fresh pico or finely puree spices and more for a topping or salad dressing.

Last but not least – and possibly the most important – the ultimate pie baking dish. My mother-in-law informed me (early on in my relationship with her son) that a pie dish can make or break the entire recipe. No pressure! I opt for a deep, ceramic dish to craft the perfect pie – and display it beautifully!

What are your go-to kitchen gadgets? Share them with me in the comment section below.

Happy cooking and baking,

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