Chef Sandra’s Recommended Kitchen Essentials

Make Short Work in the Kitchen for More Time at the Table

All of the Kitchen Essentials listed below are products that Chef Sandra owns, uses, and recommends.


Having a well-equipped kitchen means making short work of time in the kitchen for the best part – tasty food and conversation around the table.

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Organic Bamboo Cutting Board

Greener Chef Extra Large Bamboo Cutting Board. 

Bamboo! Pandas love it, so it’s gotta be awesome!

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Global 8″ Chef’s Knife

Global Chef’s Knife. Beautiful and handles as beautifully as it looks. The blade is made of Chromium, Molybdenum, and Vanadium. It’s ice tempered and hardened to Rockwell 56-58 degrees which holds the razor-sharp edge longer than any other steel.

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Mercer Chef’s Knife

Mercer Culinary Millennia Chef’s Knife, 8 Inch, Blue. A great starter knife that’s incredibly sharp AND inexpensive.

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The Blue Zones Kitchen: 100 Recipes to Live to 100

Blue Zones Kitchen Cookbook. This book features Chef Sandra’s recipe for Falafel Patties on Page 81! 

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Acacia Concave Cutting Board

Acacia Concave Cutting Board. Love, love, love! The best cutting board invention ever! With a slight indentation in the middle, this cutting board forever banishes the problem of juices running off your cutting board.

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Lodge Cast Iron Round Griddle

Lodge Cast Iron Round Griddle. For this I tossed my toaster (one less thing to clutter my counter with!). I toast bread, fry bacon, and anything else that can benefit from a flat surface.

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Bench Scraper

AmazonBasics Multi-purpose Stainless Steel Bench Scraper. Such an invaluable aid… it chops! it scoops! it scrapes!

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Lodge Cast Iron Skillet

Lodge Cast Iron Skillet, Pre-Seasoned and Ready for Stove Top or Oven Use, 10.25″, Black

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Utopia Honing Steel

Utopia Kitchen 12 Inch Honing Steel Knife Sharpening Steel. Keeps your baby sharp as you go.

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Microplane Zester

This Microplane Zester is a kitchen must have. Toss out whatever brand you’ve owned before. The Microplane brand is the bomb.

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The Flavor Bible

The Flavor Bible: The Essential Guide to Culinary Creativity, Based on the Wisdom of America’s Most Imaginative Chefs. Mmm, tasty!

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Bamboo Salt Box

Keeps your kosher salt at your fingertips for easy seasoning.

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Food Grade Mineral Oil

Mineral Oil (8 oz.) by Pure Organic Ingredients. Gotta keep that wonderful board from drying out and splitting. Love your wood!

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Metal Locking Tongs

Edlund’s heavy-duty locking tongs. Perfect for picking up, flipping, grabbing everything in the kitchen except other people.

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Bar Keepers Friend

Bar Keepers Friend Powdered Cleanser 21-Ounces (2-Pack). This stuff cleans like no one’s business!

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Fish Spatula

Don’t let the name mislead you. With just a bit of a give and it’s curled end, this spatula will become your go to for anything that needs a bit of finesse, like lifting a potato latke, turning a pancake, and yes, even a delicate piece of fish.

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Kitchen Aid Box Grater

There’s no need to haul out the food processor to grate cheese. This heavy-duty grater has gone the distance in my kitchen. Bonus: It comes with a container that attaches to the bottom of the grater where all your grated goodies fall right into.

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Lemon Squeezer

Don’t let the name fool ‘ya. This is the brand I use in my kitchen and it juices limes and lemons too.

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