Food bloggers get really wrapped up in showing the latest and greatest kitchen tools. While that’s all well and good, I keep going back to some of my old favorites. These almost all have been gifts at some time or another, and hold a special place in my heart. I’m not a sentimental person when it comes to stuff, but these are the things that no matter where we move in life, I’ll definitely pack them. 

These are just some of my favorite heirloom kitchen items with a little story on each one. 

This list would be incomplete without my Grandma Deming’s pot holders. Grandma (my dad’s mom) was a great cook, but an even better quilter. Trevor and I have so many things in our house that she made over the years (quilts, wall hangings, etc.), but these pot holders have stood the test of time. If you’ve spent anytime in our house watching me cook dinner, these are always close by. They’re getting pretty worn out and thin these days, but these pot holders still work just fine and it reminds me of her. 

When Trevor and I got married 10 years ago (!!!!), my family threw me a cooking-themed wedding shower. Even back then, my family and friends knew how much I enjoyed my time in the kitchen and the party was themed all about helping to build up our kitchen supplies. People filled out these recipe cards with their favorite recipes, many of which have stories on them as well. This particular card in the picture is from my Grandma Baldwin (my mom’s mom) – who we always called Gram. Gram was also a great cook (especially a great baker!), and I definitely think I got my love for trying new recipes from her. She was always clipping new recipes from the newspaper or magazines so you know she loved a recipe when she shared it. This card not only is a recipe we had as a kid, but also her handwriting reminds me of so much. I remember spending so much time with her growing up, especially in her kitchen. I will never have the patience to recreate some of her tried and true recipes (her potato salad was out of this world good, but damn that lady could cut potatoes into tiny pieces), but I love to look through this box at all the people who took the time to wish Trevor and I well and share their favorite family recipe. 

After we got married, we got back from our destination wedding and closed out our wedding registry shortly thereafter. I’d always wanted a Le Creuset Dutch oven so I splurged on a few for our kitchen. It was totally worth the money, and this pot especially has definitely been one of my best kitchen purchases. It has a lifetime guarantee, and I have done everything from Chicken Noodle Soup to my favorite Beef Stew in it. 

This is another popular piece on Christen in the Kitchen. Trevor’s cousin, Teddy, went to Skidmore College, which is right where we live. We got a chance to get to know his friends and watch him play plenty of hockey games. But while he was there, he also took pottery classes, and we scored ourselves this bowl. It’s just the perfect size and we use it all the time. We’ll pick berries or eat a bowl of ice cream, but it’s incredibly useful and even better that it was handmade and one-of-a-kind. 

Comment down below: What are your favorite kitchen items that you’ve been given or that you treasure?