Five St. Louis food bloggers share their favorite kitchen gadgets and recipes for how to use them in your kitchen.

Shannon Weber

A Periodic Table,

Story, recipe and food photography by Shannon Weber

Favorite Gadget: Sur La Table 2.75-ounce Stainless-Steel Ice-Cream Scoop

I never knew I needed a proper ice-cream scoop until I had one, and then I couldn’t believe I didn’t have it before. I use it for everything: cookies, muffins, cupcakes…anything that involves a portion. It’s phenomenal how things turn out. Some people get really frustrated when they’re trying to roll cookies or scoop muffins because some cook faster than others, some of them have more dough. If you have a uniform product, it looks good, so your presentation is better, but it also bakes a lot more evenly, so you get a better result.

RECIPE! Butternut Apple Muffins and Cinnamon Vanilla Glaze

Kimberly Henricks-Friedhoff

Rhubarb and Honey,

Story, recipe and food photography by Kimberly Henricks-Friedhoff

Favorite Gadget: Fagor Duo 10-quart 18/10 Stainless-Steel Pressure Cooker/Canner

We use it probably once a week to make something for dinner. The first thing we made in it – we had some beef short ribs, which typically take a couple of hours in the oven because they’re a tougher cut of meat. I think we had our beef short ribs done in about 45 minutes. It was an epiphany. This thing does work! You can cook a meal fairly quickly in an evening, and you’re not spending that much time in the kitchen. We fell in love with it. I’m a huge convert to the pressure cooker. I sing its praises to many people.

RECIPE! Braised Kale Salad

Malou Perez-Nievera

Skip to Malou,

Story, recipe and food photography by Malou Perez-Nievera

Favorite Gadget: KitchenAid KHB2351OB 3-Speed Hand Blender

In Thomas Keller’s The French Laundry Cookbook, he says, ‘When in doubt, strain everything.’ For me it’s, ‘When in doubt, use an immersion blender.’ For instance, my husband doesn’t like liver. But when I hide it in the sauce he doesn’t even know it’s there. When my kids were growing up they didn’t like veggies in their food, but I use the immersion blender and they disappear into soup and it’s rich, flavorful and creamy and they didn’t know it has broccoli or asparagus.

RECIPE! Pan-Seared Lamb Chops in Tamarind and Lemongrass Vinaigrette Reduction

Stefani Pollack

Cupcake Project,

Story and recipe by Stefani Pollack

Favorite Gadget: Pourfect Mixing Bowls

I am a really, really messy baker. When I bake, my kitchen is just covered in flour. I always have this issue when I pour something into the stand mixer – there’s not a spout on the mixing bowl, so it doesn’t pour directly and ends up going all over the place. But this bowl…when you go to pour, it kind of locks onto the mixing bowl. The way the spout is designed, it’s not just a normal spout. It’s a spout, but it’s set up in a way that it hooks into the top of the mixing bowl so when you pour, it’s completely stable, and it aims it right into the stand mixer.

RECIPE! Plantain Cupcakes

Stacy McCann

Every Little Thing,

Story, recipe and food photography by Stacy McCann

Favorite Gadget: OXO Chef’s Good Grips Mandoline Slicer

I love the mandolin because it encourages me to eat my veggies. I always try to eat a variety of produce with meals, but sometimes the prep work is daunting. The mandolin makes quick work of slicing, in a variety of shapes and sizes that can easily be sautéed, roasted, grilled or simply eaten raw. With the mandolin around, there’s never an excuse to skip the healthy stuff!

RECIPE! Raw Autumn Salad

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