Liren Baker is the voice behind the blog Kitchen Confidante, where she shares taste and inspiration in the kitchen. Inspired by the beauty of food, what it represents, what it invokes, and what we can create out of it, she shares recipes and images that remind her of her heritage, her childhood in New York, and the vibrant culinary culture she has learned to embrace in the San Francisco Bay Area, where she currently lives. You can also find her on Twitter, Facebook, and Pinterest.
What does she love about Wayfair? That you can find virtually everything you need to have fun in the kitchen!
Ensure evenly baked muffins with this heavy duty muffin pan.
When it comes to making sure muffins pop out of the pan easily, nothing is easier than baking cups.
The secret to consistently sized muffins? An ice cream scoop! It makes filling the muffin pan so easy!$$I love this spatula from Le Creuset - it’s sturdy and it scrapes the bowl perfectly. No batter goes wasted!
This adorable berry bowl has drains, which makes for easy prep and serving!
A big, beautiful serving bowl is a must when serving up Linguine with Clams. This will make a lovely statement at the table.
I love these pasta bowls. The sides are just deep enough to contain the noodles as you twirl away.
A good colander is a must when making linguine with clams. Use it to wash the clams and for straining the pasta.
From stovetop to tabletop, these tongs will make cooking pasta even easier.
A simple and decorative piece that echoes a clam theme is a great way to liven up the table. This vase can be used as a centerpiece, filled with flowers, fresh fruit, or even on its own.
You can never have enough measuring spoons, and these are not only good looking, they will be handy when measuring out spices for this dish.
A mandoline is super handy for creating thin and consistent slices.
If you love avocados as much as I do, an avocado slicer helps get the work done faster.
Perfect for squeezing citrus quickly and efficiently, this is a great tool to have in the kitchen.
Cooking for a bunch? Keep tortillas and taco shells warm in here.
A cast iron skillet is a fantastic way to toast spices on the stove.
When it comes to roasting nuts, a baking sheet is all you really need.
If you want to work in a little work out, this mortar and pestle will be perfect for grinding your spice mix.
A spice grinder makes it easy to have fresh spices for cooking.
I love that this mortar and pestle can go from kitchen counter to the table - the beautiful wood makes it a perfect serving vessel for dukkah.
This quiche pan is great for more than just quiches. Use it for sweet tarts and pies, too!
A food processor makes quick work dough making a snap. From cutting in butter to
kneading, you can have dough in no time.
A heavy weight rolling pin makes such a different when working with dough. It keeps the
dough cool while giving you the weight you need to press the dough into your desired shape.
A cool smooth surface makes playing with dough so much more fun. I love this marble
pastry board instead of using my countertop because I can clean it up easily!
You can never have enough whisks. I love the ceramic handle on this one!
What is it about a cocktail shaker? Hold one in your hands and you feel instantly debonair.
This one has especially stylish good looks.
I love that these cocktail glasses have a versatile shape—perfect for non alcoholic beverages,
Make sure you squeeze out all the flavors with a cocktail muddler. This is a must!
From bar to table, a serving tray is always good to hand when serving up beverages.
This one is quite beautiful with its hammered metal details.
Keep your ice handy in this shiny ice bucket—it will keep it from melting and ready for
drinks served on the rocks.
There’s nothing more elegant than a classic soup tureen. Besides it’s curvy good looks, it also keeps soup piping hot at the table.
Clean lines and minimalist styling makes this a wonderful soup ladle, for fancy holiday parties to everyday suppers.
Hearty soups call for hearty soup bowls. These are perfect.
I love the versatility of this marble pastry board. It’s also great as a general prep surface.
In such a pretty blue, you may not want to stop stirring the pot! A perfect soup pot to make Creamy Cauliflower & Potato Soup.
If you’re baking cupcakes, you need to protect the duds, so of course you need this adorable cupcake apron! This is too cute to resist.
Presentation is everything. Make it extra-special by serving your cupcakes on these petite stands. They’re just the right size.
I love that you can bake and go with this muffin pan—from oven to party, the handy grips and Valentine’s ready lid makes it simple if you need to take cupcakes on the road.
A 2-tier stand is the perfect way to display treats on the table when entertaining.
I adore this book—both little ones and grown ups will love the decorating inspiration in this very playful cupcake book.
I make ice cream so frequently, I’ve come to consider an ice cream maker indispensable. Once you start making it at home, it’s hard to buying store bought!
A small sauce pan is a must. This is just the right size for making cranberry sauce.
A set of nesting bowls is a must, especially for prep work. These will come in handy when it’s time to chill the ice cream custard in an ice bath.
These pine cone ice cream bowls are just darling, and perfect for ice cream in winter, don’t you think?
Sophisticated curves make these ice cream spoons very chic - they may even make eating ice cream more fun!
The sides of this baking sheet will keep the granola in place as your stir it in the oven.
Silicone liners are a dream when it comes to easy clean up. It prevents sticking, too.
Keep your homemade granola fresh (and gift worthy) in these adorable jars.
Space saving and functional, you can store granola and more in these Oxo storage containers.
Enjoy the fruits of your labor! Pour yourself a helping of fresh granola in these simple bowls. Top with yogurt
With four molds, finish a batch of pizzelle in less time! With bigger batches, you’ll be nibbling on the crispy cookies in no time.
Mix up a big batch of pizzelle batter in this bowl with a handy handle and pouring spout.
When you’re making cookies, a cooling rack is a must. This expandable rack will ensure you have plenty of space for your goodies.
A batter dispenser will make pizzelle making not only more precise, it will be more efficient!
For me, all I really need when making cookies is a small scoop, like this one. I love simple tools that don’t require a lot of storage!
Tiered servers are a great way to present appetizers, and save space on the banquet table!
Three tiers of service: perfect for small bites, from appetizer to dessert.
I find these baking dishes just the right size for baking appetizers like these stuffed mushrooms.
I have a drawer full of ice cream scoops in all sizes. When it comes to dividing up the stuffing into the mushroom, I grab the smallest I can find, and the work is done in no time.
Guests will know to head straight for these plates when you keep your appetizer plates organized and ready.
This beautiful bowl will look elegant on your counter as you wait for your pizza dough to come to room temperature.
A marble pastry board is a wonderful surface to prepare dough on, including pizza dough.
This gorgeous paddle board is not only perfect for transferring pizza to a pizza stone, but is handsome enough to serve the pizza at the table.
Slicing your toppings is made even better when you have a pretty cutting board.
I've found that a pizza stone is really critical to achieve that perfect crust. I love how this has a wire frame that makes it easy to move into and out of the oven.
Churn your own Pumpkin Ice Cream—this machine by Cuisinart is an old and trusty favorite of
I love these basic ice cream scoops, for more than just ice cream. They come in different sizes
and are incredibly handy for frozen treats to measuring muffin batter.
Whether for prep or presentation, this beautiful board keeps ingredients cool (and stylish).
Between now and the holidays, you will find this cookie cutter set very handy.
If you just want to scoop up your ice cream from a bowl, these little halloween bowls are just
This elegant pasta bowl is lovely enough for a dinner party, but easy enough for every day.
Generously shave parmesan cheese over your favorite pastas with this rotary microplane.
Go ahead, toss it up. This 3-quart saute pan has plenty of room for a nearly one pot meal.
I just love the sunset hues in this pasta bowl set! Versatile enough for pastas, soups, and even desserts.
Dish out generous helpings of this warm pasta salad with this pasta scoop!
Slice those sweet potatoes with ease and precision with a mandoline slicer.
Sometimes its nice to have a lightweight mandoline for quick projects.
I love keeping my salt handy. Storing it in this salt pig will keep it countertop ready.
You can never have enough baking pans. From cookies to sheet cakes to potato chips, this will do the trick.
Parchment paper is essential when baking—when baking Sweet Potato Chips, clean up is a charm!
Flip even the most delicate fish fillets with this grill-ready fish spatula.
From prep to table, you will find this dish so versatile and handy - the deep sides make it perfect for marinating.
Mix up marinades and more in this mixing bowl by OXO. Love the pouring spout!
Feel like grilling whole fish? This fish basket makes it easy!
When manning the grill, keep those hands safe with a silicone BBQ mitt.
Everyone needs an immersion blender! Great for quick smoothies with minimal clean up!
Why not make two flavors in this dual blender?
The pros agree: a Vita-mix blender can handle frozen berries with ease.
I love these popsicle molds - nostalgic, classic, and perfect for smoothie pops.
You can never have enough popsicle sticks!
A marble cheese board is not just a classic way to serve cheese, but will help keep the cheese cool.
This beautiful board will be a stunning way to present bites.
If guests will not be lounging around a table, facilitate mingling by setting up crudites and crostinis on a handsome buffet.
Make use of vertical space by placing cheeses and crostinis on a buffet stand
This cheese dessert set will help your guests help themselves.
This mini colander is just the right size for rinsing farm fresh berries.
The whisk attachment on this immersion blender will make whipping up the creamy filling a snap.
Dessert cups stay creamy and cool in these insulated dessert cups.
Taking the parfaits on a picnic? Make it portable in these decorative jelly jars.
A pastry blender is one of my favorite tools—it transforms butter and flour into crumbly toppings quickly.
Creating beautiful ribbons of vegetables is easy with this julienne peeler by Rosle.
Rustic and timeless, I love the detail on these pasta bowls. Imagine how pretty the green pasta will look in these!
Making slaw takes mere seconds in a food processor. This is a must have.
Box graters are another way to achieve the perfect cut. With four sides, you have four different options, and the stable base makes it easy and safe.
A wonderful tool, I love using my mandoline to make paper thin slices.
The Vita-Mix is the king of all blenders—make a batch of pina coladas for a crowd with the ultimate blender.
It’s those little touches—I love that these napkins feature the pineapple, known for its sign of hospitality.
A pineapple corer makes quick work of retrieving the fruit from a pineapple; the bonus is serving your pina coladas in the hollowed fruit!
Simple and elegant—your frozen drinks will taste especially lovely in these glasses.
After you sip your pina colada, you deserve a nap. This hammock is just the thing.
A basic reamer is all you need to extract the zesty juice from your limes. This stainless steel reamer is like your grandma’s, but better.
Peeling vegetables is a breeze with a sharp peeler and an ergonomic handle.
You can never have enough cutting boards—and with this set, you can have three!
This mango colored salad set will brighten up any outdoor meal!
Beautiful patterned dishes bring ambiance to the table—these will complement the Mango & Black Bean Salad perfectly.
A serious machine for the serious griller. If you can handle the heat, this gas grill can handle any-thing your stomach desires.
Feel likes James Bond with this swanky grilling tool set. You may be tempted to pull out the tux.
Burns are no fun. Protect the hands with this heavy duty bbq mitt.
Sometimes there is nothing like the smoky flavor from a charcoal grill. The ceramic body in this grill makes it super efficient and conducts heat excellently.
Leave the lighter fluid for the pyros. Trust me - if you grill with charcoal, a chimney starter is all you need to get a flame going. It works like a charm, every time.
Making whipped cream is a breeze with this pretty KitchenAid mixer!
You’ll use these ramekins time and again—they’re perfect for elegant desserts.
This spatula is just right for folding whipped cream and infusing it with flavor.
I never thought a honey pot was a work of art until I saw this! What an elegant way to serve honey at a table.
Use this offset spatula to slide the semifreddos out of their ramekins and to smooth over any imperfections.
This baking sheet is large enough for homemade pizzas (and large batches of cookies for later!).
If you prefer, you can bake your pizzas on a pizza stone, which helps to ensure evenly distributed heat and crunchier crusts.
The natural bristles set in these pastry brushes are perfect for lightly and evenly brushing your pizza dough with a little bit of olive oil.
I love this pizza cutter—the quality and construction will last you a lifetime, and its blade will easily slice through the crunchiest and thickest pizzas.
When it comes to rolling out dough, I prefer French rolling pins with its tapered ends.
A classic corkscrew is all you need to open that bottle of wine.
This classic deep sided pan is just the right size for steaming mussels in aromatic wine.
While any basic pot will do, who wouldn't love this gorgeous mussel pot by Staub? The French think of everything!
If you're serving to guests, why not add a little extra pizzazz to the table setting with these seafood forks? It will make scooping the mussels out of the shell even more special.
These classic white bowls are a perfect vessel in which to serve the seafood and the heady broth.
Draining pasta is a breeze with the colander insert in this Pasta Pentola - the capacity is large enough to feed a crowd.
Rustic and timeless, I love the detail on these pasta bowls. Imagine how pretty the green pasta will look in these!
Making pesto takes mere seconds in a food processor. This is a must have.
Don’t forget to give your greens a rinse and spin. This salad spinner will expertly drain excess water from your arugula.
A tisket, as tasket, some pesto in my basket! What an adorable way to tote the pasta for a picnic lunch!
I’m new to slow cooking, but in just a few months, I can’t imagine life without it. I love this All Clad slow cooker and how it will feed a crowd.
A bowl of soup is instantly cheery when served in these cherry red soup bowls!
For an elegant table presentation, there’s nothing like a soup tureen. Plus it keeps the soup piping hot.
A good quality soup ladle is a must. This will last a lifetime.
A stick blender definitely comes in handy when making creamy soups. It’s fast, and it keeps the dishwashing to a minimum. That’s always a plus in my book.
No matter how you slice it, your knife really matters. I love this sleek set by Global - it has gorgeous lines and will slice the roast pork beautifully.
The shallow sides of this roasting pan make it just right for weeknight meals, and allows for the air to circulate well to brown the meat.
Nothing compares to cooking with fresh herbs. I love this ingenious herb saver which keeps them fresh for up to three weeks.
A mezzaluna is a very efficient (and fun) way to chop your herbs, and this miniature version is handy enough to use every day.
I am a huge fan of true French style Dijon mustard, so I just love how this mustard jar is the perfect shade of dijon yellow!
I never leave home without a notebook. Whether I am going across town or across the world, I love having a place to jot down my thoughts, inspirations, and memories.
Having the right piece of luggage can really make a difference. This overhead Tumi roller is light, spacious, and very durable.
When it’s cold on the plane, you can cozy up with a wrap. It may turn out to be your best friend.
You learn pretty fast that it helps to have your important documents organized and handy. I think this would look really smart at Customs, don’t you?
Don’t forget your electronics! This adapter will see your laptop and hairdryer through your trip.
My food processor makes quick work of blitzing the dip into just the right consistency.
Or, a mortar and pestle is fantastic for mashing the garlic and transforming the avocados into a creamy dip.
A good knife is a must, and this Henckels is perhaps my favorite. Lightweight and easy on the hands, you can chop all day long.
This garlic keeper in a happy apple green is adorable!
Serve your guacamole in a chip and dip tray--this one works for both cold and hot dips.
Apple blossoms will bake perfectly in this nonstick mini muffin pan, just the right size for bite-size sweets.
Measuring and cutting out puff pastry is a breeze with this pastry mat. It even has rulers along the edges!
If you don’t have a pastry mat, a good old ruler is always handy in the kitchen.
Cut cleanly and evenly with a good quality knife. I like this standard chef’s knife for nearly every cutting task.
This peeler by OXO is my hands-down favorite. The blades are sharp, and the good grip leaves you with smooth, peeled apples.