What are your favorite ingredients and tools? I love my mortar and pestle, mini whisk, knife collection, cast iron pans, sheet pans, square tart pan, old wooden spoons, silpats. I can't cook without anchovies, garlic, olive oil, parsley, and parmesan. I always have jars of homemade crème fraiche, jalapeno pickles, pesto, and anchovy/garlic vinaigrette. These items are my foundation and I build out from there.