What are your favorite ingredients and tools? I'm happy so long as I have baking basics in my kitchen: a couple of different flours—whole wheat, pastry, all purpose, butter, eggs, milk, spices, some good cocoa powder, chocolate and vanilla extract. I can build from there, adding in my favorite seasonal produce. As for kitchen tools, I'd rather not live without my kitchen aid mixer (it's true love!), a good knife and a microplane zester.