Williams Sonoma for Summer

Williams Sonoma is like one big Real Simple magazine, great layout, modern, simple. So many beautiful things, mostly in solid hues, and many reminders that you're no longer in your kitchen, but you've entered the store of chefs. The moment you step through the doors and browse the wares, you realize what a total amateur cook you really are, especially evident when you can't figure out what half of the kitchen tools are used for. Selecting one, you ponder "hmmm... Could this be a meat thermometer?" Um, no it's not m'dear, it's a wine thermometer. Oh of course (ahem), what ever was I thinking (cough). Don't worry little one. Half of the customers in Williams Sonoma eat out 75% of the week to and barely know how to operate their toaster oven. Oh, but one can dream of being the Iron Chef, and when browsing the merchandise, you almost feel like you can be. Williams Sonoma always makes me feel like uber wife. I walk out, merrily swinging my bag filled with dish towels, feeling realllly good about myself. Yeah, I'm the girl. I shop WS. I'm swimming with the sharks now, me and my dish towels.

You can be the girl (or boy), too. I've picked some of my favorites because well, at first glance, I know what to do with them. The latte mixing bowls in ice blue (I actually own these by another manufacturer in butter yellow and love them since they have a rubber grip on the bottom), pink rubber gloves because well, hello... they're pink and not rubber ducky yellow for a change, super soaker kitchen towels in dreamy pastel colors, fun for your buns with these summer block print chair pads (major sale on these, also available in orange/pink), yummy caleca hand-painted dinnerware from Sicily (good to dine on, pretty to display on a white shelf), and finally the cornflower blue spatulas (on sale).

psst: I really like chef Tyler Florence from Food 911 on the food network. I watched him the other day for the first time and fell in love with his casual approach to cooking and his warm personality. I made the green goddess dressing a few days again (thanks to Tyler) and it was delish, you have to try it in a wrap, on a salad, or on a fish or crab sandwich. Super easy to make, too! Here's the recipe.

(images from williams sonoma)