By Sydney Mondry
Updated Feb 18, 2016 @ 5:00 pm
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Credit: 2014 Monica Schipper

You may know Lauren "Lo" Bosworth as a former star on the hit reality shows Laguna Beach and The Hills, but these days, the 29-year-old entrepreneur has more important things to focus on than boy drama. Bosworth, whose lifestyle blog The Lo Down won the Bloglovin' 2015 Best Celeb Blog Award, recently graduated from the International Culinary Center (formerly the French Culinary Institute) in New York, solidifying her passion for all things food. "I've loved cooking since I was a young child," she tells InStyle.

Bosworth just joined forces with Signature Kitchen Suite, a new premium built-in kitchen appliance brand, for which she had the chance to design a custom kitchen at the Kitchen and Bath Industry Show. "Having the opportunity to design your own kitchen exactly the way you want, with your color scheme and your appliances and your layout—it just doesn’t get better than that," she says.

Credit: Courtesy of Lauren Bosworth

As for her must-have items inside that new kitchen? "I love my julienne mandoline," she says. "Lately, I've been using it on radishes and jalapeños, and you get these thin, beautiful slices." Bosworth also adores her high-powered blender for making smoothies, soups, and sauces. And, although it's not technically a gadget, she always has ghee on hand, a clarified butter. "It is my favorite oil or fat to cook with," she says.

Feeling inspired? Pick up one of Bosworth's favorite gadgets, check out this recipe for wilted dandelion greens featuring Bosworth's beloved ghee.