We just made a stop at Ikea and made it out without doing anything stupid. By now we know that there really are only a few things one should buy at Ikea - items that are useful, and that last. Wandering those cinnamon-bun-scented aisles, one must remain focused and have a sharp eye. Here are a few things you're allowed to buy when you go to Ikea:
SVALKA glass - set of 6 for $4.50 (4" high, 7oz.) - beautifully designed, simple, and durable.
MIXTUR oven/serving dish for $3.99 (11" x 7") - you can roast anything from a small bird to brussels sprout, bake a crumble, or serve especially handsome veggies - all clear, no lip, simple.
FORMA ramekin for $1.99 - we use these constantly - for individual soufflés, serving olives, or prepping recipes. They go in the oven, the freezer, and the dishwasher.
VICKNING mortar and pestel for $5.99 - just the right size.
BURKEN glass jars for $2.49 - $5.99 - if you don't like packaging, these are your friends. We put our grains, flours, sugars, cereals and beyond in them.
UGN measuring cup for $4.99 - a bit on the delicate side, but a nice design-alternative to the classic red-marked Pyrex version.