My fiance and I have been in our temporary housing with its (supposedly) fully stocked kitchen for about a month now. Thanks to many of your excellent suggestions, we were well prepared to deal with the inevitably shoddy cookware and missing pieces of "essential" equipment. Here's a look at what we ended up bringing and a few things we wish we'd brought!
We received a question from a reader asking about the most useful and essential serving pieces. Carrie said that she just inherited a set of fine china, but the set (as well as her everyday Fiestaware) has no serving pieces. If you're in the market for serving pieces, like Carrie, what should you get? Here are our picks for the most useful, basic, and essential serving dishes, and we'd love to hear your take on this as well.
Here's a variation on a reader question that we get a lot: what basic pieces of cookware do I need to set up a new kitchen? This one is from Mandy:
I'm a young woman in her early twenties getting ready to move out of my parents' house and into my own. While I've got a lot of hand-me-downs coming my way, one thing I have to buy myself is a set of cookware — pots, pans, skillets, baking sheets &mdash the whole nine yards. I've read some scary health news about cooking on nonstick surfaces, but I know from experience that it's the most user-friendly.
So my question is, what do you recommend for affordable (but quality) cookware, and what are the pros and cons of various surfaces?
We're moving into this kitchen tomorrow. Well, the apartment that holds this kitchen. And right after we make our bed, we'll start unpacking our pots, pans, and plates.
It's been a long, hard, slog of a move -- one that makes us think we'll want to answer the above question by crying, "Takeout!" But it's our new home, with a new kitchen, and we'd like to christen it with a memorable meal...
Was last night an especially good night for you? Did you perhaps get engaged on the purportedly most romantic day of the year? Well. If so, here is a good question for you.
Benjy wants to know what to put on the wedding registry - we don't have a lot of advice, so readers chime in please.
My fiancee and I are working on our wedding registries. We both love to cook and were wondering what people found to be truly wonderful, can't-live-without-it wedding gifts. Also, which ended up just taking up space and never being used? (BTW, we already have our KitchenAid mixer.)
I love my cooking stuff - utensils, pots and pans and other kitchen related items. But now that I am moving into a tiny tiny apartment in the city, what are the essential items for a fully functioning kitchen that accommodates international cooking of all kinds and entertaining? Please help me figure this out before I move - so that I can pare down and also invest in some worthwhile pieces.