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Wedding Registration Necessities

Hi all. I em engaged to be married this summer and my wedding shower is in May. I have been told I need to go register, but am at a complete loss as to what I really need to register for to get my kitchen set up.
I do like to cook and have been slowly teaching myself over the past several months. I grill alot, make tons of salads, and also make stir fry quite a bit. Up to this point my fiancee and I have somehow managed to get all of our cooking done with our grill, 2 skillets, 1 saucepan, 1 baking sheet, and one 9x9 glass baking dish. We also have the very basic utensils, plates, bowls, and salad plates for four as well as a toaster and can opener.
I would like to expand my cooking repertoire and also am interested in baking cakes, pies etc, but do not even know where to begin when confronted with the selection of kitchen supplies.

What do you think are the absolute necessities as far as getting a kitchen set up?

Also, I know it would seem logical to simply register for a set of pots and pans, but they all seem a bit excessive. I would really prefer to register for individual pieces thus eliminating the ones I don't need and making it easier for those shopping.

Thanks for the input!

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  1. Congrats! I'm engaged as well, but not planning on the ceremony until next fall.

    If you like stir fry, I'd go for a quality wok. Never hurts to have a piece made for the job.

    Large stock pot, since you never know when something will need boiling.

    Solid small non-stick pan, if you like eggs.

    Couple of stainless steel (user friendly) sauce pans.

    13x9 baking dish

    and my baking friend lives for Silipat

    and I adore my microplane.

    hope this is a start....

    1. Things I have asked for as gifts and *loved*: silpats--cookie baking heaven, an immersion blender, a mortar and pestle, a mandoline, a food processor (medium size), a griddle (the kind that covers two burners on the stove)--awesome for pancakes, quesadillas, grilled cheese, a set of flexible plastic cutting boards like Alton Brown has--color-coded for different meats/veggies/fish.
      also, a good rolling pin is a joy to have.

      1. A good, indestructible collander. Get one made of stainless steel wtih a raised bottom of some kind that will take a whole heap of pasta dumped out of a large pot.
        A good selection of knives (a chef's knife or Santuko depending on your preference; a paring knife, a serrated bread knife and a utility knife should do the trick at least to start).
        An instant read thermometer and a digital timer/probe thermometer.
        A microplane grater/zester.
        A food processor (larger is better, in my opinion, but get one with a small working bowl insert, too).
        It sounds like you've got some pans/skillets already, but to your list I'd agree with the above post and add a large pot and another sauce pan.

        1. i'm not married so i dont really know the registry etiquette but if you're interested in expanding your cooking/baking repertoire, maybe you could register for some good cook books to help get you started.

          1. Get a good heavy duty mixer. I burned out several before we got a Kitchen Aid. Varied sizes of mixing bowls, if you get clear glass they can double as serving bowls. A cast iron skillet is one of our favorite items.