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If You Were Registering for Wedding Gifts,...

what would you pick for your kitchen?
I love to cook and always have. I was spoiled growing up because my grandmother let me loose with all of her lovely kitchenware. Now that I live on my own, I'm really sick of my junky pots, pan, and knives and can't wait to replace them. I want to make sure that I'm registering for things that will last the way that my grandma's things did.

I think I have most of the basics covered (All-Clad pots and pans, Le Creuset french oven, KitchenAid stand mixer, Cuisinart food processor, Global knives, Chicago Metallic bakeware) plus a bunch of little things, but what are a few things you find essential for a well-equipped kitchen which I might have forgotten? Do you have any specific brand recommendations? General suggestions?

I know this is broad, but I appreciate any time that you take in order to respond to it. Thank you.

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  1. A fire extinguisher.

    1. Two large butcher blocks.

      1. an all-clad roasting pan (in case it's not in your pots and pans list)
        as above: large thick butcher block
        a medium and a BIG le creuset (i like the round ones)
        for guests who can't spend the big bucks: pick out a great set of stainless utensils - slotted spoon, etc.

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        1. re: redgirl

          1/2 sheet pans & some cooling racks, too. They are reasonably priced & are useful beyond baking. Plus, if you are at all into making cakes, I recommend a good fluted bundt pan. But that's just because I love making pound cakes. Ignore that if you don't! If you do love baking, a flour sifter is helpful, though certainly not necessary. Congratulations!

          1. re: redgirl

            redgirl - you beat me to it - I was going to make the same suggestion about the stainless utensils. I received aset as an engagement present from some close friends - and 18 yrs later I still have the friends and I still love those utensils! I use them every single day.

            1. re: redgirl

              I disagree with the AC roasting pan. It's made in China. For the same price I could pick up a Mauviel M'cook, even cheaper if you have a BB&B 20% coupon.

            2. We have a wok that we use quite a bit. I think ours is from Williams-Sonoma. It has held up really well so far (11 years).

              We also got a Belgian waffle maker from W-S, which only lasted about 5 years. We replaced it with a cheaper brand which is still going strong.

              1. a zojirushi rice maker. we have the small one and it's just fabulous. we use it 3-4 nights a week.

                1. Another vote for a Zojirushi rice cooker. And more than 1 Le Creuset dutch oven. My 2 most-used ones are a 6 3/4 qt oval and a 5 (or 5 1/2?) qt. round. I hate my All-Clad pots, so I'd choose something else, but that's just me.

                    1. re: Philly Ray

                      a kitchenaid stand mixer or, less expensive, a good hand mixer.
                      cuisinart food processor.

                    2. If you don't already have Microplane graters, get them and they will change your life.
                      Get the ones with an all stainless steel body (Professional series). The Home series has plastic around the blade which tends to crack after a year of dishwasher abuse.

                      If you're a coffee drinker, get a nice coffee machine. I have a Jura and if it breaks before I get married, that's what I'll put on my registry, I don't think I can live without one. Right now I want a pop-corn maker to start roasting my coffee beans.

                      Do you bake? Will you entertain a lot? How about some french pastry molds? Some nice serving pieces?

                      Some nice stainless steel skewers?
                      A grill?
                      Assorted Pyrex containers?
                      If you're putting down a KA mixer, maybe some attachments as well - like ice cream maker?
                      Spice rack?

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                      1. re: cutipie721

                        oooh...cutipie: you inspired me to go further: get a good espresso machine. i love our nespresso citiz - some people don't like the pods. that's a great gift.

                        1. re: redgirl

                          When you start having freshly roasted beans only being ground seconds before brewing, you can't go back :-)

                        1. Here's a brand of spatulas and kitchen tools that I really like - LamsonSharp.

                          I have their slotted turner, 3x5 turner, and the mini masher. The first two are spatulas with sharp edges which go under food easily. oooooh the mini masher whips through potatoes like butter. All US made, very well built, I'm sure it'll last longer than any OXO stuff.

                          Search for LamsonSharp on Amazon for their other products.