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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.