Bridal Registry: What Every Newlywed Kitchen Needs (and wants) + A Giveaway

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By Wedding Blog Contributor Dawn Viola

Despite opposition from etiquette traditionalists, bridal gift registry has become a here-to-stay modern milestone of the nuptial planning process. While walking around your favorite kitchen store with a registry price gun can make for a fun afternoon, arriving without a gift plan can make selecting cookware and appliances seem overwhelming when building a collection from scratch. With your favorite kitchen store in target range and registry gun in hand, the following list will help you build the perfect newlywed kitchen:

A good stainless steel set that can go from stove to oven is a must-have, preferably with lids for everything, even the skillets. One of each will suffice, but if you love to cook, you’ll want to double up on the skillets.

• 3-quart covered sauce pan
• 10-quart covered sauce pan
• 6-quart covered stockpot
• 8″ or 10″ skillet
• 1 large heavy-bottom roasting pan

Nonstick is a great choice, but watch for grooves and places where food can get stuck – they can be challenging to clean. Select items that are seamless whenever possible.

• 2 sheet pans (cookie sheets with edges)
• 1 muffin tin
• 1 square 9×9-inch glass baking dish
• 1 rectangular 9×12-inch baking dish
• Casserole dishes that can also double as serving dishes
• 1 set of mixing bowls

Small appliances:
An up-front investment in quality appliances will last for many years. None of these are essential, but will make food prep faster and easier. Some possible appliances to consider include:
• hand held mixer
• standing mixer
• food processor
• blender
• immersion blender
• slow cooker
• Dutch oven

The little things:
A collection of measuring cups, measuring spoons, a quality chef knife and paring knife, as well as whisks, spoons and spatulas are essential tools every newlywed kitchen should have.

Keeping things spicy in the kitchen:
After the wedding, make a list of adventure ingredients and kitchen gadgets you’ve always wanted to try. Adventure ingredients can be a spice, or food you’ve never cooked with before. Kitchen gadgets can be anything from the top-of-the-line food processor to an inexpensive plantain masher. Purchase one item from your adventure ingredient or kitchen gadget list once a week, once a month or as often as your budget allows.

Beyond recipes:
Investing in a collection of teaching cookbooks will help you learn and gain experience in cooking methods rather than just one-off recipes. Teaching books have come a long way, offering step-by-step photographs and easy-to-follow instructions for mastering roasting, braising, poaching and sautéing like a pro, at your own pace:

• Martha Stewart’s Cooking School, Martha Stewart
• How to Cook Everything, Mark Bittman
• The America’s Test Kitchen Healthy Family Cookbook

***WIN THIS!***

To get your library started, America’s Test Kitchen is giving one Wedding Blog reader a copy of their best-selling book, The America’s Test Kitchen Healthy Family Cookbook. Inside you’ll find 800 kitchen-tested recipes for more healthful eating every day of the week, plus hundreds of step-by-step photographs, and opinionated ingredient and equipment ratings.

Between now and midnight, Thursday, April 21, 2011 (EST) post a comment below telling us what you love to cook for dinner. One winner will be selected at random, and notified by email. Replies posted after midnight, Thursday, April 21, 2011 will not be counted. Anonymous comments will be discarded – you need to be logged in with your DISQUS profile, or have posted your email address in the comment box so that we may notify you if you win. U.S. residents only; items will be shipped from the publisher directly to the winner. No monetary exchanges or substitutions allowed. Void where prohibited. Total value $35.00 US.

–Dawn Viola is a professional chef, cooking instructor and the voice behind the award winning food blog, Wicked Good Dinner.

  • I love to cook chili for my family! we all pitch in and help. we use venison in our chili so it makes it a little more hearty and we love to use veggies and spices to give it a little kick also!
    we love the finished porduct and eat on it for days! yummy! =)

  • Heidi Brueckner

    We love a roast chicken, mashed potatoes, stuffing and sauteed vegetables, especially on cold, rainy days. Why wait for Thanksgiving!

  • Becky

    I love to make shrimp pasta with super spicy homemade tomato sauce. So quick- the shrimp poached right in the sauce while the pasta cooks.

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  • Ashley

    My fiance loves my baked tilapia with broccoli and cauliflower! It’s so easy to make and really healthy…..and not to mention delicious!!!!

  • Amber

    We are quesadilla makers!!!

  • Princessfreya

    A nice veggie risotto. It’s totally worth the time it takes. Although, in the summer, we are strict grillers. 🙂

  • Slcool82

    My fiancé loves when I make chocalet multon cake

  • Nancy Agyepomaah

    I don’t think my fiance likes my cooking very much as much as he doesn’t like to admit it. He does the cooking most of the time. His favorite dish he likes to cook is Spagetti with turkey meat balls.

  • Hannah8791

    we love to fix blackened chicken! My fiance and I love to cook together, he may even be better than me! : ) we fix it with dijon sauce and mushrooms! We also mix some spices in the skillet with some onions and pour it on top! Id love some new cookware to spicen things up!

  • thewatergirl

    I love making Vegetable Tian, Roasted Sweet Potatoes, Chicken in every way possible and tons of pasta dishes.

  • Tiffany

    One of my new faves is black bean and sweet potato burritos.

  • I love to cook breakfast – ANY breakfast item. My fiancé cooks every other meal, since he tends to be a better chef than I am. But breakfast is my time to shine, since he is usually still sleeping. 🙂

  • I’m trying my best to purchase kitchen appliances every pay day. I love cooking really. I’m the one who do cook at home. Even my mom said that I can be a good chef someday.

  • Kelsey

    I love to cook, especially as a newlywed. Lately, I’ve been enjoying salads with shrimp and news foods I’ve never really worked with like Asian foods and Indian foods. It’s fun to experience them for the first time with my new husband!

  • Shannon

    I love crock pot meals! So easy!

  • I love to cook Spaghetti and meatballs, its our favorite!

  • We love to make Mexican wraps. Doesnt matter what kind, ground beef, chicken or vegetarian with refried beans. It is a favorite that both of us make.

  • Jazzzinger

    I love thick sirloin steaks, which I jaccard and marinade in Italian dressing, dry and season with montreal seasoning. pan seared on cast-iron to a crusty medium rare. I make baked potatoes, peirced, rubbed down with bacon grease and montreal seasoning. The bacon, sharp cheddar, sour cream and chives will complete the taters. I’ll make artichokes with hollandaise and start everything off with a Ceasar Salad with a little extra ham and cheese jullienned and added for good measure. For dessert, A simple butterscotch sundae with a few chocolate chips thrown in for good measure and of course whipped cream and a cherry. A tasty Merlot will make a suitable accompaniment.

  • I love to make stir fry for dinner -super easy and quick!

  • Jhunte

    I love to make pasta with simple sauce of garlic and grape tomatoes sauteed in olive oil. Toss with fresh basil. Yum.

  • hanaaskitchen

    I love cooking soups. They’re so versatile! Thanks for doing the giveaway.

  • I love to cook spaghetti and meatballs for my fiance’!

  • Sp88ky1

    I love to cook Cook’s Illustrated Tuscan White Bean Soup with Winter Vegetables. Hearty, healthy, YUM

  • Jen

    I love to cook tacos! I love experimenting with different fillings: chicken w/ mango, fish w/ slaw, veggies… it’s so fun to mix it up!

  • Vanessa Merjudio

    I love making chicken Parm pasta with spinach, cherry tomatoes and lots of basil

  • daisygurl720

    My favorite dinner to make consists of a medley of vegetables sauteed in a light soy sauce, with a dab of butter and fresh garlic. I usually make this anytime I am cooking just for myself!

  • Rachel

    Pasta, pasta, and more pasta. Although lately I have been making homemade pizza.

  • joymassa

    It’s a stir fry, for sure…with new kinds of noodles coming on the scene all the time! Recently discovered the “non-noodle” noodles of Wildwood’s Pasta Slim…made of Tofu! Thanks for the contest!!!

  • Sparkles0280

    Our favorite meal is a coconut peanut chicken recipe that goes over brown rice, broccoli, and carrots.

  • M Lafontaine

    I especially love making dinners for friends and family. Nothing beats the look on their faces after they’ve had a really great meal! Simple, elegant and comforting are my go-to recipies; like lemon & thyme roasted chicken with homemade mashed potatoes and a seasonal veggie. Or honey, dijon, sage roasted pork loin alongside some root vegetables (parsnips, carrots) and pears. Of course, no meal is complete without dessert!

  • Amanda

    I love to cook steaks and macaroni and cheese!

  • I had brought this book one week ago when its launched in the market. It consider all the unique information about cooking , kitchen appliance which is essential and anther tips of cooking.

  • I really love to eat all time different food and cook steaks and macaroni and cheese my one of the favourite food. I have read here all the post and all post are really very impressive for us. Thanks for sharing such a great information.

  • Ah, it’s fascinating to see wives planning their kitchen after the wedding. Of course, they would want to prepare the best meals for their husbands, even on a tight budget. Invest on durable kitchen wares and appliances, so you can just focus on buying ingredients for your everyday recipes. Always consider discounts when buying grocery items; and it’s ideal to buy items in packs instead of singles. When the budget is tight, borrow some cash but make sure to pay it back on time.

  • Designmmc27

    I love to cook steamed veggies with lean chicken or stuffed peppers!

  • We love to bake and eat pastas. For newly wed it is a must to consider the most useful kitchen appliances for them.