You can admit it, while you’ve been registering to fill out your newlywed kitchen, your mouth has been watering thinking of tasty dinner parties and dinners for two with your new goods. And it should be! With new gadgets, bakeware, and storage in your kitchen you might just become the next star chef. But if you’re still a newbie in the kitchen, we have you covered. These seven kitchen must-haves also have must-have recipes to use them with. So get that registry gun pointing—and that oven ready! You’ll be a culinary master in no time.
Whether it’s a pre-wedding low carb diet or a desire to just get healthier in the kitchen, a spiralizer (OXO Spiralizer, $39.99) will be your new best friend! Replace pasta with curly spirals of your favorite veggie or fruit (apple chips anyone?) to calm your cravings and give your taste buds a treat. Don’t believe us? Try these Chicken Chow Mein Zoodles to take your spiralizer on a test ride. Get the recipe from Life Made Sweeter here.
A Loaf Pan
You don’t need a bread maker to whip out a tasty loaf—and we’re not talking sourdough or whole wheat either. Every kitchen (and rock star baker) needs a loaf pan for delicious, dense breads like banana bread, zucchini bread, or even lemon cakes. In this gorgeous glass version (OXO Glass 1.6 Qt. Loaf Baking Dish, $8.99) you can bake and serve right in the pan you make it in, or bring it ready-to-go to a potluck. Try it out with an Apple Pie Pull Apart from Handle the Heat. Get the recipe here.
A Pizza Pan
If your version of Netflix and chill with your fiancé includes pizza night too, consider going homemade. We promise you won’t regret it. A sturdy non-stick pizza pan (OXO Non-Stick Pro 15” Pizza Pan, $18.99) will deliver perfectly even and lightly charred crust every time, whether you’re making a margherita, pepperoni, or even cauliflower crust pie. Impress your new hubby with a gourmet slice, like this Shitake and Chanterelle Pizza with Goat Cheese from Epicurious. Get the recipe here.
A salad spinner (OXO Salad Spinner, $29.99) is a kitchen staple and an important prep tool, whether you’re making a yummy Cesar for two or fancy mixed greens for a dinner party. Use the basket as a colander to wash your greens and then dry them with the push of a button; the non-slip base keeps the bowl steady as it spins. Plus, this handy gadget isn’t just a one-trick pony: add salad dressing to the spin cycle for an even coating, or turn the bowl into an elegant serving dish. Try your own version of a house salad from How Sweet It Is here.
Glass Baking Dish
With friends and family wanting to celebrate the bride and groom, there’s a good chance you may be invited to a dinner party or two. Never show up empty handed. Top secret trick: Stick with an easy-to-make casserole that can be prepared the night before. A baking dish with an elevated lid and wide, comfortable handles (OXO Glass 3 Qt. Baking Dish with Lid, $18.99) makes prepping, baking, and transportation (without ruining your creation) a snap. Bonus points because this one is made of durable borosilicate glass that can withstand extreme temperature changes -- meaning it can go directly from the freezer to the oven without fully thawing, saving you time. Make Sunday night supper a breeze with this easy-to-make-ahead Roasted Vegetable Lasagna from My Pink Mixer. Get the recipe here.
Non-Stick Baking Set
From roasted veggies and breakfast muffins to cookies and cakes, you’re going to need a variety of bakeware for all of your kitchen adventures. These non-stick pans (OXO Non-Stick Pro 5 Piece Set, $79.99) feature a textured surface that promotes airflow for even baking and thoughtful touches, like easy-to-read dimension markings (no more struggling to find the right pan for your recipe!). Give yourself a treat and use the jelly roll pan to make a batch of Julie’s Eats & Treats’ Cherry Pie Bars. Get the recipe here.
Food Storage Set
You’re cooking for two, and that can be exhausting day in and day out. Consider registering for a good set of storage containers (OXO 30 Piece Glass & Plastic Container Set, $99.99), which will help make make-ahead meal storage easier! Leakproof and stackable, these are the perfect dishes to keep your leftovers fresh and organized in your fridge. The borosilicate glass containers go directly from the freezer or fridge to the oven to reheat – no need to fully thaw means dinner is ready faster. And the BPA-free plastic versions make excellent carriers for leftover lunches to enjoy at work. The sets are also available separately. If you and your fiancé are fans of whipping up fast weeknight dinners, try Make Ahead Meatballs, which freeze in these containers and reheat well, over make-ahead polenta. Get the recipe from Foodie with Family here.