If you're the type that loves to cook, think of registering as creating your kitchen wish list. While your friends and family are generously shopping for engagement gifts, shower gifts, and wedding presents, a little guidance on your part goes a long way — and sets up your cooking space exactly as you'd like it. Don't know where to start for your newlywed kitchen? Consider these registry must-haves as you shop.
Pots and Pans
Hunt down a complete set of pots and pans that promote even heating with non-stick surfaces. Start with a 10-piece set, including an 8-inch and 10-inch skillet, a saucepan, and soup pot. A high quality set of pots and pans will last a lifetime — just like your marriage. (Above: Signature Nonstick 10-piece. Cookware Set, $549.99, Calphalon)
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Don't rely on aluminum foil tins you buy at the grocery store anymore. A true baker — that's you! — has a full set of nonstick bakeware that includes round and square cake pans, a loaf pan, a muffin tin and baking sheets. Trust us, your cookies and brownies just got even more delicious. *(Above: Nonstick Bakeware 10-piece Set, $99.99, Calphalon) *
While a casserole is a go-to dinner anytime of the year, you'll especially love having a good set of these dishes on hand when you entertain. The beauty of casserole dishes is they can go right from the oven to the table. Look for three different sizes — large for casseroles, medium for dinners for two, and small for roasted vegetables — that stack well for easy storage.
We've all had those busy days at work when cooking dinner becomes just another chore on the list. Enter the beauty of the slow cooker. Dinner goes in before you head out the door in the morning and is waiting for you when you get back. Consider this a top priority on your registry.
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Chances are you already have a canister of wooden spoons and spatulas lying aroundâ¢but when was the last time you replaced them? Old kitchen utensils can be hot spots for bacteria, so use your registry as a chance to replace them, and with quality stuff nonetheless. Aim for a matching set that includes a slotted spoon, spatula, pasta fork, and scraper. (Above: 8 Piece Mixed Utensil Set, $49.99, Calphalon)
Whether you prefer a single-cup brewer or a full pot, it doesn't matter. Just make sure a brewer of your choice is on the list. A coffeemaker will make all the difference when it comes to your wallet — so long expensive baristas! — and will be used often when you have guests.