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Starting from scratch: help me stock my kitchen!

Emmmily | May 27, 2009 07:57 AM

I'll be starting grad school in August, which means I'll be moving from the apartment where I've been living since college, owned by my grandfather and fully stocked by him, to a new, empty place up in Connecticut. The new place has a stove, oven, and refrigerator, but that's about it, so I get to start from scratch. This'll be fun :-) So what should I get? If you were starting over, what would you do differently? Any brands/materials/gizmos I should seek out or avoid? I've done a little shopping recently and a little augmenting while I've lived here, so I already have:
-a basic set of plates, glasses, soup bowls, mugs and silverware
-wine glasses
-a 28-knife set with block (an early housewarming gift from my parents)
-a few hand-me-down spatulas and such
-a bread machine
-a hand mixer with immersion blender attachment
-a blender
-an electric tea kettle
-a few hand-me-down pots & pans and pyrex baking dishes

I know I'll need:
-a microwave
-a blender
-a cast-iron skillet
-a wok
-most spices
-a rack for said spices
-serving dishes
-more pots & pans
-metal baking dishes/cookie sheets
-etc?

So what wisdom and advice can you pass down on filling out and refining that list? Anything you wish someone had told you when you were just starting out? Also, since I am on somewhat of a budget (the kitchen's not the only place I'm starting from scratch - I have to furnish the place too), and ideas on places either in New York or New Haven where I can find good deals on these things? Thanks in advance for your help!

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