I'm getting married in November and my girlfriend has absolutely nothing (worth keeping). I'm trying to build a set of essential cookware and I'll definately be the primary cook. My plan is to either go for significantly high end quality or low end value. Here's what I'm thinking right now:
Shun 8" Chef's Knife
Shun 6" Utility Knife
Shun 3.5" Paring Knife
Shun 9" Serrated Bread Knife
Wustoff set of 8 Steak Knives ($99 at Crate and Barrel... in our registry)
All Clad Stainless 10" Fry Pan
All Clad Stainless 2 Qt. Saucier w/ Lid
All Clad Stainless 3 Qt. Sauce Pan w/ Lid
All Clad Stainless 3 Qt. Saute Pan w/ Lid
Calphalon Contemporary Nonstick 8" and 10" Fry Pan Set (the $39.99 one)
Need a 5 or 6 Qt or so Dutch Oven of some sort... no idea what to do here.
Need a Stock Pot of some sort ... probably 8 Qt. Chefmate from Target i think
Pair Jellyroll pans from Marshalls
9x9 sqare cake pan from Marshalls
Pair of 9 inch round pans from Marshalls
Some sort of pyrex bakeware... the long rectangular pan.
A pie pan of some sort.
Am I missing anything glaring?
I bought the Shun Knives already on Ebay... $270 for the 7 piece block set delivered with the block, shears and sharpening steel. Way less than the $640 retail price.
I am likely to buy the 4 pieces of Allclad from Cookware & More for about $335, which is also way less than retail.
Any thoughts? Should I splurge for a Le Creuset Dutch Oven? Are pricey bakewares worth it? I have 2 Marshall's within 3 miles of my house and they always have tons of bakeware.
Any input at all would be appreciated. Thanks, Mario.