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Help this newlywed finish outfitting the perfect kitchen

BouquiGarnet | Nov 24, 201404:05 PM     68

Hello all! I got married last month and took advantage of the registry to upgrade my kitchen - previously full of basic stainless steel that had served me well, but I love to cook and really wanted some high-end toys.

So I now have a few gorgeous Staub pieces - small and large braiser, dutch oven, 12-inch frypan, and a small 2 quart oval cocotte I have no idea what to do with.

I have my basic well-seasoned iron skillet I've had since the beginning of time.

I have two Greenpan skillets for my non-stick needs that work very well (10 and 12 inch - they came in a set)

And after much research, a starter set of All Clad D5, some gifts, and some I picked up at the W/S outlet for a steal. Specifically, I have:

- 8 inch fry pan
- 9 inch french skillet
- 1.5 quart saucepan
- 2 quart saucepan
- 4 quart saute/simmer pan
- 3 quart saute pan
- 4 quart soup pot

I also have a basic 12 quart cuisinart stainless steel multipot - I can't see a need to upgrade to clad cookware for a stockpot, right?

So, here's my question - if I were going to buy one or two more pieces, what would you recommend? I feel like I could use something in the 3-quart range - the saucepans are pretty expensive though and I'm wondering if I should go with the AC D5 essential pan in 3 quarts?

Also, is there any real need to have a single piece of copper core? I love to cook but I'm not sure I'm an advanced enough cook to need that level of responsiveness. If I DID want to go copper core, what piece would you suggest?

Let's assume for the sake of discussion that I have a $500 budget. Go!

Finally, does anyone know what to do with my small cocotte? It was an impulse purchase on clearance a long time ago and I don't have a clue what to cook in it.

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