Starting from scratch: help me stock my kitchen!


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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

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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