Extra Helpings: The Top Ten Items For Your First Kitchen


Marnie asks: What’s the basic stuff I need for my kitchen? I’m moving into my first apartment and don’t have a lot of money for extras.

Congrats on the apartment and on your desire to cook. You’ll save money… money that can be used, perhaps, for that Mauviel copper sauté pan you covet. Buy what you can afford now and upgrade when you’re able (or, let someone help you by dropping subtle hints when gift-giving opportunities present themselves).

Most of the things on my list are items that my grandmother would have had in her kitchen. Okay, I’ll admit she didn’t have SILICONE spatulas, but she did have spatulas in different shapes and sizes…. and her instant read thermometer was her nose and thumb.

The point is that you don’t need a kitchen full of stuff to cook. Just the passion to do it for yourself and for those you love.

As Julia Child said:

“The only real stumbling block is fear of failure. In cooking you’ve got to have a what-the-hell attitude.”

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Top 10 Items for Your First Kitchen


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7 thoughts on “Extra Helpings: The Top Ten Items For Your First Kitchen

  1. Growing Up Madison

    I remember when I first got my own apartment. It was one of the things I worried about as well. First thing I did was go out and bought a cheap pot set that lasted only a few months. Wish I had this list back then. I would recommend never buying any cheap pots. 🙂

  2. Mo at Mocadeaux

    This is a great list! I’m happy to say that my (started long ago) kitchen has them all, although the cast iron skillet is a new addition. Now we use it all the time! It is an amazing tool, especially, as you suggest when we aren’t worried about screwing up and just go for it! Visiting from the Show Off Weekend Blog Party.

    1. Mama Post author

      Thanks for stopping by. I love my cast iron pan… it was a later addition because I wanted a really good one so I had to wait! Thanks for dropping by… go to your site now!


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I was a TV journalist for many years, but with a house full of kids I decided to come off the road, go to culinary school and follow my passion for cooking. Mama’s High Strung is all about food… everything from creative recipe ideas to some really cool kitchen gadgets and cooking tips. I live in Chicago, but I love to travel and write about my food discoveries! You can reach me by email: mamashighstrung@gmail.com