a beginner's kitchen

Welcome to All in the Detail... I am so glad you are here!

I am receiving such a great response from my Recipe Friday series.  Thank you to everyone.  I am so glad this has turned into an enjoyable time to share some great recipes that I have run across over the years... and who doesn't like a new and EASY recipe to try and share? These weekly installments can be printed out to a three ring binder for a fantastic recipe book. A few beginner cooks have even contacted me and asked exactly what I would recommend to purchase for their start-up kitchen.

Here's what I've found to be the best equipment to have on hand at all times - When picking out kitchen tools, there are two ways you can go:
ONE: High End.  You can choose to invest in the best equipment possible. It is worth the investment because it will last you a lifetime, but it can be really expensive starting out. So if  you don't have the budget for high end...
TWO: Go Restaurant Supply Store.  Restaurants buy there so the equipment is made to last a long time with continual use. 

Now, for the list - This is great to keep on hand for gift purchases, too! 

Pots and Pans
For ease, I have chosen All Clad Cookware with links to William Sonoma's website (these links offer you  the different uses for each item)

Big Stock Pot - perfect for soups and stocks.
Medium Saute Pan - for all frying.
Saucepans with lids (1 big and 1 small).

Again, I've chosen links to William Sonoma (which offers more information for each item)
Bread Knife with a serrated edge.
Chef's Knife  - either big or small depending on your comfort.
Knife Block - I highly recommend a safe, designated storage space for knives... to protect their edges and your fingers.  NEVER place cutting knives in the dishwasher... hand wash only.

General Equipment
Cutting Board(s) - I prefer a wooden cutting board for produce and a synthetic cutting board for meats.

Graduated Glass Bowls (10 for $40, fantastic).

Baking Equipment
Cake Pans (min. of four in various sizes).

Spoons and Cups for dry measure.

Clear Measuring Cups for wet measure (glass or plastic).

Mixer - either standing or hand held, depending on your budget.

Now, remember the old saying - take good care of your tools and they will take good care of you?  This also applies to your kitchen tools... keep them clean and sharp and they can last a lifetime.

What is your FAVORITE equipment in your kitchen?  What couldn't you live without?