Registry Basics: Pots and Pans Slideshow
March 2, 2011
Cooking Essentials: 12-Inch Stainless Steel Fry Pan
It’s easy to get lost amid All-Clad’s many beautiful offerings, but the truth is you need one wonderful skillet and the stainless is, in our opinion, the way to go. Yes, you can upgrade to copper or copper core if you really want to, but chefs agree that the stainless does the job beautifully and looks beautiful doing it. It’s what we use every day. This will be your go-to pan for browning meat, sautéing vegetables, and just about everything else you do.
Cooking Essentials: Eight-Inch Nonstick Fry Pan
The greatest little pan on earth. It’s perfect for searing fish for two, cooking a chicken breast, or whipping up a pan sauce for a weeknight dinner. Or for making omelets, of course.
Cooking Essentials: Large Dutch Oven
Le Creuset is the Cadillac in this department, but Mario Batali and Martha Stewart produce equally colorful Dutch ovens that brown and braise like a dream. A larger size (5 ½ quarts and up) makes entertaining easy. You’ll take this from stovetop to oven to table so pick a color you love and let your Dutch oven reign cheerfully over your kitchen for years to come.
Baking Essentials: Nine-Inch Round Cake Pan
For your husband’s first birthday as your husband, you may want to make him a homemade birthday cake — and you'll need one of these (they’re also perfect for soaking bread slices for French toast).
Baking Essentials: Glass Pie Plate
Bonus Piece: Grill Pan
While these nest three items aren’t essential, if you’ve got room in your kitchen for them, get ‘em. They will allow you to easily expand your culinary repertoire.
A grill pan makes cooking meat in the winter a breeze. Choose the brand according to your guests’ budget. We’ve used the All-Clad, Calphalon, and Le Creuset pans and each heat evenly on the stove top and sear a crusty grill mark.
Bonus Piece: Pasta Pot
Tall and deep, this pot can boil gallons of water for pasta or lobsters and drain the water in a snap with its built-in strainer. Any brand will do, as it’s unlikely you will use this pot more than once a month (or a year)…