• *takes notes* Thanks so much! I've found a few more odds and ends in the different boxes I've unpacked. Somehow I ended-up with my grandmother's meat tenderizer. A bit odd, since I don't have a grill for the meat.... But I┬ádid find a few hotpads. I'm pretty sure my kitchen scissors are in there somewhere. Thanks for all the tips! I'll be sure to put them to good use.

    December 8, 2007 at 10:09 p.m.

  • I agree with shawn and allfiredup, and the only thing I would add is PLENTY of hot pads, trivets, and pot holders. No matter how many you have, it never seems to be enough, especially when entertaining and hosting large get-togethers such as Thanksgiving or Christmas dinners. Also of great use to me is a roll of good old-fashioned wax paper. You will find a million uses for it. Use it to line bottoms of cake pans, rub along sticky drawer tracks, oh so many things it can be useful for!

    December 8, 2007 at 7:23 p.m.

  • An egg timer...though I don't know of anyone who uses it to time eggs.

    December 8, 2007 at 11 a.m.

  • A good set of knives is definitely the first, then the whisk and spatula that you mention are also very, very hard to do without.

    Here is a list I'd find it hard to do without in a kitchen.

    1. Good knives ( you only really need 1 good 8-10" chef's knife and 1 paring knife )
    2. Whisk
    3. Spatula
    4. Cutting board
    5. Mixing bowl
    6. Measuring cups/spoons
    7. 2 cup+ clear liquid measuring cup
    8. Colander
    9. 13x9 casserole dish
    10. Kitchen tongs
    11. Vegetable/potato peeler
    12. Can opener
    13. Good meat thermometer
    14. Grater
    15. Silicone hot mitt

    December 7, 2007 at 8:42 p.m.