On Sunday night, we hosted our first informal dinner party with Will’s parents and their best family friend. We cooked three different kinds of pizza as well as asparagus hollandaise and I’d say everything turned out reasonably well (read: edible) besides me overcooking the asparagus. Maybe it sounds silly to those of you who are more experienced chefs but it was a fun little milestone for us in building up our confidence in the kitchen.
That said, it was pretty hilarious how unprepared our kitchen is for any kind of entertaining. “Where are the wine glasses?” (A lot of them broke during our move.) “Do you have a pizza cutter?” (No.) “Is there a third cookie sheet?” (A very tiny one.) “Is there a fifth placemat?” (No.) “How do you make hollandaise without a double boiler?” (By precariously balancing a metal bowl on top of a small pot.) I started making a mental list of everything we ought to invest in but decided to document it here as I know some of you are in the early stages of stocking your kitchen as well.
Are there any items you’d recommend for a beginner’s kitchen? Do you have a favorite brand for pots, pans, etc.? I’d love to hear!