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America's Test Kitchen — a real, 2,500-square-foot test kitchen just outside of Boston — is home to more than three dozen full-time cooks and product testers. Their mission? To develop the absolute best recipes by testing, then testing again (and again…) so you feel confident enough in the kitchen to cook everything from a simple, mid-week meal to an entire Sunday dinner party menu.
Weddings are exciting and exhilarating, but it’s important to take a step back, a few deep breaths, and think about what you really need before you choose items for your registry. It can be tempting to ask for the fanciest-looking, most innovative (or sometimes just the shiniest) pieces of equipment. But, before you go crazy with the scanner in that department store, take a minute to read our list of items you should request if you’re going to be doing a lot of cooking for just the two of you. Because why ask for an industrial-size ice cream maker when you really need a few sets of reliable, tried-and-true skillets and saucepans?
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Here’s a list of our suggested items when cooking for two, from our new cookbook The Complete Cooking For Two Cookbook. At the Test Kitchen we put kitchen equipment through the wringer before we even think about recommending it, so if you stick with us you can be sure you’re choosing the best product. And, if you must ask for the ice cream maker, we won’t hold it against you. Just don’t forget to also ask for a loaf pan or two.