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Wedding Registry Tips

I tagged along when my daughter and future son-in-law were registering for cookware, dishes, flatware, glassware, and all the wished-for items one tends to put on a wedding registry. I offered friendly advice–this brand is better than that one, this size is more practical than that size, add this to your list you’ll love having that for baking, and so on. I realized my advice was from a professional point of view–of course it was–I’ve been developing recipes and writing cookbooks for over 25 years. I have opinions to offer because I’ve cooked with so much kitchen gear over the years–some good, some great, and some really lousy pieces of equipment.

While I was thinking about including registry tips as part my website, what really convinced me was learning that a young friend who recently married had scanned my daughter’s wedding registry to see what was included. She was thinking, and rightfully so, that I might have had some input on my daughter’s choices. She told me she changed her choice of stand mixer after seeing what Molly had selected. It was an amusing story to hear.

While I gave up my role as wedding planner after the nuptials, I haven’t given up as kitchenware advisor. E-mail me if you have questions. I’m happy to help.

If You Love to Bake:

If You Love to Grill:

If You Love to Entertain:

My Favorite Kitchen Basics:

My Favorite Appliances & Electronics:

  • KitchenAid Artisan Series 5-Quart Stand Mixer

    stand mixer

    Hopefully the new ones last as long as mine. Mine is nearly 30 years old and looks and performs like new. (Hint: It is worth buying an extra bowl and whisk attachment if you enjoy baking.)

  • Hand Mixer

    hand mixer

    I have one just for the small jobs, like whipping a cup or two of cream. Or making a batter. I like the new ones with the beaters in a case.

  • Vitamix


    It’s true, these blenders are expensive. Save for it; watch for sales. Simply the most amazing blender I have ever owned. Makes my Waring blender seem like a children’s toy in comparison. What a great wedding gift it would make!

  • Breville Compact Toaster Oven

    toaster oven

    Had to replace my old toaster oven and bought this one. Do love it–toasts evenly and bakes well for small servings or quick jobs when you don’t want to heat a large oven.

  • Zojirushi 6 Cup Rice Cooker

    rice cooker

    Simple, well-priced rice cooker. Don’t need fuzzy logic for basic rice cooking.

  • Electric Spice, Herb and Coffee Grinder

    spice grinder

    Love having this for grinding whole spices.

  • Ice Cream Maker

    ice cream maker

    Fun to have for summertime frozen treats. Makes a great gift. Makes about 2 quarts.

  • Slow Cooker with EasySear Insert

    slow cooker

    Wish I had this one. I have an All Clad slow cooker with a ceramic insert, so you can’t sear or brown in the same insert you are going to braise in. The new All Clad slow cookers with a searing insert aren’t compatible in size with the old ones, so you can’t just buy a new insert.

  • Electric Tea Kettle

    electric tea kettle

    Have always owned one and love having it for proper tea making!

My Favorite Knives & Cutting Boards:

My Favorite Kitchen Tools:

My Favorite Pots & Pans: