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RETURNTOTHIN
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12/29/11 11:56 A

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I only replied to the last post, then I read all the way down...
GREAT lists from everyone.....
Lois

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I would add:
a scale
measuring spoons, cups
a can of oven cleaner :) (works on all pans and glass top stoves) as I use stainless steel pots/pans after I read about what's in a coated pan.
a strainer
a collander
a broiler pan/cookie sheet/

wonderful to have:
a hand blender



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12/29/11 7:22 A

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A good knife
Peeler
Cutting board
Non stick pan
Crockpot
Pans with lids that are given proof
Bowls
Mixing spoon an
Spatula

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12/27/11 11:20 P

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Personally I use my George Foreman Grill a lot, plus New Wave. Mainly because I can see the true amount of fat coming off. Easier when cooking just for two and an easier clean up.

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GEMINISUE
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12/14/11 4:14 P

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small appliances:
microwave
toaster
mixer
blender
electric can opener, and not electric can opener (ice)in case of emergency
fire extinguisher
HINTS: on what to do in case of fire depending on where it is and what kind of fire it is, electrical, oil, etc.

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12/14/11 3:54 A

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If she doesn't have much time on her hands, I also suggest a good nonstick frying pan (egg pan) around 8" diameter. It is a great way to make omelets, pancakes, chicken breasts, and plain ol' eggs for quick protein on the go.

Also good would be a small crock pot for fix-and-forget breakfasts and dinners.
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1LBATATIME
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12/13/11 3:53 P

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I really like my food processor. Saves me a ton of time chopping veggies.
A good set of storage containers helps too. Something that goes from freezer to oven etc.

Edited by: 1LBATATIME at: 12/13/2011 (15:56)
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good knifes, pots and pans, bowls for mixing, mixer, utentiles,crock pot, toaster and a good cookbook like sparks.

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GEMINISUE
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12/13/11 5:57 A

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A set of saucepans with lids,
A crock pot
A colandar (strainer metal and plastic)
Mixer
cooking utensils
storage container,
zip lock bags
seeds for growing herbs or/and for sprouting
How about a Spark Cook Book
Betty Crocker Cook Book
Rachel Ray Bright Colorful Cooking Set

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SHOOPETTE
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12/13/11 3:06 A

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Food scale, cutting knives, cutting board and a good non stick pan.



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12/12/11 8:39 P

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I love my spider spoon which doubles as a very small strainer. I agree a good cookbook is great, or a subscription to Cooking Light Magazine as they have 20 minute meals every month and also dinner in minutes. They also have exercise information which she probably doesn't need, and nutritional information. I love my subscription.

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12/12/11 8:26 P

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I'd say the most important thing is a good knife, but you need to "feel" a knife, so you can't really give her that as a gift. A great cookbook is a good gift, but if she doesn't cook, you want one with really thorough directions (it can't just say "temper the egg") and short ingredient lists. The other stuff I use absolutely daily?
colander
pepper grinder
cast iron pans
wooden spoons
silicone spatulas
garlic press
spice rack
containers for packing up batch cooking (especially living alone, this is the key to having a variety of things to eat while cooking in quantity)


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I have no idea what to get my best friend for Christmas. However, she is currently going through the transition of microwave cooking (AKA hot dogs, mac n cheese, tv dinners) to trying to cook healthy meals. So what are some things that a new cook needs for the kitchen??? Some other info, she is 28, single, no kids, lives in a very small town in extremely rural Kansas, she is in good shape because she is an avid rodeo girl, she has little time because she is always with her horses. She has seriously never cooked before, her parents never cooked and she hasn't been around cooking.

So, what are your must have tools for easy, quick, healthy cooking???

"She believed she could, So she did."

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