After college, I inhered my mom’s million-year-old Farberware and a toaster oven the same age as me. Since then, I’ve accumulated enough kitchenware that my kid’s bedroom closet acts as a storage space. Some of the items I’ve bought, clearly, are not the most necessary. Below, though, are the ones I can’t live without.

  • Lasagna/Roasting Pan

    Sure, this is great for lasagna as its  name indicates, but it’s also my go-to roasting pan. It’s good for whole chickens or cut up ones, large amounts of vegetables or potatoes, and everything in between. It can be used on the stove top, too, to make pan sauces and gravies post-roasting. Lucky you, this pan has gotten a facelift since I got it (over 10 years ago!) and now comes with a lid. Sweet.

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  • Williams-Sonoma Gold Touch Bakeware

    I currently only have rimmed baking sheets and cookie sheets but words cannot express my love for this line. It makes potatoes crispier, cookies slide right off, and everything in between.

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  • Staub 9×13 Baking Dish

    The perfect pan for baked pastas and one-dish meals.

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