by guest blogger Maya Rodale, writer of historical tales of true love and adventureFor years I lived in tiny Manhattan apartments with microscopic kitchens that barely had room for a person to stand, let alone cook. Yet even with little space to store or use kitchen supplies, I managed to cook and feed myself, thanks to these utterly essential kitchen tools:
- Cast iron skillet. They're safe, non-stick, and double as a weapon or, if necessary a brownie pan (Seriously. A girl has cravings!). The question is really what you can't cook, bake, roast or fry in a cast iron skillet.
- One medium sized pot. A full stockpot isn't necessary, but you'll want something for boiling water, making soups and pasta.
- A good knife. This doesn't have to be expensive. I found my favorites at the Amish hardware store and I was happily surprised by the ceramic knives sold at Whole Foods.
- Spatula and tongs. The spatula is key for flipping pancakes, frying eggs, stirring and serving. I got by without tongs for years, but now I really love them for turning over steaks and bacon.
- Colander. It's essential for easy pasta meals, but in a pinch it's also good for washing lettuce and other veggies. Once I acquired a salad spinner, I wondered how I lived without it.
- Coffeemaker. If I have to explain why, you must not drink coffee. Weird.
Maya Rodale is the author of multiple historical romance novels, as well as the nonfiction book Dangerous Books for Girls: The Bad Reputation of Romance Novels,Explained. She has a Master's degree from New York University and lives in Manhattan with her darling dog and a rogue of her own.Her latest book is The Tattooed Duke. Learn more atmayarodale.com.
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