We've been talking a lot about Provisions lately. But that's only because we're so incredibly excited. A meal is about ingredients and technique, of course, but there's also a lot to say for the tools you use to put that meal together, and how you decide to present it. We know that everything we'll be selling -- from jars to cake servers to pots -- could become your new favorite kitchen possession. And in light of looking ahead, we've decided to look back. This week we asked our team:
What's your most prized kitchen possession?
Is it a serving bowl passed down through generations? Kitschy salt and pepper shakers? Your cast-iron skillet that grows more seasoned with age? Tell us in the comments!
Bryce: My KitchenAid stand mixer in cherry red, given to me by my boyfriend. And my chef's knife given to me by my pops.
Lauren: The recipe box that Grannie Bet put together for me, complete with her notes on certain recipes, like "I have not made this, but it looks decadent!"
Amanda: This is a difficult one -- I love a lot of things in my kitchen. I've written about the bone-handle forks that everyone in my family has, so for this one, I'm going with the white Le Creuset braiser that our upstairs neighbors gave us as a welcome gift when we moved into our building. It's a wonderful pan and reminds me of them, and how they taught us the importance of being great neighbors.
Marian: The summer after I graduated from high school, I did a 30-day backpacking course in Wyoming, and carved my own wooden spoon. It's hidden away in a drawer somewhere, and doesn't get much use (it's tiny), but it's the only tool in my kitchen that I've made by hand, and I'm proud of it.
Bea: I got a Vitamix from my parents as a college graduation gift and it is by far one of my most prized possessions! I have lugged that machine from apartment to apartment. It's so versatile: I can make hot or cold soups, smoothies, and margaritas; I grind my own flour; I make soy milk; the list goes on and on!
Peter: It's not much to look at, but I'd have to say the massive tropical hardwood salad bowl my parents bought on their honeymoon in Jamaica almost 51 years ago.
Emma: Unfortunately, being a college student, I have yet to acquire many prized kitchen possessions; my roommates and I share a lot of Ikea home goods. For now, I'd say this mug, which I can keep in my room all to myself. Things I am most excited to become prized kitchen possessions (hopefully): my very own Kitchen Aid stand mixer, preferably in cream; a cast-iron skillet; and the enamel we'll be selling in Provisions.
Hannah: Now that I have a "kitchenette" at best, I'd have to say my toaster oven. It doubles as my real oven (don't tell my landlord!), and convection bakes like a champ.
Sarah: I don't have a kitchen (or anything close to it) at school, but my roommate and I just got a great deal on an 11-cup food processor. We're going to keep it in our common room and make nut milk, smoothies, and soups all year long.
Brette: My Caribbean Le Creuset braiser! Also my pink mug with fake lipstick stains all over it that says "Another Year Older, Another Year Sexier."
Kenzi: My giant spoon collection. I have a spoon problem. Also my Le Creuset Dutch oven that my mom gave me this past Christmas; I use that thing like it's going out of style.
Jennifer: I'm on team Le Creuset -- I love the way it browns for a braise!
Maddy: I have a fondness for bowls. There's the Ralph Lauren hardwood salad bowl that we inherited-slash-never-returned to my husband's mother (hoping she's not reading this...), and a 10-inch Deruta DiPinto bowl in this style that we picked up in Florence this spring.
Lindsay: My cheap santoku knife. Not a day goes by without it being put to work. (Although I wouldn't mind if it magically became a fancy santoku knife -- it's not that prized.) (I also wouldn't mind having neighbors like Amanda's.)
Amelia: Can it be my most treasured if I never use it? For my college graduation, my friend bought me a really beautiful vintage angel food cake cutter. I love it, but I haven't had a chance to use it yet. Maybe I'll have to make some cake soon.
Amanda Li: My hand-me-down Wusthof knife from my Mom, and this awesome nonstick Calphalon omelette pan that I use daily.
Karl: Perhaps not "prized", but I end up using our cast iron skillet as much as anything else; it works great on the stove or in the oven.
Kristen: It doesn't get as much play as my favorite knife or pot, but I'm very fond of this Sandra Boynton mug my mom gave me, with a parade of cartoon bears holding balloons that say "I love you" and a secret pun on the inside. It looks like this.
Amanda: We obviously needed to do a TMC about everyone's favorite mug.
You'll soon be able to pick up new kitchen heirlooms from Provisions. In the meantime, tell us: What kitchen possession do you most treasure?