Registries


D. and I love staying in and cooking for each other just as much as we enjoy going out. In our old apartment in Campbell, I felt cooped up, so I always had this need to be out. It sucked because we had this big kitchen with brand new appliances just begging to be used.

You see? Super nice, with a pot rack and everything. Unfortunately, the old apartment had this dark cave-like feel that was depressing. Our new apartment has a very open floor plan with lots of light, but an extremely tiny kitchen with boring standard appliances.

Anyway, tonight we decided to stay in and have a tribute to our honeymoon. (I still need to post about the honeymoon, I know.) We’re going to eat cake, drink wine, and watch Superbad like we did on our honeymoon. In addition, I’m making my version of a dish I had in Prague many years ago, chicken with camembert and pears. I stuff the chicken with camembert, pan cook it, toss the pears in some cinnamon, throw the pears in the pan with the left over camembert when the chicken is almost done, and enjoy. It’s terribly decadent, super easy, and is a nice dish to enjoy with a glass of wine and the windows open to the crisp autumnal air.

Cooking at home is awesome. It’s fun to experiment with flavors and techniques. (It also doesn’t hurt that we live within walking distance to a Whole Foods.) This is why I strongly urge couples to register for kitchen gear. You won’t use your fancy candlesticks or fine china as much as you will a good chef’s knife. If you want to see what we put on our Amazon registry, you can check it out here. Heck, if you’re really feeling generous, we’re still accepting gifts. 😉

A few days ago, Woot.com was running a one day sale banner ad for Amazon.com advertising Factory-Reconditioned KitchenAid Artisan Stand Mixers on sale for $119.99. The mixers only came in white and would have a few scratches and/or dents. It also comes with a 6 month warranty. I went back and forth on it. I don’t really need to spend money right now, especially with the wedding approaching… but what if no one gives us the mixer as a wedding gift?
D. and I don’t really care about the color, there was free shipping and no sales tax through Amazon.com, so I did it. I bought the darn thing. It should be here by the weekend. I cannot buy anything else that is currently on our registry, even if we desperately need a nice chef knife.

Maybe the traditional registry thing isn’t such a bad idea. D. and I originally wanted to do a Honeymoon Registry because a honeymoon isn’t in our budget. However, we know that some of our guests aren’t that internet savvy, or they’d prefer to give an actual gift. We’d rather they not anguish over what to buy for us, and we’d rather not receive something we already have or don’t have a need for. By the time our wedding rolls around, we will have been living together for over two years. We have a lot of the basic things, so we decided to focus our registry to one area of the house instead of items from multiple areas. If you have a lot of family and friends, by all means, feel free to ask for linens and mirrors and fancy knicknacks. However, we desperately need to pimp our kitchen.

Living in the Washington DC area has spoiled us and turned us into foodies. We spend way, way too much money eating out. D. and I have decided to devote more time to cooking at home. We’re both pretty darn good cooks, plus we really enjoy the act of cooking and playing with kitchen gadgets. I really like wearing my FBI apron too. (It looks similar to this, except it’s red and has pockets.) It is an interest we both share and enjoy doing together. Since a wedding is about togetherness, we figure focusing our registry on kitchen stuff makes sense.

We both agree that our number one must-have item is a KitchenAid stand mixer. We originally wanted a Professional 600 6 Quart Stand Mixer in Pewter, but one of my friends pointed out that the Artisan 5-qt. Stand Mixer by KitchenAid in Caviar may be a more suitable option. After reading some reviews, it sounds like the Artisan is a better fit for us, but I’m concerned that it won’t accomodate the ice cream maker attachment/bowl. I guess that fear is unfounded because I found a picture of that bowl with the Artisan machine.
Artisan ice cream

Sorry about that mixer tangent. I love gadgets and machines!

Instead of being locked into one or two store specific registries, we decided to create a wedding registry through TheThingsIWant.com. That way, we can have one registry containing all kinds of kitchen stuff from several different retailers. (Also, we snuck on some non-kitchen stuff from Amazon.com and Thinkgeek.com. C’mon, who wouldn’t want a Laser Virtual Keyboard?!).

Feel free to view our registry. What were/are your must-have items? What foodie kitchen items are we missing?

Brides.com sends me a crap-ton of email every day. Most of the time, I hit delete and purge before I even read the email. (Delete and purge because I IMAP instead of POP my mail; minor technical detail.) I have a special place in my heart for all things free. If I can get something for nothing or close to nothing, I’ll probably go for it. So, Brides.com sent me an email from their sponsor Bloomingdales advertising their registry. I wasn’t planning on registering at Bloomie’s, but hey, I can register anywhere, and as long as I don’t tell anyone about it, they won’t get me anything from there. However, just to be on the safe side, I’m not adding anything to the registry that I don’t really want. If someone wants to spend $599 for a complete set of Shun knives, I’m not turning my nose up at that gift.
The email says, if I register at Bloomingdales, I get a free pair of Christofle crystal flutes. I’m not familiar with Christofle, but I am a big fan of free stemware.
I already have a pair of champagne flutes from one of Crate and Barrel’s “Sunday Morning Engagements” events.
I wonder how much free stemware I can acquire before the wedding. It would be funny if the bridal party was served drinks at the wedding from my mismatched flutes.