hi everyone, i am about to get married and in the process of registering. i was just wondering, to those who have cooked all their lives with nonstick and moved on to stainless steel-- how was the transition? do you regret it? i would say that i cook almost twice a day and consider myself a cooking enthusiast. the only thing is that we consider ourselves lazy mothers when it comes to doing the dishes (no dishwasher). how do you feel about hard anodized cookware?
also, should i ask for an immersion blender(cuisinart smartstick) and a food processor (7 cup kitchenaid)? are these necessary items? there are things that i make that could use those things, but make do with my blender. are there things that you make that has no substitute for these items? *oh, i don't really like to bake nor dabble with it all that much
i just want to make sure i don't waste anyone's money getting us something that we might not end up using, you know?
thank you. =)
p.s. just for kicks, what is the kitchenware that you can't live without?
eta: thanks everyone for taking your time to respond. =) i think i will go for the immersion blender and food processor (we'll see if we get either one). i'll also go ahead and ask for the stainless steel pans (just asking for 2.5 qt saucepan, chef's pan, and 12 inch skillet) and a set of nonstick omelette pans. i wish we could ask for a le creuset dutch oven but i feel guilty asking for anything over $100 because we're having such an intimate, diy wedding. i guess i'll end up saving for it myself one day (homegoods has some for cheaper). i agree about the knives, i love the ones i got last christmas (victorinox, and they're very affordable).
So, umm, it would seem that there are three weddings that friends are having that I don't seem to be invited to. One of which I had talked about making her reception dress as a gift, and two are friends from my "posse" (living close, known for years, etc)
Now, they can totally invite, or not invite anyone as they see fit. And if for whatever reason I'm not on the list I accept that reality gracefully, and send along a little gift. But I wonder if there is any way to gracefully ask if it was an oversight? or if an invite got lost? or should I just assume that I am not invited for whatever personal reason, and leave it at that?
Comment Sum Up: lots of thought goes into invites - lots of politicking, and its tacky to directly ask, an indirect query could be arranged, but its better to be classy and let it slide, because you may be further down the invite list (not invited, yet), or, just because you are friends, and you value their friendship, doesn't mean that when added to the pool of "family" that you may not be able to hold a candle to aunt mable and her 4 kids. (Thanks Everyone!)
Does anyone have any idea on how much it costs to get a diamond reset? I googled it, and I didn't get an answer or even an idea or range. Maybe I googled it incorrectly ("resetting an heirloom diamond"). I'm guessing the main cost is what the diamond is reset into, like a gold or platinum band. Possibly a titanium or any other alternative?
Basically, my boyfriend's late grandfather was a jeweler. He left a pinky ring to him, and the diamond from the ring, we're hoping, will become part of my engagement ring.
We just wanted some kind of an idea of the cost. I am not a big-time jewelry person so I really don't want anything flashy or over-the-top. I would love to hear other people's experiences and any advice!
Here's the rundown.
Late tomorrow afternoon my parents are meeting fiancees parents at our apartment over wedding cake tasting.
His mom is Dana Carveys Church Lady.
My dad is Chris Farleys Motivational Speaker.
His dad is awkard.
My mom is a seamstress and hippy.
Now that you've all YouTubed my popculture references you understand my week of Flight of the Bumble Bee cleaning and current freaking out.
So far I have enough small plates for all six of us. Tumbler sized glasses for chilling. Chilled water and milk. Four different wedding cake samples. One very, very clean apartment.
You'll notice that I did not mention a kitchen table. We don't have one. We have a coffee table and couches... At his parents we ALWAYS sit at the kitchen table and stare at each other without talking because we have nothing in common. At my parents we're all over the house, people are coming and going... It's too late in the game to try to coordinate a "formal" dining area and we will be sitting on the couches, informal, friendly, intimate, basically what I've always known and fiancee really enjoys.
I'm going to stop rambling and get to the point.
Do I need snacks? Should there be other food stuffs to be consumed with the cake? Some of it is pretty rich so I feel like maybe we need some starchy or carbohydrate oriented edible.
POST MEETING UPDATE!!
I got a quarter lb of three kinds of meat, rolled them and cut them in half. I put them on a plate where I layed out three kinds of sliced cheese. My dad watched his mouth, my mom didn't say anything too liberal. It went pretty well overall. I tried not to make too many wild gestures with my hands, it's a childhood habit I've worked hard to downplay.
I know protocol changes all the time with things like this, but I am going to a wedding this weekend and trying to figure out what to wear.
The wedding is at 6 p.m. and it's cocktail attire. Would it be appropriate to wear a black dress or should I wear something else just to be safe?
I'm getting married in a year or so, and was thinking of giving homemade jam as wedding favors (I live in Oregon and we have fabulous berries, so I was planning on strawberry, raspberry and maybe marionberry jams). However, when I mentioned this to two coworkers, both said that it wasn't a good idea because people would just take them home and throw them away because of fears over botulism. I was really surprised - I know that if I went to a wedding and got homemade jam as a favor, I'd be happy because it's unique and it'd be special since the bride and groom took the time to make it themselves. When my FMIL sends me homemade raspberry jam, I don't throw it away. Am I weird in this respect? :)
I have a nice dress I wore to my nephew's baptismal. To save myself the trouble of searching for another dress to buy, I thought about wearing this dress to my sister's wedding. Her wedding is very casual, supposedly. I asked her if I can wear the dress, and she said it was fine. But I'm still iffy about it because we have pictures of me wearing the dress at the baptism. Would it be weird wearing it again?