How We’re Stocking Our (Brand-New) Kitchen for the Holidays

In partnership with our friends at Signature Kitchen Suite

  1. Our goop test kitchen is nothing short of a dream—airy, open shelves! high ceilings! moveable butcher-block
    islands! marble countertops!—that was over a year in the planning and the making. We centered the design
    around a sleek, high-tech range from Signature Kitchen Suite that has everything (including a
    sous-vide setup) but the kitchen sink. Because the goop kitchen functions year-round in holiday-ish mode
    (events, multiple dishes being made at once), food director Catlin O’Malley relies on a deep cast of must-have
    essentials to keep the deliciousness coming, no matter how busy it gets. She’s full of favorite strategies and
    tools, below, to make cooking and entertaining through the holidays easier.

  2. Caitlin in kitchen
  3. On a busy day in the test kitchen, I might have four or five recipes—all with different cooking
    times and methods—going simultaneously. Same goes for preparing for an event. Kind of like a Swiss Army knife
    for the kitchen, the Signature Kitchen Suite Dual-Fuel Pro Range does everything, which makes it easy
    for me.

  4. range
  5. It’s got two ultrahigh burners for high-heat cooking (I’m thinking of this crispy Brussels sprout salad) and
    two ultralow ones, for gently simmering sauces or soft-scrambling eggs. And the spacing of the burners is
    quite generous, so I’m able to comfortably fit a few larger pots and pans at once—truly, it’s a joy to cook
    with.

  6. goop kitchen
  7. pan on burner
  8. This clean, nonstick set works for all those situations, so I’m covered. These are great pans for everyday
    use, and they’re easy to clean, which makes them the ones I choose every time. The braiser is my favorite for
    one-pan meals—chicken and dumplings, arroz con pollo, baked pasta. It’s the perfect size and pretty enough
    to go from oven to table.

  9. The Set That Does It All


    goop x GreenPan Blush Padova 10-Piece Set

  10. The One-Pot-Meal Hero


    Staub 3.5 QT Braiser

  1. The combi-steam oven makes for quick cooking and incredibly crispy food: We’re talking shatteringly crisp
    chicken skin and crackling roast potatoes, thanks to a convection fan. I use the Nordic baking sheets—they’re
    the best—and it’s a brilliant combination. I like the variety of sizes this set offers. (Roasting a whole
    spaghetti squash? Go big. Baked sweet potato for one? Go small.) I also love using them to help me organize my
    mise en place, which is handy when you’re juggling a few dishes at once this time of year.

  2. roast veggies
  3. For Crisp Sheet-Pan Dinners


    Nordic Ware Baking Sheet Set

  4. The steam feature helps retain moisture and achieve optimal texture for more delicate items like fish. I’m a
    Dutch-oven evangelist, and this one’s my favorite. Use it for baking bread, braises, stews, and soups, or
    roast a whole chicken, pork loin, or rib roast.

  5. For Roasting, Braising,
    Stewing, and Baking


    Staub 7QT Round Cocotte

  6. The sous-vide and induction burner are a great one-two punch for accurately cooking proteins while still
    getting a nice seared exterior. The key is the precise temperature control—steaks, chicken
    breasts, salmon fillets, and even racks of lamb cook low and slow, at the exact temperature you set it to. No
    need to check on it or worry that it’s over or under. At the end, I turn on the induction burner to get that
    Maillard effect and a perfect photo finish.

  7. For the Ultimate Sear


    Staub 12 Grill Press Combo

Caitlin’s Must-Have-on-Hand MVPs

  1. 1

    This book is written to go with the seasons, and the fall-winter section is cozy, comforting simplicity at its best.


    Andrews McMeel Canal House Cooks Every Day

  2. 2

    Everything’s more festive finished with flaky sea salt.


    Jacobsen’s Salt Co. Chef Jar Pure Flake Finishing Salt

  3. 3

    A great tool for working with and dividing all kinds of dough (cookies, pasta, bread, cinnamon rolls), and I also like it for quickly cleaning crumbs and scraps from my butcher block island.


    Epicurean Stainless Steel Bench Scraper

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    A traditional blender works for a great many things, but I get nervous puréeing any hot soup or sauce (I’ve literally been burned before). A small hand blender is a brilliant, safe, and effective tool that allows you to carefully blend directly in the pot.


    Smeg Essential Hand Blender

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    Gratins of all kinds are so much easier with a good mandoline. You will find plenty of uses for it after the holidays, too—it’s my favorite for shaved fennel in salad or thinly sliced shallots for quick-pickling.


    Benriner Super Mandoline Slicer

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    This chic, solid double old-fashioned tumbler makes just about any cocktail feel incredibly special and deluxe. The ice clinks against the crystal just so and all is right with the world.


    Richard Brendon Diamond Double Old Fashioned