Somewhere between college and marriage, you need to graduate from the microwave and move to the stove top. Making the transition will require some equipment.
Chef and NYC Restaurateur Bill Telepan is going to make that transition easier. He’s provided the no-nonsense, no-soufflé-cup, no-vegetable-juicer, list of everything you need to cook a decent meal. There’s no excess, just 10 items that will move you from a sloppy grilled cheese to a moist grilled chicken.
Sear a steak for your buddies or braise a salmon for your girlfriend. Here’s all a guy needs to cook a decent meal.
This is the multi-tasking workhorse you didn’t know you needed. It’ll cook the pasta and the sauce. It’ll sear steak and boil the vegetables that go on the side. Telepan is particularly fond of his 5.5-quart cast-iron Le Creuset version (notably called a French Oven because of the company's origins, although it is the same thing). “I kill mine. I cook with it once a week,” he says.
A dutch oven is more expensive than your average pot, but it’s extremely heavy duty “like a man needs,” Telepan says. Considering he's had his for nearly 20 years without a scratch, and early American settlers used them to cook over open flame, you should have yours for the rest of your life.
A kitchen classic. Telepan recommends getting both sizes. He uses the smaller one for cooking eggs and melting butter or garlic. As for the bigger brother: “The-12 inch one you use for everything: vegetables, potatoes, anything.”
This oft-overlooked item will save you serious time, especially when you cook with anything that requires potatoes. Sure, you can get the job done with a regular knife, but Telepan says the time saved is worth it.
This will be another necessity based on its multi-tasking capabilities. The handle makes it easy to grate anything from cheese to lemon zest. Plus, it just looks more impressive to sprinkle fresh Parmesan onto pasta right at the table.