@wallsdonotfall The Joy of Cooking is a fantastic resource- it tells you how to do anything and everything. Including things you never thought you wanted to do but might decide to do one day! I first used my copy for basic things- muffins, cookies, cakes. Frosting. How to roast a chicken. Ratio of eggs to dairy product in a quiche. More recently I've used it for the homemade mayonnaise recipe! Homemade hot sauce! Things I would have NEVER done when I first started cooking, but now sound like fun.
@bgprincipessa Don't use all whole wheat flour. They will come out super dense and rock-like. You could sub whole wheat PASTRY flour for part of the flour, but this is definitely not a place for all whole wheat. Buy a bag of all purpose flour. I'm usually willing to spend extra for King Arthur Flour because it's what my mom always bought...
I traveled this weekend, visiting college friends in Boston for the first time since I moved to NYC in February. Friday afternoon/evening: $10 on my Charlie Card to get around town. $5 at JP Licks for a milkshake snack. $14 on a bottle of wine for Shabbas dinner. Saturday: $6 on breakfast (egg sandwich, iced coffee) $10 on lunch $25 on cider/cheese/crackers for me and friends $23 for dinner Sunday: $27 for brunch (SO GOOD) $3.75 for a cupcake for the bus trip back. $20 on groceries back home. So about $145 for the weekend, which isn't so bad since I was out of town and eating out so much.
@pfunkem I'm well aware, having shopped there. I was suggesting that there are basically two options for shopping bags you SHOULDN'T use: underwear and sex toys. As Muff suggested above, people bringing their leftover lasagna in a shopping bag branded for Babeland, a well known NYC sex shop, would be kind of inappropriate. If you have a Victoria's Secret shopping bag sitting around, you probably have a bag from Macy's. Or the Gap. Or any other place where you've received a purchase in a sturdy flat-bottomed paper bag with handles that does not inform your coworkers where your underwear was purchased. Same reason your underwear shouldn't be visible in work clothes: we don't want to know.
@anachronistique I would have loved one of those- or in other kitchen things I own that the new grad is not likely to purchase for his/her self but wants, a small food processor, or an immersion blender, or a cast iron enameled dutch oven. I own all of these things (Mom likes to give me kitchen-related presents) and LOVE them.
@pfunkem They don't need to know where you purchase your underwear. They should be able to assume that you wear underwear. A shopping bag from any store that doesn't primarily sell lingerie or sex toys would be fine, I think.
This list is everything I wanted on graduation. Except for the nice knife, because I was given one as a "your first kitchen!" present during college. Luckily my loved ones are awesome, and in the year since I graduated people have bought me a couple pairs of dress pants from Banana Republic, a new down comforter, a subscription to New York, and flights/train tickets to visit for holidays and such. I would add a decent cutting board to go with that knife- a wood one. Plastic cutting boards (and that's what they own) will just dull the nice knife. And if the grad has never really owned a good knife, then maybe a knife skills class? I am so grateful for the knife skills class I took.
@MuffyStJohn YES. Also, if they don't know better, teach them that they should take things to a tailor. Because so many of my peers don't realize that they could own pants that are actually the right length!