When I was in my mid-20s, I worked a string of jobs in the service industry—cheesemonger, supermarket cashier, line cook—that made it hard for me to travel at the holidays. Instead of flying home to my family, my mom and stepdad started coming to me. We probably should have had a ceremonial passing of the torch. That’s how seriously the women in my family take hosting at the holidays.
Boston apartments are notorious for having limited storage, and twentysomethings have tight budgets. I didn’t rush out and buy a big roasting pan or invest in an electric carving knife that I knew would spend 11 months of the year packed up in a storage bin. Those items serve a purpose in some households, but they just weren’t right for me. Instead, I figured out how to use my existing gear to pull together a big, festive meal. Over time, I also invested in a few key pieces of equipment that I knew would be useful all year long.
Here’s the equipment that I reach for during the holidays—and on many other days throughout the year.