Food & Home

goop test kitchen

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 Caitlin 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.

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  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
    goop x GreenPan Blush Padova 10-Piece Set goop, $300
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  10. The One-Pot-Meal Hero

    Staub 3.5 QT Braiser
    Staub 3.5 QT Braiser goop, $320
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  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
    Nordic Ware Baking Sheet Set goop, $38
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  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
    Staub 7QT Round Cocotte goop, $360
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  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
    Staub 12″ Grill Press Combo goop, $300
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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
    Andrews McMeel Canal House Cooks Every Day goop, $27
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    Everything’s more festive finished with flaky sea salt.

    Jacobsen’s Salt Co. Chef Jar Pure Flake Finishing Salt
    Jacobsen Salt Co. Chef Jar Pure Flake Finishing Salt goop, $33
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    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
    Epicurean Stainless Steel Bench Scraper goop, $30
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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
    Smeg Hand Blender goop, $180
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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
    Benriner Super Benriner Mandoline Slicer goop, $65
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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
    Richard Brendon Diamond Double Old Fashioned goop, $112
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