I'm a planner. It's as simple as that. When we found out we would be moving to Italy, I immediately began a categorized packing list, arranged according to priority, and size. The more time I spend thinking about what I want to bring with me, or what I feel like I NEED to bring, I find my listing growing to a size that may be less-than-ideal. So, I shall shift my attention to those things from my kitchen that I can't possibly live without for a year.
1. Measuring cups/kitchen scale
2. Cookbooks-how many and which ones? That's a revolving list, but as of right now, I'm thinking these are coming with me for sure: Mastering the Art of French Cooking, La Cucina, Bouchon Bakery Cookbook, Larousse Gastronomique, the rest are TBD.
3. My enameled-cast-iron Dutch Oven. (I will bring it in my carry-on if I have to!)
4. My spice collection. Need I say more?
5. Cookie cutters. If you know me, you'll understand. Non-negotiable.
6. Pie plate and 2 round cake pans. Gotta be prepared for visitors and celebrations!
7, My French rolling pin. I have many rolling pins, but this is my favorite.
8. My cast-iron skillet. Already seasoned and loved.
9. My camera. Obviously, since I take way more pictures of food than people.
10. My aprons. It just won't feel like home without them.
If you were leaving home for a year, what item(s) couldn't you live without?