For the last several months we've had most of our kitchen gear packed up in boxes. Determined not to open them until after the renovation on our new place is completed we're left only the essentials and our place feels a little bit like it did in college or in our first apartment. After doing away with all the odds and ends, we feel confident in saying these are the only 10 things you really need to make some culinary magic happen.When I was first out on my own, I bought all the junk I thought you needed for a kitchen. Looking back, I wish I would have known better, thinned things down a bit and bought good essentials to work with. In my own personal kitchens I can measure most amounts by hand or by other methods, so I've left measuring cups and spoons off this list, you might want to add them to your own!