macattaq wrote:Something that has really helped me are cookbooks. Seriously. I've got the Joy of Cooking, and then various ones for Mediterranean, Mexican, and Asian cooking. Williams and Sonoma also makes a great one called 'Fast Weekday Meals' or something like that. Coupled with a decent investment in kitchen implements, this can save you tons of money and time, and you will always have the ability to make great food.
Oh yes, a large casserole dish and a slow-cooker are essentials. There is nothing like having either a) mass amounts of enchiladas or b) a great chili ready and waiting for you when you get home.