It's not fancy, but perhaps IKEA's tagine might do.. It's generally locally available and won't put you in debt if you won't use it often. I don't know if it's glazed inside or not... http://www.ikea.com/us/en/catalog/pro..... Then again it's not traditional if it's made with anodized aluminum and Teflon...
I'm a young'n also starting out. I've learned so much by reading these boards and where/how to spend my money. So my two cents on my first kitchen (that I'm still building):
1. A decent chefs knife. My first was a Walmart Chicago Cutlery santku I got for 8 bucks. It works but one day I'll get a good knife. It's a nice feeling when you don't look for replacements bc you already have the best.
2. A cutting board. I looked at Boos but I can't afford it. Ikea I go: http://www.ikea.com/us/en/catalog/products/30087148. I have to oil it constantly as it's still new but it's getting better. I think my next board might be bamboo. I also have cheapy plastic foldable ones for meats. Meat doesn't touch my wood board.
3. a large skillet. I had one given to me when friends moved. It's a non stick Bialetti and it's kinda huge, 13" across with 3" walls. It's just really versatile for me.
4. Garlic press. I looked around and ended up with more ikea: http://www.ikea.com/us/en/catalog/products/00089163. I know everyone loves zyliss and kuhn rikon but this is one of those things that I love the cheap one just fine. I do peel it first, and it's easy to clean. I used to just mince it, but the garlic press just gets all those juices out which is great.
5. Nesting/prep bowls. Mise en place is your friend. I got these glass ones (http://www.williams-sonoma.com/produc...) because its non reactive. I also have four Pottery barn snack and dipping bowls. Great extra storage and I can use it at the table too.
6. Rectangular pyrex set. I use these for cookies, casseroles, roasts, whatever. I don't have a lot of space so I need multi taskers and this does it.
7. Measuring cups! I felt stupid when I started to bake and realized I couldn't figure out an 1/8 of a teaspoon. I have cup measures but not the teeny tiny ones.
My eye on:
I think I'm done now..
I hate to be so touristy with the photos thing. Thank goodness he has no shame in it, or else we'd have no pictures of trips at all. That window was a Godsend. The whole trip was very pleasant and has be itching to go somewhere new again.
Boy is the Chowhounds community small! My boyfriend and I were the ones sitting next to you at Monsieur B. I was trying to put up a review at TripAdvisor but there isn't even a listing for it too. We found Monsieur B through the Chowhounds that day!