Setting up a first time kitchen can be quite a task. You don't know exactly what you need and when you do look, there are a billion choices. For a bare bones kitchen here is an item that you will want to have on hand. Please remember when you are making your purchases, don't skimp on the quality. If you spend a little bit more now, you will save a lot of money down the road.
One of my favorite tools is a Stainless Steel Scoop. These are the guys that look like an ice cream scoop.
You can get 3 different sizes: 3 tablespoon, 2 tablespoon and 1 tablespoon.
If you can only get one, get the 2-tablespoon size. It is ideal for filling regular size muffin tins, making medium sized cookies, removing seeds from melons, making meatballs and portioning out cream based salads like chicken or potatoes.
The 1-tablespoon size is ideal for making small cookies, meatballs, filling miniature muffin tins and making melon balls.
The 3-tablespoon size is ideal for filling large muffin tins and making large cookies.