- Knives – Everyone should have a good knife set. And if you are really into cooking, that should be a great knife set. I have a set of Zwilling J.A.Henckles and they are good, reliable blades. But for the pro, something more along the lines of Global Knives is more appropriate. These sleek knives are lightweight and are perfectly balanced. I’ve used them once or twice, and they were superb.
- A Steamer Insert – This could possibly be the best invention since the fork. The steamer I have expands to fit into several different sized pots, which I love. Using a steamer to cook fresh vegetables really helps them to keep their color and, more importantly, their flavor.
- Silicone Spatulas - I love these. They don’t melt in high temperatures and are great for scraping the patina from the pan or just stirring in general. They are definitely an all-purpose tool.
- A Kitchen Aid Stand Mixer – I love my Kitchen Aid. I have the red Artisan series one (though I am a sucker for the pink Cook for the Cure Edition). Whether it’s fresh whipped cream, cookie dough or mashed potatoes, or whatever delight you might be conjuring, this powerful mixer helps you do it with ease.