This site is geared toward providing easy recipes, tips and tricks for parents who are on their own.
A Small Food Processor
The Cuisinart DLC-1 I have a small kitchen so storing a behemoth of a FP is just not in the cards for me. If I end up with a recipe that requires large quantities of FP'd ingredients, then I'll do it in batches and recombine afterward. If you have a larger kitchen with enough storage, then by all means get one of the bigger sister's of this model.
Lodge Cast Iron Pre-Seasoned Pans
Lodge 10.25" and 12" Cast Iron Pans (lids optional)
I will NEVER use a chemically coated pan for the rest of my life. There is absolutely no reason that I can think of (please correct me if I'm wrong) to use anything but these beautiful pans.
Please note that you have to be committed to them, there are things you have to do to keep them seasoned properly but once you get into the groove, that small committment of time will be rewarded a thousand-fold in your cooking.
I have found this spatula and I have a friend for life!
In terms of working with eggs and flipping things in general, this type of spatula is the real deal. You can't see it from this perspective but the blade drops down about 1.5 inches from the handle, making it easy to slip your spatual under the edge of what your frying. This makes it really easy to lift, flip, loosen from the pan, etc...
Progressive International Adjustable Bread Keeper
The bread box has served me in good stead for the last three years. It's dishwasher safe and has a dial for adjusting open air exposure. Just keep track of the rubber feet on the bottom of the box, they can tend to run away if you're not careful.
Chicago Cutlery Walnut Tradition 10-Inch Serrated Bread/Slicing Knife
To be honest, I don't own this bad-boy but it has all the attributes of the one I do own. It's 10" long and is serated. You'll need that to cut your bread without ripping it and loosing track of the guides as your sawing. I may give this one a go in the near future and I'll let you know how it works out.
Lodge HHMT Max Temp Handle Mitt
If you are going to go with cast iron pans, you will need this mitt in order to handle them when they're hot. Be forwarned, there are other mitts made from some kind of rubbery substance that make it virtually impossible to get a good hold on your heavy pans - the pan will wobble around in your grasp. This is not what you want to have happen when you're holding a blazing hot pan!
CDN DTQ450X ProAccurate Quick-Read Thermometer
This thermometer has served me well over the years. It's display is easy to read and it'll get you an accurate reading within 3-5 seconds. It is water resistant, but NOT dishwasher safe. I learned that the hard way. So give it a good hand cleaning, but stear clear of submersing the head - kind of like a baby.
Architec The Gripper Bamboo Cutting Board, 10 by 14-Inch
One of the work horses of my kitchen, I treat this board with loving care and it has reciprocated in kind. Very sturdy and easy to clean, I use this only for veggies, cheeses, etc... Do not use it for meats and fish!
It has rubberized feet underneath which gives it a very sturdy hold on your table. Be sure to wash it right after each use and it will serve you well for years to come.
Chef's Planet 5-Ounce Glass Cruet
Initially I was disappointed in this cruet. It was smaller than my 16oz dispenser that had broken. Once I got used to its smaller size and slower flow, I realized that it made for a more frugal use of the oil. This saved me money and perhaps supported my quest of a lower cholesterol count!
I am not really sure why I took so long to get these scoops. Perhaps I felt a bit silly paying $10+ for such a specialized contrivance. Now that I have them, I am a very happy cookie baker. Cookies come out in equal portions and consequently cook uniformly - no more burnt offerings!