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Lodge Cast-Iron Skillet, 10.25-inch. As a cast-iron newbie, I read looked at a ton of reviews purchasing this one. I realized that a cast iron skillet would probably be similar to my mom’s wok that gives beautiful browning and quick even cooking. Also, I reasoned that if I get pretty good at hefting it, I could brain an intruder – I love things with more than one purpose! Although heavy, I really like this cast iron skillet. Its gives me great color and flavor on my foods and can go right in the oven from the stove at high temps if need be.
12 Inch x 17 Inch Wire Cooling Rack, Chrome Plate Steel. Cooling sheets- LOVE them! Although I don’t have these exact ones- I bought mine from Ross or something when I needed them righthen and couldn’t wait for Amazon- these look great, especially since they do double duty as cooling AND baking racks. I use mine to cool my baked goods and to roast tri tips in a very hot oven.
Gordon Ramsay by Royal Doulton White Porcelain 9-1/2-Ounce Ramekins, Set of 4. I’ve looked for the perfect ramekin for years, never really being able to justify the purchase. I caved this Thanksgiving to make a dip and realize how much more these perfect little ramekins can do. I can finally figure out a souffle or lava cake or chicken pot pie. I can use them for prep purposes or to fill with dips/candy/snacks. And they’re so pretty- I really like the dimensions that don’t make it too wide or too tall.
KitchenAid 5-Qt. Artisan Series with Pouring Shield. I hadn’t realized how handy- or heavy -a Kitchenaid mixer would be. I love it! It helps mix anything quickly and I don’t have to stand over it watching the clock and the batter. The three attachments allow me to mix up a dough, whip cream, or combine ingredients for a batter. Its amazing. Put this on your wish list if you don’t have it already!
Lodge Color Enameled Cast Iron Dutch Oven, 6-Quart. More cast-iron goodness that go great from stovetop to oven. Great for braises, stews, and the like. I would love one of these to cook up a batch of beef stew or chili mac. The enameled pot is also so pretty that it is its own presentation piece!
Silpat Premium Non-Stick Silicone Baking Mat. I’ve wanted one of these forever and have moved around too much to really build my ideal kitchen. Thus, I’ve used more than my share of Pam and parchment paper and butter wrappers to keep my baked goods from sticking to pans. And I want to say that they used to be more expensive as well. To the end of parchment paper!
OXO Good Grips Fish Turner. I’m really coming around on this after reading about the versatility of a fish spatula on other blogs. Flexible enough to work with delicate fish or crab cakes with wide slats to keep from picking up grease or other sauces, I think it would be great for eggs, cookies, or other things that can be difficult to scoop up with a regular spatula.