In no particular order of preference.
#1 KitchenAid Standmixer
My hands are free to prepare other stuff while this machine helps to complete its assigned task. Good companion!
#2 Rachel Ray Basic 3-knife set
Sharp knives are good friends and knife skills are a must in the kitchen. You don’t even need any slicer when you have acquired the skill. I love this set because they are so sharp that I was cut a few times by them, normally as a result of carelessness when I washed them or brushed against them.
From the Notes on Cooking, never scrape the sharp edge across the cutting board. To gather food bits – either waste or choppings – turn your knife over and scrape with the spine of the blade. I’m guilty of that. =(
#3 Electronic scales
Precision. Precision. Precision. What more can I say? This is crucial in baking and this scale has travelled miles with me.
#4 Cuisinart Cast Iron Dutch Oven, 3 Qt
Love this because it can be used both on stovetop and in the oven. Food cooks evenly in cast-iron and is particularly useful when roasting chicken. My only complaint? I should have bought a bigger one. A 5 Qt is essential to cook a whole chicken in it.
#5 Le Creuset cast-iron skillet
Same reason as above for its material. Anyway, I love anything by Le Creuset.
#6 Martha Stewart Magnetic Measuring Spoons
I love them for their colours and that I could still use the other side of the spoon if one side has been used. Useful especially when I have no time to wash and dry it. The magnets help a great deal because I could just stick them onto the oven or my sink. Space is a constraint in the kitchen and this is great!
#7 Rachel Ray bakeware
I only have the loaf pan and round cake pan. Love the fact that they have handles at the sides, making it easier for me to remove from the oven. Love the orange too!
#8 Silicon Baking Mat
I adore this! Traded parchment paper for this. My cookies do not stick to it, making it so much easier to remove from the mat. I could just picked the cookies up by the fingers! In the long run, I think it helps me to save more as compared to using parchment paper.
#9 Non Slip Flexible Pastry Mat
I don’t have a good open space to knead my dough, only one kitchen table which I share with the hubs for his studies. So this comes in handy. I love the measurement guide on it too! Aiming for a granite/marble tabletop in future!
#10 Dorie Greenspan’s Around my French Table
By far, this is one of my favourite cookbook. Dorie Greenspan made French cuisine so achievable and her short stories for each dish is a delightful read. I will be continuing to cook from her book in 2011.
Out of all these favorites is still my bestest of the best – the hubs! I started cooking partly because of him and this interest has grown into a passion. His encouragement has sustained me when I wanted to throw in the towel and his honest review of my food has allowed me to continue to strive for excellence. This companion of mine has graciously allowed his waistline to grow too when he goes on food trail with me just so that I could set myself a benchmark. ❤