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    Default Culinary stuff you can't live without

    Here are a few of mine:

    * Cuisinart Multiclad Pro, which is a cheaper but excellent alternative to Allclad cookware:

    Amazon.com: Cuisinart Multiclad Pro Stainless-Steel 12-Piece Cookware Set: Kitchen & Dining

    * Penzey's Spices, so fresh, great prices:

    Penzeys Spices Home Page

    * Upton Tea Imports, absolutely amazing teas, wonderful gift sets, too:

    Upton Tea Imports: Purveyor of the World's Finest Teas

    * Wusthof Santoku knife--although some people say Wusthof isn't as great as it used to be, mine is my fave knife:

    Amazon.com: Wüsthof Grand Prix II 7-Inch Hollow Ground Santoku Knife: Kitchen & Dining

    * Silicone-tipped tongs

    * Cheap Joan Chen bamboo stir-fry spatula, end up using it for everything:

    Amazon.com: Joyce Chen 13-Inch Burnished Bamboo Stir Fry Spatula: Home & Garden

    * Trader Joe's

    * How to Cook Everything, by Marc Bittman: not a perfect book, but a good all-purpose reference

    * Rick Bayless's Mexican Kitchen: cannot live without this book

    * Coffee press

    * My good-luck ladybug apron
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    Electric Rice Cooker
    Global chefs' knives and sharpener
    Nigella Lawson recipe books
    Non stick frying pan
    Le Creuset iron/enamel casserole dishes
    Twinings Tea (all variety except Lapsang Suchong which smells and tastes like fresh bonfire)
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    ^^ The Global knives look really good. Might have to ask for one as a present.
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    Nothing fancy; I have had the same cast iron skillet for 9 years, perfectly smooth wooden spoons and a wooden spatula. Must have a decent santoku blade and a cork screw... fuck any knife that I can sharpen will serve its purpose in a pinch.
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    - Black pepper grinder.. I LOVE fresh cracked pepper on salads.
    - Sea salt.
    - Corkscrew
    - Nonstick pan
    - Mandolin.. great for thinly slicing eggplant, zucchini, etc
    - Stainless steel steamer
    - Calphalon knives
    - Silicone pot holder
    - Good evoo
    - Aged balsamic vinegar
    - Jar of sundried tomatoes.. love chopping those up with just about anything

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    villeroy & boch knife set
    kinda like this (the entire set shown on the left of the page) Home Elements Kitchen knife - Bread knife, 318mm
    except mine have dark/black handles instead of stainless steel. got them for a fraction of the price through this special promo at my old supermarket in switzerland and now i couldn't live without them. they are awesome.



    garlic press



    handheld citrus press




    ikea charm can opener.
    best. can opener. ever.
    and one of the cheapest too.
    apparently it confused a lot of people: a quick google search for pictures brought up a lot of videos of how to operate it. it's genius and doesn't leave any sharp edges.
    [youtube]http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=y6VUlmsTP7Y[/youtube]




    my delonghi espresso maker (has a milk steamer too to make hot, foamy milk)
    kinda like this: DeLonghi EC5 Steam-Driven 4-Cup Espresso and Cappuccino Maker, Black « Latest Trends in Home Appliances




    jamie oliver for tefal/t-fal stainless steel nonstick skillet. i was skeptical at first (not usually into celeb chef kitchen products) but this pan is the only nonstick I have ever seen that browns food and makes fond as well as a non-coated pan. it's really well made and sturdy and very heavy. love it.


    whisks. i'm a big fan. for everything from making omelettes to vinaigrettes.



    bodum assam teapot.
    has a built-in tea press that you can push down on and it stops the brewing process when you think your tea has steeped enough. and if you want to brew another pot with the same leaves, you just raise the press and add more water.


    electric steamer.
    you can stack the different baskets too, which lets you cook up to 3 different things at once.
    kinda like this:
    http://www.heh.com/NR/rdonlyres/5909...mer_VC1001.jpg



    my 365+ ikea pots and pans. simple, cheap, excellent. i've had them for years now and they are still holding up.
    http://s3.amazonaws.com/boxedup_asse...20cookware.jpg



    salt and pepper mills. i have a set by cole & mason that i got as a gift and which i've had forever and i love them.


    zyliss corkscrew. so easy.
    http://img.epinions.com/images/opti/...resized200.jpg



    stainless steel salad spinner. i have a fantastic one where you pull a string on the side. quick and easy.
    http://ecx.images-amazon.com/images/...BL._AA280_.jpg


    a*o, i'm with you on twinings tea. i especially love their earl grey, it really is the best. i love earl grey and i've had friends give me some really posh ones (like mariage frères, etc) and none of them beat good old twinings.

    extra virgin olive oil

    balsamic vinegar

    good mustard (especially dijon. i love it in vinaigrettes)

    onions
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    my George Foreman knock off.
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    Kitchen Aid Mixer. Okay, I could live without it but it would be an empty meaningless shell of a life.
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    I almost forgot wire whisks!

    A really good balsamic is Lucini 10 year gran reserva.
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    Quote Originally Posted by atrayubrandy View Post
    Kitchen Aid Mixer. Okay, I could live without it but it would be an empty meaningless shell of a life.
    ITA.

    kosher salt.
    japanese rice cooker (sanyo, i think). brought over to us from japan.
    peet's green tea, loose leaf.
    braun hand blender.

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    MAC knives with sharpener
    Charcoal Grill (with propane starter so no lighter fluid or chimney)
    Fresh garlic
    Kosher Salt
    Crazy Mixed-Up Pepper
    Parchment paper
    olive oil
    A fully stocked bar
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    i just bought the most awesome kitchen gadget ever - the garlic zoom.



    i was skeptical at first but it is awesome because it chops garlic, doesn't squash it. so there's no liquid. and you can chop it more or less finely depending on how long you roll it around for.

    Zoom To Chopped Garlic With Garlic Zoom | HomeCheeq.com
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    ^^ Want. I have a garlic press but am not thrilled with it.
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    ^^^
    get it. plus, it's fun pushing it around - i'm retarded so i even make vroom vroom noises while i do it.
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