I recently bought a new knife.
We've had the same wooden block of kitchen knives since we got married. The knives were good enough, but *coughcough*twenty years*coughcough* was a long run.
So since my sister-in-law recently started selling Pampered Chef products (hi, Laura!), I figured I'd kill two birds with one stone. A new knife, to gradually rebuild the set to replace the wobbly-handled, perpetually dull, old knives and also, I help out someone in the family. I ordered a chef's knife, since that's my go-to Implement Of Kitchen Destruction.
Gotta say, I'm loving it. Got a knife with one of those self-honing sheaths, so it's always nice and sharp, and it's made a huge difference. It's easy to forget how much difference quality tools can make in getting work done - I get things cut and chopped faster, and it's a great deal safer, too. Given my impressive record of self-inflicted kitchen injuries, this is an important thing to take into consideration.
Next up, I need a paring knife, and then I'm thinking of upgrading our single-use gadgets - a vegetable peeler, a new garlic press, an extra set of measuring spoons, and then maybe a new food processor.
My current favorite kitchen tools:
(1) Kitchen-Aid mixer. These things are awesome - indestructible, sturdy and simple. I need to get some attachments, like the meat grinder and the pasta roller, to round it out.
(2) The Knife. Nicely balanced, sharp and I don't let anyone else use it.
(3) Wooden spoons. I use them for everything from stirring soup to tasting to waving in a threatening fashion at people or animals that get in the way while I cook.
(4) The dishwasher. It's a standard model, but it's a true labor-saving device. It's so nice to just load it up and run it without having to stand and wash and rinse everything from dinner.
How about you? What are your favorite things in the kitchen? Apart from the food/beer/wine - that's a given.