When I am teaching cooking classes, I am often asked what are my favorite knives, or pots and pans, or useful tools. I thought it would be helpful to provide a recommended list. Everything shown on this page is my kitchen and happily used! As you’ll see, some of my selections are high end, for instance, All-Clad cookware (because if well taken care of, it will last a lifetime). Other choices are functional and economical, such as Lodge cast-iron skillets. If properly seasoned and cared for, plan to pass them down to the next generation. My grandmother gave me two of her cast-iron skillets and I’m still using them. While I’ve upgraded my blender from a bar-style Waring blender to a chef-quality Vitamix, (it was a gift to myself upon finishing a book), my KitchenAid mixer (a birthday present from my husband) is over thirty years old and still in perfect condition. From tools to bakeware–quality tools, pans, and appliances making cooking a pleasure.