I just wanted to share some of my favorite tools and what I use them for. I am sure I will never get paid for this, so its all me and my opinion. :)
Also this is in no particular order.
Except my Kitchenaid will always be Numero Uno.
This is my girl. 6qt top lift Empire Red. Love her. Makes bread making a breeze. As well as mashing potatoes, whipping cream, and about a bajillion other things
One of the newest additions to my collection. A mandoline slicer. Oh my goodness. I have been using it so much. It slices which is nice, but its the thin julienne that I love. It basically shreds things. Its faster than using a cheese grater. I actually do not own a food processor yet, so this is a great tool. Even if I did, it would still be used often because of the fast cleanup and easy access.
I do however have and love this
A mini food chopper. Great for pie dough, salsa, cracker dough, pureeing sauces. Awesome. And small.
A microplane! Why spend for.ev.er. mincing the garlic. Spend 4.3 seconds grating it over this bad boy. Also great for ginger and citrus zest.
Yes, you are sensing a trend. My kitchen is RED. I love it.
Anyway, dutch oven. Slow cook, braise, and even bake bread. Love this guy.
Immersion blender. I don't use this a *ton* but its great for baby food or blending soups.
Bench scraper. Use it to scoop up fresh chopped veggies off the chopping block. Or to cut dough. Or to scrape off the leftover dough off your surface.
Adjustable measuring cup. Great for mayo, peanut butter, honey, sour cream. Anything thick and a PITA to scrape out of a regular measuring cup
Apple corer/slicer/peeler. Great for apple pie or crisp.
This is the best thing EVER. Totally worth the investment. No more parchment paper or the gross non stick spray! http://www.amazon.com/Silpat-Non-Stick-Baking-2-inches-Sheet/dp/B00008T960/ref=sr_1_1?ie=UTF8&qid=1363993696&sr=8-1&keywords=silpat