What are your most used items for food prep and/or cooking? What items do you consider high quality, and worth recommending to others? What item do you have your eye set on that you hope to one day (maybe soon) add to your arsenal? My two favorite things (kind of combining the answers to 1-2 here) are a cast iron skillet and my Big Green Egg. A large, well seasoned cast iron skillet is incredibly useful IMO. You can cook so much in it, and it's one of the best ways to prepare so many dishes. We got ours passed down from my wife's aunt. It's a very large one with a lid. One of the first things we did, since it hadn't been used in a very long time, was to cook a couple batches of bacon in it. Properly seasoning a cast iron skillet makes a huge difference. Once you do that, they are almost maintenance free. As far as the BGE, that thing is a beast. As much as I love to grill, I hardly know what I did without it. I've cooked woodfire pizzas on it, all the traditional meats and veggies you'd grill, as well as smoked briskets, ribs, and pork shoulders on it. It amazes me how well it regulates heat and how simple it makes grilling. They aren't cheap, but considering how long they last, they are well worth it if you are a regular griller. Another key prep item is a good knife, or a few good knives. We have a few Henkel knives that I really like. They keep a good edge and are comfortable to use. My wife would probably add her KitchenAid stand mixer to the list. It's not one of the super-high end ones, but it's very nice and very versatile. I'd love some really high end knives. I just can't justify spending the money on them. I'll admit, part of it due to laziness though. My wife does the dishes (no, I'm not a cave man, I do ALL the laundry, we work things out fairly evenly ), but she's not had a great record of caring for knives properly. "Accidently" leaving them to soak for several hours, or putting them in the dishwasher, or missing a tiny crust of food at the base of the blade that leaves a rust mark that needs SOS'd off. And I HATE doing dishes, so it's not worth it to me to take that extra chore over just to have a couple slightly better knives. I also really like the look of some of the copper pots and pans, but 1) our kitchen isn't set up to display them, which would be half the fun, and 2) good ones are stupid expensive.