My mom used to make popcorn in one of these on movie night. That was before microwave popcorn was en vogue. It makes the best treat. There are no unpopped kernels, it melts real butter, and uses hot air instead of oil. Though it may take up a bit of cabinet space, the cost savings and better flavor are worth it.
I think knives are the most important tool in the kitchen. You don’t need many, maybe just a chef knife, utility knife, and a paring knife. The most important thing about knives is that they have to be sharp; you are more likely to cut yourself with a dull knife. Fact. This high quality set from Wusthof will last you forever.
When I was growing up, my mom always had me use measuring cups for baking. While that works, the more efficient way is to use a scale. Digital scales are generally more acurate, plus they come in handy for other things, like if you are doing the Zone Diet.
Freshly ground spices are one of the best ways to take your meal up a notch. The amateur next door can use spices out of a bottle, I prefer grinding mine in this mortar and pestle. It’s how my Grandma did it.
Far and away the best box grater I’ve ever used. You don’t know what your missing until you’ve tried it.