KitchenAid KFPM770 Food Processor, Brushed Nickel (buy it here)
Now THIS is a food processor. This is what I want to make pumpkin pies with, apple crumbles with, nutty shortbreads with... The 12-cup capacity and 700-watt motor can handle it. I want to see the morning sun shine through my kitchen window, and reflect on the beautiful clean brushed nickel - beckoning me to make fresh almond butter to slather on my toast. Here's what one happy owner says:
"This is a TOP-OF-THE-LINE product.... beautiful to look at, unlike so many other processors.... ease of use and cleaning is unbelievable and it slices, grates, chops, and dices in a matter of split-seconds. It is remarkable quiet for a food processor, very sturdy, and easy to use." (quote from amazon.com)
CIA Masters Collection 12 Inch x 17 Inch Wire Cooling Rack, Chrome Plate Steel
The ever-important cooling rack. Prevents cookies and goods from getting over-baked, soggy, deformed - keeps crusts crusty. Ever try cooling cookies on a plate? I have. Not good. I've tried cooling cookies on oven racks: the bars are too far apart - what a mess. I've balanced scones together on a plate to form little tipi-like structures... arg.
I checked-out many racks, and this is the one to get. Easy to clean (dishwasher-safe), sturdy and strong, oven-safe (you can roast on these), fits jellyroll and half sheet pans perfectly. The cheaper non-stick racks are flimsy, hard to clean and rust. Learn more >>
These sweet honey cookies from Jane Kinderlehrer's book "Smart Cookies" are delicious! They're so quick and easy to make too, a one bowl and one spoon deal. They can easily be made vegan (by subbing the honey with agave) as well as gluten-free (if you use gluten-free oats).
Silpat 11-5/8-by-16-1/2-Inch Nonstick Silicone Baking Mat (buy it here)
From the upper eshilon of baking mats, this is one of the best. This high-quality heavy-duty easy-to-clean baking mat is a kitchen essential. Besides its almost magical non-stick baking surface, it can also be used to make candy and roll dough. I've been using mine for over 3 years now, and it still looks like new. Bye bye greasy cookie sheets and creepy aerosol butter sprays - hello perfectly baked cookies.