What a fun thread! I was lurking here
to see if there were any great tips I could also use. Lucky for me (and my $!), there weren't too many things on here that I don't already have.
I have to completely agree with the Kitchen Aid. I don't even use mine everyday, but whenever I want to bake it comes out. Otherwise, I may never have made a loaf of bread or a batch of cookies (baking is not my favorite activity, but eating what I bake is a pleasure!).
The Le Creuset (sp) rubber spatula's are fabulous. I bought a set of 5 from Sur La Table like five years ago and they are still in perfect condition.
I saw one person mention the garlic press, must have!
Do you have a nice pepper mill? I really never thought it would matter that much, until I got one. They can be pretty expensive considering their task, but worth it!
Thanks for giving me something to post about!