Here are my essentials. Basic and rudimentary. Slightly abused but loved nonetheless.
Paula Deen Stoneware - Cooking, baking, saute, marinate or even just for display. Oven to table. My kind of dish!
Rubbermaid Hot/Cold Pads. Table and countertop savers. I use them to also keep my dishes in place.
Black & Decker Handy Chopper Plus. I use this every day. From chopping up nuts and onions to egg salad and bread crumbs.
Pampered Chef Cheese grater with built in measuring. Saves on dishes (big plus!)
Pampered Chef Kitchen Spritzer and measuring spoons. I only use Olive Oil for cooking and lightly spray almost everything I make with this spritzer. The measuring spoons fit into spice containers and save on space too.
My list is only complete with my kitchen helper and inspiration. Spencer!
Would love to hear what your kitchen essentials are. New ideas are always welcome!