• I agree with shawn and allfiredup, and the only thing I would add is PLENTY of hot pads, trivets, and pot holders. No matter how many you have, it never seems to be enough, especially when entertaining and hosting large get-togethers such as Thanksgiving or Christmas dinners. Also of great use to me is a roll of good old-fashioned wax paper. You will find a million uses for it. Use it to line bottoms of cake pans, rub along sticky drawer tracks, oh so many things it can be useful for!

    December 8, 2007 at 7:23 p.m.

  • An egg timer...though I don't know of anyone who uses it to time eggs.

    December 8, 2007 at 11 a.m.

  • A good set of knives is definitely the first, then the whisk and spatula that you mention are also very, very hard to do without.

    Here is a list I'd find it hard to do without in a kitchen.

    1. Good knives ( you only really need 1 good 8-10" chef's knife and 1 paring knife )
    2. Whisk
    3. Spatula
    4. Cutting board
    5. Mixing bowl
    6. Measuring cups/spoons
    7. 2 cup+ clear liquid measuring cup
    8. Colander
    9. 13x9 casserole dish
    10. Kitchen tongs
    11. Vegetable/potato peeler
    12. Can opener
    13. Good meat thermometer
    14. Grater
    15. Silicone hot mitt

    December 7, 2007 at 8:42 p.m.