To stop any thread hijacking I figured I would start a thread on cooking and the kitchen. I am sure that besides myself, there are plenty of people at TPF that are avid foodies or even pros. So any questions you have can probably be answered here. I will start with a few comments and questions. A good set of knives are essential. Brands like Henkels, Wusthof(my favorite), and some lower priced knives such as Kershaw and Forshner will serve you for many years. A cutting board. Not only will it protect your counters but they also protect your knives. I still am a big fan of wood, but alot of people have switched to plastic. Good idea to have a few to eliminate cross contamination. What is your favorite cookware? I personnally use the Emeril line made by All-Clad. Same quality and warrenty, but at a lower price. What is your essential Item in the Kitchen? What is your favorite/crowd pleaser dish to make? Any and all questions and comments welcome.