knives and bowls -- just the fun, nice-to-haves that really make kitchen tasks more fun. They're not in any particular order because I can't bear to make them jealous. They each think that they're my favorite.
Microplane. Grates stuff like nutmeg, chocolate, parmesan, garlic, and citrus peels in a jiffy. This little tool adds zest to my life.
Immersion blender. Gone are the days when I'd have to pour soup from pot to blender to a bowl and finally back to pot in batches. This thing is easy to use, easy to clean. No extra dishes to dirty. And it's great for other stuff like smoothies, sauces, batters, and dressings, too.
Mortar and pestle. I know this is sort of old-fashioned, but if I only have a few spices or a couple cloves of garlic to pound, this works quickly and quietly. Like the King Kutter, it also has great kid appeal. Got to get those little hands helping in the kitchen!