Alright. I just got through making a fairly complicated dessert (Chocolate-Orange-Pecan Torte) that involved all three of my favorite appliances and one of my favorite hand tools. I want to know what you consider-
1) To be indespensible (can be more than one thing)
2) Something you love but really don't need or use alot
I'll go first (which only seems fair since I am, by definition, the first one to post on this thread).
I love my Kitchen aid mixer and my 20 year old (no safety features, not one
)Cuisinart. I have virtually every attachment made for both units and have, many times, actually cooked or baked something complicated involving these appliances just to put them through their "wonder of modern convenience" paces.
On the low tech side I have a 53 year old O'Keefe and Merrit stove. It has a bread oven, regular oven, a cool stainless griddle, and four really hot burners, 2 of which have regular grates and 2 of which have steel plates over the fire. The plates are incredibly great for getting an even simmer and not scorching gumbo and other stuff that has starch or flour that will settle out and scorch. I don't know why new ones don't carry on with this feature. It is made from white porcelain, stainless, and chrome. It weighs a ton. It cooks like a dream and when something goes out not only can I get the parts, but I can repair it myself. I don't know much about digital, but I know about thermocouples and gas valves
On the silly thing I like the most, I have a 30 dollar zester I bought at B,B,andB. a couple of years ago. It is the sharpest tool I have in my kitchen and makes zest the size of dust particles. Rediculously expensive? Yes. Does it make me happy and is it worth it? Hell yes!