Le Creuset Dutch oven
This heavy ceramic pot that comes in warm burnt reds and deep blues is a family heirloom any cook would be lucky to inherit. However, if you are like the rest us and born sans Le Creuset, it’s time to start your own tradition. For braises, soups, pan-roasted meats, chilis, and so many other dishes, nothing does it better than a Le Creuset.
The heavy-duty enameled cast iron is perfect for searing, holds heat evenly and beautifully in the oven, is generally easy to clean, and will last you for life, as well its future recipient's life. If you're patient and willing to sacrifice your color of preference, you can often catch them on sale and at various kitchen store outlets.
So many of today’s greens are triple-washed and dried and so we need to do little more than open the bag and serve them. However, in the off chance you venture out of your pre-washed world, you should definitely invest in a salad spinner. You can directly wash your greens in the bowl (which is one of the 17 kitchen skills you need to master) and then quickly and efficiently dry them with the spinner. You can totally find a $10 spinner, but it will probably be more of a nuisance to use than a time-saver, however, an OXO Good Grips spinner is quality!