five essential prep tools, and we'll look at pans later today. But in the meantime we started thinking about all the little tools we love in our kitchen that aren't necessarily indispensable, but are really nice. Here are the tools we personally consider indispensable; if we weren't trying for journalistic integrity they'd go on the other lists too... Click on each link to see our original writeup - they all deserved their own posts! • KitchenAid Butter Warmer • OXO Good Grips Zester - also see Lee Valley Stainless Steel Rasp and Zester Holder • Sunbeam Oven Thermometer • Instant Read Thermometer • Ramekins - so good for individual cakes and desserts! We can't resist dessert in little cups.