While my husband and I make meals together using a variety of cookware that we both love, this little guy is my constant companion when the meal is just for me. I can't tell you how many omelettes (my go-to for lunching alone) this skillet has seen me through. In fact, it sees so much use that it's never put away. Instead, it lives on the stovetop. Which is perfectly fine by me since most All-Clad cookware is as beautiful as it is useful.
• Find it: All-Clad Stainless 7 1/2" French Skillet, $170 for a set of large and small at Williams-Sonoma
(Images: Regina Yunghans)