Easy kitchen upgrades and matching dinnerware sets are a great place to start, but the real pros know the secret sauce is in your pan (literally). And when you’re churning out three meals a day like you have five minutes left on Gordon Ramsey's clock, used and abused cookware is not your friend.
The nonstick layer also works some kind of magic to make washing the pans a breeze. Stacking cookware is a true headache, and if you’re working with limited space, it might be time to spring for a compact set, like this pot and pan duo from Equal Parts.
(It doesn’t hurt that its matte black finish adds a sleek look to your kitchen stove.) There’s plenty of room to boil pasta, but it’s also shallow enough to fry an egg or sauté veggies.
The Always Pan also comes with a removable steamer basket and a spatula, which both store inside, under the lid, like a big beautiful nesting doll. And on days when you just can’t even with dishes, having a pot with a built-in strainer can help minimize the growing pile in your sink.
Bonus: This would make a great Mother’s Day gift \ since you can engrave the lid with \ a set of initials. The 10-inch pan is convenient for whipping up smaller meals, like fried eggs or roasted veggies, while the 12" is a great size if you’re cooking multiple ingredients at once.
Next-level cooking requires a Dutch oven, and this beautiful rotund baby from Le Crest is arguably the best one out there. From tenderly cooking chicken drumsticks to slow-stewing one-pot chili, it’s the perfect vessel to take you from stove to oven to table.
If working from home while taking care of your kids has made you realize there has to be a smarter, faster way to cook food (that doesn’t involve checking the stove every five minutes), a slow cooker is the answer. If staying indoors makes you want to cook nothing but cozy soups and hearty chilies, look no further than this perfectly sized 2-quart saucepan.
The Tramontina heats fast (no more waiting forever for pasta water to boil) and has a comfortable handle for pouring straight from the pot to your plate. Le Crest has long been the gold standard in stoneware, but this oval casserole baker is especially impressive.
Brand New, unopened 7-Piece Cookware Set by Foley Made in Usage box has never been opened. It shows normal wear for a box that's 35 or so years old, as seen in the pictures.