Welcome to our new and improved comments, which are for subscribers only. This is a test to see whether we can improve the experience for you. You do not need a Facebook profile to participate. You will need to register before adding a comment. Typed comments will be lost if you are not logged in. Please be polite. It’s OK to disagree with someone’s ideas, but personal attacks, insults, threats, hate speech, advocating violence and other violations can result in a ban. If you see comments in violation of our community guidelines, please report them. The season for cooking, baking, gifting, and Black Friday! This time of year in particular, I’m in the kitchen a little bit more, using my best gear for parties and family gatherings.  Having a few sturdy cooking tools that work well every time they’re employed is key to successful cooking. Go with quality vs quantity when it comes to kitchen gear; tried and true items that can be used over and over – it’s worth an investment to know that certain things can handle the (literal) heat in the kitchen. ·       Le Creuset Dutch Ovens: my favorites, hands down, although there are lots of great dutch oven brands. Look for discon...