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I use the hell out of my Kitchen Aid immersion blender. Register for the box with all the attachments.
At least 3 cutting boards in different sizes. I picked up one at BBB that's pretty small, and I think I use it most out of all of mine.
I've never had anything from OXO that I didn't like using. Imo their stuff is excellent quality for the price. So, I'd register that brand for all your small kitchen stuff (ie peelers, dish wash stuff)
eta- Le Creuset stuff is really nice, but I'd consider the people coming to your showers and wedding. Are they going to pay $100 and above for one pot? If no then I'd look into other brands. A lot of Food Network people have their own versions of similar pots.
This post was edited on 12/9 at 3:20 am