Gene, thanks for your comments on the Vitamix, I had been wondering about it for a number of months. Did you ever use it to make ice cream?
And tell me, how did you make your pizza peel?
My top picks:
My Lieb Herr refrigerator. This is the one appliance that I would keep if totally re-doing my kitchen.
My scale, I love using it and being able to rule out error in measurement in my cooking.
My KA 6QT mixer- not perfect but I use it constantly.
I would have to agree with everyone else about the microplane, I love citrus zest.
And Pyrex glass measuring cups, I use them constantly, and they never break, even when pouring in hot caramelized sugar.
Bottom of the barrel:
Silicone spatulas. They retain grease no matter how many times you hand wash or put them through the dishwasher. They also retain odors (there is no joy in licking the batter off a silicone spatula, they smell like dishwasher detergent).
My GE Mongram oven. Nothing like cake baking to point out the flaws in your oven.