When I bought my house, I did not have much in the way of kitchen smallware. Really all I had was the cast iron skillet pictured above on the top in the center. This has been rectified now. My incredibly awesome girlfriend got me the All-Clad fry pan and sauce pan on the left and right in the top row in the picture. I added the de Buyer French chefs pan on the lower left and the Lodge Pro Logic cast iron sauté pan on the lower right. This collection is the best cookware I have ever owned, and really the best I have ever used. Good pans do not a good cook make, but they can help make fantastic food when used by a skilled craftsman.
The de Buyer pan still needs to be seasoned, when properly seasoned it will be black and non stick, just like a properly seasoned cast iron pan. I will probably season it this weekend, or maybe take it to work where there are industrial vent hoods. I do need to get a hood at home, probably really will be my first real project I attempt. I need to talk to an expert on how to vent it outside, and see if I can find an inline exhaust fan to get some good airflow. I still have not decided on how I want to redo the kitchen, but with these pans, I am ready for induction, which is what I want. To round out the collection, I want to add a Lodge cast iron Dutch oven, another All-Clad sauce pan, but a smaller one, an All-Clad stock pot and an All-Clad Windsor pan. I also need to come up with a cool way to display all of them when not in use because they are worth showing off, not hidden in a cabinet when not in use.