1. Hot Date Casserole Carrier ($40)

Carry casserole dishes securely with this insulated poly-twill tote bag. It holds a 9-by-13-inch pan, withstands temperatures up to 250 degrees, and keeps dishes warm for two to three hours. Available in four prints. Buy it at Amazon.

2. Chicago Metallic Pie Weight ($18)

Traditional pie weights work fine — "until you have to remove the ripping hot beads from the shell," according to Cook's Illustrated. This ventilated metal disc is easier to use because it's ringed with silicone flaps that serve as heat-resistant grips. Buy it at Amazon.

3. ButterUp Knife ($20)

Forget to thaw the butter? This little knife from Australia has a perforated edge that cuts effortlessly into cold butter, creating "the most delicate little curlicues." It "not only makes butter immediately usable," writes Collier Meyerson at New York Magazine, it makes buttering an art. Buy it at MoMa.

4. SunrisePro Supreme Knife Sharpener ($12)

This countertop tool "does an excellent job of sharpening virtually any kitchen knife" — even serrated bread knifes. Its pivoting safety handle and suction cup base ensure injury-free sharpening. "Three or four strokes is all it takes," writes Joseph Truini at Popular Mechancis. Buy it at Amazon.

5. Lodge Enameled Dutch Oven ($60)

Not ready to splurge on a Le Creuset? Lodge's 6-quart enameled cast-iron cooking pot sears and braises foods just as well as the coveted French-made models that cost six times as much. It's available in several colors. Buy it at Amazon.

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