I am not an experienced cook by any means. I love to mess around in the kitchen though and recently bought a new ge profile gas range with the dual ovens, etc. I saw a set of viking cookware and it really got me thinking about upgrading my stuff...very nice. This has inspired me to start rebuilding my cookware setup. I have a random assortment of pots and pans that I basically randomly choose when cooking based on no real knowledge of what I am doing. I think i have too much clutter and should probably just start over and focus on the basics. I do however like to get quality things, i have learned my lesson buying cheaper inferior stuff that doesnt cut the mustard and will be garbage in a year. I cook for myself, wife and 6 year old mostly, but do entertain once a month or so. I like to sear things...steaks, fish, etc. I would like to try to make sauces from the seared bits. I was hoping you folks could help me understand what someone like myself should start looking at in terms of types of cookware (x" fry pan, x" xyz pot, etc) to start building a NICE set of the essentials. I was thinking about the all-clad stuff or the paderno stuff, but not really sure what route and what styles of stuff i need. Thanks so much for any advice.