As everyone thought that my last pick was a little … indulgent, I figured it might be fun to continue with more “what ifs.” These are not items I have, nor could ever fit into my tiny apartment, but I think there is something wonderfully 1999 about an asparagus cooker. Imagine having an entire pot just for steaming your favorite vegetable! Asparagus is mine; if you prefer artichokes, take a look at this artichoke holder. A bit more economical in terms of space and money, it keeps your artichoke from drowning or browning on one side.

All-Clad Asparagus Pot, $49.95

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