As a graduation present, my parents offered to treat me to a few essential items for my first kitchen. I'm thinking of a good knife, cast iron pan and dutch oven. I really want a grill pan, but I'm thinking it would be a more logical idea to get a set of good frying pans instead... I already have a great wood butcher block and kitchenaid mixer, care of a thoughtful ex-boyfriend. Between these I feel like I should be pretty much set. Any ideas for good brands? Things should stay in the more or less lower-priced area-- I'm still a recent grad and have plenty of time to work my way up to the expensive brands.
Has anyone heard good things about the Kitchenaid grill pan? It's nonstick, not cast-iron, which may be a problem, but I have one of those flat electric stovetops so i think it might be better.
I was also thinking of an RH Forschner knife, I read good reviews on that.
Ok thanks for any advice!