I've always purchased sets, but now I'm tossing all my old junk and starting out with a few nice, new pieces. Because I keep kosher, I need separate sets of cookware for both meat and dairy, which adds to my bottom line (and requires double the consideration in purchasing). What I'd like is a recommendation of three pieces of essential cookware for each set (meat and dairy) based on what I like to cook.
Typical Jewish fare - stovetop potato kugel, chulent, chicken soup, roasts, dumplings, stuffed cabbage, roast chicken w/ veggies
pasta with meat sauces, stroganoff
stir-fries, fried rice, risotto, paella
homemade sauces, not usually in large quantities (say enough for a meal for four)
not a lot of frying, but ideally a good pot for frying since I do sufganiot and other seasonal things. no egg dishes, no pancakes, fish only occasionally
blintzes, fish, soups, pasta, eggs, dumplings, grilled cheese, pan-sauteed veggies, mashed/pan-fried potatoes homemade sauces, custards
I'm typically cooking for between 2-5 people, though I will cook for up to 15 on occasion. I was thinking an enameled dutch oven for the meat set would be a good idea, but I'm not sure what would suit me for the other pieces. Ideas?