I have several favorite kitchen tools, most of which were wedding gifts. It's great to gain a husband and super kitchen stuff!
I love my Caphalon pots and pans (thank you Momma and Daddy). I love my cutting board and Henckel knives (thanks Aunt Kerry). I literally use them everyday. I also love my mini food processor. This little gadget is small enough to fit nicely under the counter and not a pain to use or wash. I use it to make my homemade salsa and to make quick, yummy walnut basil pesto.
To make my walnut basil pesto I blend together walnuts, fresh basil (compliments of my garden!), olive oil, minced garlic, salt, and pepper. I sort of just add things until they taste good. I don't tend to follow recipes exactly, prefer to make it my own. Serve your pesto with a good pasta that will hold the pesto well.
Disclaimer: my combination of ingredients tend to come out the color of tuna, unlike the pretty green pesto you might be use to.