Two of my favorite Christmas gifts were a Calphalon 7-inch Santoku knife and an All-Clad 5-quart stainless steel saute pan. I've been dying to use both, but with all the craziness of the holidays I didn't have a chance to make a real dinner until Sunday. And what did I choose as my first meal - spaghetti carbonara, of course.
I used the new knife to cut the bacon into lardons and the onion into slices. You know a knife is sharp when you don't even have to use a slicing motion; just apply downward pressure and the knife does all the work. Fantastic. And the large surface area in the pan was perfect for cooking the bacon and onions, as well as tossing the pasta with the sauce.