I'm hoping that 2013 is the year that I finally learn to cook, or at a minimum, at least learn a few recipes. In an effort to fully embrace this resolution, I polled some of my foodie friends that excel at all things culinary, to see what tools and tricks they rely on in the kitchen. Knowing my beginner skill level, I was urged to try a slow cooker, and to check out, Slow Cooker Revolution. Ina Garten's new book, Barefoot Contessa Foolproof, was also highly recommended. In addition, these two pots (above and below) were high on everyone's "must have" list. What tricks of the trade, if any, do you employ in the kitchen? I need all the help I can get!