For a good part of my life, my mother made dinner using her three-quart mustard yellow Dansk enamelware frying pan. To her, no other cookware could compare. It browned meat beautifully, it was responsive to heating and cooling, it moved from stove top to oven easily. Even when its signature wooden handle fell off in the mid-80s and she couldn’t find a new one to replace it, she continued to use the pan. (But at that point, transferring it from stove top to oven became a more precarious proposition, involving fast hands and elaborate layers of dish towels wrapped around its rim.) It wasn’t until a full decade later that the stalwart of the kitchen (nicknamed “the amputee” by my husband) was retired. So you can only imagine how happy I was when, scavenging around on eBay, I found the very same one in the very same color for $10. I gave it to her for Mother’s Day and bought myself a little something, too. This green one lives on my burner because I use it almost every day (for marinaras, soups, pastas) and because it reminds me of my victory.