Good cooks share a simple secret: Have and use the right tools for the job at hand.
A proper selection of knives and cooking gadgets will make food preparation a lot easier and reduce the complications that come with being ill-prepared.
These are my recommendations for building a well-stocked kitchen drawer:
Kitchen Drawer Cooking Essentials:
Cooking utensils are vital to a well-stocked kitchen as well. You will need a good set of knives and an electric knife sharpener, a set of rubber spatulas for scraping, cooking spatulas for turning hot foods, wire whisks, wooden spoons, a pasta fork or 2 for both cooking and serving, a good garlic press and at least 1 soup/sauce ladle.
These are just the essentials. You will realize what else you need as you become a seasoned cook and begin preparing more complicated dishes.