Some that see this will likely recognize me from my two knife question threads. So here's the deal I'm not only looking to upgrade my cutlery I'm also planning to upgrade my cookware. Currently I'm using 5 year old Simply Calphalon that I plan to donate to some college kids or something. I cook on a induction cook top.
I don't care about brand names - just performance and comfortable handles. So far for frying and searing I'm close to being fully committing to buying Vollrath Carbon as I've read here and elsewhere that they are great performers and they are quite inexpensive.
For cooking with acids something in SS - just no All Clad those handles couldn't be more uncomfortable.
Perhaps instead of a Stock Pot just a good Dutch Oven for a larger pot.
Something good for steaming vegies and a small pot for heating up the very occasional canned soup or Top Ramen.
Of course I'll need lids to.
I'd like to stay well under $500 and I don't want to buy sets as I've found I end up with stuff I'll likely never use.