One of the most versatile dinnerware pieces I own is my set of Apilco ramekins. When my husband and I were getting married, Williams-Sonoma recommended we register for these, and my first question was, “Why? What will we ever use them for?” The answer is “everything!” For dinner, you can use them to bake individual hot dishes, like souffles, vegetables, gratin potatoes, etc. And you can take them directly from the oven to the plate! You can use them to serve side sauces, like melted butter for crab. You can use them to serve appetizers, like little dishes of nuts. We use them to serve snacks to the kids all the time. My mother uses hers to make wonderful individual baked egg dishes for brunch. I have a secret little chocolate-for-breakfast habit, and I put a handful of chocolate chips in an Apilco ramekin and keep it on my desk! They are even good just for decoration. You can fill one with beautiful sea glass, and the white porcelain sets off what’s inside beautifully. I use one to keep little post-its on my kitchen windowsill. They are the most versatile piece in the house. I finally bought myself sets in multiple sizes because I just love to look at them. They have that classic french souffle dish design, and they wear beautifully. You can toss them in the dishwasher over and over, and they really resist chipping (says the person who’s constantly losing her grip on things over the tile counter). Everyone should have a set of these ramekins!