For Christmas D gave me a number of fabulous presents (including a gift card for a sock knitting class at The Woolpack), but so far this is the one I use most:
These are Kitchen Grips Oven Mitts. D gave me just one for Christmas. He bought it at Williams Sonoma, but they don't sell them on their site (Amazon does, however). I had him pick up a second one for me a couple of weeks ago.
These oven mitts are made of neoprene and what I like best about them is that the outside is grippy. I can take a covered handle-less Corningware casserole out of the oven with ease wearing these. I slide one on each hand and place my flat palms on either side of the dish and there's no sliding. They are also great for taking hot things out of the microwave--even if you do put your thumb in the food, you can easily wipe the mess off with a damp sponge. Unfortunately they are probably flamable or meltable if left on a stovetop burner, which means this could still happen to them.
That's my opinion, and I'm sticking to it. For other reviews, check out the GoodReads.com link on my sidebar--you can link to lists of books I've read or am reading, see my ratings, and read my reviews. I haven't done ratings on everything yet and probably never will on some of the books since I read them a long time ago and don't remember much about them.