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Why didn't we get this green instead of the Fennel?

Wow, I love that Japanese coral color shown with the Rosemary. I would definitely buy that to go with my cherry and flame!

Feb 24, 2011
rovergal in Cookware

Le Creuset Factory Outlet Stores' colors of the month, March 2011: Kiwi and Dijon

Some other online stores are selling their Kiwi pieces for 50% off as well. I'm pretty sure it's been discontinued.

Feb 24, 2011
rovergal in Cookware

Another new Creuset shade: Spinach - at Crate & Barrel

Although my LC is red, orange and yellow, I actually do like this new green.

But, I don't think it's a very Crate & Barrel-like color. I would have expected something more primary, not a muted color as their choice.

Feb 24, 2011
rovergal in Cookware

Restaurants in Bend, OR?

Hi - I want to get some gift certificates for good restaurants in Bend, OR - we have a good friend who skis there in March/April. I know nothing about the area, so could use some recommendations for great places. Nothing with tiny portions, but great food and atmosphere.
TIA!

Dec 14, 2010
rovergal in Pacific Northwest

Your favorite Le Creuset color

Just wanted to share that I just spotted another green at Tuesday Morning today - it's called "Victoria Green", and it's a dark solid green, kind of like British racing green. They had round DOs in 3.5 qt, 4.5 qt and 7.25 qt, for pretty good prices. I'm guessing this color is probably from Canada????

Oct 09, 2010
rovergal in Cookware

Please Pass the Mass-Produced, Salty, Delicious Ketchup

I love, love, love ketchup, and recently saw Heinz's "Simply Heinz" on the shelf, and bought it. It is HFCS-free, and tastes great.

I can't believe that Heinz makes different versions of their product for Americans and Canadians - why is that? As an American, I don't want to eat HFCS-sweetened items, so why do companies think we do?

Jul 18, 2010
rovergal in Features

Kitchen towels

I'm in the group of Williams Sonoma towel fans as well! I've had a couple of mine for at least 20 years, and recently when I needed more, I headed over the WS outlet and bought a couple of big bunches for a very reasonable price. Then I kept them in the laundry room and threw them in with my loads of whites for a month or so, to get them nice and soft. They are absorbent and look great!

May 08, 2010
rovergal in Cookware

The 15.5 qt Lecreuset goose pot came in yesterday. Here is a photo:

Wow, that's some pot!

Apr 27, 2010
rovergal in Cookware

My Le Creuset collection grows!

eBay - I've bought several used and new discontinued colors/pieces there.

My only advice for buying on eBay is to make sure they pack well - pay extra for double-boxing if you can. Cramming a 5.5 quart dutch oven into a large USPS flat-rate box is a recipe for disaster - chances are, it will arrived damaged as it will likely bust through the box. Expect to pay $15-$20 shipping for your item to arrive safely.

Apr 25, 2010
rovergal in Cookware

Finally A Le Creuset French Oven We All Can Afford...

I got my surprise for them this week as well - really a nice touch! Mine is blue, which is fine, since I have so many colors that I don't really have "my color"!

Apr 25, 2010
rovergal in Cookware

Le Creuset New Color Marrionner

Also, just FYI, the French word "marronnier" translates in English to "chestnut".

Apr 08, 2010
rovergal in Cookware

Le Creuset New Color Marrionner

Very interesting! But, looking at this site, the photo of the Cassis color is not at all what it really looks like either. So, maybe it is really the same as Truffle? Keep an eye out on eBay - there has been a number of colors from the Pacific available on there - Lilac Mist, Powder Blue, and Powder Pink recently.
http://www.lecreuset.co.uk/en-hk/Prom...

Apr 08, 2010
rovergal in Cookware

I have my pick of 2 Le Creuset items, and cost isn't a factor-what should i get?

I second the suggestion of a 3.5 qt braiser (bottom of which can be used as an au gratin), and a 3.5 qt wide round dutch oven. They are my two "go to" pieces right now. The 6.75 qt wide round do is an alternate if you think the 3.5 qt would be too small for you. Then, for your third piece, I would get the goose pot - it's a once-in-a-lifetime chance to get such a deal, so why not go for it!?!?!?

Apr 06, 2010
rovergal in Cookware

Guide to LC colors?

I can't wait to see that in person - I will definitely need to have a piece in that color. I actually think it will go well with my flame/cherry/saffron pieces! Thanks for sharing!

Mar 18, 2010
rovergal in Cookware

Le Creuset cast iron veggie-shaped casseroles?

Wow - that's pricey! I'm sure it's because of the uniqueness and the fact that you can only get it in Japan - and that they will most likely never make that for Europe or the US. Even so, I'm not sure anyone will pay that sort of $$ - I think that's pretty steep. I've seen unique stuff like this go for $400 or so on eBay, but $870?????

Mar 15, 2010
rovergal in Cookware

Le Creuset cast iron veggie-shaped casseroles?

I've actually only been to the Central Valley store - we are up in Albany, so the others are pretty far away. I do plan to make some road trips to them some day!

Mar 14, 2010
rovergal in Cookware

Le Creuset cast iron veggie-shaped casseroles?

Ok, so I know everyone says these are "retired", but there are so many brand new on eBay every week, that I'm beginning to wonder if there is some source of these I'm not aware of. I know the few outlet stores I've been to doesn't carry them, but do the signature stores?

I'd really like to get the garlic one, but refuse to pay $200 + shipping on eBay for it, when it seems like they really aren't so "rare".
TIA!

Mar 14, 2010
rovergal in Cookware

Le Creuset - How to tell what size?

That number is the size of diameter of the pot in centimeters. It can also be used to cross-reference the volume the pot will hold. Assuming it is a round dutch oven, your 34cm pot is 13.4" in diameter and is their 13.25qt pot.

I did not create this chart - another poster here did it, and she has it posted on eBay as well. I didn't save the link but copied the info:

Round Oven
16: 1.3 liters (L) = 1.5 quarts (qt)
18: 1.8 L = 2 qt
20: 2.4 L = 2.5 qt
22: 3.3 L = 3.5 qt
24: 4.2 L = 4.5 qt
26: 5.3 L = 5.5 qt
28: 6.7 L = 7.25 qt
30: 8.4 L = 9 qt
34: 12.4 L = 13.25 qt

So, the next size down for you would be the 9 quart round.

Mar 14, 2010
rovergal in Cookware

My Le Creuset collection grows!

Sorry, graytabby - I frequent the store at Woodbury Commons (Central Valley, NY), and although they a lot of slate pieces, I've never really paid attention to the sizes. If you've not checked that store yet, I'm sure if you call them, they'd tell you what they have. No square skillets though, I'm pretty sure.

You may want to check any Tuesday Morning stores near you - they don't have slate, but I've seen granite, which is a textured darker gray (quite nice looking) in 3.5qt and 5.5qt. My store has both, but they were a bit scratched on the bottom, so I passed. I think the 5.5 qt was about $135
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Mar 07, 2010
rovergal in Cookware

My Le Creuset collection grows!

dobs737 - yes, that discount on dijon and cobalt if valid on the seconds at the outlet as well. I'm jealous that you live near the Cincinnati store - it's my favorite of all of those I've been too - they had a great selection when I was there in early November. The stores I visit in MI and NY are much smaller than that one.

Mar 04, 2010
rovergal in Cookware

My Le Creuset collection grows!

Yes, my Williams Sonoma outlet store has plenty of the gray and citron as well, but neither is a color that I'm very interested in. I've seen it at 50%, 30% or 20% off, depending on their sales that week/month.

As to how many pieces in my collection, hobbybaker, I'm not sure I can own up to that... too many, if you ask my husband! Let's just say it's more than 10! But, as you mentioned, pieces can easily be sold on eBay, which I have done, so my collection is dynamic and evolving! I started with just red, then I added flame and then saffron, and now I have more flame than anything.

Mar 01, 2010
rovergal in Cookware

My Le Creuset collection grows!

I just wanted to share this great deal I got yesterday on a 5 qt. buffet casserole. They had it in Flame at the LC outlet store, but only as a first quality, so with a regular price of $240, even my 35% off coupon didn't bring it down as low as I was hoping. So, I passed.

My next stop was the Williams Sonoma outlet store. They had the same piece, first quality, marked at $200. But, they were also having a 20% off sale. And, I had a 20%-off any one item coupon from my Outlet mall booklet that I got for free using my AAA card at the information center. Then I also had a 10%-off email from WS outlet. They let me use all those discounts on that piece, bringing the price down to $115!

I have no idea what I'm going to use such a large version of this piece for (I have the 3.5 qt and use it all the time for just the two of us), but at that price, I just couldn't pass it by!

If you have a WS outlet store near you, you may want to check it out - it seems that the deals there are often better than at LC outlet stores. They carry a number of multi-piece sets at greatly discounted prices as well.

They also had a some great prices on some clearance stuff - I got a WS green 3.5 buffet casserole for $70 just because the lid had gotten a little scratched up. I don't care about that as this piece will be used at our cabin. Again, a price I couldn't pass up! There was also a cherry 6.75 qt. risotto pot for $99, but another shopper grabbed it before I could take a look at it!

Feb 28, 2010
rovergal in Cookware

Le Creuset wide 6.3/4 round & 3.5 buffet casserole - redundant?

I can't wait to try making risotto (which I have never made before) in my new 3.5 quart wide round! There are only two of us, so I think it's a perfect size for that!

Feb 18, 2010
rovergal in Cookware

Le Creuset wide 6.3/4 round & 3.5 buffet casserole - redundant?

Speaking of which - I see that someone has just listed a white 6.75 quart round on eBay today for $199 plus shipping. That's about the outlet price, and if you're looking for white, I'd go for it!

Just make sure they pack it well - I had a friend who's 6.75 quart arrived broken because it was crammed in a box to small to allow for adequate packing. Luckily they'd insured it and he got his money back.

Feb 17, 2010
rovergal in Cookware

Le Creuset 3.5 qt oval

My very first piece of LC was a 4.5 quart Dutch oven that I got at the outlet for only $100 (it was a monthly special). Because it's what I started with, I find myself going back to it again and again. I'm always afraid the 3.5 will be too small, or the 5.5 too big, so I stick with my 4.5. But, they can't always be found - I tried to get my friend one at the outlet this past weekend, and they didn't have any.

I do have a 6.75 wide, which I've not used yet, but am looking forward to using.

And yes, I'm in danger of becoming a "collector" as well!

Feb 16, 2010
rovergal in Cookware

Le Creuset 3.5 qt oval

Where can I find a recipe for the no-knead bread that you mention? I just picked up a LC 3.5 qt wide round oven, but it sounds like that will be too short for the bread? Maybe my 4.5 qt round oven is better? I'll be looking forward to that answer as well.

Feb 15, 2010
rovergal in Cookware

Le Creuset 3.5 qt oval

I think it's a pretty good price for a first quality piece. You may laugh, but I keep a spreadsheet of the outlet prices. My sheet shows $160 for that size at the outlet, for a second quality, but sometimes the outlet has 25% to 35% off sales. $130 is about 20% off the outlet price. And remember, WS is selling first quality!

As far as size goes, that size is good for about 3-4 people in terms of stews, and I would think a whole chicken would fit nicely into the 3.5 quart oval for roasting. I only have round ovens, so I can't say for sure.

Feb 15, 2010
rovergal in Cookware

LC 2.25- quart braiser/casserole

You're absolutely right - I used it for potatoes au gratin last night, and it was the perfect size!

Feb 11, 2010
rovergal in Cookware

Le Creuset vs. Staub

My Tuesday Morning also has pieces in Burgundy, but they are all banged up and scratched from being pushed around together on the shelves.

On the other hand, I found some lovely Saffron pieces at TJ's - I looked them over closely, and made sure the lids weren't warped or ill-fitting before I bought them. So, even if they were second quality, I couldn't tell why.

Feb 11, 2010
rovergal in Cookware

LC 2.25- quart braiser/casserole

Just wanted to share that I just got a 1.5 quart braiser/buffet casserole off of eBay, in Flame.

It's really too small to do a lot with, since there are two of us, but I just loved how tiny and cute it seemed next to my 3.5 quart, that and it was a really great price, since it was used!

Feb 08, 2010
rovergal in Cookware