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Yes, I am starting it....Staub or Le Creuset?

I agree with everyone else, you can't go wrong with either. Decide which color and style (LC or Staub) you like best and just go for it. When I was deciding, price played a part, but what I learned was most important to me was that I personally do not like to cooking in pots that have dark interiors. I just don't find it appealing, and I find it's harder to gauge things (like fond). In my case, LC was the way to go.

May 29, 2012
primarycook in Cookware

Stainless Steel--Help needed.

My dh did this to me once with a 1.5 quart All-Clad. Sigh. After I got over the initial shock and annoyance, I tried a lot of elbow grease and BKF and steel wool. Nothing seemed to work. It was just the outside that was discolored, it had turned a light bronze if you looked at it closely, and in the right light, and of course I did. I love the shiny. What finally worked was a hot water soak with plenty of BKF. I filled up an old stock pot with the solution and let it sit overnight. I was so happy to have the shiny back the next morning.

Nov 07, 2011
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Share your recent cookware/kitchen-related purchases here!

My braiser was $139.99. The french ovens were $169 - $179, or at least in that range, give or take $10.

Nov 05, 2011
primarycook in Cookware

Share your recent cookware/kitchen-related purchases here!

I scored a 3.5 quart Le Creuset braiser at Marshalls. It is in a color called Chili Red. If anyone is looking for a bargain, looks like LC season at Marshalls is back. They had dutch ovens in 5.5 and 7.25 sizes as well, mostly red, possibly flame, and some cobalt. Could not find a blemish on my braiser, even though it's marked as a second.

Nov 05, 2011
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Best 12" chef/saute pan?

My first piece of All-Clad was the 4 qt saute/simmer in the d5 line. It sold me on AC, and I quickly acquired additional d5 pieces. I cook a lot of chicken recipes in it, and have used it to make chili too. I highly recommend it. I usually reach for it in place of my stainless (non All-Clad) 12" fry pan, as it just holds more. Makes terrific pan sauces too. I also use it for a few pasta recipes, and like that I can finish things off under the broiler if need be. My only reservation is that the pan itself is a little too large for the largest hob of my ceramic stove. I have to adjust for this when cooking chicken. If you decide to go with AC, I think you should check out the d5 as the handles are different from the regular AC stainless line, and much more comfortable to hold, especially when the pan is full. I'm not sure if AC is changing the handles on the new and improved "regular" stainless line they are supposed to be introducing. Just yesterday I handled a few pieces of the regular AC at Macy's, and I was surprised at just how uncomfortable the handles were. The d5 4 qt. saute/simmer is about $150 at WS.

Jul 05, 2011
primarycook in Cookware

Citron Le Creuset 5 ovals and 5.5 rounds for $135.99 and FREE shipping!!!

I think you're on to something there, blondelle! It makes perfect sense. Some manufacturers monitor any discounting of their brands (even on eBay) and the sellers receive stern slaps on the hand. Makes me even happier that I got my discount LC when I did. I made Pasta Bolognese for the maiden voyage, then the chicken with saffron rice on the WS website, and a couple of weekends ago I made coq au vin. All came out wonderfully. The LC browned the chicken to perfection! I'm glad I got a few recipes made (played with my new toy) because it's too hot to be cooking those sort of things now!

Jul 03, 2011
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Citron Le Creuset 5 ovals and 5.5 rounds for $135.99 and FREE shipping!!!

Yes, they are legit. I ordered the 5.5 Citron in late May, received it in early June. It arrived in perfect condition, and I've used it 3 or 4 times. :-) The only peculiarities I noticed were:
1. My 5.5 was packed in a 7.25 box, with a little label over the size, changing it to 5.5.
2. The box had packing material inside to protect the 5.5 in the oversized box. It wasn't much, but it worked.
3. The Le Creuset sticker itself was missing from the upper portion of the dutch oven, and there was glue residue where it had been. That was a real bear to get off!

I discovered that the Citron had been exclusive to WS. I think that has something to do with it's discounted rate and the packing. Perhaps some of the pieces had been display items, and they were missing original boxes. I'm not sure, just conjecture on my part.

Bottom line, if you can find one on their website, go ahead and order. Also, they seem to have a sister site, Rue La La. I think it was about mid-June that Rue La La was also offering the Citron at the same prices. You will get a lot of emails (spam?) from both sites advertising their deals of the day, upcoming deals, etc. Just delete as necessary. I don't regret ordering from them at all, and I love my discount LC!

Jul 01, 2011
primarycook in Cookware

Share your recent cookware/kitchen-related purchases here!

I've been on a cookware binge this year. My most recent purchases though are a 5.5 Le Creuset (love it), two bamboo cutting boards, a santoku knife, new tongs, wooden spoons and utensil crock, and a new pepper mill. This is on top of all the All Clad I bought earlier in the year. I also bought a Keurig a few months ago. I think I'm good for awhile.

Jun 12, 2011
primarycook in Cookware

Citron Le Creuset 5 ovals and 5.5 rounds for $135.99 and FREE shipping!!!

I think I will be happy with the Citron, but my first choice would have been something in red or possibly kiwi. I tend to prefer bolder or more dramatic colors to pastels, as evidenced by my Fiestaware collection...lol. At any rate, it's the cooking that is the important thing. :-) I just received notice of shipment, so soon I will see it in person. I'm sure I will be pleased. I've never cooked with cast iron before, so I will have some fun learning to do. I've mostly cooked with stainless, and just recently upgraded to All Clad. Love that stuff. I am calling 2011 the year of my cookware obsession.

May 23, 2011
primarycook in Cookware

Citron Le Creuset 5 ovals and 5.5 rounds for $135.99 and FREE shipping!!!

Well, I signed up just now to say thank you! I've been reading the cookware board for about a month now, but never registered. I saw your post last night, followed the link through FB and ordered the 5.5 citron. Without your kind post, I never would have known about this fabulous bargain. I've been yearning for my first piece of LC for a few months now, but the price was off putting, and I thought I might wait until the fall to finally obtain a piece, but the deal you posted was too good to pass up. So I ordered, and should have delivery (free, of course!) by June 6. I also didn't have to pay tax. I'm not sure citron would have been my first color choice, but maybe it would have been my second or third, and heck, for that price, who cares really about the color. Thank you, blondelle!

P.S. Honestly, I too was a bit surprised to see no one else jumped on this.

May 22, 2011
primarycook in Cookware