Sunday, September 11, 2011

Look What I Got!!

My aunt got me an amazing, glorious, beautiful Le Creuset dutch oven for my birthday! And in my favorite color! My birthday was actually back in June, but at the time she just gave me a little card saying she would get me one. I had the enviable task of looking through all the colors and sizes available, and picking out the one I wanted. Luckily for me, there is a Le Creuset outlet about an hour from here... and each summer they have a big sale. So, while I was away in Italy, she went over and found just the one I wanted! Technically it is a "second," but I can't really tell why, and the quality is still so good that it has the regular lifetime guarantee.

I have wanted one for so long, because there are so many recipes out there that call for putting something on the stovetop and then straight into the oven, and I've never had a dish that could do that. Now I do!

To celebrate my beautiful new dish, I made the recipe that first made me long for a proper Le Creuset pot: the No-Knead Bread from the New York Times. I've made it many times with my pyrex covered dish... but I was always a little afraid that the pyrex would blow up (which apparently has happened for some people). Worry no more! Plus, the crust was even more wonderfully crispy and golden with my new enamel dish. If you are one of the 5 people who has still not made this amazing recipe, run to your kitchen and make it now!! It is SO amazing, and your mind will be absolutely blown that you made such an amazing and perfect loaf of bread on your own, at home.

What a lucky girl I am! Thanks again Auntie L!

21 comments:

  1. Oh yeah, I've made that bread so many times! Isn't it wonderful? Le Creuset, you lucky girl. It's gorgeous :) Just don't drop it on your foot! I'm always so afraid of that!

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  2. When I first got my LeCreuset I made the same recipe! The color you chose is beautiful — enjoy it!

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  3. Lucky duck! I have just one piece by LeCreuset, and it's the size of my palm. Still, I'm happy with that one! :) You picked the same color I would have picked. It's beautiful!

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  4. Yay! I love mine so much and just bought one as a wedding present. That store in Gilroy is dangerous and the salesman really like to up sell. I'm so happy for you! Good thing it's soup weather.

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  5. that is one beautiful pot. Enjoy it.

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  6. I love that color, too. I have a really small baking dish in that color that my parents found at an estate sale. That bread turned out wonderful in your new pan; congrats!

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  7. Oh my gosh. It's gorgeous. It reminds me of how I felt when I looked at those Ring Pops when I was little -- so pretty; must have it. :)

    Enjoy your new toy! (and the bread!)

    ~Katrina

    PS. Thanks for your earlier response! What a nifty idea!

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  8. Wish I had an Auntie that cool! Someday I will have a real Le Creuset dutch oven. I bought a Martha Stewart knock off on sale and I am not at all impressed with the quality. Someday...

    I am one of the five people who has not made this bread recipe. Soon, it will be only four people b/c I am going to make it soon!

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  9. Such an awesome looking pot!

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  10. It's beautiful! Happy extraordinarily belated birthday.

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  11. Lucky you! My Le Creuset changed my life. It was also a gift - kitchen gifts sure are the best!

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  12. I absolutely lust after le creuset... and the color is so perfect and cheerful! Your aunt is awesome! (And the bread looks pretty fantastic as well.)

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  13. I love my le creuset, and it's the same color as yours! :) I am one of the 5 people who haven't made the
    No-Knead bread yet; I think I need to remedy that asap.

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  14. Super pretty! Have fun!

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  15. Beautiful, the bread & the dutch oven! That's the exact colour I'd choose.

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  16. I'm super jealous! Why haven't I been to the Le Creuset outlet yet???

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  17. Hmmm... Yes, I have to admit my Pryex did explode in the oven, well, after it heated up and I poured water in it, as a "steaming tray" for a recipe from Artisan Bread in 5 minutes A Day book. I now use a metal baking dish for this task. I also have an enamel cast iron baking dish from Lodge (still very envious of yours though!) so I'd like to give this recipe a try, but 18 hours? Sheesh! What timeline do you find works best for this? I might make it before bed or after dinner and bake it the next day, early afternoon.

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  18. It's beautiful!! I have one in pistachio green and it's fantastic.

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  19. Hey, Amey! You ARE a lucky girl-- that's a beautiful pot!

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  20. Autumn9:46 PM

    Love it! I actually saw a lot of Le Creuset products at TJ Maxx the other day. I almost bought one (just like yours, but yellow!).

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