Le Creuset Signature Series 7.25-Qt Round French Oven
My star set of cookware
I've been cooking since I was a little girl. As soon as I was out on my own I began collecting cookware, bakeware and even canning supplies. But besides the specific set of French-made knives I kept asking for (before every birthday, anniversary, Christmas and Valentine's Day, I hinted about knives. His response was always the same: "But knives aren't romantic". And my response was always, "They are to ME!!!" Finally my mother bought me knives - cheap, impossible to keep sharp ones. So he had to get me a professional electric knife sharpener anyway!) I was amassing stainless steel cookware, and a nice heavy anodyzed aluminum set, but as a long-time Julia Child fan who watched her shows whenever I was home sick from school, and owned most of her cookbooks, my dream was to have a set of Le Creuset. Finally, after years of hinting and outright begging, as we loaded up his car with gifts before driving from NYC to Cincinnati to spend Christmas with his family, I pretty much sulked throughout the long drive, not really looking forward to a weekend with his evil mother, and feeling sure I would once again be disappointed but have to pretend to be delighted by whatever gifts I got. Boy, was I surprised as, one by one, I opened some of the heavy boxes I'd helped to load in the car only to find an entire set of Le Creuset: a 7.25 and 2 quart round French Ovens, a slightly smaller oval French oven, and a 12" skillet! And although orange isn't my favorite color, it IS the original shade that Julia herself used. I was overjoyed, and In the years since I have cooked many delicious and memorable meals, especially slow-cooked stews, chilis, coq-au-vins, etc. I have three stockpots in different materials, but when it comes to long-simmering foods, I wouldn't dream of reaching for anything except my Le Creuset. I think every home cook feels they've finally arrived when they cook in their own Le Creuset. I hope that ex-boyfriend hasn't had a good meal since we broke up!