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LeCreuset deal at finecooking.com, 12X9 1/2" enameled cast-iron baking dish for $39.95

Sherri Mar 16, 2009 10:41 AM

The newest edition of FINE COOKING magazine, April/May 2009, has a great deal on a LC cast iron baking dish (AKA roasting pan) in the "Where To Buy It" section on page 89. This beauty lists at $119 and they're selling first quality for under forty dollars apiece. The photo in the magazine shows a "flame" example (orangish-red color), but when I called to place the order, I was told that flame is not available but it comes in Caribbean, Kiwi, Cherry, Cobalt and several other colors. Initially, the order-taker did not know what I was talking about but some persistence paid off. Now you shouldn't have to go through a supervisor to get the whopping sale price.

My Christmas shopping has begun with this smoking deal.

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  1. HaagenDazs RE: Sherri Mar 16, 2009 11:38 AM

    Any links or hints as to where to find this (other than the obvious)? Otherwise your post is pretty much useless. It's kind of like me saying I have a Kyocera knife. Great news for me I suppose, but I'm not exactly helping anybody.


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      Sherri RE: HaagenDazs Mar 16, 2009 12:19 PM

      The website listed was no help to me, so I used the 800 phone number sintead. Sorry that I forgot to list this. 1.800.663.8810.

      On the website, the enameled cast-iron baking dish in question is listed for $119 (under PRODUCTS). It was only by calling the 800 number that I got a real person to help. First CS rep. kept referring to the magazine as "a catalogue" so we had some issues with this. When I spoke to a supervisor about ordering at the published price of $39.95, she had to get back to me with confirmation that "yes, this is indeed a CAST IRON ENAMELED baking dish" and not the less expensive stoneware that's also available. Because of the ordering problem/confusion, I was given free shipping as well.

      Hope this clarifies for you and I apologize for the muddled first post.

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        Candy RE: Sherri Mar 16, 2009 01:54 PM

        The 2009 suggested retail price on that piece is $185.00 Are you sure it is not the pottery line?

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          Sherri RE: Candy Mar 16, 2009 02:31 PM

          Candy, all I can say is that the magazine lists it as Enameled Cast-Iron and when I asked CS they also said it is not the pottery line, but the enameled cast iron "like the regular LC". That's why I think this is such a great deal!

      2. re: HaagenDazs
        barb2007 RE: HaagenDazs Mar 17, 2009 07:05 AM

        HaagenDaz - After clicking onto the finecooking website scroll down to where departments is listed and click on to page 24 Repertoire. There you will find a recipe for roast chicken. The chicken is in the LC roasting pan. It sure looks like the cast iron pan to me. I have not called to order one yet. Thanks Sherri

      3. flourgirl RE: Sherri Mar 16, 2009 11:49 AM

        I checked this out and if we are looking at the same pan, it's not enameled cast-iron, it's stoneware. And the deal for this is better on Amazon, where the pan is selling for $45.00 with free shipping. The shipping through the Fine Cooking store was almost $11.00 (at least to my zip code.)

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          Sherri RE: flourgirl Mar 16, 2009 12:59 PM

          flourgirl, yes, it really is the enameled cast-iron baking dish. I asked specifically because, like you, I thought the price was too good to be true.

          The website was no help and I used the 800 phone number for better service. 1.800.663.8810. When I noted the exact page number (p. 89) and FINE COOKING magazine issue (May/June #98). I also received free shipping because of the hassle involved.

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            flourgirl RE: Sherri Mar 16, 2009 01:14 PM

            If it really is the cast iron, that's a great deal.

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              paraque RE: Sherri Mar 17, 2009 05:12 AM

              I'd be interested to hear what you receive in the mail once you get it. I'm wondering if there's some kind of mix up somewhere. First, a quick search online doesn't really produce a Le Creuset cast iron roasting pan in the dimensions you gave - only a stoneware. On the other hand, you said that the photo showed a pan in the flame color, which I don't think I've ever seen on a stoneware piece. But you also said that the flame wasn't available, so who knows?

              Let us know what you get!

          2. Soop RE: Sherri Mar 17, 2009 06:11 AM

            As a consolation, if it isn't actually the cast iron, I just received my 2 stoneware dishes with my cast iron casserole yesterday, and they look great. How they cook is a different matter, but I wanted to get the exploding pyrex away from my precious girlfriend.

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              blondelle RE: Sherri Mar 17, 2009 07:40 AM

              The phone # given is for cooking.com, and they know nothing of this pan, and don't even have the au gratin pan on their website as being available. Thank you for your post, but can you be more clear as to where to get this for the price you mentioned, and from whom? This is really frustrating? Is this from cooking.com. or the finecooking.com store. PLEASE clarify! Thanks!

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                barb2007 RE: blondelle Mar 17, 2009 07:53 AM

                blondelle - the LC dish is advertised and pictured in the April/May issue of Fine Cooking. The 800 number is where you order it. The number is cooking.com. It is not an augratin pan. That might be why they said it was not available. It is a 12x91/2-inch enameled cast-iron baking dish made by LeCreuset. Maybe you have to talk with the supervisor as Sherri did.

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                  flourgirl RE: barb2007 Mar 17, 2009 08:39 AM

                  I just called about this and they are"researching" the issue and calling me back. Needless to say I am going to call back promptly if I don't hear from them, but it does seem like they are starting to resist filling orders for this item. I am prepared to push the issue but I don't know how far I'm going to get....

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                  Sherri RE: blondelle Mar 17, 2009 10:04 AM

                  According to the supervisor I spoke with, cooking.com has just taken over the website for Fine Cooking magazine. Yes, it was quite confusing when I first tried to place the order because, as I mentioned, the CS rep had no way to order the CAST IRON ENAMELED baking dish at the published $39.95 and had no clue what I was talking about since I did not have their catalogue number. That's when I requested a supervisor who had to research this. When she called me back with the information I needed, I placed the order after hearing that it was, in fact, a CAST IRON ENAMELED baking dish.

                  There is no way that I will accept a stoneware dish as CAST IRON ENAMELED. Period. I have a lot of LC pieces, including a CIE baking dish, AKA roasting pan.

                  I have saved all my notes from the phone conversations and will expect to receive what I ordered. It is due to arrive, via UPS, on Monday, March 23rd. Stay tuned.

                  Edit: I'll call Taunton Press, Publisher of FINE COOKING magazine, if there's a problem. They have been most helpful in the past.

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                    phantomdoc RE: Sherri Mar 17, 2009 10:54 AM

                    Which cast iron if any are they sending? The dimensions you mention do not correspond to cast iron. Did they give you a model number?

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                  barb2007 RE: Sherri Mar 17, 2009 08:25 AM

                  I just checked out the cooking.com website. They do not show a 12x91/2 inch enameled cast-iron baking dish. They do show a 12x91/2 inch enameled "stoneware" dish for $40. The enameled cast iron baking dish is listed at $119.95 and measures 8 x 12 inches. It looks like the magazine may have made an error. It will be interesting to see if they send the cast-iron or the stoneware dish to those that ordered them. Keep us posted.

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                    flourgirl RE: barb2007 Mar 17, 2009 09:35 AM

                    That's what I think as well. I did a search and Le Creuset does not make a 12 x 9/12 in. cast iron enameled baking pan - they make 8 x 12 and 10 x 14 sized pans (and they tend to refer to these pans in quart sizes, not linear measurements.) As I said in a previous post it appears that they are starting to resist filling these orders but I'm getting ready to call them back so we'll see....

                  2. Soop RE: Sherri Mar 17, 2009 09:35 AM

                    This could bring up an interesting legal point.

                    I think if you purchase the item, and they accept your money, they're legally required to supply you with the goods (or it should at least be "fit for purpose"). Seeing as both the stoneware and cast iron ostensibly do the same job, they may take the side that the closest match to what you ordered is the stoneware based on the size.

                    If this crops up, I'd encourage you to spend some time thinking of a compelling argument for the cast iron, and why stoneware is not acceptable for your intended use of the dish.

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                    1. re: Soop
                      flourgirl RE: Soop Mar 17, 2009 09:41 AM

                      They don't do the same job, since cast iron can go from stove top into the oven and stoneware generally can't.

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                      phantomdoc RE: Sherri Mar 17, 2009 09:46 AM

                      I just called and was told the item was a misprint.

                      They offered to sell me Item 311702 which is the 8"x12"x2.25" for 20% off at $95.96.


                      The other one 10 x 15.75-in. x3" is $184.95


                      Good luck Sherri. Let us know what shows up.

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                        flourgirl RE: phantomdoc Mar 17, 2009 09:47 AM

                        I just got off the phone with them as well and got the same offer as phantomdoc.

                        Sherri - if you really get the cast iron pan, wow what a deal you managed to get! :)

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                          Sherri RE: flourgirl Mar 20, 2009 12:01 PM

                          Update: Seems my order for the LC CAST IRON ENAMELED baking dish and subsequent post set off a firestorm. From the fine.cooking.com website and 800 phone calls I've had there are enough mistakes and mis-speaks to blanket the earth.

                          Finally, and I do mean finally, the resolution is in. Two (2) flame CIE baking dishes have shipped, free of charge. They're en route to me, as I type, for pennies under eighty dollars total. They are not the 12 X 9 1/2" as advertized, they're what Candy & flourgirl surmised - 8 X 12 instead of the advertised 9 1/2 X 12 which is, in fact, from the pottery line.

                          I don't know why I got the advertised goods and several others here did not, but I do know that with my UPS tracking number, they're on their way. My Visa card has been charged and I have my fingers crossed that they are what I expect from both Fine Cooking and Le Creuset - quality.

                          I'll post when they arrive.

                      2. CindyJ RE: Sherri Mar 22, 2009 07:59 AM

                        They've corrected the misprint on their website. http://www.finecooking.com/item/9577/...

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                          Sherri RE: CindyJ Mar 22, 2009 06:07 PM

                          The correction from finecooking.com is incorrect. There is no 12 X 9 1/2" cast iron enameled baking dish produced by Le Creuset. As phantomdoc points out in his post, there are two sizes:
                          8 X 12" and 10 X 15.75"

                          The website references the wrong size for the wrong price. Now I'm officially worried about what the UPS man will be bringing to me this week. Meantime, as stated earlier, my CC has been charged ........... Stay tuned.

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                          Sherri RE: Sherri Mar 24, 2009 02:47 PM

                          Two LC cast-iron enameled baking dishes (flame) arrived from finecooking.com via UPS about five minutes ago. They're the 8 X 12 size (although listed as 10 X 14 on the shipping manifest!), in perfect condition. Everything is exactly as promised.

                          After all the hullaballoo, I wish that I'd ordered a dozen - then I'd have enough to share with my CH friends. Yes, this was an amazing bargain for me, but I'm sorry that so many others were disappointed.

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                          1. re: Sherri
                            flourgirl RE: Sherri Mar 24, 2009 03:02 PM

                            I'm glad you got what you were hoping to get. :) Enjoy them!

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                              phantomdoc RE: Sherri Mar 26, 2009 08:03 AM

                              Get cooking. Use your good fortune well.

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