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Your favorite Le Creuset color

I have red (Flame I guess?) and Dune--Dune is my favorite of what I have.

But I just got my Sur la Table catalog showing the new Cassis (shaded eggplant) and OMG is it gorgeous!! Also Lilac, which is more lavender. Apparently these are new LC colors that SLT has an exclusive on in the US.

My kitchen colors are jadite green and red, and there are also yellow and deep blue elements inherited from the previous owners. Cassis would be gorgeous in my living room (not much call for enameled cast iron there unless I start cooking in my fireplace ...), and would utterly clash in my kitchen. C'est la vie ...

What's your favorite LC color?

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  1. This one. I don't know what it's called because I got it at TJ Maxx, for only $80 for a 5.5 quart version. It's in the foreground, on the left...


    1. whatever was on sale at the outlet store when I went shopping.


      I've bought Le Creuset for four decades. The color doesn't matter in my kitchen. I go for function and form.

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      1. re: shallots

        I agree. Although I like some colors better than others, I choose my pieces by what I need and what the best price is. I have 4...azure blue, kiwi, and 2 flame pieces in different sizes. Love them all.

        1. re: shallots

          Yes - me too - it's been a function of either the color available when I needed something "right away" or what I've found on sale.

        2. I gave up trying to decide my favorite color as they are all gorgeous! Each of my 7 pieces are a different color. That way you can always add a piece in another new color, and you never have to worry about new pieces matching older ones in the same color.

          Some of the signature stores have a color called Fig, but not sure if that's the Cassis although it sure looks like it. The misty lilac is also gorgeous, but I'm not sure if I like how food looks in these. It's a very pretty color but food doesn't look very appetizing shown in the Cassis color there, and I imagine it would be less so in the Misty Lilac. Someone had posted a photo of a stew in the lilac on FlickR and it looked awful.

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          1. re: blondelle

            I've rarely seen a bad color, either. So far, I have flame, cobalt, an old turquoise, that French blue (Sonoma blue?) in my picture, Dijon, a weird old grey-lilac (from the early 60's, I'd guess)...and a buttery yellow from the early 60's.

            They look just wonderful all sitting next to each other, on top of my pie safe: so cheery and vibrant.

            1. re: Beckyleach

              I like Kiwi and Carribean blue (Turqoise) but always adore Dijon and white. I already have a 3.5 qt round, 2 qt round, 3.5 qt buffet/casserole, 6.75 qt oval, and 9.5 inch skillet. All of them are different color but nothing in Dijon and White. I think my chance to add something in Dijon and white is very slim as I feel I have enough Le Creuset already.

          2. My fave is the orange (is that "Flame?"), followed by the Kiwi...All of them are gorgeous...

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            1. re: jinet12

              You're right, Flame is orange ... what I have is just called Red. I thought they all had some fancy name ;)

              blondelle, you may be right about food looking odd in purple ... I will console myself with that thought.

              1. re: jinet12

                I also like the "flame" orange color. Whenever possible, I like my stuff to match. I figure that if there's one color that Le Creuset will *never* stop making, it's their trademark orange.

              2. I have the french oven in Dijon (my kitchen is done in yellow) and the braiser in Flame. If i get anymore, which i doubt, it will be in the brightest colors. I live in N. Illinois which is famous for dark dreary winters, so the brighter the better!

                I happen to believe that color IS important, not as important as fucntion, but when i'm spending 200 for a dutch oven, it must be PERFECT.

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                1. re: arupiper

                  I agree ... life isn't always pretty, but a lot of things can be, including the kitchen! I think it really enhances the cooking experience to use cookware that's beautiful to you, and in the case of Le Creuset, that's largely about color.

                  1. re: arupiper

                    Don't get me wrong, I wouldn't buy a color that I didn't like just because it was a good price (for example I don't like the Dune color), but the good thing for me is that I like *most* of the colors, so when a bargain comes along, it rarely is a problem.

                  2. Wow- most of you are very colorful LC people. I really like dune and white.

                    My kitchen would probably seem very sterile to most of you, yet I like the combo of various shades of white, creme, beige, stainless steel and a few black accents. I also have a few green accents from things like potted herbs (think Ina's decor). I like vibrant colors to come from the food itself.

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                    1. re: souvenir

                      Souvenir - that must be beautiful! I just love various shades of white with stainless steel. It is so elegant and sophisticated! Love Ina's barnhouse kitchen! However, I also enjoy a few punches of vibrant colors. Having said that, I have a 6 3/4 qt. oval and a 5.5 qt. round, both in dune. I had 2 stainless steel knobs laying around that I used to replace the black phenolic knobs. The ovens look absolutely gorgeous! I can't understand why there are so many dune haters! Oh well, color is a personal thing!

                      In addition, I have a 3.5 qt. buffet casserole in dijon, multicolor ramekins (dune, flame, kiwi, dijon), and 2 bakers (oval, rectangle) in red. Along with quite a bit of brushed stainless steel appliances (stand mixer, toaster, microwave, etc.), and a set of Calphalon One Infused Anodized cookware with brushed stainless lids (LOVE 'EM!), the combination is beautiful. Athough I have everything I need, I would love to add something in flame or kiwi and few bakers/gratins in white.

                      ***Anyone interested in 2 red bakers and red kitchen tools (microplane shredder/zester, large turner, spatulas and basting brush), please send an email to: mriver12@hotmail.com for pics/price.

                      1. re: mriver

                        It's true,color is a very personal thing - but I don't understand all the dune haters either. My kitchen is mostly various shaes of cream and white with light cabinets and some stainless steel mixed in. My LC pieces (I only have two) provide some of the splashes of color - one is dijon and one is caribbean blue. But I have two big LC enamelled stock pots in dune that sit on an open shelf. I love those pots.

                      2. re: souvenir

                        Ina seems to like Flame (though I've noticed a Kiwi French oven on her stovetop in many episodes).

                        1. re: Jay F

                          I've noticed Dune with her more often lately

                      3. My Le Creuset is white. My kitchen colors run through natural woods, stainless, copper, and shades of white, linen, and gray. Pretty utilitarian, functional.

                        1. My mother, who is a freak for pots, pans, bowls, etc. recently redid her kitchen. Called me up and said that the flame-colored LC cookware 'clashed.' and was I interested in it before she gave it away to someone else. DOH! I don't have tons of money to splurge, but am now the proud owner of about 25 pieces, from three sizes of dutch ovens down to a little butter pot.

                          Other than responding just to gloat (which of course I am) I have to say, who cares about the color, it's glorious to cook with, whatever it looks like.

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                          1. re: southernexpat

                            If I had 25 pieces of Le Creuset (which seems like a lot!!), it would definitely have to be considered when choosing the new color scheme of my kitchen ...

                            1. re: foiegras

                              Me too. Come to think of it, I'd design my entire house around the Le Creuset! Personally, I like the orange color (Flame) for sentimental reasons - my grandmother had a large LC that was Flame. I lusted after a charcoal gray color that appeared a couple years ago. (It seemed to disappear pretty quickly from the marketplace - I haven't seen it lately.) My spouse likes to add a different color every time we purchase a new LC. It's a nice approach to the color question. We have 2 dutch ovens that are flame, 1 carribean blue, and 1 lemongrass. That's enough!

                          2. Dijon, bien sur! Followed closely by the classic green... but I also have three pcs. in red. ( I must confess that one is the lasagna pan by Mario Battali- well designed, no overflow and bakes beautifully.) Le Creuset is the best investment in cookware I've ever made. That, and my workhorse set of Revere ware that I bought when I was just eighteen and diudn't even have a kitchen of my own yet! They have lasted DECADES and still work well, but I love my Le Creu best for their bright colors, performance, and ease of cleaning.

                            1. I'm relatively new to LC, and I started with pieces in Cherry. But, after seeing some great display examples, I decided I liked the look of multiple colors.


                              So, I've since picked up a few pieces in Flame, Dijon and the new Chili Red (which is just a solid color that is the same as the top/handle color of Cherry).

                              I think blending them together is beautiful - I think Cobalt, Citron and Kiwi would be great together or Cobalt, Caribbean and Kiwi, or Black, Kiwi and Caribbean,.... I could go on and on..... But, since my kitchen is in warm tones, that's what I'll be sticking with.

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                                1. re: rovergal

                                  Thanks for the link! This makes me want to go out and by another piece of LC.

                                    1. re: Jay F

                                      Ooh! That is a tough one. I currently have flame, cherry and kiwi. Next piece-Carribean Blue and then a White.
                                      The colors are all uplifting to me.
                                      Not sure for the kettle I'm planning...maybe even Dijon.

                                2. My first piece was a 9 qt Dune and my second piece was a 5.5 qt Cassis. Both are round. I do plan to get more pieces in Carribbean, Cobat, Cherry and Kiwi...

                                  1. I have Flame, Jade, a shade of green that's almost Jade, and Blue. I want something in Kiwi next.

                                    1. I have a cherry red French oven and a dijon frying pan. Of the two the dijon is my favorite. I try to keep the furniture and walls in my kitchen neutral and use the small appliances and cookware for color accents. Here in Japan the lavender and cherry blossom pink are pretty popular and they even sell a cherry blossom shaped French oven. But I'm currently in love the the new rosemary color that is being sold. http://www.lecreuset.jp/index.php I'm saving up for it now.

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                                      1. re: tokyotogo

                                        That Rosemary I think is what was called Jade in the US. It was discontinued several years back. I always preferred the stoneware color in the Jade to the iron which was a little more of a yellow green. It seems like LC colors never die. They just go away for a while and come back with a new name.

                                        1. re: blondelle

                                          Interesting how some of the same colors have different names in different stores. I think William Sonoma clamed lemongrass as "exclusive" to that store and it was kiwi everywhere else? First time I saw Caribbean blue it was exclusive to Sur La Table as was Cassis. Now I've seen both elsewhere including Bed Bath & Beyond where it can be ordered using their 20% coupon often with free delivery, a must at that weight!

                                          Also have different names in different countries and new colors are rolled out first in various markets. I emailed Le Creuset for years asking them to extend the aubergine color of the eggplant shaped baker to their classic cast iron pieces. Often ignored or told there was never any plan to take it further, but once was told European markets had it. Finally got cassis in the US which is a little duller, grayer in the cast iron than the eggplant baker, but I may still need a piece once i can get it on sale at the outlets!

                                          I don't want it, but Japan had pink cast iron ovens. Never seen that in the States;has anyone else?

                                          1. re: Island

                                            I saw the pink in a Le Creuset outlet store in Michigan once last year. They also have a powder blue color here in Japan. I think the colors are made to appeal more toward Japanese ladies as there are lots of pastel colored kitchen appliances. I wanted to buy some more Le Creuset when I went home last year but my husband wouldn't let me. He said that Le Creuset adds some kind of coating to the bare iron part of the lid and lip of the oven to keep it from rusting in the humidity here, because Japanese ladies were buying Le Creuset overseas and complaining that it was quickly rusting in the Japanese humidity. The coating must be clear because I can't see it on my pot.

                                            1. re: Island

                                              The same color with different names happens with Staub too. Sur La Table has the dark blue Staub they are calling Marin Blue, while WS has that same color I think and calls it Sapphire Blue. The color WS is calling Red, which really is more of a brick color, IS exclusive to them.

                                              1. re: Island

                                                The Houston outlet had pink last month

                                            2. re: tokyotogo

                                              The Rosemary is gorgeous. It does look like Jade, maybe a little bit lighter. I have a 4.5 qt. French oven in Jade, and I'd probably buy at least one of something in Rosemary if they sell it in the US.

                                            3. My first piece is a red oval French oven a friend gave me for my birthday before a lot of the current colors hit the market. She got me hooked. I usually like things to match, but since I don't display them and doubt I'll ever have more than one on the table at a time I followed up with different colors. A large yellow round oven, not sure what the official color is, but it's more of a true citrus yellow than the mustardy Dijon and I also have a Sonoma green braiser, both purchased at an LC outlet. Same friend gave me a small grill pan in red a few months ago. I haven't used it yet and will probably exchange for another color. Kiwi perhaps?

                                              My favorite color by far is the Caribbean Blue. I don't need anymore pieces, but i love that color and will probably get another size oven soon as that shade hits the outlet. Maybe leave it on the cooktop for a pop of color. the stuff is so heavy I doubt I'd want any standard pots and pans in LC.
                                              I also like kiwi and if I could I'd swap my Sonoma green for that. If only it was that easy!
                                              Been waiting for years for the cast iron pieces in a shade of purple, but the cassis isn't as vivid as i hoped so not sure if I'll add that.
                                              Colors I hate: dingy dune, brown (truffle?) and their signature flame. Funny how we all either love or hate certain colors.

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                                              1. re: Island

                                                I bought my oval oven in Carribbean blue at an LC outlet. That color was made available in July, at least at thel LC outlet in Flemington NJ..

                                                1. re: flourgirl

                                                  Flourgirl I just called the one we have in San Diego and they have that color now too. Small selection, but the have the round and oval ovens which is what I want. Thanks for the tip!

                                                  1. re: Island

                                                    You're very welcome. I think they only had a small selection in that color at my local outlet too.

                                                    1. re: flourgirl

                                                      Flourgirl. I got a card from the woman who took my call at the outlet and in it was a 40% off coupon for an item. Said thanks for the call and hope it helps me get me the Caribbean piece I want! Score! Coupon isn't good until later in the month and thru Nov. It's burning a hole in my pocket. Hope they have that color when I get to use it.

                                                      1. re: Island

                                                        Wow!!! Now THAT'S a coupon!!! Good luck!!!

                                              2. Which ever one is on sale.

                                                1. I just got my first LC dutch oven (5.5 qt) in Cassis. I love it, but now, I want something in Flame. The addiction has just begun!

                                                  1. I went to the outlet store at Grove City (near Pittsburgh, PA) today, hoping to get a round oven in kiwi/lemongrass. But I didn't really like the way it looked. It was one of those gradient colors, with a deeper green at the bottom which fades lighter and lighter as it goes up to the top of the pot.

                                                    Are they all gradient in this color? Has anyone bought a solid deep kiwi round oven?

                                                    BTW, for anyone near Pittsburgh, they have lots and lots of everything cast iron, including indigo, and they're having what you could call a gradient percentage-off sale: the more you spend, the higher the percentage they take off.

                                                    At my spending level, you get 20% off an already marked down amount when you spend $200, which jumps to an additional 35% off if you spend more than $300. I ended up not buying anything, though. I really want the solid kiwi if it's possible to get. And then there are a couple of new green shades, Rosemary (Japan) and Fennel, I might like even more (neither of these was at Grove City, though they did have some pink in the front window).

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                                                    1. re: Jay F

                                                      Right after I wrote my last post, I went to the Le Creuset outlet in Vacaville, CA. I couldn't believe the prices. I ended up getting a 3.5 buffet casserole/brasier in Flame and a 6.75 oval in Indigo (35% off because it was a retired Williams Sonoma) for about $250 after the discount. I'm thinking of changing the indigo for the carribean one.

                                                      I was really impressed with their service. They were friendly and made sure that I was getting good pieces.

                                                      I agree with what you said about the kiwi. When I looked online, the color was beautiful. But in the outlet, it seemed kind of drab.

                                                      1. re: Tanjent

                                                        Congratulation on your new pieces! Strongly agree their Indigo/Navy color is such a good price (and it is 1st quality, too). I also have 3.5 qt buffet casserole and 6.75 oval. love them. I added 6.75 qt wide round from the current sale for discontinued color. Mine is Sonoma Green. I have kiwi 3.5 qt round, but I like the color, too. Maybe the color is better in smaller round shape.

                                                        1. re: hobbybaker

                                                          To hobbybaker and Tanjent (or anyone else): What specific dishes are you going to cook in an oval oven? Also, what is the difference between the regular "oval" and a "wide round"? I don't have any of either kind. Thanks.

                                                          1. re: Jay F

                                                            jay, shape is totally different. the 6.75 wide round has lower side than 6.75 oval. Oval is more suitable and can provide a snug fit to the recutangular and higher type of meat, such as pork showlder while wide round is more for flatter meat like brisket and layer of chicken tighs etc because of its larger surface. One of my favorite recipe for pork shoulder does not fit to the wide round because it is too low for that. I know somone would say all the things can be done by 7.25 qt round instead of these two but you know I love to have two for the difference. (I still agree the 7.25 qt is the most versatile if need to pick only one large DO.) I cook mostly from the book "All about Braising". Good book.

                                                            1. re: hobbybaker

                                                              Thanks, hb. I'm glad I've got the most universally useful one. I didn't realize the wide round and oval had such different shapes.

                                                              I'm making an Italian beef stew next, from Giuliano Bugialli's first cookbook. I think the 7.25 is going to be a little big for 2+ pounds of meat (it's 4" tall), so I'm thinking I'll create a false, lower "lid" from aluminum foil or parchment.

                                                              I can't wait to read "All about Braising." I haven't done much of this kind of cooking in a very long time.

                                                              Thanks for your help.

                                                              1. re: hobbybaker

                                                                HB, I confess that probably don't really need the oval, but I bought it to cook whole chickens and short ribs. Its good for longer pieces. The idea with these overs (as I understand) is to get as snug a fit as possible without crowding. You also can use parchment to get this affect, at least by height. I learned that after I got "All About Braising". I kind of got out of control after I bought my first piece because after years of being a sub-par cook, my food tasted really good.

                                                                1. re: Tanjent

                                                                  Molley's book is excellent. I learned a lot from her book and many of the recipes are so tasty and easy. Tanjent, we are so lucky to strike the deal at the sale. I was so excited and couldn't pass it up, so I know how you feel about new additions. I think 6.75 qt oval or 7qt oval is good to have for long/rectangular meat. Love mine! Happy cooking!

                                                      2. Anyone have white and if so, how do you like it?

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                                                        1. re: iyc_nyc

                                                          I don't have any in white, but I think I saw it at the LC Outlet store. There must be one near NYC.

                                                          1. re: iyc_nyc

                                                            I saw one of the TV cooks using a pristine white one last week. It was beautiful, but in my kitchen it would not stay pretty for long.
                                                            I have red. It looks nice no matter what's burnt on the bottom!

                                                            1. re: iyc_nyc

                                                              I bought a 6.75 In white ---very very pretty but it
                                                              turned out to be way too big so now lives
                                                              At my brother and SiL home It was beautiful I kept
                                                              The 3.5 wide white round since it SOooooo practical
                                                              As long as you keep the temp med clean up is
                                                              easy or use wine to make the sauce OR
                                                              Put Spoonful if hot water in BEFORE you eat then add
                                                              3more T of hot water and slosh e s rag and
                                                              Cleanup us done before the meal. I made the
                                                              J l bread and cleanup was just horrid but I got
                                                              Every speck off safely. ( thank you baking soda and later
                                                              Dissolved oxiclean)
                                                              I have some in red and flame as well and some
                                                              Vintage le crest and descoware all in flame They
                                                              Bought Descoware and I have 2 identical oval
                                                              Pieces with a hole on top one marked descoware
                                                              And one w aniron bottom marked Le creuset I also have
                                                              Some teeny rounds perfect for melted Brie and onions
                                                              Garlic and the 2cup is perfect for oatmeal
                                                              Personally I do not care for kiwi or the lilac andpurple
                                                              Nor dune. We love all ours old and new! But I
                                                              Use the teeny braisers 1.5 the most ...

                                                              1. re: gulfcoastgal

                                                                Gulf what's the J I bread? Curious, what do you make in your "teeny" braiser? I'm always looking for an excuse to add something in another color!

                                                            2. My LC pieces are 30+ years old and a color I can oly describe as pumpkin orange. Handles on the large fry pan and some of the pots are wood. Anyone have an idea as to what this color is?

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                                                              1. re: jenni49

                                                                Flame. I bought my original set in 1979, when the only color choices were flame, yellow, and brown. It's the original Le Creuset color, I believe, and though other colors have come and gone, there's always been Flame.

                                                                1. re: NotJuliaChild

                                                                  I like Ocean too. I don't get the hate for this color. But it seems like a lot of the same people who don't like Ocean don't like Cassis either, which I think is beautiful.

                                                                    1. re: flourgirl

                                                                      I guess I'm going to have to take a look at it in person. I like the way it looks in this photo, from the WS website (I want that brown table).

                                                                      Also, though the original interior enamel and the way the lids fit have never been a problem for me, I might appreciate wider handles. I was taking a round oven out of the oven yesterday, and it occurred to me that more space between handle and pot might not be such a bad thing.


                                                                    2. re: NotJuliaChild

                                                                      Ocean? Oh, oh is that a new color (please don't be one I'll love!) or something that goes by another name? I'll have to check it out.

                                                                      1. re: NotJuliaChild

                                                                        Previously, I had seen Ocean only online. I went to Willy Sonoma last night to see it in person. It's definitely more green than blue. I didn't like it.

                                                                        They tell me Le Creuset Signature line was created in response to Staub and that the enamel on the Signature is three times thicker than it was previously. The knob on the lid can also withstand higher temps.

                                                                        I'm still making up my mind from a function standpoint, but aesthetically the colors of Staub were more pleasing than those of Le Creuset.

                                                                        1. re: NotJuliaChild

                                                                          The Signature line is also available in Cobalt, Flame, and Red.

                                                                          1. re: NotJuliaChild

                                                                            The main thing is which you feel more comfortable cooking in. There's not doubt the Staub is gorgeous and the some of the glazes with highlights are prettier than LC. The interior of the Staub probably holds up better although the new Signature line will give them a run for the money. The jury is still out on the basting spikes. I did all this math in my head and on paper wanted the Staub. When it came down to it though I just didn't want to cook in the Staub. I found the interior uninviting and dreary. I had the Staub open on my stovetop for a week and my feelings didn't change. The LC makes me smile and want to cook with it. You have to consider that too in the mix as all the pros and cons don't matter if you don't find the cookware inviting to use. You need to use your heart besides your head in this decision.

                                                                            1. re: NotJuliaChild

                                                                              I have staub grenadine and gave one daughter
                                                                              Basil and my sister the blue The colors are stunning
                                                                              And guests can't stop staring. The enamel is heavier
                                                                              And the glaze is amazing and adds a subtle artistic
                                                                              Moment. I have three 2.5 grenadine which sre always in use
                                                                              for veggies or rice or pasta and an older black
                                                                              Pan which can do anything and a sm 1+ qt grenadine
                                                                              And a lesser used 5 qt in grenadine and the 3.5 pumpkin
                                                                              Which is beyond pretty. The 3 two and a half really
                                                                              Belong to my husband I won't use my red LC w the
                                                                              Grenadine but will use the white w them. My kitchen
                                                                              Has black appliances and a white tile floor white counters
                                                                              And white back tile so the color really pops but it also
                                                                              Is fun just to use white LC and white Chantal EOS

                                                                              1. re: gulfcoastgal

                                                                                Never really looked at the Staub. I love LC, but they are just so dang heavy. is the Staub just as heavy?

                                                                          2. I stopped off at Williams-Sonoma today to see Le Creuset's new Signature line. I agree with Blondelle on the Ocean color. It's so dark at the base and the rim of the lid, they should have called it The Very Bottom of the Ocean. I don't mind the wider handles, at least not that I could tell in an non-cooking tryout.

                                                                            I couldn't perceive any difference in the coloration of the interior enamel. I suppose I'd need to cook a bunch of "stew in red wine" recipes to really appreciate the true benefit, enhanced stainproofness.

                                                                            I hope they'll retire Ocean posthaste and bring Fennel or Rosemary to market in the US.

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                                                                            1. re: Jay F

                                                                              Fennel will be available as an exclusive to Sur La Table in January I think. It's supposed to be a brighter, mid tone green. I've had quite enough of LC's drab and dreary period. Time to return to their roots with bright, cheerful colors, or at least something lighter and brighter!

                                                                              1. re: blondelle

                                                                                I just don't see Ocean as dreary. I see it as calming and subtle. Sometimes bright is just nerve jangling.

                                                                                1. re: flourgirl

                                                                                  My favorite colors are Jade and Indigo (which should really be named Navy, as there's not an iota of Purple in it), neither of which is bright or nerve jangling. One of the nice things about LC is that they put out these limited editions, so that you can have Ocean, and I can have Jade, and Blondelle can have...Blondelle, what _is_ your favorite color?

                                                                                  1. re: Jay F

                                                                                    I really couldn't decide on a favorite color which is why each of my pieces is a different color....LOL. If I could only have one though it would be the red, with the azure blue a close second.

                                                                                    1. re: blondelle

                                                                                      "One of the nice things about LC is that they put out these limited editions, .."

                                                                                      That's true. :)

                                                                                      And I have too many favorite colors for my own good - but I only own four pieces at the moment, and one of them is in Dijon, not my favorite color, but I got a great price on it and it does look nice in my kitchen which is mostly shades of white and cream.

                                                                                      So anyway, even though I like Ocean, I doubt I'll be owning any pieces in that color - just no need/no room for more big heavy cookware at the moment. Sigh.

                                                                                  2. re: flourgirl

                                                                                    I loved the subtle citron but the Dijon just slaps
                                                                                    Me in the face

                                                                                    1. re: flourgirl

                                                                                      I agree. To me, the primary colors look more like my kindergarten classroom than a kitchen.

                                                                                    2. re: blondelle

                                                                                      I will like Fennel, I think. Green is my favorite color, in general. I love LC's Jade, but it's now deceased. I'm just hoping Fennel will look something like it.

                                                                                      1. re: blondelle

                                                                                        I just got an e-mail back from Sur La Table, saying that they're going to start carrying Fennel in January.

                                                                                        1. re: Jay F

                                                                                          Thanks for the update. Jay is fennel available somewhere else now, or called something else in another country? That may be upstream in this thread, but searching back half way I didn't see it. Can you enlighten me? I'd like to see the color, but I didn't find anything in a Google search. Thanks.

                                                                                          1. re: Island

                                                                                            I looked through every country on lecreuset.com, and Fennel is not available anywhere. I wrote back to Sur la Table, and got the answer that they're not showing any photos until they start selling it in their stores.

                                                                                            What I have found that's similar (maybe identical?) is Rosemary, which is for sale in Japan. It's a really beautiful green. http://www.lecreuset.jp/index.php

                                                                                            1. re: Jay F

                                                                                              Thanks Jay. That is a beautiful green. If the color in the picture is accurate I like it much better than the piece I have in Sonoma green. I would have wanted 1 green piece in a green I love best and dang that would have been my shade of green!
                                                                                              Seems like Le Creuset is churning out new colors left and right. Think they're on to us color junkies who buy a variety of colors?

                                                                                              1. re: Island

                                                                                                that is pretty! i also like that flower shaped jar... maybe for some dried herbs?

                                                                                                1. re: qwerty78

                                                                                                  I was just at our local LC outlet and they had a small flower shaped one like that, but it was cast iron! Shocked to see that little thing. On the counter because they have a customer who calls all the time waiting for one to hit the outlet. I've never seen it before or the color which was baby pink that lightened to almost cream from bottom to top with a silver knob. Not my color and no clue what one would make in it since it was probably the size of a standard salad or dessert plate.

                                                                                    3. I must be the most boring chowhounder out there - I'm all about black!

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                                                                                      1. re: olympia

                                                                                        Black will always and forever be totally cool.

                                                                                        And in one of the many fantasy kitchens in my mind, I could see how nothing but black (or black and white) cookware, etc. would be absolutely smashing.

                                                                                      2. Does anyone know of a colour chart/gallery comparing the vintage and current colours? I've googled the hell out of it ...

                                                                                        1. I really like Linen because it is neutral. It complements my All Clad LTD2 quite well and the overall color scheme of my industrial/stainless style kitchen. I have seen on other posts that people find it too blah. I guess I was sooo glad to see the earth tone colors of the '70's fade away that Flame would drive my crazy!! But I know it has the longest history and always appreciate other people's taste.

                                                                                          1. My favorite color would have to be the old Jade...several beautiful pieces in that color, varied with a beautiful 5 qt braiser in Flame and a large red (Cherry) frying pan. I am an addict!!

                                                                                            Most recent acquisition was a darling 3/4 qt saucepan in the same green with a black rubberish handle (I have never seen one before), and the oil and vinegar set in gradiated Dijon. I also decided to get a #32 terrine in white (a prized piece) and I have a fondue pot in an unknown color resembling a brown rust (purchased unused, from the seventies most likely) which I cherish as well. I do like the little server ware like salt and pepper, garlic pot and honey jar. I gave a set of those out to nmy family last Christmas!!!

                                                                                            I adore the Cassis and Caribbean but they just don't work in my color scheme. The new Fennel looks beautiful, I think!!

                                                                                            1. Cherry red. So beautiful! Who ever thought I would describe cookware as beautiful? I bought all but one of my pieces at the outlet store, (the one exception was a 2.75 oval special at WS for $99). I have gotten 35% off during some promotions at the outlet and even though a couple of pieces are 2nds, they let you inspect them carefully and I cannot even tell why they would be seconds! My challenge right now is that I want some sizes that are not available anymore and will most likely get them from eBay, so I guess I'll have to be flexible on color...so do I go with Flame, or find a completely different and contrasting color, like green or yellow? I want the small individual au gratins (#20) and a 2 qt au gratin (#28?).

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                                                                                              1. re: Callalily

                                                                                                I would not go with Flame. It clashes with red.

                                                                                                Kiwi would probably be nice, green being red's complementary color. I don't think you'll find cast iron au gratin dishes in Kiwi in those sizes, though. When Kiwi was popular, they were making stoneware au gratins except in the 3 qt. size.

                                                                                                Here's what I see at Amazon:



                                                                                                It looks as if I spoke too soon. There's more to see at lecreuset.com, including 1 qt. and 3 qt. cast iron au gratins. There's a Kiwi in the 3 qt. size.


                                                                                                I know you can find used LC cast iron au gratins in smaller sizes in dark green on eBay, if you want to do a Xmas thing.

                                                                                                1. re: Jay F

                                                                                                  hi Jay F, I have the 2 on lecreuset.com, the 3 and the 1 in cherry, got them at the outlet store for a great price, $65 for the 1 qt and $91 for the 3 qt and they are 1st quality. Love the outlet store when they have a sale! I want the 2....and will have to find it on ebay...green might be nice, and yellow maybe...but you are right, the flame would clash. Might have to settle if I get desperate!

                                                                                                2. re: Callalily

                                                                                                  I haven't bought Le Creuset there, but it seems that all things come to those who wait on eBay ...

                                                                                                  I'm confused, and I'm sure this is just the place to get help :)

                                                                                                  I'm thinking of redoing my kitchen in a color scheme where purple would work (I swear Le Creuset was not the primary driver of this plan!). So I opened my Sur la Table and Williams-Sonoma catalogs, and I see Cassis and Aubergine. I thought I'd read here that they were the same, but Aubergine is so deep and dark in the photos, and Cassis looks like a wimpy, half-hearted purple by comparison. Are my eyes telling me the truth, that Aubergine is much deeper?

                                                                                                  1. re: foiegras

                                                                                                    Aubergine almost looks Navy to me, and although I haven't set eyes on the two colors except in magazines/internet, I would def go with the Cassis...very beautiful. I keep thinking about a modern-ish kitchen with black counters, stainless appliances, and purple accents/paint etc would be a lovely backdrop for the Cassis, or some of the other new colors which might be why LC has come out with them. Ikea is tres popular in Europe, so that type of kitchen comes to mind....;)

                                                                                                    1. re: mobius981

                                                                                                      I still haven't seen the Cassis in person, but I bought a baby (1.25 qt) saucepan in Aubergine today using my bounce-back coupon from Christmas shopping at W-S. The color is very deep and does have blue in it. It's pretty.

                                                                                                      1. re: foiegras

                                                                                                        I'd been emailing LC for years, begging, please make Dutch ovens in the same shade as the little eggplant shaped baker. Finally Cassis arrives. I've seen it in person and it disappointing. A dull muddy shade that is not as vibrant as the purple shade they use for the ceramic line. I didn't know there was another color called Aubergine. In cast iron? I'll have to check that out.

                                                                                                        1. re: Island

                                                                                                          I'm afraid Aubergine isn't what you want either. It's a purplish almost black color.

                                                                                                          1. re: blondelle

                                                                                                            Yeah probably not. Haven't seen it in person, but checked out the WS website and I agree with the poster that said it looks closer to navy blue. Further off the mark than Cassis. LC needs some work on naming these colors.

                                                                                                            1. re: Island

                                                                                                              I don't think Aubergine is inaccurate, but there is a lot of blue in this purple. I suspect the color was developed to blend with as many other LC colors as possible, which I think this does, and perhaps to appeal to those who aren't necessarily lovers of purple. If it were me, I'd forget about them, but ...

                                                                                                              Aubergine looks very nice with Dune and Linen. And I don't think it could be called muddy ...

                                                                                                              1. re: foiegras

                                                                                                                I'd have to see it in person, but in photos I get no hint of purple and the color aubergine most definitely does.

                                                                                                  2. re: Callalily

                                                                                                    A color that looks surprisingly good with either cherry red or flame is the dark chocolate brown -- especially in gratins. Very rich and food-y...

                                                                                                    1. re: ellabee

                                                                                                      Yes, I'll bet it does, and what doesn't go with brown?

                                                                                                    1. I have two gloss black pieces, a 26cm dutch oven and a 30cm buffet casserole, they look magnificent but alas you can't get gloss black anymore in Australia.

                                                                                                      1. All my large pieces, stoneware pans and accessories are Cobalt. I mixed it up by getting a whistling kettle and serving bowl are Carribean (light blue). I have 6 ramekins are in various colours (Cobalt, Fennel, Dijon, Cherry, Cassis & Ocean).

                                                                                                        Clearly, cobalt is my favourite, with Carribean close behind but I love the look of Fennel & Cassis. I'm always tempted to buy a brighter colour like Dijon. Some day...

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                                                                                                        1. re: cellophane_star

                                                                                                          To my eye, Ocean is soothing. Food looks appetizing in it, unlike some of the other colors. I brought the linen home and hated it...it was drab and boring in my kitchen but I can imagine it in an all-white kitchen. I plan on buying the dune and possibly spinach - the color Crate and Barrel is showing. No red or flame for me. Too much of a color commitment!

                                                                                                        2. What do you have to go with your Flame dinnerware? I'm looking for ideas to get for fruit bowls, bread plates, etc. Le Creuset doesn't seem to have a good fit for these but I'd like to have something that goes with it.