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JUST BOUGHT LECREUSET 5.5 FRENCH OVEN and 5 QUART BRAISER!!!

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arupiper Jan 2, 2010 06:47 AM

in dijon, and flame, respectively.

Sorry for the caps, but i'm really that excited!!

Actually, bought the the french oven about a month ago, and the braiser on Dec 21, delivered to my door on Dec 23...merry christmas to me! Bought the oven from a local kitchen store (negotiated a price for $200), and the braiser from Chef's Catalog.

I cannot believe how well they brown onions! That the was first thing i did in my dutch oven. And a nice even brown. I have all clad stainless cookware, and despite my best efforts, the onions always browned on the edges to a crisp, while the innards stayed white.

In the french oven, i have cooked:

split peas soup
chili
Julia Child's bouef bourginion (new years eve supper)
Rice casserole
Apple Cranberry Compte
Beef Stroganoff
White chicken chili
Mornay sauce
numerous other things.....

Braiser:
Julia Child's Sauteed chicken breasts (very good and EASY)
scalloped potatoes
Broccoli, rice and cheese casserole (it made its debut at my family's christmas dinner)

My initial impressions:

I was pleasantlyl surpirsed by the non-stick qualities of the enamel. I've cooked dishes with cheese in them, baked, and then sat in the braiser over night. I was able to scrap it off with a wooden spatula, and then easily took off the rest in soap and water.

The food cooks very evenly, and heats evenly. It doesn't tip on the stovetop.

It produces a BEAUTIFUL fond every time.