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Enabling those who didn't buy the LC 2.5 qt. doufeu!

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blondelle Jan 25, 2011 10:56 AM

Just saw this on the WS site. Someone said they were told that baking artisan bread in a doufeu oven replicated the crust that you needed a high steam oven for before. They tried it and it worked. They didn't mention if they used the ice though, or the no knead recipe.. Not sure what they meant about leaving it covered for 20 minutes. Doesn't the bread bake covered most of the time time? There's a photo of the finished boule if you want to look.

http://www.williams-sonoma.com/produc...

  1. hobbybaker Jan 25, 2011 11:02 AM

    Thank you for the info, but I don't enable this time althouth it is very tempting ;) Maybe I am too cautious but for the bread, I would rather use a cheap knock-off or raw CI exclusively.

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      olympia Jan 25, 2011 01:38 PM

      Oops, wrong spot - sorry!

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      CookingwithMochi Jan 25, 2011 11:57 AM

      Wow! I bought this doufeu and would love to make that boule...does anyone have a good recipe?

      Also, this is really a stupid question, but how do you get the pretty criss-crossing? :) Baking is obviously not my strongest skill...

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        ProfessorBear Jan 25, 2011 12:14 PM

        You can use a sharp knife, a razor blade, or a bread lame (basically a blade on a stick) to cut the lines just before it hits the oven :-)

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          CookingwithMochi Jan 25, 2011 01:43 PM

          Thanks! I will have to try this out :)

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            hill food Jan 25, 2011 08:45 PM

            or scissors - won't punch down the dough in any way.

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        olympia Jan 25, 2011 01:39 PM

        Has any one had good luck at getting a store to price match? I'm really wanting this now (thanks, chowhoud!) and don't care too much for the remaining colors online. Saw a red one in store yesterday but they wouldn't price match as the red is sold out. Boo.

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          ProfessorBear Jan 25, 2011 02:11 PM

          Yes! I called the Akron, Ohio store (one of three that are about an hour from me) and they both had it and matched the online price - and I got it today!

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            olympia Jan 25, 2011 02:21 PM

            They shipped it or did you go and pick it up? Thanks :) What color did you get?

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              ProfessorBear Jan 25, 2011 02:30 PM

              I had it shipped... only because it was $11 to ship and I'd have used more than that in gas and spent two hours driving to get it.

              And I got red - like all my other pieces!

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                olympia Jan 25, 2011 02:39 PM

                I'm having a conflict in that I really want one now and all my other pieces are black. I hate having something that doesn't match! I think I'd like flame as I consider it classic. My local store doesn't have the flame but they do have red and said that they'd match the price. I did try another store last night and they would not match. Boo!

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            grnidkjun Jan 25, 2011 02:44 PM

            I suppose I was lucky with the one here.. I called and asked and they didn't know about the online price. They saw that it was on there.. and even thought the red was sold out online, they still price matched it for me. They are now out of red, there was one left in cobalt and I know one left in Ocean.

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              olympia Jan 25, 2011 02:52 PM

              I just called two store and have one on hold in flame and one in red. Which to choose? Hate that there's no black or white but I feel I'll be committing to a color forever with this decision! :)

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                ProfessorBear Jan 25, 2011 02:54 PM

                I think either would be lovely with the black, but flame is awfully nice :)

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                  olympia Jan 25, 2011 02:57 PM

                  You're too sweet to help indulge me with my decision making. (Not my forte!) I'm going to have a look see at both. I don't want black and orange to look like Halloween party!

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                    grnidkjun Jan 25, 2011 03:24 PM

                    If you are worried about red or orange.. why not order the Dune off the website.. it's more of a Sand color and more neutral. It's still there at the moment.

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                      blondelle Jan 25, 2011 05:04 PM

                      I would get the red with the black, and at some future time add a white piece. Maybe next a Cobalt, then maybe a Dijon. That's the solution to your problem. Just buy more LC in primary colors to mix with the black :-).

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                    grnidkjun Jan 25, 2011 03:12 PM

                    I wish they would have had the flame here.. I love that color.
                    It's so cheerful.
                    The red is nice as well and it is gradiated.. that's what I ended up with.
                    The ocean is pretty, but it seemed just too gray to me.

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                      olympia Jan 25, 2011 06:01 PM

                      Well I brought both home to help me decide! The little thing sure is cute! I feel like all I can see with the orange and black is halloween! Eeek! (my apologies to the grammarians for my previous posts - I think my language abilities diminish when I'm under the pressure of deciding about cookware!)

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                        iyc_nyc Jan 25, 2011 08:17 PM

                        Is the ocean more blue or green (in addition to gray)? Wondering if it will match with red (as the carribean blue does) or if it will be too christmas-y (red + green).

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                          mikie Jan 26, 2011 05:38 AM

                          I'm not shure how well red and ocean would look together, but I wouldn't worry about it looking christmas-y, it's just not that kind of color.

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                            grnidkjun Jan 26, 2011 07:11 AM

                            To me it seemed more of a dark teal gray.. it was pretty and very glossy. Definitely not christmas like.
                            Just wasn't my preference.

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                              hobbybaker Jan 26, 2011 11:14 AM

                              Yes, teal gray is the best word to describe to me, too. I think it will match well with stoneware plates in similar color or earthy/rustic colors like dark brown, off white, cream beige etc. So for someone who has those, it is a good choice. but my plates are all bright white or dark blue so the color does not match well with what I have.

                              http://www.overstock.com/Home-Garden/...

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                              blondelle Jan 26, 2011 11:03 AM

                              Picture a brackish green fading into a blackish green. It's a very drab, grayed color. Yes, it works with the red, but do a search of Google images to see several views of it. It's more green than blue. Picture Army green fading to a greeny charcoal. Not my cup of tea either. I honestly don't think it's flattering to any food in it. It's less interesting in the doufeu as there's not even a black knob to dress it up a bit.

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                                iyc_nyc Jan 26, 2011 09:22 PM

                                Many thanks to all of you! I've seen photos in catalogues and on the web, but couldn't picture it live with red (red would be my chairs - dining table is bright white).

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                            CookingwithMochi Jan 25, 2011 03:17 PM

                            They are both nice...I got one in red, though, and I love it!

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                          hobbybaker Jan 25, 2011 06:10 PM

                          My local store still has red, flame, and blue but they said they don't match. So, I assume it really depends on which store. They had a ocean with one obvious dimple on the outside of the lid for $89, which is more expensive than the normal piece on line! Doesn't make any sense to me. So I came back with empty hands! I did not find any staub on sale either. BOOOOO. So you guys are really really lucky!!!

                          Olympia: I would go with the red. not the orange with black!

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                            olympia Jan 25, 2011 07:32 PM

                            Maybe you could get one shipped? You could try the Akron store that our fellow CHer had good luck with. The Beverly Hills store had ocean, cobalt, red and flame. hths!
                            (Still thinking on the color - I love the flame way better but perhaps not as a companion to the red!) What is your color preference by the way?

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                              hobbybaker Jan 25, 2011 07:49 PM

                              I am kiind of - Carrebian, Kiwi, Green person and look forward to adding one yellow. but All my pieces are in different colors. I have one flame, 3.5qt buffet casserole, my nephew calls it a Pumpkin pot :) and it is useful for Halloween dinner. I have just checked the Doufeu in Dijion and it says backorder until Feb 15; so, the pricing was really attractive to many :) Even Kiwi is sold out!

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                                ProfessorBear Jan 25, 2011 07:53 PM

                                Seriously, just start calling. The Akron store shipped mine for $11.50 via UPS. I'm sure one store around wherever you are might have the Dijon :-)

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                                  grnidkjun Jan 25, 2011 07:56 PM

                                  I'm with hobby on this one. I enjoy the variety of color.
                                  I have a couple cobalt, red, dijon and flame.

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                                    hobbybaker Jan 25, 2011 08:05 PM

                                    You know, one color I am missing is Citron. Such a refleshing color especially in Spring after these long long winter snow days but they were sold only a quite short period and not in many variety of shapes. All good deals I saw in Citron last year at WS outlet stores were 6.75 qt oval which I already have in Slate (Gray) !!!

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                                    olympia Jan 25, 2011 08:10 PM

                                    It's so funny that no one seems to be after dune! I think your color spectrum must be really pretty together. I personally really like Caribbean but I don't know that I'd be able to fully commit to it (I'm kind of a color phobe, thus the black collection). The darn doufeu is so cute, hopefully you'll find one. I think you should just get one shipped!

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                                      iyc_nyc Jan 25, 2011 08:15 PM

                                      How creamy is the dune? Is it more beige, tan, off white, or something else..? thanks!

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                                        olympia Jan 25, 2011 08:25 PM

                                        To me *maybe not others* it looks like the interior of the pots. Kind of off white to my eye.

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                                          hobbybaker Jan 25, 2011 08:28 PM

                                          agree. It is kind of off-white cotton to me, too.

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                                            iyc_nyc Jan 25, 2011 08:32 PM

                                            hmm, thanks -- more yellow off white or tan/brown off white? and how does it compare to LC interior -- lighter or darker? Thanks!

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                                              olympia Jan 25, 2011 08:35 PM

                                              To me it looks the same as the interior.

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                                                hobbybaker Jan 25, 2011 08:43 PM

                                                A bit brown/tan but not much. I have several LCs and some LCs have lighter interior color than others so hard to say but to me it is lighter.
                                                It is not a bad color just very neutral llike my Slate. It is not an interesting vibrant color, you know. but I think it matches well with grains/rice inside. I use a small size LC (Mine is 2.0 qt normal DO in carib) as a grain/rice pot mailny, so it is not a bad combination to me.

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                                                blondelle Jan 26, 2011 04:59 AM

                                                The lighter part of the exterior enamel of the Dune is lighter than the interior, thus the handles look whiter than the inside which looks a bit odd to me. The light parts are sort of an ivory color. The shading is more of a tan color, not too yellowish. If you put it in a white kitchen it will look more yellowish though. I know some people like it, but I find it a bit drab, especially against the brighter, prettier colors. It's darker to me than an off white.

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                                                  iyc_nyc Jan 26, 2011 09:26 PM

                                                  Thanks, you all -- you CHers are very good with color! this is very helpful..

                                                  I'm not into yellowish cream. All my dinnerware is white (porcelain and bone china, some of the bone china pieces with sable brown rims) and table is white marble, so not sure this will match..

                                                  Do have some light woods in the dining area so thot maybe the dune could pick up on that.

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                                                    olympia Jan 27, 2011 06:31 AM

                                                    Why not get red?

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                                          hobbybaker Jan 25, 2011 08:23 PM

                                          Thanks. I am also interested in Staub 2.75qt as I have no staub yet and kind of curious - but only if the price is right to me. ( I already have 2.0 qt LC so no rush for those sizes.) but kind of obsessed as I checked the Doufeu so much.... hahaha. I am glad that you guys got such a good price! Enjoy!

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