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Le Creuset starter piece?

I'm considering getting my first (and possibly only–for while anyhow) Le Creuset french oven. I noticed that for $149 I could buy the 5.5 qt at Marshall's however the colors were limited. Lemon was my favorite of the limited color offerings on 'second choix' pieces, but I truly would prefer white as I think this could be something that would go in my kitchen even if I change the color scheme on my kitchen over the years. Also I already have a 6 qt Calphalon stainless pot, I'm thinking I should get the 7.25 qt oven perhaps to have something larger. The deal at Marshall's is so great though it is hard to pass up. But when I think about the fact this may be the only piece I'll own for a long time...Marshall's also carried what I believe to be 9 qts in a chili red color. Looked a little big to me, to store, but the price was only $179. Pay more for the exact color and size I want or go for one of the deals at Marshall's? Cooking requirements would be serve 4-6 with leftovers, ideally. I mostly cook vegetarian.

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  1. I would go for the Marshall 5.5 Quart.

    1. I personally find the 7 1/4 quart to be my most used piece of the ovens. But I don't own the 9 quart, for that deal I'd get the 9 quart one.

      1. I like the 5.5 qt. round best, but I would check and see what's available at Le Creuset's outlet stores. You're likely to find a better selection of colors at comparable prices. If there's not a store near you, they do the best single-brand mail order business I've experienced. Shipping is usually, or maybe always, free when you spend $100+.

        http://lcstores.com/locations.asp

        1. I would absolutely get your first choice. I'm very picky though. Any piece that I've compromised on due to price I usually regret for one reason or another. If it's something I'm using regularly I'd like it to make me happy rather than making me regretful that it wasn't my first choice. I've also learned to be patient - if you look long and hard enough almost everything is discounted at some point.

          I definitely agree that the outlet is the way to go. I'd probably get a 7.25 qt. I have that size as well as a 5 qt buffet casserole (which is probably my favorite of the two).

          1. Spend the money on a moderately-sized Le Creuset Dutch/French oven. I use mine all the time, for all sorts of things. It's a beautiful cobalt-blue, which I understand they are d/cing. How could they get rid of blue?

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            1. re: catdoc46

              Where did you hear this!?! That's my color! If this is true I have to finish getting my pieces stat! Somebody pretty please confirm.

              1. re: Maramixi

                Yes, the Cobalt is being discontinued. The LC rep in my Bloomies confirmed that yesterday, and I've read it a few places too. You have plenty of time to get your pieces as they will place that color on sale and it will be around in the stores for a while too before that. Someone mentioned the new blue was between their Azure blue and the Caribbean color, and called Marseilles (sp.), but that's unconfirmed. I think the Azure is prettier than the Cobalt, but that was discontinued too. About the only colors to hang around over the years are Red and Flame. LC tried to get rid of the Flame years ago but their were too many complaints, and they brought it back.