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I lust for Le Creuset, but they are too expensive for me. I bought a very similar dutch oven from Lodge and a smaller one from the Martha Stewart line of cookware at Macy's. Both are excellent and show no staining from spaghetti sauce, boneless beef ribs cooked in V-8 juice, or anything else I have cooked in them. Both are excellent quality. Enjoy your birthday present.
I have the Almond color inside and out. I love it. I bought it in the sweetest little town in Siren, Wisconsin called the Acorn Pantry. They are extremely knowledgeable about LeCreuset. I don't need another size or anything. Just love the one I have. Made a delicious Jager Stew (made with venison) and it was delicious. I just cook everything in it low and slow.
Home is where the rags of your life are turned into quilts, lemons become lemonade and a few extra pounds are simply welcomed as "more of you to love."
I am so confused. I don't know if I found a rope or lost my horse."
They even hold their value - not that you would ever want to get rid of them, once you have them, LOL.
Creative clutter is better than idle neatness.