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Best Le Creuset starter pieces?

artemis78 | Mar 27, 2010 08:13 PM

We are in the process of putting our wedding registry together, and are very excited about adding some Le Creuset pieces to our kitchen! I'm feeling a little overwhelmed by all of the sizes and shapes out there, though, and wondered if people could share what their favorite 2-3 pieces are and why.

I know every cook and every household is a bit different, but here's a little about us:
- Primarily cook meals for two plus leftovers (so meals for 4-6, I guess?) with occasional dinner parties for 6-8; like to cook adventurously; 90% veggie or fish meals.
- Right now our cookware consists of miscellaneous hand-me down Pyrex dishes, one Emile Henry 2 qt. oval baker, a set of Farberware Millennium stainless copper-clad pans (1 qt., 3 qt, 6 qt, 10" saute pan); and a set of Lodge cast iron skillets in assorted sizes. No non-stick right now. We're planning to keep all of this in circulation, so ideally we'd complement but not duplicate too much if one of these pots or pans is just as effective.

What are your favorite must-have Le Creuset pieces, and what do you like to use them for? I'm also curious to know how similar or different the functions of the braiser and dutch oven are---if we have one in a given size, is it silly to have the other in the same size, or do they cook very differently?

Any ideas or suggestions would be greatly appreciated---it's a little daunting to try to sort it all out without knowing what kinds of things each piece might be a good fit for! Thanks!

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