I like to dabble in cooking and have had LC on my wishlist for quite some time. I'm not interested in having a big collection of ECI because I don't have the storage space. So, I was trying to determine which pieces I really need, whether they should be oval or round, what sizes, etc. This past week I visited the LC Outlet. I purchased the 5.5 round french oven, the 7.25 round french oven, and the 3.5 braiser at the LC outlet The color I liked was on sale for 40% off at the outlet. (Which is why I purchased more than just one piece.) These were all first quality, and I paid a total of $494.00. I think I got a good deal. But, I've heard that the best deals are at TJ Maxx and Homegoods, etc. In any event, I know LC lasts a lifetime, and I would like your input as to whether or not I should consider different pieces than the one I chose. (I've got 45 days to return the items if I need to :)). This is a pretty expensive purchase for me (Christmas and Birthday Gift!), so I'm not interested in starting a vast collection of LC. I just want a few good pieces. Please give me your opinions.
In case the below is helpful:
I like to cook soups, stews, beans, etc. I've never braised meat, but there's a first time for everything! I currently cook meals enough for two, but I can see in the future having to make meals for 3-4 people (shout out to my future kids! LOL). Also, when I cook now, I usually make enough for leftovers for the next day. Also, I currently have the Emerilware stainless steel cookware set.