REVIEW: Le Creuset Cobalt Blue 9.75in Tarte Tatin Dish

le-creuset-tarte-tatin-dishOkay, so just what is a tarte tatin? Well for those that don’t know, it’s an upside down apple tart. And basically the reasoning behind having a dish that is specifically made for tarte tatin is that it can be used to caramelize the apples on the stove top before placing in the oven to finish it off. So it saves you having to transfer the apple bit into another oven proof dish.

This is a very versatile pan however and you wouldn’t want to limit yourself to just cooking tarte tatin in this. Since the Le Creuset Cherry Tarte Tatin Dish can be used on the stove top you can pretty much cook anything in it but it is particularly good for browning or sauteing foods. And you could use this in the oven for any type of pie as well as quiches, cakes and any oven baked dishes.

You can also use this for marinating meats or even just as a serving tray for  h’ordeurves.

What We Like

  • It’s made from cast iron so heat retention and distribution is excellent.
  • The wide open handles make it easy to flip out those tarte tartin that you have baked.
  • It’s dishwasher safe.
  • It looks good enough to take straight to the table for serving.

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REVIEW: Le Creuset 6-Piece Classics Cookware Set

le-creuset-6-pce-classics-cookware-setLe Creuset really makes some of the best enamel cast iron cookware on the market today. This is quality stuff and you’d have to expect it for the price.

This isn’t a cheap cookware set by any means but if you love cast iron then this will be the last set you ever own. Cast iron is strong and durable and should last you a lifetime.

This Le Creuset 6-Piece Classics Cookware Setis just stunning with strong bold colors that really make an impact. The color choice is amazing including flame, cobalt blue, kiwi, dune, cherry, Caribbean and dijon. Each color is deep and rich. You’ll want to keep these out on show they look that good.

What’s Included

  • 10 1/4in square skillet grill
  • 5.5 qt round french oven with lid
  • 2.25 qt saucier pan with lid
  • 11in x 8in roaster

What We Like

  • The enamel coating is chip resistance.
  • The enamel coating means that you won’t ever have to season this cast iron set.
  • It comes with a lifetime limited warranty.
  • The cast iron means that this set has good heat retention and even cooking.
  • The handles are cool to touch.
  • Its dishwasher safe.

What We Don’t Like

  • Cast iron is heavy so you will need good muscles to use this cookware.
  • This set is a bit pricey but if you think of it as a long term investment then it is good value for money.

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REVIEW: Le Creuset 2.25-Quart Saucier Pan

Le Creuset 2.5 qt saucierI have to admit I am a bit of a fan of Le Creuset cookware. It’s strong, durable and looks so damn good. The only drawback is that it is a little pricey but these pans will last you a lifetime if looked after correctly.

The Le Creuset Enameled Cast-Iron Saucier Pan is a beautiful piece of cookware. It’s available in a variety of colors including red (pictured) cobalt blue , kiwi, cherry, dune, dijon, flame, chestnut and Caribbean blue.

This saucier pan is made from enamel cast iron. This enables you to get all the benefits of cast iron but without the hassle of maintaining it by having to season it on a regular basis.

Cast iron heats evenly and retains heat for longer periods than most other cookware materials.

What We Like

  • It’s oven safe (including the knobs on the lid) to 400F so will go straight from stove top to oven without having the hassle of transferring foods to an oven proof dish.
  • It works on gas, electric, ceramic and induction stove tops.
  • The pan is dishwasher safe.

Other Things to Consider

  • This is a heavy piece of cookware but this is nothing new to cast iron cookware.

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Emerilware From All-Clad Jambalaya Pan

emerilware-all-clad-jambalaya-panHow gorgeous is this beautiful dark blue Jambalaya pan which is the latest addition to Emeril’s cookware collection.

This elegantly styled enameled cast iron pan has the exceptional durability and heat retention associated with cast iron cookware. And because it is enameled cast iron it is resistant to chips and scratches.

The spiked lid is ensures that the food is self basted by having the steam return back into the pan and thus keeping the food moist and flavorsome.

The large handles make it easy to carry the pan from the stove to the workbench or table, for serving and it is certainly elegant enough to place on the table when you are entertaining.

What We Like:

  • The versatile shape is ideal for making jambalaya but it can also be used for braising, searing, casseroles and baking
  • Beautifully styled in an attractive dark blue color
  • The lid and the base meet perfectly together to make a tight fit
  • The condensation spikes under the lid ensures that the moisture returns to the pan, keeping the food moist and flavorsome
  • The high quality enamel exterior and interior is 100% free of lead and cadmium
  • The Jambalaya pan is highly durable and the smooth, sealed enamel is easy to clean and care for
  • The cast iron construction means you get even heat distribution and retention
  • This pan can is safe to use on regular stove tops as well as induction and glass stovetops
  • The pan is oven safe to 550°F

What We Don’t Like:

  • Apart from the recommendation that the pan be hand washed in mild soapy water there isn’t anything else we don’t like

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Lodge Logic Pre-Seasoned Sportsman’s Hibachi Charcoal Grill

lodge-logic-pre-seasoned-sportsman-hibachi-charcoal-grillJust what you need where a portable self contained outdoor cooking source is needed. So when you are going on a picnic, tailgating, camping or just entertaining in the backyard you will find that the Lodge Logic Pre-Seasoned Sportsman’s Charcoal Grill is just the answer.

The grill is made from hard wearing, even-heating cast iron which retains the heat for long periods of time. It comes seasoned so it is ready to use as soon as it arrives, but it doesn’t hurt to give the heated grill a spray with PAM.

Controlling the speed at which the food cooks is easily done simply by rotating the grate away from the heat source. There is also a draft door to regulate the heat. This grill has two adjustable heights which means the grill will do everything you need when you are cooking outdoors whether you are grilling, frying ,cooking a pot of stew or chili or simply keeping the pot of coffee warm.

The coals can be easily accessed from behind a flip-down door.

The Lodge Logic Pre-Seasoned Sportsman’s Charcoal Grill has four steady legs, a useful carrying handle, and it is simple and easy to clean, all you need to do is hand wash it with a stiff brush and hot water.

The Sportsman’s charcoal grill measures 19 inches by 10-1/4 inches by 8-1/4 inches and it has a limited lifetime warranty.

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One reviewer recommends buying the Honorable Hibachi recipe book by Kathryn Popper.

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