Le Crueset Wok -Make Magic Stir Fry

le-creuset-wok A wok is one of those pieces of cookware that you will get a lot of use out of.

You can use it for all your Asian style dishes such as your stir-fry, Chicken Chow Mein, Mongolian Lamb or beef and black bean.

This Le Creuset Wok is made from cast iron which is of course well known for its heat retention properties. It has a colorful enameled exterior with the handles that flare stylishly from each side.

The domed glass lid seals in the flavor of the food as it cooks and lets you monitor the food while it cooks.

The Le Creuset Wok does need seasoning as you will find with most cast iron cookware, and the instructions are included in the package.

Le Creuset is known for the quality of their products and this Wok is no exception. It is a fairly solid piece of cookware that will last you a long time simply because it is well made.

Le Creuset enamelled cast iron Woks come in a range of excellent colors.

Lodge Manufacturing Cast Iron Serving Kettles – Set of 4

lodge-manufacturing-cast-iron-serving-kettlesThis cute set of 4 enameled logic cast iron serving kettles are made by Lodge Manufacturing Co.

Each kettle has an 8 oz capacity and I find them ideal when serving garnishes for fajitas and chili. I fill them with onions, cheese, cilantro, sour cream, salsa, cheese and other items to compliment whatever type of meal I am serving. They are also great for individual servings of soup, macaroni cheese and small servings of casserole.

Each kettle has pedestal feet and comes with side handles that make it easy to lift them or for passing around the table.

These kettles have all the properties of cast iron such as weight, look and durability and another great feature is that they have been pre-seasoned.

Let’s Cook Fajita’s – Choose Your Cookware

Fajita’s are traditionally made using skirt steak, which was once considered to be a less desirable cut of meat because it is tough unless cooked correctly.

The term Fajita comes from the Spanish word ‘faja’ which translates into sash or belt referring to the skirt steak which is the diaphragm muscle of the steer.

Although originally a Mexican dish of the vaqueros or Mexican cowboys, it has been considered to be a Texas specialty from the late 1930’s. So the fajita is true Tex-Mex fare being a blend of Texas cowboy and Mexican panchero foods.

Skirt steak was given to the Hispanic ranch hands as part payment for their work, and they would pound the meat till it was thin, marinate it in lime juice and cook it over a mesquite wood fire. After grilling the meat they would slice it thinly and wrap it in a warm flour tortilla – ‘tacos de fajital’.

Although purists say that a fajita only refers to a dish made with skirt steak, there are also recipes for chicken fajita’s.

For everything you need to know about making frajita’s – from making the marinades to completing the dish visit Texas Cooking.

And when it comes to cooking your sizzling skirt steak or chicken fajita’s at your next cookout, this platter is ideal.

The cooking platter has a ribbed surface to give your meat that freshly seared look and a pouring lip so you can drain away any excess oils or fat before serving. The handle of the cast iron platter is extra wide for a good, secure grip, and comes with a mitt that fits right over the handle. Once at the table, place the sizzling platter on the specially-made wood holder.

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The All Purpose Dutch Oven

green-dutch-ovenWe have extolled the virtues of the Le Creuset Dutch Oven in the past. The cast iron construction is superior to other cookware because it absorbs and retains heat more efficiently as your pot roast, chicken and vegetables slowly braise and stew in the oven. Braise, stew, brown…do it all in this all-purpose pot. It’s perfect, and its heat retention is amazing. The oven also cleans up really well.

The artisans at Le Creuset have been making richly enameled cast iron cookware in the French village of Fresnoy-le-Grand since 1925. Each piece from their line is individually created, coated, fired and inspected in order to bring you the finest quality cookware-to-tableware available.

The 6.75-qt. oval Dutch oven is fitted with two loop handles and comes with a domed lid to seal in the juices while your dish cooks. Oven-safe to 450 degrees.

The Dutch oven has one drawback in that it is heavy.

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Le Creuset 3.5-qt. Enameled Wide Round Dutch Oven, Kiwi

Le Creuset Cast Iron Enameled Skillet – Cookware Review

le-creuset-cast-iron-enamelled-red-skilletLe Creuset 11.75-in. Enameled Skillet, Cherry Red

We have just added our latest cookware review and this time it is for the Le Creuset enamel cast iron skillet. This skillet comes in a variety of colors including cherry red, cobalt blue, dune (white), Caribbean blue, flame, kiwi and satin black. My favorite is the cobalt blue but with this range there is a color to suit any kitchen.

This skillet is a popular alternative to traditional non-stick cookware and as we are dealing with cast iron cookware here, foods cook evenly and heat is maintained for longer.

Read our full review here: Le Creuset Enameled Skillet Cookware Review