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I love to cook, but I don't have the best tools to do so.  For years I've wanted to get a Dutch Oven, ever since I watched the Chuck Wagon Cook-off. A few days ago, my husband piled the family into the car and took us on a small road trip to the Le Creuset outlet in Carlsbad, CA.  

It was a lovely trip, and although it took a while including stops to feed and change the baby, the result you can see above.  We have a new member of our family, and her name is Belle Verte.  For anyone who's had the opportunity to work with enameled cast iron, you'll know how evenly she cooks, and browning meats is a dream.  The best part is of course the cleanup, which is easier than even my nonstick cookware.  

While my husband isn't the one to send flowers or buy jewelry, he does think about my domestic desires, and I couldn't be happier with this gift.  It's not cheap, but going to the outlet allowed us to get 35% off.  Just a note for those interested in getting their own Le Creuset piece:  The discounts do not stack.  If you find an item you like that is full price, you can use your AAA card to get 15% off at the outlet.  Personally I wasn't too set on a color which allowed me to get the best deal.  If you're a little flexible you can get a lovely piece for quite a bit off.  I imagine there are even better deals during Black Friday.  Not that I am suggesting that you wait that long, because I for one am glad I got mine and have already used it a half dozen times.  

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