I adore the color blue. All shades of it. When I moved out on my own and started purchasing things for my apartment, they were mostly blue: towels, bedsheets, plates, etc. It was all very apparent when my mom came to visit me for the first time exclaiming “I didn’t know you liked the color blue because you wear so much black!” Uh, yeah that’s true. I was about to quote her a song by The Smiths but she wouldn’t get it.
Fast forward to the present. Joint household where The Mr. likes black/grey. If you take a look around our place, there is almost no stitch of my favorite color. It’s not that my love of the color has deterred, but I made a compromise.
One thing I could not make a comprise on was on this dutch oven by Lodge. I’ve been coveting a dutch oven for three years. But something spurred me this year to do research and buy one as a gift for myself. I work hard, I should reward myself, right?
Le Creuset sells several models in many lovely shades including blue. But I can’t part with the $200+ for a 6 quart dutch oven.
Lucky for me, Lodge, the maker of fine cast iron offers up their own cast dutch oven for $70. At Walmart.
Long story short, I hauled my butt up to the dreaded Walmart, picked up one of those suckers and now in possession of a beautiful blue dutch oven.
I christened the newest cookware by cooking Julia Child’s version Beef Bourguignon and the results were amazing. The meat was fork tender due to all the wine and juices it simmered in creating a rich sauce. It almost made me forget about the several hours of cooking time required and several pans used. All through it, the dutch oven kept a constant temperature and despite the weight, will be an invaluable tool in my kitchen.