Last week while I was home I told my mom about the next “big purchase” I was going to make for my kitchen when I had the money. I really wanted a Le Creuset Round Dutch Oven. I was planning on getting the 5½ quart one and these bad boys retail at a staggering $315.
What I got instead was 6½ quart Dutch oven by Tramontina, for $47.58, including shipping and handling. At that price, it was a done deal. In one of my moms various magazines, from 2007 I believe, there was a review of Dutch ovens. One review said the handle on a Tramontina Dutch Oven will melt at 450 degrees. So yes, there’s a draw back, but it’s definitely one I can live with when I’m saving over $200.
In honor of my new Dutch oven, I made Julia Child’s Coq Au Vin (Chicken in Red Wine Sauce). For those of you who don’t know, this is the chicken version of her Beef Bourguignon (Beef in Red Wine Sauce). Chicken was a cheaper choice, and with Trader Joes amazing deal on wines this dish didn’t break the bank. Jujus and I ate it with French bread and we were literally wiping the bowls to get every last drop of sauce. I can guarantee you, I will be experimenting more and more with braising!