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17 November 2008 @ 11:50 pm
 
Hearken to me, flist, for I seek your advice!

When Don asked me what I wanted for Christmas, I was ready: a Le Creuset dutch oven. And an immersion blender, but that's not relevant here. Here is my question for you: what size ought I to get? I don't want to go too small, but I also don't want unwieldy. I've heard the 5.5 qt round is lovely for cooking no-knead bread, but that the 6 qt. oval is too small to comfortably braise chicken and brown stew meat and roasts. I really don't care what color the creature is; we have an outlet near us, and I'm all about getting the product for the lowest price possible. I don't, however, want to throw substantial money away on something that might not suit.



**bonus follow up question:** What do you want for the winter-holiday-of-your-choice? This is a rare year for me in that there are a few things I would actually be delighted to receive (OMG BOOKSTORE GIFT CERTIFICATES!!! The book withdrawal is dire).

**bonus bonus follow up:** have you begun your holiday shopping?
 
 
I feel: curiouscurious
 
 
 
Andrewquueer on November 18th, 2008 05:17 am (UTC)
I'm honestly and truly hoping for nothing, or close to nothing. I don't have the money to get anybody else anything, and I feel bad if I don't.
Gloryforestofglory on November 18th, 2008 09:17 am (UTC)
My big blue pot of wonderfulness is about 24cm across and 10cm deep if that helps. I think it's great size, but I'm not sure how many quarts it holds.

But really what size pots do you use most of the time?

I've bought one present -- because I saw something in shop window that was perfect for my dad.

And I want Trees, and more high tech wool hiking socks.
harpiegirl4: child of goddessharpiegirl4 on November 18th, 2008 02:37 pm (UTC)
Honestly, I'd get a large one. Even if it's slightly unwieldy. Because you're going to want to use it for making Large Amounts when you have guests, and you'll be frustrated if it's too small, and stressed out because then you'll fear you won't have made Enough. You KNOW I'm right. ;)

For the holidays I wish for a healthier economy, for the unemployment rate to stop spiraling downward, for my friends and family who are suffering from Not Enough To Scrape By-itis to find a cure. Most of all, I hope to get to spend some quality time with people I love.

Sorry if that's a wee bit sappy. But honestly, with the way things are right now, I can't even think about material goods... I've just been so uber-aware lately of the immense value of friends and family - without them, all the material stuff in the world means nothing.
Rennierengirlie87 on November 18th, 2008 08:32 pm (UTC)
this year pretty much everyone is getting hand knit or ceramic thingees. Mum wanted a set of small bowls in a certain glaze, so she is all done, etc.

You and Don are already done :) bwaahahaaha
Jaredcrimsontom on November 18th, 2008 10:10 pm (UTC)
We look at the same Dutch ovens all the time...in BLUE!!! I would err on the side of larger. Having more space than needed is better than not having enough when it comes to that sort of thing.

Holiday shopping has ensued. Only in that we came across some things that were perfect for the people we got 'em for. Still need to get more though.

Ratesjul: snow/closerratesjul on November 18th, 2008 10:39 pm (UTC)
re: bonus question: I honestly have no idea. Even if it is the summer holiday of my choice rather than the winter one ;)

re: bonus bonus question: but of course! I've started buying and collating and making, though I haven't started with any of the wrapping or shipping as yet.
mothehappycowmothehappycow on November 19th, 2008 05:07 am (UTC)
Get the 8 quart. You will not regret it. Seriously.
Mairearanturas on November 20th, 2008 01:31 am (UTC)
I have a 5.5 quart round and a 10" frying pan and love, love, love them both. Any size, any color they are awesome!

As for me, I want a stand mixer, I have no counter space for it, and probably no storage space space either, but I want one.

Oh, and you know what else I'd like for this festive time of year, a nice long visit with a friend I haven't seen in many, many moons and I miss....

Oh and a kick boxing lesson. :)

I've started a bit of shopping but will probably do most during the employee appreciation days in Dec.....speaking of which, anything you want at a slightly larger discount? Hate to read about book withdrawl, must be stopped before you kick the habit.

Edited at 2008-11-20 01:34 am (UTC)
Kel: Dr. Horrible shoulder dance!ladyjoust on November 20th, 2008 04:12 am (UTC)
Hmmm. I was thinking of a 6 quart, so that's heartening. I do have a stand mixer which I don't use anywhere near as much as I ought. I've made an effort these past few months, though, to really use the appliances I have. Thus, my food processor, crockpot and stand mixer have all seen far greater use.

"Oh, and you know what else I'd like for this festive time of year, a nice long visit with a friend I haven't seen in many, many moons and I miss...."

Splendid idea! :D

"Oh and a kick boxing lesson. :)"

That, too.

As to the last bit, I'm trying to compile a list of things I want/need to get. If you're willing to help a pathetic ex-bookseller out, I'll totally hit you up.
Mairearanturas on November 20th, 2008 09:24 pm (UTC)
Always willing to help out the ex-bookseller.....and of course if I get you some books, then we'd have to get togther... :)