Cookware

Now if this brand new bean pot from Le Creuset doesn’t scream picking apples, pumpkin spice, and changing leaves (aka Fall in New England) then I don’t know what would.

Sure you can make baked beans in a regular pot but why would you? This piece also just happens to be from the Heritage collection which brings back vintage Le Creuset designs so we can enjoy them in our kitchens immediately instead of scouring estate sales and ebay for them. An extra special added bonus: it’s dishwasher safe. Huzzah! Saturday night baked beans and hot dogs for everyone!

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I think I have a little addiction to all of the designer discount sites that are popping up everywhere. It started with Rue La La and progressed rapidly since then. The thing is I don’t tend to buy sexy stilettos and leather handbags. Instead, I’m on the prowl for great deals on kitchen gadgets, cute dishes, and colorful utensils. Most of the time I’m able to curb my desire to impulse shop my way into the poor house but sometimes a girl can’t control herself and I hit the “submit” button on a great order of fabulous things.

One Kings Lane happens to be one of these addicting sites. Generally they specialize in designer décor, furniture, accessories and gifts, but they’ve recently announced that they’ll be expanding into kitchen goodies. Every Sunday (beginning on August 29, 2010) at 5:00 PM PDT, One Kings Lane will offer the latest in gourmet food. The debut “Surf and Turf” themed event will feature products from Estancia Beef, Lobster Anywhere, East Coast Gourmet and Cranberry Island Kitchen. Are you getting hungry yet? Then I think it’s time that you signed up!

I have another hot shopping tip for you. This Friday (June 18th, 2010) at 11:00 AM EST the venerable Rue La La is having a sale on Le Creuset products. Yay! Let’s hope they have pretty colors to choose from because I don’t actually own a proper full-sized brand name dutch oven. I shockingly enough just have a smaller version that I had to hunt down on eBay. Unfortunately I paid more for that unique pot in lilac than you’re going to pay for the gigantic version on Friday, but perhaps this sale will be good enough to tempt us all to splurge?

I also have one “don’t buy this” suggestion. I own a Caribbean Blue Le Creuset enamel stock pot and while I used to like it quite a bit I’m finding that I don’t like it anymore. It’s quite thin and contents on the bottom of the pot catch on all the time making it horrible to clean. So even if they have some of those for super cheap I’d avoid them.

Please remember that you need a Rue La La membership to access the sale, but don’t worry you can sign-up by clicking on this link. Sign me up for Rue La La right now! [Many thanks to Karen for the email alerting me to this fabulous sale].

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I so shouldn’t tell you guys this because I know you’re going to sneak in and buy all of the really cool things before I remember to log in, but this Saturday starting at 11:00 AM EST a Mario Batali Boutique is opening at Rue La La. Trust me. You’re going to want to check it out!

In case you aren’t familiar with this awesome service, Rue La La is a fabulous members only shopping site that offers huge discounts on designer goods ranging from handbags to lasagna pans for a limited time each day. Speaking of pans I so hope one of those enormous cast iron Batali lasagna pans is available in this weekend’s sale!

While a cooking related boutique isn’t available every day over the past few months I’ve seen a large number of culinary related sales on Rue La La including items from The Culinary Institute of America, Kate Spade Home, Wedgwood’s Vera Wang collection, and Henckels. Not to shabby, right?

If any of the above items even remotely interest you then definitely sign-up to become a member of Rue La La. Honestly those 11:00 AM emails each morning announcing the opening of various boutiques have caused my heart leap with joy on more than one occasion. Happy shopping! [A big xoxo to Maggie for originally introducing me to this service].

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Good Morning! I wanted to alert you to a sale on Amazon featuring a select array of Le Creuset. The sale appears to pertain to the multi-purpose enamel stockpots. I own one in Caribbean and love it. In addition, other items available at a significant discount include the 2-quart stoneware pitchers, single stoneware baking dishes, sets of stoneware bakers, and the square cast-iron grill skillets. These are all really functional pieces to own and they come in a variety of fresh and funky colors so I’m positive that you’ll find at least one piece that will appeal to your tastes and kitchen needs. Happy shopping!

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I feel like shouting, “It’s alive!” After months of searching for purple versions of Le Creuset products, which I documented on my blog, and finally giving in and purchasing several pieces on eBay, at last the Le Creuset pieces formerly known as “lilac mist” and “aubergine” have been rebranded and released in the states as “lilac” and “cassis.” Why? I have no idea. Perhaps these are more “American” sounding colors? But either way I’m ecstatic. Currently these pieces are exclusive to Sur La Table. Personally I feel that a big dutch oven purchase is in my immediate future.

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Tovolo Egg SpatulartHow do you like your eggs in the morning? I like mine with a flip. There’s no mistaking, this fried-egg shaped spatula is as functional as it is cute—whether you like your eggs scrambled, sunny side up, fried, poached, or made into tasty omelets or frittatas, the Tovolo Egg Spatula with its thin plastic head allows you to lift and flip with precision. Heat resistant to 400F and dishwasher safe, this EGGscelent kitchen tool has a sturdy stainless and nylon construction that won’t scratch non-stick cookware and is easy to clean. With apologies to the Pointer Sisters, I just have to say (of this fun and funky spatula), I’m so EGGcited and I just can’t hide it. I know, I know, I know, I know, I know, I want you, I want you!

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French Bull Utensil SetAfter happening upon this French Bull Utensil Set in a magazine I coveted it hardcore for several years, but it seemed to be perpetually popular and therefore always out of stock. Then via some miracle this summer it actually became available right in time for my birthday. My friend Melissa bought it for me and I screamed with unrestrained delight when I opened the gift. The whole gorgeous yet functional set fits in quite nicely with my super girlie, heavy on the pink and pastels, kitchen theme. It was so worth the wait!

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Cast Iron Pumpkin BakerThis Cast Iron Pumpkin Baker might cause your dinner companions to burst into spontaneous applause as you bring whatever steaming and hearty concoction you whip up into their hungry midsts. Staub has created the ultimate accessory in Fall appropriate baking-ware. Soups, stews, and cheese topped casseroles will all look that much more appealing when spooned out from this brightly colored pot. PS: If you purchase this product from Stonewall Kitchen they’ll even throw in a free Butternut Squash Risotto Mix to get you started.