A few months ago I splurged by buying something I have wanted for years but was too cheap to get! I have always wanted one of those two ton heavy dutch ovens that I have seen all the Food Network stars use. Something about them seemed so magical, like anything cooked in one of those babies would come out delicious!
When I had a $20 off coupon for a department store in the mall, I decided to explore the possibility of snagging a dutch oven for my very own. I wandered up and down the cookware aisle,still not sure I could do it, because even with 20 bucks off it was still a lot of money to me ($70.00 before the coupon)but I had 100.00 to spend since my 28 year old stainless steel steel pots were losing their handles and such, so I was looking for a whole set on sale or whatever was a good deal. They had a stainless steel set on sale for $50 and with my coupon for the dutch oven, my grand total was $100! I know to many people that was not a big amount to spend, but my original pots were a gift and even though I still cook almost everyday for a household of four I had rapid heartbeat as I paid for my treasures.
And...let me tell ya, the dutch oven really IS magic! Every meat, soup or stew I cook in that thing comes out moist, tasty and cooks a little faster than it would have in a regular pot. You can brown things on the stove AND put it in your oven! I wondered why I waited so long to do this!
There are tons of recipes at www.justdutchovenrecipes.com