Choosing a French Oven: Le Creuset vs. Staub

A dutch oven or in this case a French oven, as they are both made in France, is a kitchen basic. It also happens to be something I have yet to own. In making soup and stews, my standard pots sufficed so I held off, but after seeing some photos of beautiful no knead breads baked in one – the time has come.

Le Creuset or Staub?

Which size?
Which shape – round or oval?
Which color?

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Want: Salt Cellar

Our peppermill broke recently so I started looking for a replacement. Unable to find what I wanted – something in stainless steel without any clear acrylic (which ends up looking messy) and without the traditional salt/pepper shaker shape – was a little frustrating. Instead, I decided to look at salt cellars. Years ago, I had decided that I didn’t need or want a salt shaker and would rather have a nice salt cellar which could also be used for table service. Currently, I either use salt directly from the container or put it in a small bowl or ramekin and take pinches while cooking or measured spoons while baking.

On Etsy, I quickly discovered, Culinarium, beautifully handcrafted housewares, mainly out of concrete with simple, clean designs.

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