Monday, January 18, 2010

2nd Time Around Tuesday

 I am joining Diane today at A Picture is Worth a 1,000 Words for 2nd Time Around Tuesday.  Please click on the link and join in the fun of seeing what treasures everyone has come up with to share.
I took photographs this week for a spring table and I put a French Dutch Oven on the table because it matched my table colors so well.  I decided to show it at 2nd Time Around Tuesday because I have always thought it was so pretty, I just love the color.  I decided to do a little research on the internet to see what it was.  It seems this is a vintage Cousances Le Creuset Doufeu.  I had no idea!  It is a really nice piece of vintage cast iron enameled French cookware in the lovely robin's egg blue.  I got it at an antique store around 19 years ago and I have cooked chicken in it several times.  Although I did not know how to use it properly because I did not know what it was.  The Doufeu is French for gentle heat.  It was introduced by Le Creuset in 1934.  The proper way to cook with it is, to put ice on the lid and when it condenses it self-bastes the meat making it tender.

So, this week at 2nd Time Around I took another look at my own find and learned a lot about it.  I don't think I will cook with it again though.


Brambleberry Cottage said...

Oh, how my husband would love that vintage cast iron piece! He even did an Ezine article about cast iron, because it is his favorite cookware.

Diann @ The Thrifty Groove said...

What a wonderful piece!!

Shirley said...

I love this piece!! I've never seen one in all my years of being an antique dealer! Wonderful color. Very clever those French and their cooking : ))

daydreamnworld said...

What a pretty color. I think I'd try and cook with it again using the ice just to see if it makes a difference.

Anonymous said...

Would you mind sharing why you won't be using your Doufeu? I was very fortunate to recently purchase one in the Robin's Egg Blue color, just this past weekend. It looks brand new, as if it was never used. I just put it in the oven with chicken, vegetables, and herbs, plus ice in the lid. I'm baking it at a very low temp for several hours -- I can't wait to try it, I'm very excited! I love how it looks, and from what I've read, it makes incredible meals...!!! I've never posted on a blog before, thus the comment as anonymous, I hope it will post. Laurie

Sherry said...

Thanks for your question. It might have more to do with the fact that I am not using it correctly. I used several times to bake chicken and I didn't know to put ice in the lid. The cooking has discolored the interior enamel. If I use it correctly it probably won't discolor. I also had no idea it was a Le Creuset. So, it is a valuable vintage piece.


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