Do you own a dutch oven? Other than my chef knife, my most favorite piece of cookware is the dutch oven I recieved as a wedding gift. This versitle piece of cookware is cast iron with a sturdy enamel glaze and not only heats fast, but uniformely as well. This is what makes the dutch oven perfect for sautéing, baking, roasting, braising, or frying. Now days you can buy dutch ovens in a rainbow of colors to coordinate with your kitchen and take it straight from the oven to the table. If you take care of it, a dutch oven will last you a lifetime.
You can imagine how excited I was when H-E-B sent me their new 5.2 QT Round Dutch Oven to try and review. If you don't have a dutch oven, I urge you to go to your local store and check out their new line of Cocinaware that was just rolled out. I made Lemon Chicken in this beautiful cobalt blue dutch oven and I was so impressed with this product. At less than $30 it performed just as well as my more expensive wedding gift. I really appreciated the weight of the pot and lid, you can tell that it's a quality piece of cookware.
The best feature was under the lid. The Cocinaware dutch oven has dimples underneath that continually baste the food while it cooks. This means you don't have to flip a roast halfway through cooking or stop every half hour to spoon liquid over the top of your dish while it's in the oven. It's brilliant!