Once upon a time (okay, about a year ago), Nick and I were on a game show together. I won’t go into detail because it was not actually a great experience for us (in short, we were robbed… ROBBED I tell you!), and we have vowed to never go on a game show again (unless, of course, Alex Trebek finally comes a-callin’), but we at least came away from the experience with a consolation prize of a $250 gift card to Cooking.com.
Awesome! you may be thinking. Well, actually, not that awesome. We went on aforementioned game show only a few months after getting married (have you guessed the name of the show, yet?), and when you get married, you register for wedding gifts. And, well, when you register for wedding gifts, you get a LOT of stuff. We were extremely fortunate to receive just about everything off of our registries, leaving us needing very few things in the kitchen.
We have all the shiny and sharp Cutco knives you could ever hope for. I’m not allowed to buy anymore cookbooks because we have a shelf full of them. We have a beautiful set of Calphalon pots and pans, all of the dishes and cutlery we registered for at Crate & Barrel, tons of Tupperware, a KitchenAid stand mixer AND hand mixer, a Cuisinart Griddler, a crock pot… you get the point. We have no backyard so no use for a grill, and no dining room, so no use for fancy table cloths or anything of the sort.
It usually doesn’t take me very long to spend gift cards, but we can’t make up our minds with this one. We just can’t seem to find anything we really need, but we don’t want to let the gift card just keep sitting here, either. (We don’t think it expires, but you never know.) One item that I have my eye on is this beauty:
It’s so, so pretty. We would never, ever in our lives spend $235 of “real” money on something like this, but perhaps this is our opportunity to splurge, since it’s “fake” money? The only problem is that Nick asked me what I would cook in a Dutch oven (after making a predictable Dutch oven joke… men), and I haven’t a clue. Zip. Zilch. Zero. I mean, I don’t cook much as it is (but I’m starting to a leeeeetle more) — how am I supposed to know what you make in this thing? Yet I’ve heard raves galore on these babies, and I’m determined that I could find some use for one. And have I mentioned how gosh darn pretty it is?
Some other less exciting options:
we could always use extra storage in our hallway
this would cut down on the naughty language when one of us is trying to dig out the %$#*& pot we need from the depths of our cabinets
So please, tell me: do you have a Le Creuset Dutch oven? What size do you have? Is it really necessary and/or useful if we already have lots of pots and pans and a crock pot? Enlighten me!
If you would opt to spend the gift card on something else, what would you choose?