the power of persuasion

I did it. I convinced Nick that we should spend our $250 gift card on the Le Creuset 5.5 quart Dutch Oven! Well, actually, dear readers, your helpful comments about the Le Creuset are what helped to seal the deal. So, thank you!

In less than one week, she will be all mine:

I had to pinkie swear that I will use it at least twice a month, so please don’t hesitate to share with me your favorite go-to Dutch oven recipes. I’ll be needing lots of ideas and recommendations (and I promise to blog about some of my adventures with my new darling).

At $234.95 with $17.00 shipping, our total came to just over our $250 gift card limit. However, with some super sleuthing, I found a free shipping coupon code, saving us $17.00 and bringing our grand total back down to $234.95. You know I couldn’t let that last $15.05 go to waste, so I added this lovely green turner set from Rachel Ray for $14.95:

… bringing our grand total to: $249.90. A measly TEN CENTS below our limit.

Am I good, or what?

Finding coupon codes is one of my favorite online shopping tricks. I don’t buy anything online without first Googling “[store name] coupon code,” and I’d say I find a usable code about 80% of the time. It takes a little trial and error, but definitely give it a shot if you’re ever ordering online — you can find some great deals!


  1. I used to tease my husband about searching for coupon codes before buying anything. But he turned me into a believer! Enjoy your goodies!

  2. My 2 suggestions for things to make in the dutch oven are no knead bread and chicken and dumplings (I use the recipe from Smitten Kitchen, only I add carrots and skip the tarragon).

  3. The Pioneer Woman LOOOVES her Le Creuset, go to her site and you'll find plenty of recipes.

  4. I have been eyeing these as well, but I dont have a gift card. Let me know how it turns out! -brittni

  5. Oh Brooke. You are NOT going to be sorry. I have this is green and it is by far my most frequently used piece of cookware. And knowing Nick, he is going to love it too. Can you say slow braise? We make mostly vegetarian dishes with ours, it's awesome for soups (cabbage stew anyone?), beans, pasta, curries, but it's also obviously great for cooking meat. Plus, it will last FOR-EV-ER. Your grandchildren will be fighting over it. SO worth the whole gift card.

  6. Hi Brooke, thank you so much, I was just placing an order on an online book site. Armed with your info of googling for coupon codes, I just saved 5% of my order total. Only $5, but better I have it, than the bookstore. You Rock!

  7. that is on my wish list!!! I want it to make things from Julia Child's cookbook!

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