When it comes to cookware there is nothing better than Le Creuset. The French cookware that was started in 1925 by two Belgian industrialists names Armand Desaegher and Octave Aubecq. Desaegher was a casting expert and Aubecq was an specialist in enameling. The created the first round French Oven or Cocotte as their signature piece and is still to this day their most popular piece. Le Creuset is still made in the same factory in the same town in Northern France, Fresnoy le Grand in the Picardie region just 120 miles outside of France.
In the 1930's the first color Flame (orange) came out and has been followed by many colors over the years. My favorite is the Cherry (red) and I have more pieces then one person should have. The best thing about Le Creuset is that if it is treated properly it will last forever and in France is passed down generations. There are a lot of cast iron enameled cookware out there, but make no mistake, there is only one Le Creuset and none of the other ones compare to the quality and longevity of Le Creuset, not even Martha's.
The Le Creuset label has a wide range of products from the flagship enamel lined French oven to grill pans and stoneware to cooking utensils. My newest pieces from Christmas is a Saucier pan and a Pate Terrine and I can't wait to use them. But now I have my eye on the French Onion soup bowls and maybe some petite berry casseroles to add to the collection.
Oh and by the way it is pronounced Luh CRU-say....