Was I no good at cooking because I didn’t enjoy it? Or did I not enjoy cooking because I was so bad at it? Definitely a bit of “Which came first, the chicken or the egg?” All I know is that I dreaded being in the kitchen.
That all changed last year when I got my first enameled cast iron Dutch oven. It was so pretty! Like a jewel for the kitchen. Bold red. It commanded attention. It was also extremely heavy, so I left it sitting on my stove top. It beckoned me.
Overnight, I became obsessed with recipes using cast iron Dutch ovens. I was cranking out Coq Au Vin, homemade spaghetti sauce, melt-in-your-mouth roasts, and even Artisanal bread. My picky youngsters started asking for seconds on many things that came out of that Dutch oven. People who barely knew me thought I was one of those people. You know, one of those people who actually knew how to cook. My freezer was starting to overflow with healthier stews, soups, and sauces and with none of the preservatives & extra junk that are found in the canned varieties that I’d been purchasing for years. Bonus!
Along came a few more dutch ovens & cocottes. I couldn’t stop raving about my cast iron dutch ovens (CIDOs). As expensive as these things can be, I believe they were saving me money in the long run. I was cooking at home all the time. And (mostly) enjoying it!
The fun Staub knobs that I received for Christmas were just icing on the cake. Who would’ve guessed that enameled cast iron dutch ovens & pretty knobs would be the catalyst to get me motivated to learn how to cook? I guess for me it wasn’t the chicken or the egg. It was the rooster atop my gorgeous yellow Staub cocotte.