My husband and I went a little crazy (we're considering it a Christmas gift to ourselves) at the Le Creuset outlet today so, when I got home, I started looking for communities on Livejournal - I was so happy to find this; I hope some people are still here and into it!
Basically, we found a hutch on the side of the road and painted it cobalt blue (it's an amazing piece of furniture, I'm shocked someone would throw it away). I had a dream a few nights later; all I remembered when I woke up was that it had been in our awful little galley kitchen with our bright blue hutch and some cobalt blue Le Creuset on the stove.
It's something I've always drooled over but when I was a poor college student and then a poor teacher and then a poor editor it always seemed very out of my reach. I managed to forget about it for a long time. But today I dragged my husband out to the local outlet.
Where we wound up purchasing a 4.5qt round French Oven, a 3.5qt casserole/buffet, an exquisite knife, and a variety of tools. Oh, and a butter dish. The outlet didn't have any of the cobalt I had literally been dreaming about but the Flame pieces were incredible in person and we couldn't resist.
Our throw-away pots and pans weren't bad for cooking but I think we're going to get a lot more pleasure out of these. It seems when we have nicer tools, we WANT to cook instead of feeling like we SHOULD.