Giveaway: Anolon Vesta Cast Iron 5 Quart Braiser

August 4, 2015

anolon braiser top

I have a minor cookware obsession. I shop thrift stores for old cast iron skillets. I scan yard sales for vintage Le Creuset or Cousances. And I pick up stainless steel skillets at discount stores, always in the hope of finding a piece that will eclipse all others.

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Because of this preoccupation, I find that I’ve become something of a cookware attractor. One more than one occasion, strangers have walked up to me with gifts of grill pans and ancient canning kettles. And last spring at the IACP conference, I unwittingly chose a seat that had been marked as a winner in an Anolon Vesta 5-Quart Cast Iron Braiser giveaway.

anolon braiser side

I turned in the card that marked me as a winner (there were a number of us that day) along with my mailing information, and several weeks later, this lovely braiser arrived on my doorstep.

The outside is a shiny red and the interior sports a matte black enamel interior. The interior of the lid is studded with raised nubs that are designed to channel flavorful liquid back into the food as it cooks. It conducts heat beautifully, cleans up easily, and makes an excellent small batch jam pan.

anolon braiser lid tilted

Back in June, I ran into the ladies who help Anolon with their PR and gushed about how much I’ve enjoyed this piece of cookware. They were delighted to hear it and asked if I might like to give a couple of them away. I think I said yes before the question was even finished.

So that’s what I’m giving away this week. I have two of these Vesta Braisers for two of you. Here’s how to enter.

  1. Leave a comment on this post and tell me something about your cookware situation. Do you you have very pot and pan you’ve ever dreamed of? Are you a cast iron person, or do you prefer stainless steel? Or perhaps, you’re on a mission to find the perfect skillet to complete your batterie de cuisine.
  2. Comments will close at 11:59 pm east coast time on Saturday, August 8, 2015. The winner will be chosen at random and will be posted to the blog on Sunday, August 9, 2015.
  3. Giveaway is open to US residents only (and is void where prohibited).
  4. One comment per person, please. Entries must be left on the blog, I cannot accept submissions via email.

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Disclosure: Anolon is providing the two braisers I’m giving away at no cost to me. Additionally, the one you see photographed here was itself a giveaway prize, so I did not pay for it. However, no money has traded hands in order to bring this giveaway into being. This blog post exists simply because this is an excellent product and I’m happy to have an opportunity to share it with you guys. All opinions expresses are entirely my own. 

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729 thoughts on "Giveaway: Anolon Vesta Cast Iron 5 Quart Braiser"

  • I have a cast iron skillet and a small older set of Revere pots and pans, but nothing like the wonderful braiser you are offering ~ it is pretty enough to go from oven to table as a serving dish and if well cared for can be passed down to the next generation. Gathering in our kitchen is an important part of our family time….we love working together chopping, slicing, and telling stories. I can picture this pan with its happy color right in the middle of our memory making. Thank you for the opportunity to enter your giveaway.

  • My Dad is a fan of Le Creuset and has made sure all 4 of his daughters have an ample supply. No complaints here!

  • I have never had any cast iron, but have always wanted some. I learned to cook in my mother’s and still miss it.

    Ever time I think I will purchase some, I am way laid by the price?

  • My husband and I are newlyweds and I have been saving our pennies to get some good cast iron. Currently we have none. This would be amazing!!!

  • I went through a breakup and left most of my kitchen wares behind, though I managed to keep the cast iron.
    After several years and several apartments I’ve landed in a great place with a great landlord, and I ‘inherited’ a set of heavy-bottomed pots and pans from the basement, left by a previous tenant!
    A braiser like this would just complete the party happening in my kitchen cabinets now. I recently made a dish that needed something like a heavy braiser and wow, it didn’t work out well without one πŸ™‚

  • I have a hodgepodge of cooking vessels but mainly non stick and cast iron. The braiser would be a welcome addition to my collection….I love to cook.

  • I am not sure it is possible to be happy with all of your cookware. I am currently loving La Creuset but have cycled through several brands. I love cast iron and you can never have enough dutch ovens!

  • We have a nice assortment of non-stick and cast iron but nothing like that braiser. That would indeed make a great jam pot.

  • I love my cast iron, and l love my one Staub for stewing. I also have a few All-clad’s that I adore. Good cookware is essential!!

  • Gorgeous pan. I have stainless steel, “waterless” cookware for most cooking, And a small saucepan I got at a Corningware Outlet that I use for bechemel, or gravy. My non-stick skillet lasted two years before being a stick skillet. I love my iron skillets for even-holding heat toasting-baking-frying,

  • The only heavy-duty pot I have is a cast iron chicken fryer. I have dreamed of having a enamel cast iron “baker” like this.

  • We have a great set of Anolon non-stick pots and pans that work wonderfully with our induction stove, but I still have a soft spot for cast iron. I would LOVE a pot like this to round out our collection.

  • My favorite non stick skillet has recently given up the ghost and I am now on the hunt for a replacement. this would be a welcome addition to my cooking arsenal.

  • I am SO glad to see that cast iron is making a comeback in this country. For a good many years it was that heavy “thing” that people’s grandma used in their cooking and “modern” women (which is not always a compliment as far as I’m concerned) wouldn’t touch one. I think Ree Drummond, the Pioneer Woman is playing a large role in the resurgence of the cast iron skillet. Also, every cooking show out there must be supplied with a good dozen or more Le Creuset Dutch Ovens. Now this company, Analon Vesta is new to me, I’ve not heard of them before. It looks great for many different uses. I need to keep an eye out for this line in my cooking supply shopping trips. I had to laugh when you said you scour places for vintage cookware, I do the same thing for cake pans, especially shaped or character cake pans. It’s SHOCKING how much discontinued Wilton Cake Pans can bring on different auction sites and I absolutely refuse to pay a fortune for one.

  • I also stalk second hand shops and garage sales for old cookware. I love, love my cast iron – but there are some things you just can’t cook in them. I would love the opportunity to try something like this. I don’t often buy new, I spend the money on ingredients instead!

  • I began my cookware collection in college with a single cast iron pot never used even once by my grandmother. Even though she didn’t know how to use it, my appreciation for its quality grew, along with my collection, to my current collection of 6 different cast iron pieces. My poor husband doesn’t know how to use any of them. I need some more cookware that he can cook with when it’s his turn to make breakfast. πŸ˜‰

  • My cookware “collection” has been rigorously culled due to 8 moves (and a couple of temporary stops in between moves) over 30 years. I currently have *almost* everything I actually need, less a good skillet and a slow-cooker . . . and a few gadgets that didn’t make it into the boxes. I’m scheming on a cast-iron skillet my mother hasn’t used in 20 years but will never part with! I like stainless steel for a lot of things, especially soup; I’ll use mild steel skillets for eggs and fish patties, but not for anything that has to cook for a long period of time. I prefer cast iron for a few, specific dishes: bacon, beef (steak or hamburger), campfire stew. This actually looks perfect for a slightly unusual application: solar cooking. Heat the cast iron braiser up with the solar reflector, then slowly cook the contents as it cools off.

    I own ONE grocery-store-purchased nonstick pan, for cooking/heating soup & rice over the propane stove in the camper, solely because it takes almost no water to clean up. I don’t much care for most of the nonstick coatings, especially over high heat. Don’t ever try to melt sugar in a nonstick pan. Ever. I threw out not only the syrup but also the pan and the Teflon spatula . . . it was that bad.

  • I love getting new cookware! I use my cast iron more than anything else I have ever bought. WOuld love to add this piece to my kitchen!!!

  • I have two small cast iron pans that were my grandmother’s and they are smooth and perfectly seasoned. I have a large newer pan that is well seasoned, but not the same flat smooth finish as older cast irons. I am keeping a look out for a battered old 9 inch skillet to reclaim from a yard sale box.

  • I’m really looking forward to building up my cookware. I have had to reduce the cookware I’ve had in the past, after two back surgeries, I need to find some smaller pieces. This looks like a good size. Thank you for the opportunity!

  • I’m grateful for the cookware I have, but would love to have a cast iron dutch ovens and braisers, along with a wok and some sturdier fry pans!!

  • I do almost all my cooking in either cast iron frying pans or copper soup/stock pots. I would love a braiser to meet me in the middle. OH! and I just got the forth burner pot on your recommendation and am still finding my way with it.

  • I’m a simple girl, when it comes to kitchenware. I prefer to have a few quality pieces, which include All-Clad and antique cast iron. I’ve always dreamed of owning an enamel cast iron!

  • Oh, I wouldn’t want to share the plight of my “pan drawer.” I have a couple Calphalon pans, but alas, their innards have become scratched and scraped with time. I should treat myself to something better. This Anolon looks simply amazing!

  • I just discovered that my cast-iron canning enameled pot has a serious need to be re-enameled!
    I love cast iron but use different pots and pans for different things.. but my favorite pan is a cast iron pan that my great grandmother owned and brought out west with her!

  • I received my grandmothers cast iron pans and one pot many years ago, literally in her will LOL I have faithfully cared for them and use at least one every day for something. I have a too large jam pot and would LOVE one this size, how perfect for a few jars of fresh jam or chutney!

  • I love treasure hunting at garage sales, but haven’t come across any cast iron in years. I have one skillet, and love it!

  • I’ve always wanted a beautiful pot like this. And I’d store it on the stove top to give some pop to the kitchen decor.

  • I am a huge fan of cast iron, and my college-age kids are too. I’m in the process of seasoning up a skillet and griddle for each of them for Christmas this year. πŸ™‚

  • I have quite the assortment of pans. His, hers, and some I’ve gotten since we married. I hope to switch to an induction cooktop soon, so I’ve been on a mission to find induction capable pans. I swap out the old ones as I procure induction pans (a couple of cast iron, and a few stainless, so far). I’d love one of these Anolon braisers.

  • Wow! What a beauty!

    I also collect cookware from thrift stores and yard sales. I love stainless steel but cast iron is a close second. I’m always on the lookout for the perfect wide, shallow pan for jamming… This lovely pan would be wonderful to add to my collection! y

  • Just lovely! Could use this pot on the..stove top or in the oven. Just thought that this would work on my outdoor grill

  • I have a vintage cast iron skillet, but it is no match for your lovely give-away. Would love to make small batch jams in it when I win!!

  • I love to can, I’ve never the cast iron for making my jams & such in, I use the Decaphalon, if that’s even spelled correctly. I make jams, jellies, syrup and some pickled items, also pear sauce.

  • My Le Creuset dutch oven I got as a gift is a favorite. Cleans super easy, cooks evenly and pretty on the shelf.

  • My current pots/pans situation is a bit more sparse than I would like. I find myself wishing for another sauce pan, for instance. I love my cast iron skillet and griddle, but there is a gaping hole in my collection between the skillet and my stainless steel stock pot. This beautiful 5 qt braiser would fill that hole nicely, I think!

  • I have a hodge podge of my pots and pans, my moms and my grandmothers cast iron stuff. I am planning to “gift” my son with the pans that have Teflon and keep the stainless and cast iron for myself….I earned then πŸ˜‰

  • I have a very small collection of cast iron. I find every excuse I can to use it as much as possible. I dream of one day owning the 14qt Le Creuset dutch oven. I just think that it would be perfect for a giant batch of Sunday gravy.

  • I am searching, essentially, for my mother’s high-sided cast iron skillet with solid glass lid (no metal, just a glass lid with a shaped knob). Nothing really seems to be quite the same, and I realize that to this day I still can’t lift it with a single hand when I visit home, but I’m trying to make some headway into using cast iron. My most recent attempts have been in the oven, attempting to use a small enameled cast iron pot as a dutch oven for a small loaf of sourdough. My overall pot collection is pretty minimal (I live in a tiny apartment), but one day…!

  • I just graduated from college and still am hoping around small apartments with many people. But I love cookware and have a decent collection, some currently with me and some at my parents’ house. I had to leave the kitchenaid behind but brought a great stainless pan and wooden spatulas.

  • Although I have some nice pots most of my stuff is still hand-me-downs from my mom. And no, I’m not in my 20’s I’m in my 40’s πŸ™‚

  • I have a variety of pots and pans. I do have a stack of good nonstick skillets but prefer cast iron and stainless steel over all else. I have the stainless 1 1/2 qt saucepan that belonged t my late MIL. It is the pot that my husband was allowed to bang on with a wooden spoon when he was a tot. I have a tiny aluminum saucepan and lid that was part of my Mom’s first set of pans 55 years ago. I have a lot of cast iron. I keep my favorites on the stove in a stack and have a small shelving unit in my kitchen just for my cast iron. Once again, I do have one of my late MIL skillets and it is the one that made hundreds of batches of corn bread for her family. I also keep an eye out at thrift stores for a treasure. I bought my covered cast iron chicken fryer at a thrift store for $20. Winning this brassier would be awesome!

  • I use to be a fan of non-stick. Now as I get older I really appreciate a good stainless steel pot that you can scrub the heck out of for years and it still performs as new. Thank you for the wonderful giveaway.
    ErinLoves2Run at gmail dot com

  • My husband and I still use the cast iron skillet we bought 35 years ago as our very first purchase for our kitchen! I bought a lot of Calphalon in the 90’s, when they still made it in the US, and it has held up well under heavy use. But, this beautiful red braiser caught my attention and it would be a welcome addition to our kitchen.

  • I am just getting back into cooking for our family, but our cookery is pretty dismal.
    Would love to add some pieces.

  • So cute! I have a mere three cupboards in my efficiency apartment, so my cookware situation is very spartan. However, I have a collection of red items (some of which are stored under my bed!) with the dream of eventually having a cherry-themed kitchen in a real house, and this would be a welcome addition indeed.

  • I have always wanted a cast iron set of cookware; it seems like my odd pots & pan collection looks like Early GoodWill! πŸ™‚
    Never bought a complete set of cookware in my life; hope it is not to late to do it! The red braiser would be lovely as I do have some red accent pieces.

  • I am slowly converting all of my cookware away from tradition non-stick and moving towards a combo of stainless steel, cast iron and enamel cast iron. I will probably keep one non-stick around for eggs – at least until I get my cast iron perfectly seasoned! But, I am really loving all of my cast iron – and learning the tricks of dealing with enameled cast iron.

  • I got a degree in Food Science in 2006 and started working in QA at a dry food processing plant (think spices) for the first 5 years of my career. I then switched to a job that I travel around and inspect suppliers for food safety compliance. Between a demanding job and a 3 1/2 year old, I have been too tired and have sadly let my love for creating great things vanish. We planted a garden this year and have an enormous amount of food we don’t want to go to waste. Naturally, I plan to spend my weekends canning but my science education has found a place deep inside my brain to hide. Reading your website has swept away the cobwebs of my brain and I now feel confident that I won’t kill anyone by preserving my goodies! Thank you for such an awesome site. A new piece of cookware would definitely be well loved in my house! Thank you.

  • I love cast iron cookware! I use it in some form almost daily. My favorite piece is my grandmother’s cast iron dutch oven. I would absolutely love to add this piece to my collection!

  • I am still using the same Farberware stainless pots and pans I received as a wedding shower gift in 1977! I would love new everything!

  • I have most of the pieces of cookware I desire, but I’ve recently fallen in love with enameled cast iron, and use the piece I have for so many applications! Winning another piece of this cookware would be a dream come true!

  • Pick me! Pick me! What a lovely, and very useful, piece you are offering! I’ve used a cast iron skillet since I could lift one. Four years ago I discovered a Le Creuset outlet store and found a beautiful navy blue Dutch oven that was incredibly discounted. That Dutch oven has become my absolutely favorite pot. A braiser would be a fabulous addition to my very limited collection!

  • Thanks for another great demo class at the Collingswood Library tonight. After watching you make the plum chutney I’m thinking that recipe and this pan may be just what I need to jump in and start canning and jamming!

  • I don’t have any enameled cookware – I’ve been looking to make a piece my next acquisition, but have keep debating on size, style, price range… this would be a great start (and fuel my new found addiction to small batch jam making)!

  • I’m working with hand-me-downs from my grandfather. They are great pots and pans but quite the mismatched set! πŸ™‚ I cook a lot in my cast iron skillets but save the Dutch oven for fall and winter – in gets a little too hot down in the south.

  • My parents gave me a Food Network brand enameled dutch oven several years ago. It’s been dropped, kicked, burned, smoked, roasted, scalded, and moved four times since then. It has not held up well, unfortunately. The enamel around the rim has become more and more worn away, and the bottom and inside are stained no matter what I use to scrum or clean it. It’s time for a new dutch oven.

  • My preference is cast iron. Easy to cook with and clean. I have two Dutch ovens and I love the broad base of the analon. Thanks!!!!!

  • I have a set of American Kitchen stainless steel cookware by Revere. I am very happy with it. Except for the lids. Where the glass and stainless meet moisture collects. Ugh!
    I love to braise and have always wanted cast iron cookware!

  • Our cookware is mostly inherited classic copper bottom stainless Revereware, which works great for us. I do have a newer 6 qt Dutch oven, though, & I like the look of the size & straight sides of this Ananlon pan. I can imagine lots of uses for it.

  • I recently decided to throw out my Jenair grill/glass top stove. I’m ordering a 5 burner gas stove with electric oven. I am so excited but will need cookware that is better suited for my new stove. Please enter my name into your drawing!

    Thanks so much,

  • I have an assortment of pots and pans that I have picked up over the years. However, I am nearly always drawn to the All-Clad whenever it is near me. *Sigh* My dream cookware would be an entire set of it.

  • My cookware is a mix of many different things. I have one cast iron skillet, and I really
    like it. This pan looks amazing!

  • ooohh I love this Pan and need it like now! πŸ™‚
    I am like you I very seldom buy any of my pans new I look for good sturdy pans (cast iron being my favorite) at thrift stores and yard sales
    as I have just started making jams and jellies this would be a welcome addition to my collection

  • I’m in the market for new non-stick Dutch oven, my old one is on it’s last leg. But I’m real interested in a braiser for jam making.

  • I have one stainless steel fry pan that survived the house fire along with a cast iron fry pan that was also in the storage drawer under the oven and therefore did not burn. The insurance company said to throw them away but I just couldn’t as they are my favorites and miraculously survived.I should have thrown the insurance company away as they were worth about nothing. Love stainless and cast iron, will last forever and even through a fire.

  • I love that pan! With just two of us here at home, I try not to have a bunch of pots and pans. I have both cast iron and stainless steel skillets, one of each. Would love to add to my cast iron skillet fetish! Thanks.

  • I prefer the copper set of pans that my mom bought me for Christmas many years ago. I will cherish them till the day I die

  • I would like a dutch oven to cook my famous chili in. I am currently using an old aluminum pot that has a “hot spot” in it. Bright side is the lid has only a few dings in it so it still fits well.

  • My favorite skillet is losing it’s nonstick coating, so I am in search for something new.I have an enamel cast iron dutch oven I love, so I’m thinking a skillet would be great.

  • Love that red and love cast iron. I have Mom’s old pans and they are broke in just right. Love the enamel cast iron pans.

  • I’ve been reaching for my cast iron more and more lately and I’m excited to learn new tricks to play more often

  • I’m always on the lookout for the perfect kitchen tool. It will be a lifelong search, I’m sure…

  • I am most of the way through a transition from nonstick to stainless steel cookware. On my wish list is a big stockpot to simmer a big batch of salsa in prior to canning. I have borrowed one for the past several years and am longing for one of my own!

  • I’ve gone through a few pots and finally settled on Chantal a few decades ago. It’s steel with enamel. I love the glass lids I can see through. I especially love my woks or chef’s pan as they’re called now and I have all three sizes as well as two sized of roasting pans and several fry pans. Also a double boiler and steamer. I have a really large stock pot with a strainer for pasta.

    I just bought a Lodge cast iron Dutch oven set that makes a sauce pan and the lid is a fry pan. Still getting used to that.

    I have a vintage copper jam pan and I large copper pan for candy/chocolate. Also a copper pan for whipping egg whites as I want to learn to make the three different types of meringue.

    I really love enameled cookware and am considering enamel on cast iron. My Mother has a Le Creuset pan she loves. I think this braiser would be perfect for chicken cacciatore, a family favorite.

  • I just bought my first cast iron this month- a pizza pan. I love it! I can’t wait to get a Dutch oven and have been shopping for the perfect one for some time. Yours looks lovely. Thanks for the opportunity.

  • I, too, have a fascination with cookware. Currently I own stainless steel dating back to the 70s, a couple of cast iron pans and two Le Creuset pans. Being in my 60s, I still cook most nights mostly using the aforementioned pans, but am always on the hunt for a perfect non stick that doesn’t require reseasoning after acidic mixtures are cooked. Also love canning using two inexpensive pots.
    The beauty of this pot is something to behold! It would make me smile just seeing it in the pot drawer. In fact, I think I’m going to check out the website, in spite of trying to downsize my collection.

  • 1.Leave a comment on this post and tell me something about your cookware situation. Do you you have very pot and pan you’ve ever dreamed of? Are you a cast iron person, or do you prefer stainless steel? Or perhaps, you’re on a mission to find the perfect skillet to complete your batterie de cuisine.

    My cookware situation… hrmm.. I have an assorment of pots & pans that I dont really care for. None of which are cast iron! I have been wishing for a great cast iron pan and braiser, but that darn LeCruset is just so stinking expensive and I dont know what other brands are good, and quite honestly I feel I need to do some reasearch on care & maintenance of them before buying something. I would also at some point like to have a skillet or two that is not non stick, that I can seriously scrub if I attach some food to it with too much heat! πŸ™‚

    Anyway thank you for this opportunity and hopeuflly my birthday luck(yesterday) will help me win!

    And… keep up the good work on the blog!

  • I’m still in my mid-twenties so have not picked up a lot of ‘quality’ cookware. My uncle has passed on a great cast-iron skillet that I love using! I would like to get a Creuset one day for my kitchen. Thanks for the post – love your site πŸ™‚

  • Wow…..what a cool piece of kitchen artillery. I can think of dozens of ways that beauty could be put to work in my farmhouse kitchen here in Texas…..fingers crossed!

  • When I was in college in the late 70’s, I worked part-time in the housewares department at a high end department store. We carried stainless steel Farberware, and whenever it went on sale, we were deluged with customers. At the time I didn’t understand what all the fuss was about, but I do now. I saved up and splurged, using my employee discount in combination with a good sale price. I still use those pans daily, and they’re still beautiful after nearly 40 years.

  • I use my parents stainless steel cookware they received as a wedding gift in 1972 as my go to set, but have added in a few key enamel coated cast iron and regular cast iron over the years….

  • I have several pieces of enameled cast iron. All but one are from my parents. My dad always bought cool expensive items for my mom. The big Dutch oven that I bought is so heavy. I tell my hubby that is what is keeping me in shape in my old age ! It’s parrot green and has a perenant spot on the back burner of the stove. Function and beauty. Love to be in the running for your beauty . Thanks .

  • I have about 3 pots that I LOVE, the rest are just the cheapies that I haven’t been able to replace yet.

    thanks for the giveaway!

  • Most of my pots are stainless steel but I am in search of a great pan that I can keep on my stove top and do one pot meals in for hubby and me! thank you…..

  • I have been lucky enough to have a couple vintage LeCreuset from my French meme’ that i treasure. I have been slowly collecting more well made cookware so I can pass them down myself. This pan looks so beautiful!

  • I would love to have this! Right now I have traditional nonstick cookware but would love to start transitioning to cast iron. Wish I would have had this awakening years ago when my grandma and my mom got rid of their cast iron and switched to more “modern” cookware…

  • I love cast iron. I have a dutch oven and a frying pan that were my mother’s. I love them because they transition from stove to oven seamlessly. One of my favorite dishes is boneless shortribs. Makes me want to make some tonight. I love my stainless cookware too–don’t want them to feel left out. πŸ™‚

  • That type of braiser is exactly the pan I’ve been wanting for my kitchen! I have mostly stainless steel but love my cast iron and enameled cast iron too.

  • I have a mis-mash of cookware. But I love my blue cast iron le Cuesant (spelling?) Dutch oven and my Kilner jam pot. My old turkey roaster (it belonged to my grandmother) gets the most use during the summer as we slow roast our tomatoes before making them into sauce. Not too particular about all of my cooking items matching, just like the idea of having the best item for whatever I am cooking.

  • I’m dreaming of a stocked kitchen with Le Creuset but I did get some Cuisinart pots and pans from work as a prize for my 15 years there so I can still dream

  • I have been wanting to add an enamel cast iron piece since I’ve heard so much about them! I only have stainless right now. Thanks for the opportunity to win this!

  • I, too, am obsessed with cookware. I’m always in search of the perfect pan, but of course, perfection varies depending on the purpose. I derive great pleasure from using good equipment in my kitchen, and I love that it helps me make good food. (Unfortunately, my budget doesn’t mesh with my quest for the best.) My dream is to get over my fear of cast iron and fully embrace the skillet.

  • I have a wonderful collection of vintage enamelware — some from my grandmother (Le Creuset) and some from my mother (Dru Holland). My other “go-to”s include a 12 inch enamelware skillet that I could not live without and my Lodge enamelware Dutch oven. My mother used to complain that the pots were too heavy, but I love the way they cook and look.