There were two big ticket typical wedding gifts that I hoped to receive but alas did not: 1) the coveted KitchenAid mixer and 2) Le Creuset's gorgeous enameled cast iron Dutch oven. I now own the latter. As part of a promotion for Julie&Julia, there was a rare sale on these beauties, and I seized upon the excuse to make one my own. Mine is a lovely blue, and its first masterwork will be cashew and carrot stew from one of my favorite cookbooks. I will turn around this grey, yucky day with some hearty vegetarian yumminess made in my lovely new cookware. Hooray!