A few years ago, I was an engaged woman. And being engaged, along with wearing a fabulous, shiny new ring, means planning. A LOT. Wedding planning, honeymoon planning, outfit planning, new home planning, name change planning- I could go on. Thankfully, my mother is a fabulous designer and excels at event planning. So she took care of SO much of our wedding planning. But the planning I excelled at: kitchen registry.
This pan is a workhorse! I do everything with this pan from roasting chickens to carmelizing onions. It goes from stovetop to oven very nicely and only requires maintenance, not a full cleaning every time.
This is a great pan to have if you don't have a real grill or have a grill, but don't like using it in cold weather/hot weather/ it takes charcoal and therefore forever to start. I use it to cook various meats, and it leaves those lovely grill marks. Same as the skillet, the cast iron gets seasoned with everything you cook and develops a wonderful flavor in itself.
I have two of these beautiful dutch ovens (the 5.5 quart and 6.75 quart in a blue that's discontinued now), and I use them all the time! They are so lovely that you can cook in them and then serve from them, and just like the cast iron skillet and grill pan, they go from stovetop to oven. I also use them for soups, boiling pasta, and the best bread ever. Le Creuset is a pretty hefty investment, but it will be with you for life!
While I use my cast iron pan for most cooking, this non-stick pan is quite necessary for jobs like cooking eggs, fish, and sauces. Don't go for an overly expensive one, as Teflon inevitably gets scratched and has to be replaced.
It's important to have a non-stick, medium sized (mine is 2 quarts) saucepan for smaller jobs like cooking grains, oatmeal, and sauces. Mine is not a Le Creuset, but they do sell this smaller sized saucepan!