mini cocottes!

My in-laws gave me an awesome present for my 29th birthday: Le Creuset Mini Cocottes. If you know me well, you’ll know that I’m much (much) to cheap to ever buy anything that nice for myself, so it was an extra sweet birthday gift!

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They are beautiful pieces of art, in my favourite bright and cheerful colours – so, really, they are perfect! They come with a cookbook, which is OK. The cocottes themselves are amazing. And CUTE!

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Last weekend, we decided to make one of the recipes from the cookbook, Ravioli Gratins with Goat Cheese and Basil Pistou. Unfortunately, the grocery store was out of basil when we went shopping at 8pm on Sunday night, so we decided to substitute pre-made pesto for the basil pistou. It was awesome and made this dinner super easy. Another substitution was a cheaper stuffed cheese pasta for the raviolis. Totally 100% successful!

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This is super rich dinner (four types of cheese! at least!) but 1 mini-cocotte per person paired with a simple arugula and tomato salad was seriously delicious. And pretty easy. With all these oven recipes recently, I really should get on item 15 from my 30-before-30 challenge, hey?

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