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Glorious One-Pot Meals Free Cooking Demonstration Sunday

Glorious One-Pot Meals cooking demo
Look closely and you can see me demonstrating inside a Le Creuset store in 2013.

My free Glorious One-Pot Meals cooking demonstrations are not available as frequently these days as they once were, but here’s a chance to stop in and learn this quick, easy, and healthy cooking technique. I’ll show you how to build a nutritious and delicious dinner in minutes that you can take and run with in your own kitchen to feed your family.

Cast iron Dutch oven
Do you need a cast iron Dutch oven?

I’ll have cookbooks for sale AND you can take advantage of steep “friends and family” discounts on all Le Creuset cookware in the store. It’s a great opportunity to grab gifts for the holiday season while learning a time-saving cooking technique that you can put to use in your own kitchen to improve your sanity along with your health!

Come by the Le Creuset outlet store at Colorado Mills in Lakewood, CO, this Sunday, December 7th, at 12 pm to join the fun!

Glorious One-Pot Meals cooking demo

Sunday, December 7, 12 pm

Le Creuset outlet store, Colorado Mills, Lakewood, CO

How to Clean the Outside of an Enamel-coated Cast Iron Dutch Oven

Reader question: Elizabeth, the outside of my Dutch Oven is getting black, with much cooking use.  Is there anything that will take this off.  I am still enjoying cooking this way.  I don’t do it all the time, but a lot. ~ Joanne E., DenverLeCreusetCleaner

Hi Joanne, Nice to hear from you and to learn that you are still enjoying GOPMs!

Le Creuset makes a cast iron cleaning solution that you can use to scrub your pot clean. There are retail Le Creuset stores (in Cherry Creek in Denver) and outlet stores that both should carry it, or you  get it online through Amazon.

Be sure to wear gloves when you use it because this is toxic. I usually make my husband do this chore as it takes a bit of scrubbing effort.

Happy cooking!  ~Elizabeth


How To Use a 6.75-quart Dutch Oven with Glorious One-Pot Meals

Reader question: I just bought your cookbook after reading about it in Momentum Magazine. My Le Crueset pot is 6.75 how much should I increase the ingredients? 4 times?? and the cooking time?? you only list a 5.5-6 qt pot on page 12. Thank you. ~Janet from Lima, OH

Hi Janet! Thanks for writing and your interest in Glorious One-Pot pot meals recipes Dutch oven

The general rule of thumb is that you need one quart of Dutch oven for every person you plan to feed. So, the recipes are written for a 2-quart Dutch oven and feed 2 people. Generally, we’d say that a 6-quart Dutch oven would feed 6 people and you’d triple the recipe and increase the cooking time by around 20 minutes.

Because your pot is closer to 7 quarts, you could feasibly increase the recipes by 3.5 times, so that instead of 2 chicken breasts, for example, you’d use 7, and increase the cooking time by closer to 25-30 minutes.

In reality, I usually find that most people eat a little less than 1 quart of cooked food, and a 3.5-quart Dutch oven, for example, easily feeds 4-5 people. A fully-loaded 6.75-quart Dutch oven would likely feed 9 people. As my pots get larger, too, I might increase the amount of protein and use more fish, for instance, while using less rice than if I were strictly tripling the recipe. One of the great things about the Glorious One-Pot Meals cooking method is that you can make the meal the way you want to make it without compromising the finished product.

Please realize that as pots get larger than 5.5-quarts and the volume of food in the pot increases as such, it becomes even more important to ensure the oven is fully preheated to 450 F before putting the full pot in, and to follow your nose to know when the meal is ready. I use a stand-alone oven thermometer to validate my oven temperature.

Remember, too, that you can still cook a Glorious One-Pot Meals recipe for 2 in a larger-than-2-quart cast iron Dutch oven.

Happy cooking! ~Elizabeth