At Voraciously/WaPoFood headquarters, we have fielded a lot of questions about cookware over the years. One

At Voraciously/WaPoFood headquarters, we have fielded a lot of questions about cookware over the years. One of the most recurring themes is something along the lines of “What can I do with my Dutch oven?” I have a few theories about this. One: Dutch ovens of a certain cachet, namely Le Creuset, are typical gifts or big-splurge investments, and no one wants to mess up a beautiful, pricey piece. Two: Home cooks are faced with indecision once they realize a more apt question might be “What can’t I do in my Dutch oven?” “I love them,” says cookbook author Molly Stevens, who knows a thing or two about Dutch ovens as the owner of seven. (Her new book publishing next month, “All About Dinner,” calls for one in a few recipes.) “They are just so bulletproof and so reliable.” Whether you’ve already acquired a Dutch oven, or are considering acquiring one (or, um, six more), here’s what you need to know about choosing and using them. What it is. French manufacturer Le Creuset has done a lot of research into the origins of the Dutch oven, but it’s difficult to pinpoint one specific time or person, says Nate Collier, the company’s director of marketing communications and culinary. Its current...

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Every product is independently selected by (obsessive) editors. Things you buy through our links may earn New York a commission. Black Friday and Cyber Monday sales have a way of bringing out our most lavish selves, but filling your cart with practical, truly last-a-lifetime products is an even more satisfying strategy. That’s why this Cyber Monday, if you’re going to buy anything, you should buy a Lodge cast-iron skillet, griddle, Dutch oven, or five-piece cookware bundle. Cast iron is the do-anything-anywhere metal of the cooking world, and Lodge, founded in 1896, makes cookware that’s virtually indestructible as long as you know how to treat it — never use soap and always dry immediately after washing to prevent rust. At home, I have a pair of Lodge skillets in two sizes (the 8-inch and the 10.5-inch). My boyfriend and I use them for every meal we cook and (despite our habit of burning things and our occasionally reckless cooking styles) they look better now than they did the day we bought them. I am particularly fond of the smaller skillet, which is perfect for frying a single egg, or, as I found out last week, baking one miniature sweet potato pie. If it’s seasoned well — b...