If you’ve ever cooked with a LeCreuset French Dutch Oven, enameled cast iron cookware, you know how wonderful they are, along with the rest of their products.  Not a whole lot compares to its performance.  Perfect heat retention and even heat distribution make every dish spectacular. 

Just in time for Easter and Passover I’m offering a LeCreuset 3.5 French Round Dutch Oven valued at $280.00 to Giveaway.  If you’ve never tried one before you don’t know what you’re missing.  This perfect vessel will help you create an incredible dish for the holiday. 

The French Dutch Oven can cook rice, beans, soup, chicken, beef, stews, cake or whatever else you can think of.  It’s truely amazing and it comes in a variety of fun colors to match your kitchen or your mood.

Besides having the opportunity to win one for FREE you also get to select the color of your choice.  So what are you waiting for! 

To enter the random drawing for the LeCreuset 3.5 French Dutch Oven you MUST follow the directions below!

  1. Under the comments section of this blog post, tell me why you would like to win the LeCrueset French Dutch Oven.  Plus if you win it, what color do you want for your kitchen?
  2. Sign up as a follower of my blog on Google Friend Connect by clicking the follow button.  This is located on the right side of my blog just above “About Me”.  If you’re already one then please let me know.
  3. “Like” my facebook fan page, by clicking on the “like” at the top of the page.  If you already do please let me know.
  4. “Like” the LeCreuset fan page, located at the top of the page then, post on your FB wall, “I just entered a GIVEAWAY on At Home With Vicki Bensinger to win the LeCreuset 3.5 French Dutch Oven, and you can too!

All of these MUST be done in order to have your name entered into the drawing.  However, don’t forget to leave your contact information so that I can reach you in the event you win. 

One contest winner will be selected at random and notified on this blog and by email on Friday, April 8th, 2011.

The winner will have 48 hours to respond to my email otherwise your name will be removed and another name will be selected at random.

Don’t miss your opportunity to win this amazing LeCreuset French Dutch Oven. 

Good Luck!

Below is a fun and simple recipe for making bread in the 3.5 LeCreuset French Dutch Oven created by Jacques Pepin from his book   More Fast Food My Way

However, the recipes are endless for what you can create in your new LeCreuset French Dutch Oven should you win!

Slow & Easy Bread In A Pot
make a 1 pound loaf of bread

This is perfect to start in the evening and then pop in the refrigerator overnight so it’s ready in the morning to bake.


2 1/4 cups tepid water (about 90 degrees)
1 tsp of yeast Rapid Rise)
1 tsp of salt (or a bit more)
4 cups of all-purpose flour (about 1 pound 5 ounces)


In the 3.5 LeCreuset French Dutch Oven mix the above ingredients.
Stir them up until the dough is thoroughly blended and gooey. Cover the pot with blended ingredients and let set at room temperature for about 1 1/2 hours.

The dough will be puffed up a lit bit. Knock it down by mixing it up again with a wooden spoon for a moment, you don’t have to do too much. Then cover it and put it in the refrigerator overnight (10-12 hours).

The next day, preheat your over to 450F degrees. Once preheated, take the dough out of the refrigerator, and take the cover off (it should have risen again overnight).  Place the pot directly into the oven and bake for approximately 40 minutes.

After forty minutes, remove the pot from the oven. You will see that you have a perfect crust poking out from the pot. Let it sit and cool for a few minutes. 

Flip pot over and remove the bread.  Now how easy is that?




Congratulations Sandra Dee!  I hope you enjoy your new LeCreuset 3.5 French Dutch Oven

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  1. I’d like to win a LC Dutch Oven because I LOVE Le Creuset proudcts! Talk about a product that will last a lifetime… maybe longer! (btw… I’m already following your blog, have “LIKED” your page as well as “LIKED” and posted on the LC page! 🙂 I HOPE I WIN!

  2. Vicki, I love Le Creuset! I have a black enamel fry pan that is my “go to” pan – cooks beautifully and is non-stick (without teflon!) I would never have thought of baking bread in a Le Creuset pot – I would definitely like to try that. Also, we love soups – this is a perfect size for dinner and a little leftover.

    I think I like the red, to match my frying pan 🙂

    Do I need to write a different post for each of the other entries? I follow your blog and FB page – and now Le Creuset FB page too!

    PS – this isn’t an April Fool’s joke is it??? LOL

  3. Yes Olivia not only will it last a lifetime but it’s the one kitchen item you can be sure to pass down to your children and to your childrens children.

    Maria in answer to your question, you just need to respond the one time but if you want to answer those separately then it will be more times the random counter will include your comments.

  4. I am a poor college kid with a VERY limited selection of quality kitchen tools. I’ve been envying Le Creuset pots for a long time and would LOVE one of my own, preferably in a good ‘ole black. Thanks for this opportunity! 🙂

  5. I am also a follower of your blog.

  6. And I liked your facebook page.

  7. And I liked “Le Creuset.” Hope I win!!

  8. Hi Emily,
    Thank you for your posts. Good luck with the contest. I’m not sure if the networks are running slow but it didn’t post you yet as a follower of my blog. You can also just go to where it shows Followers just under my IACP logo in the right column and click on the link to get added. Hope that helps.

    Good luck and I hope you’re enjoying school. What year are you?

  9. I follow your blog 🙂

  10. I went through and clicked “follow” again, so hopefully it shows up now. I am just finishing my sophomore year of college and loving it!

  11. Hi…I follow your blog and like your fb page! Mary Clay

  12. I gave a flame red oval dutch oven to my daughter and son-in-law before their wedding 2 years ago. It is their “go to” cookware and I would love to have one of my own.

  13. I Like your FB page too!

  14. I would like to win the 3.5 qt round Dutch Oven because I already have the 2 qt and the 5.5 qt and I need a size in between! This is the next size on my list! I would like it in beautiful cobalt!

    my email is

    peacefuldusk at rocketmail dot com

  15. I also Followed your blog!

  16. I Liked your FB Fan Page!

  17. I also Liked the Le Creuset FB Fan Page and posted the contest on it’s wall!

  18. Vicki!

    Thank you for the opportunity! I LOVE your blog, LOVE to cook and LOVE Le Crueset so this was the perfect storm! I would love to add to my Le Creuset collection and cook up some of your delicious recipes in my new Dutch Oven! I’ll post some of my culinary successes from the new Le Creuset piece for you! Thank you for your inspiration in the kitchen!

  19. I liked your fan page, followed your blog and am looking for the Le Creuset fan page…do I need to “friend” them first?

  20. Hi Beth,
    The “like” should be hi-lighted for LeCreuset and take you there directly. If not let me know. To follow me click the follow just below the IACP logo on the mid right of my blog.

    I will check those links to see if they are still working. Hope this helps. Thanks for following my blog.

    Please share my giveaway with your friends on FB.

    Have a great weekend. It’s spring here today. It’s so pretty – finally!

  21. I did all the requirements. I would LOVE to win the dutch oven because I don’t have one. I have a few baking dishes and a the stock pot (which I swear makes my gumbo taste better). I would love it in white or the dark red. What a generous giveaway ~ thanks so much!

  22. Good Luck to you Karen. If you should win the LeCreuset French Dutch Oven you won’t be able to imagine how you ever lived without it.

  23. I have always wanted one of these – I adore the aqua color!

  24. I follow the blog!

  25. Liked on Facebook!

  26. Posted on my Facebook wall!

  27. According to my teenagers, the lid to the Dutch Oven is “lost”. How does that happen? LOL

    I would like to win so I could roast a chicken with herbs and vegetables – it’s one of my favorite things to eat.

    My color choice – Dijon.


  28. Like you on FB (SusanB)

  29. Follow via GFC

  30. Hi Susi,
    Don’t forget to “like” LeCreuset as well and share this with your friends on facebook too!

    As for losing the lid, who knows how we lose things sometimes. It happens in our home as well.

    Good luck with the contest! Thanks for your posts.

  31. I did all of the above…now I will tell you why I would like to have the LeCreuset 3.5 French Dutch Oven. After 33 yrs of marriage this coming week, I would love to have a new Dutch oven. Especially since the one I use now was a hand-me-down from a distant relative so many many years ago. I would love to be able to make the recipes and serve them in the same pot. Besides having a wonderful “anniversay gift”. As far as color I really would take any color..but if I have to pick…red it is.


  32. Happy Anniversary kcreates, that’s quite an accomplishment, 33 years. It is incredible how well LeCreuset stands the test of time.

    Good luck with the giveaway, the winner is selected by http://www.Random.org. Wishing you all the best on your anniversary!

  33. I have heard wonderful things about these and it would be a nice addition to my kitchen in red.

  34. I liked Le Creuset and shared.

  35. I absolutely love Le Creuset, and this is the one item that I have been dying to have in my kitchen. All I have been thinking about lately is owning this lovely Dutch Oven in the new color Fennel. Thanks for the giveaway!


  36. Following you on GFC!

    GFC name: mmalavec


  37. “Liked” your facebook fan page.

    FB Name: Maria Voulelis Malaveci


  38. “Liked” the LeCreuset fan page and posted “I just entered a GIVEAWAY on At Home With Vicki Bensinger to win the LeCreuset 3.5 French Dutch Oven, and you can too! on my FB page!


  39. I would cherish this heirloom Le Crueset if I won; I so value excellence in my cookware, and I would choose red to add joie de vive and energy to my kitchen (not to mention the absolute visual pleasure it would being me!) Thank you so much for the chance to own it …this would be my first Le Creuset!

  40. I am following you on GFC and Networked Blogs (rusthawk).

  41. I am also now following your wonderful facebook page as rust hawk.

  42. I liked LeCreuset’s facebook page and I posted about your giveaway on my page: http://www.facebook.com/permalink.php?story_fbid=175894479125779&id=100001156831237

  43. I totally need this! My old, old cheapy college dutch oven is all scratched up and not as pretty! The kiwi color looks happy! 🙂

  44. “Liked” your facebook fan page!

  45. “Liked” the LeCreuset fan page

  46. I would agree Franci that the kiwi is a happy color.

    Good luck to you on the giveaway!

  47. Le Creuset is the ultimate in French Ovens so how could you not want to win, especially in the lovely cassis color!

  48. Le Creuset is the ultimate in French Ovens so how could you not want to win, especially in the lovely cassis color!

    seabead22 (@) gmail dot com

  49. Like you on FB 🙂

    seabead22 (@) gmail dot com

  50. Already like the Le Creuset FB page

    seabead22 (@) gmail dot com

  51. Posted giveaway entry onto my FB wall.

    seabead22 (@) gmail dot com

  52. Signed up as follower on Google friend connect.

    seabead22 (@) gmail dot com

  53. I would love to win the LeCreuset French Dutch Oven, since I lost mine in a divorce. I really miss it. Black Onyx would match my kitchen.

  54. LIKe the Le Creuset FB page

  55. Signed up as follower on Google friend connect.

  56. Posted giveaway entry onto my FB wall. Good night!

  57. I’m recently unemployed – and don’t own any LC – but this would be the PERFECT first piece! I love the KIWI and CARIBBEAN BLUE colors – something happy to brighten up my kitchen 🙂

  58. FOLLOWING your blog via Google Friend Connect 🙂

  59. LIKING your Facebook page 🙂

  60. LIKING the Le Creuset Facebook page 🙂

    (how was I not already????!!!!???)


    Sandy Davis Arnell

    SARNELL18 at GMAIL dot COM

  62. Vicki- I would love to have the Le Creuset French Dutch oven becase I just bought a French cookbook and I am doing a Julie & Julia thing without the deadline! I am sure that it will make my experience much better!
    I have liked you and Le Creuset on Facebook, I am following your blog, and I have posted on my wall.Whew!
    I think the cobalt would be a wonderful color to have :)-Wendy Ripes

  63. Hi Wendy,

    It’s nice to hear from you. I hope you are doing well. The LeCreuset would be a perfect addition to your french cooking. Did you purchase Dorie Greenspans book, “Around My French Table?” If so you are going to love it.

    She has a website where those who have purchased her book cook along with her. It’s http://www.FrenchFridaysWithDorie.com If you did indeed get this book you should check out this site.

    Good luck on the giveaway.

  64. I’ve been drooling over them sice I can remember! So I would love to own one of my very own =)

  65. I found you through Kitchen Parade, and I ‘liked’ you on FB!

  66. I also think it’s really neat how companies like LC have stayed not only continualy true to their product but re-invent themselves, I just ‘liked’ them on fb!

  67. I liked the Le Creuset Facebook site! I saw the 3.5 French oven in a store last weekend – it is the cutest!

  68. I would love to try out a Le Creuset! I have heard how wonderfully they cook and they are so attractive – I’d pick the lime color.

  69. Following you now! WIsh you were in my area to give some culinary instruction!

  70. Posted on my Facebook wall about your giveaway! – Heather Bernarding

  71. I am currently expanding my kitchenware and a dutch oven would be a lovely addition! I have not tried one yet, and would LOVE too! 🙂

    I love the Carribean color! 🙂


  72. I have shared the blog giveaway on FB! 🙂


  73. and I am following on Google! 🙂

    Thanks so much for the giveaway! 🙂


  74. oh and I also “liked” the LeCreuset page as well! 🙂


  75. I just won your Polder Thermometer, and this Le Creuset would be a nice addition to my kitchen cookware. I would even use it to make your Bread in the Pot recipe you just posted. The color I want is the beautiful aqua Caribbean.

    I follow you on your blog.
    I liked your Fan Page
    I liked the Le Creuset Fan page.
    I posted the information on my Facebook page and my blog.


  76. what a wonderful give away! I would really love to win this one!

  77. I would love to win because Le Creuset is the best quality and this piece is such a versatile size. If I win, I would choose the Caribbean color.

  78. I follow on Google Friend Connect!

  79. I “like” your Facebook page!

  80. I “like” Le Creuset on Facebook and posted about the giveaway on my wall!

  81. Thank You Vicki for the opportunity to win this. Le Creuset speaks for itself but sadly I only own one piece so I would love to win one in the cherry! This piece is a perfect size for me being an empty nester.

    I “like” your FB Fan Page

    I follow your blog

    I “like” Le Creuset FB Page

    I follow on Google Connect

    Thanks Again, Rubi

  82. Ooops forgot one thing, I am going to share on my FB page : )

  83. Well I tried to post it on FB but they won’t allow it, calling it abusive ~ weird!! I have reported it.


  84. I’d love to win so I could make navy bean soup in it without spending an hour cleaning the bottom of the pan when I’m done, and I’d love it in Cherry or Caribbean!

    eemoody77 at gmail dot com

  85. I’m a new follower!

    eemoody77 at gmail dot com

  86. I like you on Facebook! (Elizabeth M.)

    eemoody77 at gmail dot com

  87. I like Le Creuset on Facebook and shared the giveaway, making sure to tag you!

    eemoody77 at gmail dot com

  88. THANK YOU VICKI!! I am *SO* excited 🙂

    Can’t wait to start cooking with my new fabulous FIRST EVER piece of LC!!!

  89. Please let us know what you think of it when you receive it and what the first thing is that you decide to cook in it.

    Enjoy your new dutch oven!

  90. I purchased a cast iron dutch oven from a neighbor in the senior housing I am residing with my husband of 42 years. when she passed away i bought her dutch oven. I must have misplaced it or someone might have taken it from our common kitchen downstairs where i keep it. I use it a lot and i am terribly missing it.
    i dreamed of owning a cruset but i cannot afford it from my senior’s pension. I am 67 years young…

    i love to cook and i would really enjoy whipping up my favorite stews and other ethnic dishes with a red creuset…

    hoping and praying i will win one…thanks and i will follow your blog.

  91. HI Kandee,

    Unfortunately this giveaway was in April of 2011. However, I am having another giveaway at this time for a Watermelon Knife. If you go to the top of my blog and click on the veggies it will take you to my newest post. Thank you for your post. Sorry you lost your LeCreuset pot.

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