I've had my Le Creuset oval dutch oven for more than the last year or two, but I've never mentioned it on this blog, and it definitely is worth mentioning. It's perfect for roasting a chicken or making a double batch of soup. It retains heat so well that once you get the pot simmering, you don't need much flame to continue it. The cast iron makes it heavy, but I don't think I've ever burned anything in it, mostly because the bottom is so thick. And the weight of the lid seals the pot like nothing else. I also love that it can go from stovetop to oven with no problem.
It's an expensive pot, but I've definitely used it enough to make it worth the investment. (I also have a 9-quart round dutch oven, but it's so big that I basically only use it for stock making.) And if you're lucky enough to live near or travel to a city with an outlet, you can get a deep discount on everything Le Creuset. (I bought both of my dutch ovens at the North Carolina outlet.)
With only two weeks until Christmas, it's still not too late to ask Santa to bring this beautiful dutch oven to you!
**This post has been written of my own accord because I like the product. I have had no contact with Le Creuset, and they have offered me nothing in return for reviewing this product.