Not sure if there are many home cooks just learning to cook as I am, but if there are....you need to buy a Le Creuset dutch oven (edited to add: or at least some cast iron oven) of some sort!
After having cooked with the Le Creuset 6 3/4 quart dutch oven my husband brought back from his work trip to Switzerland, I vowed never to cook with cheap cookware ever again.
I used to use the cheap non-stick type of cookware. I couldn't brown meat properly on it, and things just didn't turn out very well in it.
When I cooked with Le Creuset the first time, I dubbed it my "magic pot" because everything turned out so beautifully in it.
Le Creuset is expensive and heavy to lift, but believe me, it's a must-have if you are a home cook and want great results.
Edited by HomeCook61 - 10/6/10 at 2:25pm