Today is Friday. Friday begins the weekend, and the weekends are different: a slower pace and more time to shop and prepare meals. In season, there is time to visit the farmer's market. In the colder months, the weekend allows time for a slow cooking cassoulet or a fragrant roast. The weekend is the time to try new recipes or perfect favorites. And, preparing meals on the weekends is a chance for me to use my favorite oven cookware by Emile Henry.
I've always appreciated these simple, unadorned gratin dishes; what I didn't appreciate was the price. Then during a visit to France, I was in one of the hypermarkets; browsing the wares I discovered an aisle where the shelves were lined with Emile Henry ovenware (hypermarkets are similar to Target or Wal-Mart, except the wares are French). The prices were reasonable: 15 €, as opposed to $49 USD. I couldn't resist buying one, and so began my collection of Emile Henry. My very first piece, a small oval gratin dish, is pictured above.
Can't get to France? Non, non, don't be discouraged! You see, I chose to post about this because Emile Henry is currently on sale at amazon.com. While it is not deeply discounted, many pieces can be had at a savings. You can also buy it online at the Emile Henry Factory Outlet. Again, not a huge savings, but you can find some bargains. Finally, if all you're after is the look, check T.J. Maxx, Marshalls, and HomeGoods stores; I've never been there when I didn't see a beautiful gratin dish.