As soon as I put the order in for the Le Creuset dishes, I regretted getting them in a light blue (Carribbean) rather than the Dijon yellow one that would complement the dark blue of my pots better. But oh, well! Those Le Creusets last forever, so I guess I can get them in whatever color I want :-)
I had a few future classmates over to my parents' house for an authentic Indian dinner last weekend. My mom and I used the opportunity to test out the new Danubio set. It's a non-stick set (take note if you have serious worries about that!), and it is very easy to hold and maneuver. The handles stick out quite a ways from the main dish, but they still get pretty hot when you're cooking. But they are easy to grip and thus make it a lot easier to flip the dish or turn it around. The dish also heats up very quickly. I was caught off guard by that and somewhat burned my soybeans and spinach! But it all came out well in the end. The only slight complaint I have about this set is that the blue on the handles does not match perfectly with the blue of the dishes. The handles are a lighter blue than the dish itself.
This set (a frying pan, a saucepan, a casserole pot and a stew pot) is just the right size for me to take with me to school in a month. I think for the most part, it will be enough for me to cook what I need for my brother and I. I am taking an extra few dishes, but that's just to be on the safe side. Overall, I think the Danubio set would be great for someone working in a small kitchen with a limited amount of time.
As for the Le Creuset baking dishes- well, I just got those because I heart Le Creuset and want everything they make. The 5" dish is very small. I think we'll probably use it for dips and such more than for any real baking or cooking of any sort. The 9" one, though, is a great size for making enchiladas or lasagna or anything else that I would want to make for just a couple of people. I also do like the light blue, even if I would have preferred the yellow.
All in all, a great set of cookery to take with me to school! Highly recommend them both, if you're in the market.