As we move towards some really cold weather here in Ohio, I can’t help but think about all the hearty stick-to-your-ribs meals I’ve been craving (Since July, but I never said I was normal). Colder weather and heartwarming meals just seem to go together, and it can be hard to resist over indulging during this time of year. After all, our bodies are pre-programmed to want to put on weight to keep us healthy through the elements – or at least, that’s what Brian keeps telling me.

Of course, I’m doing my best to wage a war against the Bulge by adding in some super satisfying meals that won’t have me joining a club that requires a weekly weigh-in (in front of other people, what?!) come January. Top tip number one? Meals that are high in protein and fiber, but still overwhelmingly delicious. I’ve been planning lots of meals using legumes of every kind: pintos, black beans, black eyed peas, chickpeas, and favas will all be making an appearance at our table this autumn and winter.

Preparation of some of my favorite bean loving recipes, like hearty chili, Uncle Jake’s baked beans, and Katie’s Smoky Black Bean Soup will all be a snap this fall due to one great new tool in my kitchen: the Le Creuset Stoneware Bean Pot.

I’m not sure I’d have been going quite so crazy over legumes if I hadn’t been sent this beautiful pot for review. But after one cooking session, I am in love. I’ve told you before what a sucker I am for heritage pieces, and Le Creuset never disappoint in this arena. Since they’ve been in business nearly 90 years, they’ve got quite a lot to choose from when it comes to their archives, and all of it is quality.

The Stoneware Bean Pot is no exception. The beautiful enamel color is vibrant and won’t fade, no matter how many times I use it and wash it. It cooks, as we say, “low and slow” in the oven for perfectly flavorful beans, soups and stews. The lid fits tightly on it, so the slow heat and condensation mean perfectly basted dishes.

I’m pretty sure that when you think of baked beans, this is the pot our great grandparents were using to create those recipes. Pretty cool, huh?

Le Creuset are generously offering this beautiful Flame Stoneware Bean Pot to one lucky MBA Reader!

Be sure to check out Le Creuset’s Facebook Page!

How do you win?

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Visit the Heritage Collection on Le Creuset’s Website. Come back here and leave a comment answering the following question:What other Heritage piece would you choose to compliment your Le Creuset Stoneware Bean Pot? (Please choose something not in the giveaway) “French Oven” will not count, you must be specific with product name and description.

Want extra entries?

Each item you do will get you ONE chance to win (for a total of TWO extra chances), if you ALREADY do any of these things, they DO count! So make sure to comment for each item! You MUST leave each entry as a separate comment or only one comment will count!

1. Follow @bakingaddiction and @LeCreuset on Twitter and tweet the following statement then come back to this post and tell us you tweeted.

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Important Details:

-This giveaway is open to USA residents only and will run until Sunday, November 6th at 11:59 pm EST.
-Winner(s) will be generated via a random number generator software program. Winner will be notified via the contact email provided on the comment contact form.
-Winner(s) will have until 11/9/11 to claim their Le Creuset Stoneware Bean Pot or we will choose another winner.
-Winner will receive the Le Creuset Stoneware Bean Pot as described above {$135.00 value}. Product will be shipped by Le Creuset.
-See Official Giveaway Rules

Disclosure:

This giveaway is provided to you by Le Creuset. The views and opinions expressed on My Baking Addiction are purely my own and based upon my personal experiences with the Le Creuset Stoneware Bean Pot. I was given the product(s) free of charge; however, I was not monetarily compensated for a positive review or giveaway.

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