The Sacred Vache, Boeuf Bourguinon. Le Creuset is beautiful but tremendously expensive. There are lots of options too to chose from: enameled, ceramic, cast iron. The lid on one I picked up yesterday was heavier than a whole box of laundry detergent.
So, when I saw this graceful oval plain old ceramic no name casserole yesterday, I decided this was good enough. I'll learn more as I go, I'm sure.