a crunchy crumble & a Le Creuset giveaway October 24, 2012

I’ve only had one or two days in the kitchen between trips out of town…and with the chilly mornings and breezy days in Atlanta and the miles between me and the things I love at home, I’m turning to comfort foods. As much as I’m already missing tomatoes and lighter fare, there have been many stews, soups and slow cooker meals when I’ve had time to cook. When the California Strawberry Commission asked me to work on another recipe for them, there was little question it would be a crisp or crumble of some sort.

I’ve had the idea of a strawberry crumble in my head for a long time and wanted to make a less sweet version of the classic recipe. I turned to agave nectar, which is used relatively sparingly in this recipe and can easily be substituted with honey. For me, crumbles are about juicy fruit and a super crunchy topping. A granola-like topping makes this recipe really dynamic – so much crunch and a smaller amount of sugar than usual. The kicker in this is a springy touch to go with a cold weather dessert – a pinch of lavender flowers mixed with the strawberries to add a floral note without adding more sweetness. It’s fantastic – lush, baked fruit…a topping with great texture and no cloying sweetness to mask the strawberries. The best part – you can use the pitch perfect strawberries you buy at first…or you can also use them a day or so in when they’re not as pristine and they’ll still bake up lovely.

As a way of saying thanks for coming by….and a way of celebrating fall and warm, cozy desserts…I’m pairing up with CA Strawberries to give away three Le Creuset 9 1/2″ 1 quart au gratin dishes in red. Just leave a comment - between now and Monday, October 29th – and say hi. Maybe throw out an idea as to what you’d make in it if you won the bakeware. It’s Le Creuset…so you know it’s a great piece to have around the kitchen and it’s certainly worth winning. For an extra shot at one, visit the CA Strawberries Facebook page – they’re giving away two of them, as well.

Strawberry Lavender Crumble with Almond Oat Topping – serves 6

–  3 cups fresh sliced strawberries
–  1 tablespoon light agave nectar or honey
–  1 teaspoon dried lavender flowers
–  zest of 1 small lemon – you could substitute orange zest
–  3 tablespoons all-purpose flour, divided
–  1 tablespoon granulated sugar
–  1/2 cup rolled oats
–  2/3 cup slivered almonds
–  1/4 teaspoon ground cinnamon
–  1/4 teaspoon ground nutmeg
–  2 tablespoons canola or vegetable oil

– Preheat oven to 400°F.

– Combine strawberries with the agave nectar or honey, lavender flowers, citrus zest and 1 tablespoon of the flour. Pour fruit mixture into shallow 1 quart baking dish (like the 9 1/2″ Le Creuset dish shown in photo).

– In another mixing bowl, combine rolled oats, slivered almonds, sugar, remaining flour, nutmeg and cinnamon. Drizzle with oil and stir to coat thoroughly. Sprinkle over the fruit mixture. Place baking dish on sheet pan and place in oven. Bake for 25-30 minutes or until fruit is bubbling and top is a deep golden brown. Allow crumble to stand for 15 minutes before serving.

Thanks so much to the California Strawberry Commission for asking me to develop another recipe for them. The last one I worked on, this Strawberry Black Pepper Cake, was a huge hit and one of the most popular recipes on my blog. Their site is full of great recipes using CA Strawberries – you should visit it. Thanks to them & Le Creuset for providing the bakeware for this giveaway!

 

Comments

Andrew Brotherton Oct 25, 2012 12:10 am

I would make macaroni and cheese or either a pumpkin or sweet potato casserole for Thanksgiving.

sydney85 Oct 25, 2012 12:10 am

I am excited to try your Strawberry Lavender Crumble. It is finally going to be cold in Texas this weekend so am looking forward to lots of baking. My husband really enjoys Apple Crumble so that would be my first dish to make if I was lucky enough to win a Le Creuset dish.

Lori Leary Oct 25, 2012 02:10 am

Hi! I would make a pear crumble featuring ginger and crushed almonds.

Pia Bineau Oct 25, 2012 02:10 am

Excellent giveaway! I would absolutely love to win one of these Le Creuset dishes… I have had my eyes on them for years now.
I would definitely make a rabbit stew or braised venison with a coffee sauce and have a side of homemade spätzle to go with it! As far as desserts… anything with strawberries and rhubarb is alright by me :)
xoxo
-Pia

Ruth Oct 25, 2012 05:10 am

See, I LOVE the look of this recipe, but I’m not the hugest strawberry fan, much more a raspberry kinda girl – so I’d try this, but attempt to see if I could make it work with raspberries instead. Not 100% sure it’ll work, but only one way to find out!

jeff Oct 25, 2012 06:10 am

honestly if i won the first thing i would make would be this crumble. it sounds amazing. thanks for all you share.

Dena Oct 25, 2012 06:10 am

Your crumble looks delicious. I love the addition of agave nectar and lavender flours. I think it is what I will make should I win the gratin dish, maybe with a bit of apples mixed in…

Kate Oct 25, 2012 06:10 am

Your crumble looks amazing! I would not have thought to pair strawberries and lavender. Can’t wait to try it!

Marnely Rodriguez-Murray Oct 25, 2012 06:10 am

I’d love t bake a pumpkin bread pudding in one if I won!

Caryn Oct 25, 2012 06:10 am

Beautiful. Can’t wait to try this recipe soon.

Carolina.Lx Oct 25, 2012 06:10 am

Hi! That beauty would not go back to the cabinet anytime sooner, i it were mine. Monday: Baked fruit with a drizzle of honey and fresh yoghurt on the side; Tuesday: Quince and pear crumble with hazelnuts; Wednesday: Warm conforting Leite creme; Thursday: Lemon tart with whipped cream; And finally… Friday: slightly melting chocolate brownies with walnuts and raspberries to welcome the weekend!
And that’s just dessert… :)
It would be the most used, most loved gratin dish ever!

susan Oct 25, 2012 06:10 am

off to the spice shop to look for lavender flowers!

Alison Oct 25, 2012 07:10 am

Hi, I just recently discovered your website and find it very inspiring. I think I would start by using the gratin dish for a vegetable roast with bulbs of garlic or for a potato gratin… I love winter-y dishes!

Katrina @ Warm Vanilla Sugar Oct 25, 2012 07:10 am

HI! I’d love to win, and would make some sort of apple crisp!

Mimi Oct 25, 2012 07:10 am

Your crumble looks so appetizing….YUM!!!
I love Le Creuset and would use this to make cobblers or gratins in.
What a wonderful giveaway!

Danielle Mailhoit Oct 25, 2012 07:10 am

Can’t wait to make! This year I missed out of making strawberry desserts.

DessertForTwo Oct 25, 2012 08:10 am

Gorgeous! I love strawberries and lavender!

ps Adore strawberries & black pepper, too!

Penelope (NYC Blogger) Oct 25, 2012 08:10 am

I’d make something with cheese, because baked cheese anything is fabulous!

Emily Oct 25, 2012 08:10 am

Thanks for including the link to your strawberry cake, I read through that post and found the link for fraises des bois in prosecco and I needed a “jello” like recipe, so that will be perfect!

Amanda Oct 25, 2012 08:10 am

That crumble looks DIVINE. My grandma made the best apple crumble – so I think I’d bake that first, and top it with some delicious vanilla custard.

Mary Nevin Oct 25, 2012 08:10 am

This looks incredible! Can’t wait to try it! If I won an epically awesome le creuset I would bake this incredible orange saffron chicken recipe i’ve had my eye on for awhile.

Susy Oct 25, 2012 08:10 am

Looks absolutely delicious. I would make something with butternut squash, I’ve been craving that lately.

katie Oct 25, 2012 08:10 am

This is fantastic, Tami! Since I’m not the most creative in the kitchen, I’d probably try to brave up and attempt one of your amazing recipes…most likely this strawberry crumble. You cannot go wrong with a crumble.

Kirsty Oct 25, 2012 08:10 am

Your crumble recipe looks delicious! I love the addition of lavender , I can’t wait to give this a try. :-)

Ashley Oct 25, 2012 08:10 am

Strawberries are done in my part of the world! But apples are in season, so I’d give this a try with apples (and cinnamon and old cheddar cheese).

I love your photography!! Great recipes. Thank you.

Kim Oct 25, 2012 08:10 am

i would make a dip for thanksgiving – probably spinach artichoke – with that dish!

Jenny Oct 25, 2012 08:10 am

Gorgeous! I will be making this recipe…

hopefully in the beautiful casserole dish! I would make apple crisp, baked penne, baked beans, and all sorts of other goodies in it too.

Suzy Oct 25, 2012 08:10 am

What a great giveaway, thank you! I would use that to make squash casserole in the summer and apple brown betty in the fall!

Lana @ Never Enough Thyme Oct 25, 2012 08:10 am

What a pretty crumble! I especially like the addition of lavender flowers. I have a recipe for a caramelized onion and parsnip tarte tatin that would be perfect for this gratin dish.

Ben Frank Oct 25, 2012 09:10 am

Free Le Creuset!? Man, that sounds dreamy! If I won I’d probably try cooking this crumble. It sounds amazing!

Dianne Oct 25, 2012 09:10 am

What a refreshing dessert….

I think the first thing I would make in the LC gratin dish would be a shepherd’s pie. Been craving them as the nights cool down!

Annie Oct 25, 2012 09:10 am

Looks lovely! The Le Cruset is beautiful – would love to try scalloped potatoes in it!

Mark Oct 25, 2012 09:10 am

Hi Tami,

I’d jam pack those suckers up… all full-a-cobbler.

yep.

Kristen Hess (The Artful Gourmet) Oct 25, 2012 09:10 am

Thanks for this recipe! I’d love to win anything from Le Creuset.. I’d probably make a yummy casserole side dish like potatoes or spinach or broccoli in it for Thanksgiving!!

Deanna Wehr Oct 25, 2012 09:10 am

Hi. I don’t know what I’d make first — maybe a nice chicken and dumplings dish?

melinda singer Oct 25, 2012 09:10 am

So many possibilities! I think I’d start with a roasted vegetable gratin.

Stefanie Oct 25, 2012 09:10 am

I would make my spinach artichoke dip.

mmouse Oct 25, 2012 09:10 am

i am really wanting to make a beef stew this fall as the root vegetables here are just divine, but i don’t have a pot that can go in the oven (yet). ;-)

Amanda KP Oct 25, 2012 09:10 am

What gorgeous shots! This crumble has inspired me to use the lavender I saved from my garden. I have to say I would make a sweet onion layered casserole that I’ve been wanting to get around to with the Le Creuset!

Angela Oct 25, 2012 09:10 am

Looks awesome

sarah Oct 25, 2012 09:10 am

This crumble sounds so good. I always appreciate less-sweet versions of things.

I think I would make some kind of similar dessert in the Le Creuset – maybe something with pears. They are my favorite.

Elin Oct 25, 2012 09:10 am

Perhaps this isn’t the most fabulous thing I could make, but I’ve been craving a tuna noodle casserole like no one’s business.

Stefanie @ Sarcastic Cooking Oct 25, 2012 09:10 am

Ooooo, it is a toss up for me…. Something sweet like a apple cinnamon crumble or something savory like a sweet potato gratin… Maybe they are both kinda sweet. Hmmm, decisions decisions. Your crumble looks fantastic! Love the crunchy topping!

Grace Oct 25, 2012 09:10 am

This looks wonderful! Crisps and crumbles are my favorite dessert. I love the use of lavender here. I would definitely use this dish for many fall crumbles!

Matt L Oct 25, 2012 09:10 am

I’d definitely make this recipe. Sounds great, and I have a massive pile of lavender that I’m working on using up. I’ve had far too much lavender ice cream lately.

Jason Oct 25, 2012 09:10 am

I’d make happiness. :-)

Arin Oct 25, 2012 09:10 am

I just put this item on my “wishlist” for Christmas! I’d love to start trying some savory pie dishes with it.

Ann McCarthy Oct 25, 2012 09:10 am

Hi, Thanks for this. I’m planning to make a gluten-free version of it, probably with almond flour, for our dinner group Saturday. I always picture Coquilles St. Jaques or seafood Newburg when I see Le Creuset gratin dishes – so that’d be where I’d start.

Jessica B Oct 25, 2012 09:10 am

I would make fruit crumbles and my mom’s famous sweet potato praline casserole!

Maja Oct 25, 2012 10:10 am

Oh wow, this is a great one. Feels like I would finally really reach adulthood, if I owned sth Le Creuset. I never baked garlic whole, until soft and tender and sweet. So maybe that would be the first thing I’d make. Also very grown up, I think?!

jordan Oct 25, 2012 10:10 am

i’d love this dish! i would definitely make an apple crisp in it :)

colleen j. Oct 25, 2012 10:10 am

i would love to make roasted veggies+chickpeas in this wonderful dish. thanks for sharing!

Courtney Oct 25, 2012 10:10 am

I would make this yummy Sweet Potato-Macaroni Soufflé recipe I found in the Atlanta magazine. Sounds amazing!

deeapaulitan Oct 25, 2012 10:10 am

I don’t own a single piece of Le Creuset. Just in time for holiday casseroles and cobblers. Crossing my fingers!

Laurel Oct 25, 2012 11:10 am

Ooh, I would make Jacque Pepin’s Corn Gratin recipe. So yummy!

Chris Oct 25, 2012 11:10 am

Ooh, what a great giveaway. If I win, could you please send it over filled with one of your crumbles?

Pat B Oct 25, 2012 11:10 am

I can’t wait to try your strawberry/lavender crumble recipe! It looks amazing, and combines two of my favourite ingredients (strawberry & lavender), both of which are staples in my kitchen. That’s what I’d make with the gratin dish!

vaishali Oct 25, 2012 12:10 pm

What a great recipe and a wonderful giveaway. Thanks for giving a chance to win this beautiful pot!

Julia C Oct 25, 2012 12:10 pm

This looks like something pretty fabulous to make in it!!

Andreiaa Oct 25, 2012 12:10 pm

Hi! I would make roested vegetables, pumpkin crumble and another yummy things :)

Elisabeth Oct 25, 2012 12:10 pm

Oh, these are beautiful! I’d love to make a casserole or roast veggies or make an apple crisp with one of these!

Bertha Oct 25, 2012 12:10 pm

I would love to win this gratin dish! My appliances and my dutch oven are also red, this would be perfect! I would love to make raspberry and mascarpone (with grand marnier) gratin.

Ellen B Oct 25, 2012 12:10 pm

The recipe above looks amazing – I would like to try it and maybe make mac and cheese too!

sarah Oct 25, 2012 01:10 pm

what an awesome giveaway! and what a great looking recipe for crumble :) i’d use the le creuset for all kinds of things – baked pasta dishes, bread puddings, gratin, etc. etc. endless possibilities!

s Oct 25, 2012 01:10 pm

d.u.h. this wonderful sounding crumble would be up to bat first.

I just love the flavors here! So amazing!

Meghan Finley Oct 25, 2012 01:10 pm

I’d love to win a gratin dish so I can make the little one her favorite strawberry rhubarb cobbler

Stefanie Oct 25, 2012 01:10 pm

Beautiful post and gracious giveaway. Thank you! I’ve got strawberries and lavender flowers growing in my garden, I’d love to make this recipe and enjoy every last bite of crunchy goodness with my family for Thanksgiving. It would look especially gorgeous in this LeCreuset dish.

Audrey Oct 25, 2012 02:10 pm

I would love to make a fruit crisp like this–or maybe cobbler!

susan Oct 25, 2012 02:10 pm

There is truly nothing better than a perfect dutch oven. With the weather finally turning into my favorite season, I would make a big pot of lemon chicken and rice (a contemporary take on arroz con pollo). Your crumble looks scrumptious!

Arielle Sherman Oct 25, 2012 02:10 pm

I am drooling over the recipe at the Le Creuset! I’d love to make my famous mac and cheese or something with lots of pumpkin or sweet potatoes with it!

Kelly D Oct 25, 2012 02:10 pm

HI! I’d love to use up the apples in my fridge and make some kind of apple dessert in this. Thanks!

Jo @ The Hungry Crafter Oct 25, 2012 03:10 pm

Well, that’s easy — I’d make this strawberry crumble! It looks and sounds like it would be to die for…

Avani Oct 25, 2012 03:10 pm

That looks delicious! I’d prob make Bobby Flay’s smoke chile scalloped sweet potato dish Bobby Flay. I make it every year and there’s never any left :)

Natalie J Vandenberghe Oct 25, 2012 03:10 pm

This is such a beautiful dish–and so versatile! Because I have a sweet-tooth, the first thing that came to my mind was a Plum Crisp (but we could use the Le Creuset au gratin dish for so many recipes) Thanks for the giveaway!

Lyndsey @ Sit. Stay. Good blog. Oct 25, 2012 03:10 pm

Hello :) I’d make a butternut squash casserole with crystallized ginger and cilantro.

Daniele Oct 25, 2012 03:10 pm

Hi!
I love your blog, and I love Le Creuset!
I would so much love to win this gratin dish…I could not decide between summer crumbles, cobblers and clafoutis I would make in the summer, and all the delicious gratins I would make in the winter, celery and prosciutto, potatoes boulangere, butternut or pumkin and so many others!
I only know that it would definitely be a fabulous addition to my kitchen!

Stephanie T. Oct 25, 2012 03:10 pm

Spinach Artichoke dip! MmmMmmm

Ben Oct 25, 2012 04:10 pm

Apple crisp is always a delightful treat!

Julie Oct 25, 2012 04:10 pm

Your recipe looks so delicious I would like make a apple crisp in it
thanks

Bianca Oct 25, 2012 04:10 pm

A Le Creuset dish would make my sweet Romanian grandmother’s recipe for stuffed cabbage rolls come to life! I would love to make these and other family recipes in this incredible dish! Looking forward to many home cook adventures…

Bo Oct 25, 2012 04:10 pm

I would make a fruit cobbler for my husband and something savory for me – like a baked mac and cheese!

Stephannie Oct 25, 2012 04:10 pm

Gratins! But that crisp looks delicious too.

Chad Oct 25, 2012 04:10 pm

What an interesting combination of flavors! It sounds delicious. I would try making this recipe if I won!

Alissa Oct 25, 2012 06:10 pm

If I were to win the giveaway, I would definitely make pumpkin crisp in it!

Kathryn Oct 25, 2012 07:10 pm

This sounds amazing!! I love incorporating Lavender into recipes. I have a big bag of it in my cabinet and nothing makes me happier than to have an excuse to use it. I don’t think I’ve ever paired strawberries and lavender – have to give this recipe a shot this weekend!

Jonathan Oct 25, 2012 07:10 pm

If I won a dutch oven, I would probably do some pears poached in a spiced red wine sauce.

Lara Oct 25, 2012 08:10 pm

I would love to use this dish to make the honey dijon chicken I’m making tomorrow night!

pateberry Oct 25, 2012 08:10 pm

I love strawberries BUT love Le Creuset more- and would put it to really good use ;)
Thanks for the opportunity! ps….I also love Running With Tweezeers and seeing you in my inbox makes me know something good is in store.

Linda Oct 25, 2012 08:10 pm

I would make macaroni and cheese… with feta as one of the cheeses.

I’ll relegate the strawberry crumble to the spring. :)

Laura Oct 25, 2012 09:10 pm

Great giveaway and recipe, I love crumbles! Would probably use it for something similar.

Mindy Moore Oct 25, 2012 09:10 pm

I’ve been following you for almost three years now, and often try your recipes with great results. My new husband wants a Boston Cream Pie for his birthday in a few months, but I’d love to do this crumble as a surprise the night before. I love the idea strawberry-lavender combination and I think he’d love it, too.

Christy@SweetandSavoring Oct 25, 2012 09:10 pm

We love baking fruit crisps here; those would be perfect in the dishes! Though this strawberry crumble (with LAVENDER!) recipe sounds scrumptious! :)

Holly Oct 25, 2012 10:10 pm

I love LeCreuset bakeware. I have a larger oval one that I bake apple crumble in, but a smaller gratin size would be nice. Thank you for the giveaway and your recipe.

Lisa Lodter Oct 25, 2012 10:10 pm

Hi :) Thanks for the giveaway!

Elena Vo Oct 26, 2012 12:10 am

Hello :) Great photo, got me hungry here!

I’d make a spinach and artichoke pie, Greek style!

Pat Oct 26, 2012 05:10 am

Love Le Creuset and hope this giveaway is international. I would line the bottom with sliced fried eggplants, pour half cooked penne with a lot of tomato sauce, add mozzarella bites and cover with grated parmesan cheese. In the oven, 400 degrees, for 30 minutes.

betsy Oct 26, 2012 09:10 am

Would love to make a tomato gratin with the last of our tomatos.

Lindsey Oct 26, 2012 10:10 am

I have been pining for Le Creuset forever, so I think there’s a good chance I’ll be choosing tons of recipes just to use it! I love apple and pear crisp, macaroni and cheese, enchilada casserole… it’s all good… and just in time for the chilly New England weather approaching!

Caroline Oct 26, 2012 11:10 am

I’d make this crumble!!

Jennifer Oct 26, 2012 01:10 pm

Yellow squash and potato gratin.

Robyn Oct 26, 2012 01:10 pm

I would make my holiday favorite – grandma’s sweet potato casserole. Delish!

Chrisst F Oct 26, 2012 01:10 pm

Strawberry and Lavender – Yum and the photos is wonderful!

Kimberly Oct 26, 2012 02:10 pm

Hmm…I would make potatoes au gratin. Yum!

nakedjen Oct 26, 2012 03:10 pm

i have to go to a potluck tomorrow. i’m going to actually make this because, well, people will EAT IT. thank you for the inspiration.

Lindsay Oct 26, 2012 05:10 pm

I love Le Creuset and this recipe sounds great!

ashley Oct 26, 2012 07:10 pm

i would most definitely make my mom’s famous sweet potato casserole! thanks so much for a great giveaway! Le Creuset is simply the greatest.

Paula - bell'alimento Oct 26, 2012 09:10 pm

This is definitely lovely and you can never go wrong with Le Creuset! Gorg.

Nicole Oct 26, 2012 10:10 pm

I would love to bake a bit of sage dressing for Thanksgiving in one of those dishes!

Kate Oct 26, 2012 10:10 pm

Wait… Do you make something other than au gratin in an au gratin dish?

Valerie Oct 26, 2012 11:10 pm

If I won this, I would make a maple-walnut apple cobbler! It’s a never-fail recipe. :)

Shelly Leatham Oct 27, 2012 12:10 am

I would try your crumble recipe…then I would use it for my hubbys fave peach cobbler!

Elizabeth Unterman Oct 27, 2012 12:10 am

I would bake a vegan root veggie gratin!

Annmarie Oct 27, 2012 01:10 am

Tami, your crumble recipe is perfect for the weather we are having at this time of the year…..hope you enjoyed it. I covet my one LeCruset pot and use it almost daily. I would love to have a red au gratin dish and woud most likely make an apple crisp with some HoneyCrisp apples now in season….yum!

Kelsey Oct 27, 2012 05:10 am

What wouldn’t I make in this gorgeous thing? I’ve been pining for one or ages…

Anastasia B Oct 27, 2012 11:10 am

hi, I would make a crisp but probably something with apples or pears, because I’m really feeling the fall thing right now. and then mac ‘n cheese, because . . . yum.

Hanna Oct 27, 2012 01:10 pm

Your recipe looks amazing! I have never made anything with lavender flowers before.

SANDRA ESPINOZA BRADFORD Oct 27, 2012 01:10 pm

Can’t wait to make this recipe for my next book club! Always looking for different ways to use the lavender I grow. Also very excited that we have an opportunity to win such a fine piece of bakeware. If I were one of the lucky ones, my first dish would have to be my families favorite, my Chile Relleno casserole.

Margaret Maggie Porter Oct 27, 2012 05:10 pm

I would love to win this for my apple cobblers!

Anna Rose Oct 27, 2012 06:10 pm

I can’t wait to make this crumble, only I will use plums because they are what I have on hand. I would use the Le Creuset pan for this recipe or an onion casserole like the one I posted today. Or some fantastic mac’n’cheese because baked is the way to go.

Jenna @ Fresh Food Perspectives Oct 27, 2012 06:10 pm

I am very enticed by your recipe here but in the very near future I would use this dish to make my hubby’s (or he could use it rather) famous Thanksgiving sage stuffing. Mmmm.

Ann McCarthy Oct 27, 2012 07:10 pm

It’s in the oven now. I used a mix of almond and sorghum flours and some cornstarch to replace the flour. If this tastes half as good as it smelled putting it together, you can color me happy. The sliced strawberries, lavender flowers, lemon zest and honey were really pretty – and I think will be a summer dessert.

Sara Phillips Oct 27, 2012 10:10 pm

Hi!!

I’d probably make spaghetti casserole!!

Helen Oct 28, 2012 02:10 am

That is one lovely crumble, but if I won the casserole, I would bake one of the ugliest dishes imaginable in it. Hear me out. Everone has their own version of comfort food and mine is completely wonderful, but it’s like the plain girl with the thick glasses at a dance. No one would give it a second look. My mother was sometimes a great cook, sometimes just passable, but she made fantastic eggplant casserole from her beat up old 1939 cookbook. Cube your non peeled eggplant, salt and drain for a half of an hour, blanch for one minute in boiling water and drain. Meanwhile, fry 1/2 lb of diced raw bacon until just crispy, don’t
drain the grease. (Just because it’s eggplant does not mean that it’s healthy!). Into the bacon and its grease, sauté one large onion until golden. Into this mixture add one can of condensed tomato soup and 1/2 lb of medium cheddar, mix eggplant into the resulting sauce. Turn out into casserole, top with buttered bread crumbs and bake at 350 until golden and bubbly, about 40 minutes. As I said, it’s never going to be the belle of the ball, but what it lacks in beauty, it makes up for in personality!

Sharon Oct 28, 2012 04:10 am

I;d have to try this exact one; it sounds delicious!

Kellen Anderson Oct 28, 2012 09:10 am

Oh Le Creuset, please come my way. I would bake in you everyday.

Caro Oct 28, 2012 02:10 pm

I would make osso buco!

Swansonranch Oct 28, 2012 06:10 pm

Looks delicious! I would love to win that dish to make the crumble recipe- and a sweet potato gratin for Thanksgiving!

sss Oct 28, 2012 06:10 pm

My husband’s birthday is Nov 10 and I am throwing him a little party. He will love this recipe! It has now been added to the menu and I would love to win the Le Creuset to bake it in :) Thanks for extending this to all of us!

Amanda Thompson Oct 28, 2012 06:10 pm

I would love to make scalloped potatoes in one of those au gratin dishes!

Mary Oct 28, 2012 11:10 pm

Your post made me CA nostalgic! I miss the great produce- strawberries especially. (Avocados too!)

Khanh Oct 29, 2012 04:10 am

Hi!!! I’m new around here, and I have to say that your crumble looks amazing. My husband built me a little raised garden bed filled with strawberry plants for my birthday this past summer, and I can’t wait until next season for fresh homegrown strawberries. This recipe will be first on my list of things to do with them (aside from eating them freshly picked, of course!!!) In the meantime, that Le Creuset dish would be perfect for an avocado mac n’ cheese dish that we love around here.

Kelly Barnes Oct 29, 2012 04:10 am

Le Creuset is wonderful bakeware. Thanksgiving is just around the corner and I would use this to make Butternut Squash and Cranberry Stuffing. Great blog…btw.

Travis S. Taylor Oct 29, 2012 10:10 am

Your Strawberry Lavender Crumble with Almond Oat Topping sounds amazing! One of my favorites is Peach & Blackberry Crumble!

[…] Plum Lavender Crumble with Almonds and Oats                                                  (inspired by a recipe from Running with Tweezers) […]

Wendy Oct 29, 2012 05:10 pm

I don’t actually own these types of baking dishes yet, just lame old pyrex casserole ones. I’d love to make some crumbles, but also maybe a homemade mac & cheese and a yummy sticky toffee pudding.

brandi Oct 29, 2012 05:10 pm

i would love to make an apple crumble – perfect for this time of year, and one of my husband’s favorites!

gray Oct 29, 2012 05:10 pm

HI!
(yes, i’m entering your contest. because i really like Le Creuset bakeware. not kidding.)

Paulette Oct 29, 2012 05:10 pm

I have a great squash gratin recipe that would look beautiful in a red gratin dish!

Lauren Oct 29, 2012 05:10 pm

Pies and tarts are one of the few types of baked goods my fiance enjoys. So I would have to make a delicious berry crumble – maybe even this one!

Robin Woodward Oct 29, 2012 05:10 pm

Love all your recipes. Red is my favorite color. {wink, wink}

Debbie Oct 29, 2012 05:10 pm

Hi! Chicken with lemon…mac and cheese…scalloped potatoes with ham…and the list goes on!

T Thompson Oct 29, 2012 05:10 pm

Well I would definitely have to try your strawberry crumble–looks amazing! I also love to make pumpkin lasagna and the Le Creuset would be perfect for that!!

Patrick Oct 29, 2012 05:10 pm

I have a special place in my heart for baked fruits, I think because my wife hates them thus I get them rarely.

I’d like to experiment with green apples, the appropriate spices and a nice bourbon. Perhaps an adult crumble to keep warm with!

Megan Oct 29, 2012 06:10 pm

Yum! Cheesy scalloped taters, hashbrown casserole, sweet tater casserole, peach cobbler, anything chocolate. Would love to make anything in this dish!

Mindy Moore Oct 29, 2012 06:10 pm

The more I think about it, a crumble with honeycrisp apples would make this encroaching cold weather seem much less intimidating! I think it would gorgeous in one of the Le Creuset dishes.

Katie Oct 29, 2012 06:10 pm

I would make everything from runningwithtweezer.com!

Amanda @ Easy Peasy Organic Oct 29, 2012 09:10 pm

Hi! I love le crueset! i have no casserole and all my other l.c. items are in red, so this is perfect :)

i’m in the US currently, so i’d have to make something with apples or pumpkins … it’s *that* time of year. Axx

tami Oct 29, 2012 09:10 pm

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Mary Beth Elderton Nov 1, 2012 12:11 pm

I’d make fruit crisps.

Gina Rock Nov 1, 2012 12:11 pm

Thanks for the great giveaway! I would make apple crisp with mine!

The Teacher Cooks Nov 2, 2012 11:11 am

This really looks delicious! I’d make an apple crumble. I have an abundance of apples from my CSA box. Scalloped potatoes could grace the Le Creuset,too!

kelly @ kellybakes Nov 2, 2012 11:11 pm

I don’t yet own anything Le Creuset, though I’ve been drooling over just about everything they make for years. That being said, I think the first thing I make in this dish would have to be something that makes me smile from my eyes to my stomach and everywhere in between–probably a comfort food like my dad’s scalloped potatoes, which I haven’t had in years!

Ann Nov 13, 2012 04:11 pm

something with rhubarb for sure.

Christian Rene Friborg Nov 14, 2012 07:11 pm

This looks great. Can’t wait to try it out.

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