I love braising, but I was a skeptic at first.
"You paid how much for this pot?"
"It's going to be impossible to clean this after sitting in the oven for four hours"
(several hours go by)
"Ohmygod this is delicious. Holy shit"
"Woah, this stuff just wipes right off. Are you for real, Mr. Stoneware?"
And now when I have friends in town that I haven't seen in ten years, I braise. Can't wait to eat this.