Heirloom or cookware? You decide.
In a lot of families it’s passed down from generation to generation like a precious piece of household history. It’s usually stored in a place that’s easy to get to, but also out of the way. It’s not something that most home cooks use everyday, but, they could. Especially if they had a reason.
Of course I’m talking about the cast iron skillet. Not much of a surprise considering the title to this post and the large cookbook cover image to the left.
I count three of these versatile vessels among my cooking arsenal. Two skillets and one Dutch oven, all of them made by Lodge. Interestingly enough, I purchased none of them for myself. Two were gifts. The other one had been “pre-seasoned” for years by my mother in law. All three have their special uses in my kitchen and all three get their time in the cooking spotlight.
I don’t know about you, but, sometimes I go out of my way to look for excuses to use my cast iron. Now, thanks to the manufacturers of this timeless cookware, the search for uses has been dramatically altered. All you have to do is flip to any one of the 288 pages for inspiration. The Lodge Cast Iron Cookbook: A Treasury of Timeless, Delicious Recipes (February 7, 2012) makes it that simple.
This great new guide to getting the most from your grandmothers favorite stovetop pan contains over 200 recipes. It covers the entire cooking spectrum from breakfast through baking and everything in between.
Yearning to do a little outdoor cooking? Hey, your pan can do that too. The book contains some interesting ideas for using cast iron on the grill. Now you’re getting the picture. You can do WAY more with that hunk of metal than fry up some chicken or sizzle a slab of bacon.
An uncountable number of possibilities await. The Lodge Cast Iron Cookbook is not only a good recipe resource, but it gets you thinking “outside the pan”. So to speak.