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Friday, March 8, 2013

Cast Iron Skillet ‘Call for Recipes’ {and a fabulous giveaway involving butter, Le Creuset and Anthropologie!}

This giveaway is now closed, but please make sure you read through the comments for all the great cast iron skillet recipes!

People who use cast iron skillets swear by them. I know these skillets are supposed to be awesome, but here’s my “true confession” of the week: we received one as a wedding gift and then used it all of ONE time. Then it ended up buried in a box for a few years. And then I found it during this move all covered in rust and looking sad and ruined. Poor, neglected iron skillet that never got to live up to its potential!

I just received a brand, spanking new, rust-free Le Creuset cast iron skillet, compliments of Land O’Lakes®. I have decided to turn over a new leaf. I am going to use my BEAUTIFUL skillet and I am going to let it do its job of making delicious food! But I need your help…hence today’s Call for Recipes! Please share your favorite recipes that use a cast iron skillet! I’m ready to get cookin’!

And now for the giveaway portion of our program! So, why is Land O’Lakes giving me a skillet? I recently participated in a webinar with Land O’Lakes and a lovely group of fellow food blogging friends, including Ree and Maria. The topic was food trends, including meatballs and popcorn! As a thank you for participating, Land O’Lakes sent me a beautiful gift package, which we are also giving away to one of you lovely people (see below)!

Land O’Lakes also shared with us two of their new products, Sauté Express® Sauté Starters and butter Half Sticks. I have yet to try the Sauté Express (I was planning to for this post, but time got away from me! Ree said it was delicious and her boys gobbled it up). But I CAN tell you that I love the butter half sticks. They are so handy and have already been useful in my kitchen!

Giveaway time! One lucky, randomly-selected winner will receive one each of the following:

To enter the giveaway, please leave a comment on this post by Midnight PT on Thursday, March 14. Winner will be announced on March 15. Prize must be shipped to a U.S. address.


Please share your favorite cast iron skillet recipes! Thank you!


  1. 1
    Meghan Finley

    This one always reminds me of my grandma. Nothing is better!

    And if you choose an alternate recipe, know that buttermilk is not a suggestion. It’s essential 🙂

  2. 2
    Fiona Walker

    We have one that is sparingly used, I’d love to hear everyone’s favorite recipes for some inspiration!!

  3. 3

    Will be eagerly awaiting your call for recipes!

  4. I am in need of a good cast iron skillet! I see tons of recipes I would love to try that call for using one!

  5. 5

    My husband has been looking for a skillet like this for a long time, he is the cook in the family. I’m so lucky to have him! =)

  6. 6
    Michelle L

    Sorry, don’t have a recipe but would love some good ones!

  7. 7
    Casey B.

    Ooh this looks awesome!!! Cast iron skillets are always good for retaining flavor a bit better. And making cornbread. 🙂


  8. 8

    I do not have one 🙁 I would love one to have then pass on to my daughter.

  9. 9

    Awesome giveaway. Keeping my fingers crossed. Thank you!

  10. 10

    Looks great!

  11. 11

    I have to admit. I don’t use my cast iron skillet a whole lot…I’m too afraid to use it on our glass top because we’re renting. BUT I do use it in the oven for Dutch/German pancakes 🙂

    Drizzled with lemon juice and powdered sugar!

  12. 12

    What a fun giveaway! I’d love to make skillet cornbread in this!

  13. 13

    I would love to have a cast iron skillet, especially for making corn bread!

  14. We cook a ton in my great grandmother’s skillet! From grilled cheese sandwiches to oven skillet nachos to eggs! I even make a blueberry cobbler that’s to die for from Virginia Willis’s Bon Appetit Y’all cookbook.

  15. 15
    Valerie G

    Love this skillet!

  16. 16

    I love steaks pan-fried in a cast iron skillet! Sear them on high heat first, let them cool for a bit, then finish them off in a medium-heat oven.

  17. 17

    I live and die by my cast iron skillet! I use it DAILY. When I think of cast iron specific dishes, my first thought is always this delicious tarte tatin recipe from Williams-Sonoma Simple, delicious, and super easy!

  18. 19

    I’m still learning with cast iron and I am dying to find more recipes.

  19. 20

    My dad is a die hard cast iron fan but I’ve never wrapped my head around it. I’d love a reason to try!

  20. Cornbread is so yummy in cast iron skillets Would love to win this set.

  21. 22

    I got nothing! But I’d love to learn how to use mine (which hasn’t left the cupboard in our 5 years of marriage!)

    BTW, we miss you.

  22. 23
    Heather G

    I use my cast iron skillet from everything from corn bread to chili! My boys’ favorite is a skillet chocolate ship cookie.

  23. 24
    Andrea Fisk

    I started using cast iron about a year ago to get away from toxic non-stick pans. So glad you are featuring them. I could use some ideas! I don’t have any fancy pans, just a Dutch oven and a pan I used for camping.

  24. 25
    Amy M

    I’ve been wanting a cast iron skillet for a long time! Watching people use them on cooking shows inspires me!

  25. 26
    Annika Elston

    I’ve always wanted a cast iron skillet! Great giveaway, thanks!

  26. 27
    Lisa S

    I have been eyeing these Les Crueset Cast Iron Skillets for a while after hearing people rave about them! I know I would cook alot in them – eggs? Stir frys? Who knows!

  27. 28
    Margaret M

    I use my cast iron for everything. But my favorite recipes involve baking. Cornbread, of course, but if you haven’t baked your biscuits in cast iron…you can’t imagine how much better they are!

  28. 29
    Sheila Stringfield

    The best of THREE worlds!

  29. 30

    I love to cook, but I have never actually used a cast-iron skillet! I inherited a Le Cruset dutch oven and use it often. I am betting the pan would make some amazing fried chicken!

  30. 31

    Yes! I need those recipes, and that skillet would be awesome, too.

  31. 32
    Nicki Burnett

    I need the skillet and some recipes!!!!!! People in the south always use cast iron. 🙂

  32. 33
    Tara Valle

    I always wanted one!!

  33. 34

    I gave my cast iron skillet to my son when he got his own place. It is sorely missed. And half-stick butter-what a great idea!

  34. 35
    Alison Poirier

    No recipe here, but the skillet would certainly be handy in my kitchen!!

  35. 36
    Laura R

    I have one sitting in my cabinet I never use, mainly because I’m afraid I’ll break my glass cooktop! I don’t know why but I’d feel more comfortable with a LeCreuset!

  36. 37

    I ant to do all our stir-fry’s in a cast iron skillet, but have never been able to justify the cost. Plus I’m slightly anemic and cast iron should be good for me. So pick me!

  37. 38

    Butter + Le Creuset + Anthropologie = giveaway of my dreams!

  38. 39

    I use my cast iron skillet almost daily! LOVE it!

  39. 40

    I like some use my good ole’ standard black cast iron skillet for everything. Cornbread, mini smashed taters, skillet lasagna, bacon, apple upside down cake….gosh the only thing I use more is my cast iron dutch oven! Still, i’ve been begging for a ceramic coated one…and would almost give one of my 5 kids for the dutch oven. A skillet though…ummmm oh the things I could do!

    Mini Smashed taters…
    Take mini fingerling or mini red potatoes, olive oil them and sea salt them. Then bake in oven on 400° till fork tender. Then remove them, lightly smash all of the tops, just enough to break them open. Drizzle with a little olive oil, rosemary,salt and pepper. Return back to the oven, just to brown and crisp the tops! Yummo!

  40. 41

    Don’t have a skillet yet but definitely interested in seeing the posted recipes!

  41. 42
    Gidget S

    I use cast iron all the time, I love how it cooks and goes from stove top to oven! Especially in this easy recipe.
    heat cast iron skillet with olive oil on medium heat then add
    8 skin removed chicken thighs
    brown on the meaty side, when you turn over
    cover with this mixture:
    1/2 cup spicey mustard
    1/4 cup real maple syrup
    2 tbls rice vinegar
    put into preheated oven 400 degrees
    cook uncovered for 30 mins
    I turn the thighs over a couple times to get the sauce even.
    These are finger licking good.
    I found the original recipe on pinterest

  42. 43

    We recently went Paleo and one of my most favorite recipes has become beef strips sauteed in coconut oil with peppers, onions, mushrooms, zucchini and squash, sprinkled with Greek seasoning and feta served over mixed greens. Absolutely YUM-O and a cast iron skillet would be super useful for all of my new recipes!

  43. 44
    Teresa T.

    You made me think of my grandmother’s perfect cornbread made in a cast iron skillet. I have the recipe but not the skillet ! 🙁

  44. 45

    Love my Lodge cast iron skillets that we have and I would LOVE a Le Creuset one!

  45. 46
    Marina Jones

    I need a new cast iron skillet, I cracked my favorite one and the one I use now, just doesn’t do it for me!

  46. 47

    I love to use my cast iron to make easy quesadillas. Always gets nice toasty brown!

  47. 48

    One of my favorite things to make on the skillet is homemade tortillas. I just started making them about a year ago and I’ll never go back ”” they are so much better than the store-bought ones! I made some for last night’s dinner (and used leftover ones for this morning’s breakfast burritos).

    Homemade Flour Tortillas

    2 cups all-purpose flour
    1/4 cup vegetable oil
    1 tsp salt
    2/3 cup warm water

    1. In a medium sized bowl, stir together flour and salt. Add oil and warm water, stirring to combine. Dump dough onto a lightly floured surface, and knead for about 3 minutes, until dough is smooth. Divide dough into 10 equal pieces, rolling each piece into a ball. Allow to rest, covered with plastic wrap, for at least 30 minutes.

    2. Once dough has rested, preheat cast iron skillet over medium-high heat (do not use nonstick for this). Roll out each ball into a circle, about 6 inches in diameter. Cook one at a time in the hot skillet for about 60 seconds, flipping half-way through, when it starts to puff and a few brown spots have appeared on the first side. Keep warm by wrapping the stacked tortillas in a clean dishcloth.

  48. 49

    I have always wanted one, but was afraid of all of the ones made in China. An expensive one just isn’t in the budget.

  49. 50

    I have two cast iron skillets and I love them. I make pretty much everything in them that I don’t use my dutch oven for. Some favorites are cherry clafoutis and egg strata. Really, what can’t you cook in a skillet?

  50. 51

    Another vote from me for Dutch Baby/German Pancake. I also love to fry things in my cast iron pans — donuts, fried chicken, etc. But they’re great for anything, really. What a fun giveaway!

  51. 53

    Wow, great giveaway- an actual skillet (and not a frying pan) would be a fantastic addition to my kitchen!

  52. 54
    Caitlyn F.

    I would love to win this giveaway … I love to make cornbread in the cast iron skillet to go with some chili mmmm!

  53. 55

    I’ve been itching to get my hands on a cast iron skillet lately. I’ve never used one but my old skillet is at the end of it’s life so it’s time for a replacement!

  54. 56

    I use my cast iron pans for pretty much everything, but I don’t have a ceramic coated one. I love to sear chicken or fish and finish it in the oven. My latest favorite recipe is a simple skillet cookie like the pizookie at BJ’s. I use Trader Joe’s chocolate chunk cookie dough. Place a few in a small skillet (I do three or four in a small 6 inch skillet), bake to desired crispness, take out of oven, top with your favorite toppings! We like vanilla ice cream, whipped cream, fudge sauce, you name it! Obviously a very special treat for special times only. =)

  55. 57
    Christin Attebury

    I don’t have a cast iron skillet, but it’s on my wish list. I’d love to give it and some new recipes a try.

  56. 58
    Ashley P

    Would love to win the cast-iron skillet, then try all these amazing-sounding recipes that have been shared here!

  57. I’ve been eyeing these for years. my mom swears by hers and using it for everything…and the color…orange is my favorite. And, well, anything Anthropologie is always a welcome addition!

  58. 60

    Oooh. I wish I had one of these! Here’s my favorite skillet recipe.

    Breakfast Pizza (though we usually have it for dinner)
    1/4 cup butter or margarine
    3 cups frozen shredded hash browns
    1/8 tsp salt
    dash pepper
    4 eggs, beaten
    1/2 pound fully cooked ham, julienned
    1/2 cup shredded cheddar cheese

    In a medium skillet over low heat, melt butter. Add hash browns, salt and pepper; cover and cook for 15 minutes, stirring occasionally. Pour eggs over the hash browns; sprinkle with ham. Cover and cook for 10-12 minutes or until the eggs are completely set. Sprinkle with cheese; cover and let stand until melted. Cut into wedges. Yield: 6 servings.

  59. 61

    We made these Crunchy Black Bean Tacos a couple of weeks ago, and the whole family loved them. They’re on the menu again this week!

  60. 62
    Peggy T

    I would love to have one of those to cook cornbread in!

  61. 63
    Jennifer Grimm

    All of my cast iron skillets are hand-me-downs…I need a new one to call my own!

  62. 64
    Jennifer Grimm

    The best fried chicken is made in a cast iron skillet. Preheated oil in your cast iron skillet until a water drop sizzles. Then take your chicken coated in whatever mixture you like and fry each side 3-5 minutes, until brown. This could also be done with pork chops and steak…not sure about fish!

  63. I feel like I could get on board the cast iron bandwagon, especially with that cute little orange number

  64. 66

    I’ve never owned a cast iron skillet, but have always wanted one. The call for recipes will be helpful when I get one someday.

  65. I’d love to win, of course!

  66. 68

    Want it. Need it. Love it.

  67. 69

    What a great give away! A friend made pizzas the other day using a cast iron skillet and pizza dough from Trader Joe’s. it turned out a really lovely crust.

  68. 70
    Daija H.

    I would love a cast iron skillet.

  69. 71

    Fantastic giveaway!!! And Anthro kitchen goodies are the best! I love giving them for wedding shower gifts.

  70. 72

    Oh, My! I hope you didn’t throw away your rusty wedding cast iron skillet?

    They can be restored with just a bit of effort, and are virtually indestructable!
    I’ve had this pinned on Pinterest for some time.
    See how to recondition/restore here:

    This recipe for roasted lemon chicken cooked in a cast iron skillet on top of veggies is delicious!!

  71. 73
    Kayla M.

    I do not have a skillet recipe but I would LOVE to win this skillet and start cooking up a few recipes 🙂

  72. 74

    One of my room mates has three small enamel cast iron frypans. I love to make my eggs in them.

  73. 75

    I like to make cornbread in a cast iron skillet. No specific recipe because every one tastes delicious when made in a skillet!

  74. 76

    I don’t know of any recipes, but I’ve always wanted to try a cast iron skillet recipe – thank you so much for the giveaway!

  75. 77

    All the prizes would be fun to win!!

  76. 78

    I use my cast iron skillet all the time! One of my favorite recipes to make in it is a Skillet Cookie. Thanks for the chance to win another one! =)

  77. 79

    I do not have a cast iron skillet and would love one!

  78. 80
    Jessie C.

    Love cast iron skillet.

  79. 81

    Cornbread is baked in my favorite cast iron skillet every week! Just use your favorite cornbread recipe & bake it in the cast iron skillet.

  80. 82

    My mother-in-law always makes pineapple upside down cake in her cast iron skillet and it is fabulous, all crunchy on the outside! And I would love to win the Land O’Lakes package!

  81. 83

    I don’t own a cast iron skillet and have my heart set on a le creuset one. I love their new yellow color soleil as well!

  82. 84

    I’m like you…used an iron skillet once and let it rust. Have heard great things about le creuset.

  83. That skillet is adorable! I have a cast iron skillet that I love and use all the time, but it doesn’t look half as classy as that one.

  84. 86

    Have a cast iron skillet…. don’t use it much…. should…. maybe I’ll try one of these new recipes!

  85. 87
    Leanna H

    I love cooking in cast iron. They are great for searing steaks and i love to make frittatas in them. You may have been able to rescue that cast iron skillet by rubbing it eith course salt.

  86. 88

    I love to make my honey drenched corn bread in a cast iron skillet and I also make Hillbilly spaghetti pie which os a quick family favorite!

  87. 89

    I’ve never had a cast iron pan, but I’d love to start using one.

  88. 90

    I have a cast iron skillet that I have not used much but when I’s to bake pineapple upside down cakes or cornbread. Looking forward to seeing what other recipes are out there.

  89. 91

    I use a Pioneer Woman recipe for skillet cornbread! YUM! I love that orange color!

  90. 92
    Molly C.

    I need that cast iron skillet!! As for a recipe…I just made bacon, sauteed onions, and added it all to mac & cheese. It was actually pretty darn good!

  91. 93
    Melissa K

    I don’t have a recipe to share but I would love a skillet to experiment with! I just remember my Mom always making her fried eggs in her cast iron skillet, they always turned out perfectly.

  92. 94

    Love the cast iron skillet. Looking forward to recipes. I use my “old” one for almost all frying and oven recipes.

  93. 95

    I don’t have any specific recipes for my cast iron skittle but I use it ALL THE TIME! It is my all around pan, if I don’t want to get out the griddle I use it for pancakes and grilled cheese. I use it to saute mushrooms, peppers, and onions.

  94. 96
    Emily Luker

    Wow- I don’t have a recipe to share; however, my dad makes the best ‘schmoern’ breakfast dish in the big castiron skillet. I would love to win!!!!

  95. 97
    barbara n

    I do not have a cast iron skillet so I would love to win one….especially one from Le Creuset!

  96. 98
    Amy Toy

    I’ve been meaning to buy a cast iron skillet. It would be awesome to win one.

  97. 99

    I’ve always wanted a cast iron skillet!

  98. 100

    I have always wanted a cast iron skillet!!! But I have never had one!

  99. 101

    I just bought a cheap skillet and have only roasted a chicken. Would love to know what more to do with it.

  100. 102

    I love my cast iron skillet but could definitely use another one!

  101. 103
    Rachel B

    I don’t have any cast iron skillet recipes to share, but I love my le creuset Dutch oven and I think the orange skillet is awesome.

  102. 104
    Kris Angelo

    I have been using a Le Creuset orange 5.5 qt dutch oven for ever, and it just gets better with age. I would love to try theit cast iron skillet!

  103. 105
    pamela milogradov

    I would love to own le creuset anything!!

  104. 106
    Stephanie P.

    All things I adore, this giveaway was made for me!

  105. 107

    I don’t have any… because I don’t have a skillet yet! But that Le Creuset one looks divine! I’ve seen several recipes where you start something on top of the stove and then slide it into the oven. I’d love to have that option!

  106. 108

    Love cooking on the grill w/ a cast iron skillet!

  107. 109
    Sarah B

    Wow – those are gorgeous! My mom and grandmother had cast iron skillets and I remember wonderful cornbread baked in one! I think they melted butter in the bottom and poured in their favorite recipe (that would fit an 8×8 dish), and baked it up in the oven. Crispy bottom and edges – mmm! I’d love to have one to bake my cornbread in, and other yummy recipes I could find. Thanks for the awesome giveaway! 🙂

  108. 110
    lorene holrook

    I am so looking forward to the recipes you will be sharing! I have recently started using my iron skillet. clean up is really easy. everything so far has been good. I recently tried cornbread. and OH MY GOODNESS!!!!! it was wonderful! crispy all around and very moist on the inside. Yum! thanks for the chance!

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  110. 112

    I love a cast iron skillet. I use to have a wonderful recipe for a “skillet cookie”, but it got lost in one of our moves. It was very brown sugar-y and included black walnuts…super YUMMY. Oh, well, maybe I’ll come across it again someday.

  111. 113

    I have never owned a cast iron skillet but always wanted to do so! Amazing giveaway.

  112. 114
    Elizabeth N.

    Lets just say, I have always wanted a cast iron skillet. It is on my endless list of things to buy for my kitchen.

    Oh and I love Anthropologie kitchen items. I slowly collect them as I find ones I loves that aren’t to pricey or are on sale.

  113. 115

    i want a cast iron skillet SO badly!! not sure what I should be looking for when looking to buy one (which probably explains why i have yet to commit to one every time i walk into a store). Any tips? Gladly welcome 🙂

    • Sanjana

      Doesn’t need to be fancy. I have a couple of sizes and I used them both frequently. The 12 inch one is great for stir fries, baking things like chicken or cornbread, pasta bakes, even quesadillas. I think it is very versatile for our family of 4. The little 5/6in one I use if I’m just cooking up a breakfast/ lunch for myself. And I use it quite often too!
      Also, I’ve seen some cast iron pots and skillets for sale at thrift stores and garage sales. They might look rusty and gross, but follow one of the great tutorials online on how to clean and season it, and it will be as good as new!

    • Jane Maynard

      sanjana is right – doesn’t need to be fancy. Lodge is reliable and popular – carried everywhere, including williams sonoma, and much less expensive than le creuset. I do love the enamel coating on the outside of the pan on the le creuset version and it is definitely high quality, but don’t feel like you have to get that! hope that’s helpful!

  114. 116

    I would love that cast iron skillet!

  115. 117
    Melinda B

    I use a cast iron Dutch oven for nearly anything (but not tomato based dishes). Especially for salted sautéed potatoes or root vegetable medleys. I would love a new orange skillet. 🙂

  116. 118

    Cast iron skillets are awesome to cook with! And I’ve wanted some LC forever! My favorite use for iron skillets is cooking bacon and browning meat, like a roast. If you can get a dutch oven you will have the best pot of beans EVER!

  117. 119

    This all looks amazing! Hoping I’m lucky this time.

  118. 120

    Always wanted to buy one of these…let’s try a giveaway! Thanks for the chance!

  119. 121
    rosa parks

    would love to try a cast iron pan use to have one like 30 years ago

  120. 122

    Thanks for the chance to win!

  121. 123

    i don’t have a recipe to share, but winning this skillet would entice me to come up with one to share 🙂

  122. 124
    Heather Spooner

    Thanks for the awesome giveaway. I love cooking a hamburger pattie in my good old cast iron skillet to make the tastiest homemade hamburger.

  123. 125
    carrie valdivia

    I would love to have a cast iron skillet.

  124. 126
    Deairdre Miller

    What a cool giveaway! I didn’t realize they made skillets too(not sure where I have been)!

  125. 127
    Stefanie Gladden

    I have always wanted a Le Creuset Cast Iron Skillet! i’ve heard they are great!

  126. 128

    I make a fantastic gravy (for biscuits and gravy) in my cast iron- brown some sausage, then add some bisquick powder to coat it, then add some half and half, let thicken. Yum. Seriously, yum.

  127. 129

    I have never used a cast iron skillet! I would love to have one!!

  128. 130
    Jen M

    The only cast iron cookware I own is an Æbleskiver pan, I would LOVE to own a skillet! Thanks for the giveaway!

  129. 131

    I don’t own a cast iron skillet, but I’ve seen some amazing cookie recipes that I would love to try!

    Thanks for the opportunity!!!

  130. 132

    Crawfish etouffee is perfect in a cast iron skillet!

  131. 133
    Katie B.

    I don’t have a cast iron skillet so no recipe, but i would love to win one to try some out

  132. 134

    I have a couple of cast iron skillets and they are great for browning and then baking.

  133. 135

    I too have a sad cast iron skillet. I tried re-viving it. I heard somewhere rubbing it with oil and coarse salt would help . . . it did not everything tasted rancid. My grandmother cooked everything in hers, we mostly use hers for cornbread – it is yummy and very delish with Land-O-lakes.
    Thanks – sounds like a great give away.

  134. 136

    I would love to have a cast iron skillet that I could acquire recipes for! Cool giveaway! 🙂

  135. 137
    Laura P.

    I do not have a cast iron skillet and would LOVE one by le creuset! I also love the Anthro goodies. Thanks!

  136. 138

    I do also love those half sticks of butter, they are so handy! I have never used a cast iron skillet, sounds like fun to try. Love the orange color too!

  137. 139

    I LOVE cast iron cookware. My favorite thing to cook is pork chops. They get such a yummy outside from the hot pan!

  138. 140

    I don’t have a recipe to share just wanted to join into the giveaway. Although my favorite guilty pleasure desert to get out to eat is served on a small cast iron skillet- still goey chocolate chip cookie, topped with vanilla ice cream and hot fudge. It’s amazingly delicious 🙂

  139. 141

    I LOVE my cast iron skillet! I got it about 2 years ago for Christmas and have been using it ever since! My favorite recipes include: skillet baked ziti (from Recipe Girl), skillet cornbread, chocolate chip cookies, puff pancakes, the possibilities are endless!!! I hope you enjoy cooking with your new one!

  140. 142
    Jenn A

    I don’t use my cast iron skillet as much as I should so I’m eager to see what recipes get posted here! My grandmother used cast iron ALL the time. My sister inherited her skillet. Your sad cast iron skillet can be restored by cleaning it and re-seasoning it.
    Here’s a recipe that I found for making biscuits in a skillet:

  141. 143
    April V

    Oh my….how I would LOVE to win this giveaway!!! 🙂

  142. 144
    April V

    It’s not really a recipe..but the best thing to cook in cast iron skillets is BACON! It keep them seasoned well!

  143. 145
    Kassie B

    My mom always made skillet bread – a non-sweet cornbread in hers. She learned how to do it from her father-in-law. I have made a deep dish pizza in it once and blackened chicken another time, but I would love to have some more recipes for my cast iron skillet.

  144. 146
    kathy m

    Would love any le creuset, my husband swears by cast iron too!

  145. 147

    I would love a LC skillet. Hope I win!

  146. 148

    That Skillet is beautiful and who doesn’t love something from Anthro! Great Giveaway, thanks!

  147. 149

    I would love, love, love to win!

  148. 150
    Joanne K.

    I would love a cast iron skillet I have always been intimated about the seasoning of it. Great give away!

  149. 151

    I didn’t read the comments, but hopefully someone told you that your rusty skillet is totally salvageable!! As for recipes, these three are my favorites those I use my skillet for many, many things!

    Brownies in a Cast Iron Skillet

    Pineapple Upside Down Cake in a Cast Iron Skillet

    Peanut Butter Marbled Brownie Skillet Pie

  150. 152

    I would love a new cast iron skillet! My girls are so iron deficient and they always say to use a cast iron skillet to help with that but like many others have said it is really intimidating!

  151. 153
    Jessie S.

    Would love a Le Creuset iron skillet!

  152. 154

    I’ve never used a cast iron skillet, so I would LOVE to win this!

  153. 155

    I love making giant chocolate chip cookies in my cast iron. Yum.

  154. 156
    Karen D

    Love this entire package! Butter, skillet, cool dishes et al! Fingers crossed!

  155. 157

    Love my cast iron skillets! Favorite things to make in them are buttermilk biscuits and fritattas. Would love to have a Le Crueset skillet too!

  156. 158

    I do not have a cast iron skillet but I really REALLY want one!!!!
    I have seen so many great looking recipes using them!

  157. 159

    I am just starting to collect my own kitchen supplies and I ave been drooling over the Le Creuset things…I’d love to win a good skillet, especially cast iron!

  158. 160

    I love a cast iron skillet for giant skillet cookies!

  159. 161

    I am starting to love using cast iron skillets!! My main apprehension in using them was keeping foods from sticking. I don’t always succeed, but I’m getting better.

  160. 162
    Denise NH

    I don’t have a cast iron skillet, but it’s on my kitchen wish list.

  161. 163

    I have been wanting a cast iron skillet! Would love to have such a pretty one!

  162. 164
    Michelle Gardner

    Fried chicken and cream gravy are fantastic in a cast iron skillet.

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    Nicole S.

    I have wanted a cast iron for so long, but it is intimidating. I watched my grandma use one and have been watching Ree Drummond master some deliciousness as a result of a cast iron skillet. My goal…to have one by fall 2013…gonna take me that long to not be scared about seasoning it. That I think is the big intimidation factor.

  164. 166

    I don’t own a cast iron skilled but I would love to try!

  165. 167
    Angela Yer

    Would Love to win a cast iron skillet. Have never owned one before.

  166. 168

    I mostly just like the color, I know nothing of the advantages of cast iron but learning and eating the results sounds like loads of fun!

  167. 169
    jessica w

    I don’t have a good recipe other than cornbread in a skillet,but thanks for the chance to enter!

  168. 170

    I got rid of a cast iron skillet years ago and have missed it ever since…

  169. 171

    I would love this for my new apartment!

  170. 172

    Would love this!

  171. 173

    This is an awesome giveaway!

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    Liz Redd

    I would love to use that skillet!

  173. 175

    I have a small cast iron skillet that we make a big chocolate chip cookie in. They are delicious right of of the oven! Would love a bigger size LC one!

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    Lindsay Rut

    I love it for braising.

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    I’d love this prize for a chance to discover new recipes to use in the skillet!

  176. I got two cast iron pans (one skillet, one grill pan) and I use them about once a month or so. I just noticed they are starting to get a little rusty (I probably shouldn’t soak them as long as I do). I use them for paninis, hash browns, and anything that needs to be seared and then oven baked like steak or salmon.

    And I just love Anthro’s kitchen collection!

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    I love cooking with cast iron. It is my go to for Fritatas, roasted potatoes and quesadillas. For the potatoes I boiled them until just soft then sauté them in my big cast iron with duck fat and rosemary. Love your blog by the way. As a new mom I am struggling with weekly menus and your blog gives me inspiration. Going to try the black bean burritos soon!

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    kathryn h

    I like to make Roast Chicken in my old skillet. I use this recipe from Lucinda Scala Quinn and it produces the absolute best chicken every time.

  179. 181

    I love love my cast iron skillet!! I use it for everything from burgers to stir fry!! I have found that I really can not do eggs but I do everything else in it!! I almost never use my other pans these days!

  180. 182

    I’m weird – I think I’m more excited about the butter half sticks than anything! What a great idea! 😛

  181. 183

    I would LOVE a cast iron skillet.. and then I would be glad to test out some recipes and send you one 🙂

  182. 184

    I love cast iron skillets! They are the best!!

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    Melissa K

    I don;t have a cast iron skillet and have been wanting one….i’ve also been really wanting the cute spoons and cups from anthropoligie. fingers crossed!

  184. I have several cast iron skillets and I use them constantly. My oldest one is about 40 years old and it’s still going strong!

  185. i’d LOVE a cast iron skillet. so pretty!

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    Nancy from Mass

    I love my cast iron skillets! (i have 7 of various sizes and a dutch oven). one of my favorite things to cook are sauteed brussels sprouts…pan roasted potatoes….pan fried sirloim steak. just about anything cooks well in my cast iron!

  187. 189

    I would love to be the proud new owner of a beautiful cast iron skillet!

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    Pat K

    Would love to win this cast iron skillet. Thanks for the opportunity!

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    I wish I had a good skillet recipe but I don’t. However if I win, I’ll let you know what I cook with it!

  190. 192

    I love using my cast iron skillet at our campground on the bbque grill. The hash for breakfast if too die for!!

  191. 193

    I love all things Le Creuset and butter!!

  192. 194

    I LOVE my LeCreuset Cast Iron skillet………and butter!

  193. 195

    I have an old cast iron skillet that was my Grandmothers, and I love it!!! It is a small one, so this bigger size would be welled loved in my home!

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    Lori H

    Butter & LeCreuset – definitely a winning combination! Sorry I don’t have any recipes to share, but look forward to seeing what others recommend.

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    Jenny Kozar

    I had asked for some cast iron skillets for Christmas but have not gotten any yet. I do have a small cast iron skillet that was my grandmothers and use it for making her pancakes. It is a treat as we eat them with jelly all rolled up!!

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    Jared P.

    I love me some Le Creuset.

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    Jared P.

    Okay, so fav recipe is basic. I’m a big believer in the Mark Bittman/Tom Colicchio school of steak cooking. Cooking steaks on a grill means you are more likely to burn the meat and ruin the steak. My cast-iron recipe is built for snowbound red-meat eaters who miss their grill and should never, ever cook a steak on it again.

    1) Buy a 1 1/2-inch thick strip steak. Filets are nice, but a good strip steak will have enough marbling to flavor it well. Let it stand on the counter until it reachers room temperature.
    2) Preheat your oven as high as it goes (I go to 500, most top out at 450).
    3) Season each side of your steak well with kosher salt and ground black pepper. Rub the seasoning into the meat.
    4) Add a tablespoon of olive oil to your cast iron pan and set over a burner on high heat. When it shimmers, add the steaks. Cook 3-4 minutes on each side until they have a nice, caramel color.
    5) Transfer the pan to the oven. Cook 5-7 minutes for medium to medium-rare, 9 for medium, 11 minutes for medium well. Never cook it well done. The point is to not burn the meat.
    6) Remove from the oven and let stand 5-10 minutes before serving.

    I also offer my irrefutable laws of cooking steak here:

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    Jessica E

    Le creuset is amazing, and I too, have found that the half sticks are very handy to have!

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    I love free amazing stuff!

  200. 202

    Sure hope that I win this skillet.

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    Margot C

    This is so nice and yes I am all about the butter. Even when I was a little kid I intrinsically knew that margarine was not even really food. Butter is the thing to cook with!

  202. I love cast iron….and rust-free? Can’t beat that!!

  203. 205

    I’ve been dying for a cast iron skillet and I love all things Anthropologie!

  204. 206
    Kay Gee

    Cool stuff!! I would love to win!!

  205. 207

    I love making goat-cheese tomato polenta in a skillet. It would be even better in a fancy new skillet. The recipe is here:

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    Sarah darby

    I have been wanting a cast iron skillet for so long. Fingers crossed!

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    hello, gorgeous orange skillet.

    I’ve never actually used a cast iron skillet…but I’ve heard fantastic things about them. Best believe I’d make up something delicious with that pan and all that butter if I won. 🙂

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    Lynn bb

    Love my cast iron! I could really use a skillet.

  209. 211

    cannot wait to own my first cast iron skillet!

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    Cast irons are great for making frittatas. My husband is an egg lover, so we make them with bacon/ham, spinach and some good cheese – swiss, gruyere, etc.
    We are avid college fans of a certain team that is orange, so having a skillet would be perfect for morning tailgate games! Plus, its the color of the sunrises for getting to those early games.
    I’m in love. here’s to hoping I win.

  211. 213

    Cast iron is the best! I use it for everything…grilled cheese, sauces, roasted chicken, frying, whatever.

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    Cindy I.

    I love cast iron, especially for baking biscuits and my husband fries chicken in the larger one.

  213. 215

    My friends swear by their iron skillets. Can’t wait to try it!!!

  214. 216

    Love le creuset!

  215. 217

    I love le creuset! And This Week for Dinner!

  216. ahhhh it’s my favorite color too!! I love it!!

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    Kim from PA

    Great skillet! I think any frittata recipe would be fabulous made in this cast iron skillet. And, the key to a great frittata is plenty of BUTTER in the pan 🙂

    My all-time favorite frittata recipe is Ina Garten’s Smoked Salmon Frittata:

    The key is to use the best smoked salmon available to you. I use Fresh Market’s smoked salmon made in house and sold at the fish counter.

  218. 220

    I have been wanting a cat iron skillet but afraid to spend the money.

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    Lisa Roussel

    I love to make corn bread in a cast iron skillet. It makes such a great crust!

  220. 222

    I would love to have a cast iron skillet! Have tried a few of the recipes from your posts but have never cooked in such a beautiful skillet.

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    Amanda Thompson

    I love making corn bread in a cast iron skillet!

  222. 224

    Would love to cook up some of these delicious recipes in that skillet! *fingers crossed*

  223. 225

    I’d love these goodies!

  224. 226

    Cast iron awesomeness please!

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    Joanne I

    Looks good, love Le Creuset!

  226. 228

    I promise to make great things in the skillet if I win!

  227. 229

    That is a beautiful skillet! I think there is a way to save your original cast iron skillet too, though it will involve some elbow grease.

  228. 230

    I use cast iron for breakfast type dishes. Mine is pretty ugly compared to the beauty you are giving away.

  229. 231

    i have an orange cast iron dutch oven at home that’s pretty lonely! i think it needs a friend 🙂

  230. 232

    Great giveaway, thanks! 🙂

  231. 233

    This is my absolute FAVORITE skillet recipe, from CI: Creamy Skillet Penne w/ Asparagus and Mushrooms. Sooooo good!

  232. 234

    I also had a cast iron skillet that I ended up getting rid of because I never used it and it got rusty. I’ve seen so much about them online lately that I have been researching new ones to purchase. This would make my decision so much easier!

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    mollie d

    love the orange!

  234. I love cast iron! I swear by my cast iron pans and stoneware pans. Won’t cook or bake without them, but my cast iron pan is GIANT, so I’d love to have a smaller one.

  235. 237

    Are you kidding? Land-o-Lakes butter, Le Creuse cast iron pans, and cute Anthropology kitchen gadget are three of my favorite things. To get them all in one package would be incredible!

  236. 238

    Exciting giveaway for a long time Le Creuset fan AND a cast iron skillet enthusiast!

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    Tina Ray

    Cornbread tastes the best when baked in a cast iron skillet. Also butterbeans with smoked sausage, diced onion and bell pepper cooked in a cast iron pot and served over rice is heavenly.

  238. what a super fun giveaway, I’d use that skillet everyday!

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    Patty B

    I love cast iron for anything I want a good sear or crispy crust on – great for searing meat or sauteing veggies. Our sits out all the time and gets used daily for eggs in the morning. Once you get it “seasoned” it will be the best nonstick pan in the kitchen!

    I would love a pretty orange one though – – mine is the basic Lodge variety 🙂

  240. Oh my gosh! LOVE that skillet! ALso love Land O Lakes butter. I am Southern so we never do without butter and I mean real butter not margarine. We also don’t do without cast iron so this would be amazing.

  241. 243

    I love my cast iron skillet; use it for verything from browning meat to roasting meat and veggies in the oven.
    I would love one this size!

  242. I want one of those cast iron skillets so bad!!! Hope I win 🙂

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    Dina L

    Wow… an amazing skillet that I would love to cll my own and butter! Who wouldn’t want this

  244. 246

    Beautiful skillet! Winning it would be a bright spot in an otherwise pretty terrible week.

  245. 247

    I made everything in my cast iron skillets. And even the rusted ones can be salvaged…do you still get the healthy iron in the rust free ones? I have both but my regular ones are much bigger. Will have to track down a recipe, but great to make cornbread, paella and frittatas in them.

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    Jess S

    Thanks for the giveaway! Like previous commenters have said – cast iron is great for cornbread. I also use it when we go camping, as you can put it directly over a fire – make great potatoes! And I like it for cooking steaks/burgers in the oven when it’s too cold to grill (I know you don’t have that problem!). 🙂

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    Would love to win! Love them all!

  248. 250

    I’d love to win! I make most anything in my cast iron skillet – cornbread of course and I love it for cooking bacon for recipes.

  249. 251
    Michelle Wilson

    I would love them all! I have wanted a cast iron skillet for years!

  250. 252

    LOVE anthropologie!

  251. 253
    Andrea P

    We have a cast iron skillet in permanent residence on our stove top, but that doesn’t mean it’s always getting used! I’d love to win won that looked so good as the Le Creuset!

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    Andrea P

    I’ve maybe made cornbread in the skillet once. I don’t think of having skillet recipes, it’s just the pan I happen to use for sausage, eggs, hashbrowns (okay so there’s a breakfast theme, but usually not for pancakes, but yes for french toast). Sear your meat in the pan and then pop it in the oven to finish cooking and free up your stove top.

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    laura in san diego

    This would help me get out of my cooking rut!

  254. Great for my induction range….

    Love the blog…use it each week!

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    Love it!

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    Alice E

    I haven’t had one for a long time, but back when I used it I didn’t have special recipes. I just fried eggs, hamburgers, made gravy or whatever. They are great for baking cornbread. Ree Drummond at Pioneer Woman uses one a lot and her website would be a good source of ideas for cooking. Keeping it seasoned wasn’t a big deal as long as you didn’t soak it in water. On a day to day basis, I just washed it out quickly, let it drip a minute and then set it back on the stove and lit the burner under it and left it on a low flame until it was really dry. It is moisture that is the real enemy. I knew people that never washed them, but I can’t handle that!

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    Sarah M

    OMG! How have you not fallen head over heels in love with your cast iron skillet already? I have two and a cast iron dutch oven and I still don’t have enough.

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    Sarah M

    OK. Recipes! Here are some things I cook in my iron skillets:

    California Chicken Street Tacos:
    German Apple Pancake:
    Cheesy Baked Artichoke Dip:
    Philly Cheesesteak Sloppy Joes:
    Rubbed Fish Tacos:
    Restaurant Style Filet Mignon:
    Chicken Chilaquiles:
    Homestyle Sloppy Joes:
    Burrito Bowls:
    Djon Chicken Linguine with Mushrooms & Toasted Almonds:
    Italian Sausage Tacos:
    Chicken Lettuce Wraps:
    Philly Cheesesteak Sandwich with Garlic Mayo:
    Cajun Style Burgers:
    Chicken + Bean Tostadas:
    Chicken Marsala:
    Fontina + Blackberry Basil Smash Grilled Cheese Sandwiches:
    Crab & Avocado Sandiches with Mango Coulis:

    I hope you find a few you love!

  259. 261

    When I think of cast iron skillets what comes to mind is cornbread! Melted butter on the cornbread right out of the oven. Heavenly!

  260. 262

    I love my cast iron skillets, one of which was my grandma’s and the others I have picked up at yard sales and antique stores. I particularly like fried apples in butter and I also like fixing onions and peppers for fajitas. I use them all the time.

  261. 263

    My cast iron skillet is one of my favorite kitchen tools… My favorite thing to make in it, though, is cornbread. Preheat the pan while you make the batter, then coat the skillet with some butter or oil before you pour in the batter. It gives it a yummy crunchy crust with a soft and moist inside. Yum yum. Oh how I would love to get this one 🙂

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    Teresa Thomas

    My mom uses a cast iron pan for everything.I would love to have one of my own, especially one as pretty as Le Creuset’s.

  263. 265
    Danielle T

    this skillet is beautiful! we dont have one yet but i hope to get one soon (or win one!) lol

  264. 266
    Vera K

    I would love to cook with this gorgeous skillet!

  265. 267
    Jen S

    I would love this skillet!

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    Sabrina Lowe

    Hello, I have tried using skillets and they do come in handy!!! I would love to win this as well!!!

  267. 269

    I have been trying to decide which cast iron skillet to purchase. I have several saved on My Wish List on Amazon. This would certainly make the decision much easier.

  268. 270

    I wish I had my recipes with me – I would post you one! Anyway an oven safe skillet like the Le Crueset is perfect for making quiches and frittas. One pan wonder! I want it! Plus my kitchen is ORANGE so I have been considering a set anyway!!!

  269. I love cooking on cast iron. One of my favorite things to make on our cast iron griddle is Turkey Burgers in the broiler. I also love making corn bread in the skillet!

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    Jennie C.

    I’ve heard so many great stories about cast iron skillet meals but the only thing I can think of is some good old fashioned fried chicken! Thanks for the chance to win and keep up the good work here!

  271. Ohmygoodgravy, but I would be so elated to be the lucky winner of this amazing giveaway. I’ve been a closet iron skillet lover, only because I’ve never been able to get one that is already seasoned. I would LOVE to try pan out with some of my grandmother’s favorite cast iron recipes! Thanks for the chance!

  272. 274

    I’ve always wanted a cast iron skillet, and that one’s quite a beauty. I’ll be keeping these fingers crossed!

  273. 275

    I’ve been debating buying a new skillet, hopefully I can save some money and win one!

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    Julie Chacra

    This is the most beautiful cast iron skillets I’ve ever seen! It’s a perfect blend of cast iron functionality and aesthetic beauty. This ain’t your grandma’s cast iron skillet – that’s for sure!

  275. 277

    Bought a cast iron skillet not long ago & have cooked everything in it. Great giveaway!

  276. 278

    Oh, I’d just love these prizes!

  277. 279
    Jenny F.

    My previous cast iron skillet experience was similar to yours. I would love to give it another go – especially with a beautiful Le Creuset skillet! Love the Anthropologie houseware goodies in your giveaway too! 🙂

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    Meg Newark

    Here is my favorite sweet, easy dessert recipe! I have one of those old heavy skillets. A new one with color would be awesome-sauce!

    1/2 cup chopped pecans
    2 large Granny Smith apples, peeled and cut into 1/2-inch-thick slices
    1 tablespoon lemon juice
    2 teaspoons vanilla extract, divided
    3/4 teaspoon ground cinnamon, divided
    1/2 cup butter, softened and divided
    2 teaspoons brandy

    1 cup firmly packed light brown sugar
    3/4 cup granulated sugar, divided
    2 large eggs, separated
    3/4 cup milk
    1/2 cup sour cream
    2 cups all-purpose baking mix
    1/8 teaspoon ground nutmeg

    1. Preheat oven to 350°. Bake pecans in a single layer in a shallow pan 8 to 10 minutes or until toasted and fragrant, stirring after 5 minutes. Increase oven temperature to 375°.

    2. Toss apple slices with lemon juice, 1 tsp. vanilla extract, and 1/2 tsp. cinnamon.

    3. Melt 1/4 cup butter in a 10-inch cast-iron skillet over low heat. Remove from heat; stir in brandy. Sprinkle with brown sugar.

    4. Sprinkle pecans over brown sugar mixture. Arrange apples in 2 concentric circles over pecans.

    5. Beat 1/2 cup granulated sugar and remaining 1/4 cup butter at medium speed with an electric mixer until blended. Add egg yolks, 1 at a time, beating just until blended after each addition. Add milk, sour cream, and remaining 1 tsp. vanilla, beating just until blended.

    6. Whisk together baking mix, nutmeg, and remaining 1/4 tsp. cinnamon in a medium bowl. Add nutmeg mixture to butter mixture, beating just until blended.

    7. Beat egg whites in a large bowl at high speed until soft peaks form. Gradually beat in remaining 1/4 cup granulated sugar until stiff peaks form. Fold into batter. Spread batter over apples in skillet.

    8. Bake at 375° for 50 to 54 minutes or until a wooden pick inserted halfway into center of cake comes out clean. Cool in skillet on a wire rack 10 minutes. Carefully run a knife around edge of cake to loosen. Invert cake onto a serving plate, replacing any topping that sticks to skillet on cake.

    (I used Bisquick Original All-Purpose Baking Mix.)

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    Ramona Pena

    I grew up with my grandmother and my mom using cast iron pots and I’m teaching my daughters “That’s the only way to COOK”!

  280. 282

    I love cast iron! It’s the original nonstick pan 🙂

  281. 283

    Yes, please!

  282. 284
    Rose Marie

    Love La Creuset AND cast iron skillets! What a great combo.

  283. 285

    I had the luxury of using a friend’s Le Creuset pan a few years ago. It only fueled the desire for such a nice piece of cookware! Fingers crossed!

  284. 286

    Cast iron is awesome! Would love to try this one out. 🙂

  285. 287

    I am a poor college student who sure would love a cast iron skillet! c:

  286. 288

    Oh my! What an awesome prize pack. Those half sticks of butter are the cutest!

  287. 289

    Love the pan

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    Malerie C.

    Thanks for the chance to win!

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    Nikki CB

    I recently purchased a cast iron skillet and I love it. I mostly got it in order to make frittatas. This one was super tasty:

    That is one gorgeous cast iron skillet you have there! 🙂

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    Debra Lee

    This is the only butter I use!

  291. My cast iron skillet recipe is my version of the Lazy Lady’s Chicken.

    1 frozen chicken breast (do not thaw)
    2 squash (yellow or zucchini or one of each)
    2 TBS olive oil
    1/4 Agave syrup
    1/8 C balsamic vinegar
    2 TBS Garlic
    Sea Salt & pepper to taste.

    Put the chicken in a well-seasoned cast iron skillet. Wash the squash then slice it into the skillet to cover the squash. Then add the last five ingredients.

    Bake 55 minutes at 350 degrees.

    I do this all the time in my quest to eat healthier. 😀 Those measurements on the vinegar and agave are guesses. I just pour it in really. Like I said, Lazy Lady’s Chicken.

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    Brian E.

    Thanks for the giveaway… Fantastic stuff, my wife & I love to cook…talk about a treasure trove for your kitchen !

  293. 295
    Brian E.

    Recipe: Upside-Down Caramelized Apple Cake

    My wife & I have made different versions using various fruits & preserves…even shredded carrots !

  294. 297
    Jo-Ann Reuter

    I’ve been wanting to try a cast iron skillet and that cookie looks amazing!

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    nancy g.

    Skillets are great for schnitzel too!

  296. 299

    How exciting! The giveaways look great!

  297. Would love to have these!!

  298. 301

    Would love a skillet!

  299. 302
    Carolyn S.

    Wishing I had a cast iron skillet!

  300. 303

    would love to use one!!

  301. 304
    T sara

    I need that pan so I can make that skillet chocolate chip cookie ASAP! 🙂

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    Julie Chacra

    This would be perfect for making crepes or an omelet! 🙂

  303. 306
    Julie Chacra

    awesome looking skillet!

  304. 307
    Julie Chacra

    Really hope I win this!

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