15 Recipes for Your Skillet Because Cast Iron’s Not Just for Your Grandmother Anymore

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There is only one thing you need to know about home cooks: Never mess with our cast iron skillets. Seriously. Don’t touch them. Don’t look at them. And please, don’t even think about washing them. If we seem a little protective, it’s with good reason: Come fall, no pan works harder to serve up breakfast, lunch, and dinner, all season long. The one thing it asks for in return? Treat it right.

So let’s do just that. Ditch your fancy bakeware and sauté pans — you won’t need them now. Instead, like many a pioneer woman before us, we’ll turn to our skillet for everything, for baking, frying, and roasting. After all, nothing does old-world cooking like cast iron. Ready? Fire up the stove, the oven — heck, even the campfire. Whatever you have a hankering for, you know your skillet’s got your back.

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