Though they have a reputation for being tough to care for, cast iron skillets are a dream to cook with. They'll garner the same sort of lifelong loyalty as those candy-colored stand mixers, only perhaps more fervent, precisely because it is so humble. It fries like no other; it gives meats a killer crust and does double duty in the oven; heck, you can even bring it with you to cook in the great outdoors. Here are 17 recipes that pay homage your do-anything skillet.
It’s finally here—spring! The time has come to fling open our windows, shed our coats, and ease ourselves out of a winter slumber with a celebratory little shake. And what better way to laud this turn of seasons than with a few treats? Here are 14 easy, breezy bites sweet enough to make you smile, but simple enough that they won't keep you inside by the oven and you can actually get out and enjoy the spring sunshine.
Some dishes are complicated enough to need a recipe, but more often I simply haven’t familiarized myself with the steps. Do I really need to read instructions to make marinara sauce? Or to cobble together a compote? I don’t think so. In fact, I’m resolving to learn these classics by heart. No more following a recipe for pancakes or fried rice or chicken stock. And (hopefully) no more close calls with my phone in the kitchen. Here's how.