My New Best Pan

We got one of those copper-clad skillets, and it was almost everything they claim. Almost, but not. You know how they, like, use metal beaters in the pan and not a single scratch!? What a lie. Maybe I should have used a metal beater to flip my eggs instead of a spatula. Also: not non-stick forever. Maybe six months.

So Charlie says, “Don’t we have a cast-iron skillet in the basement somewhere?” We did, and he found it. It was a little rusty, but Mr. Internet is my friend. I found this way cool site called Apartment Therapy that told me how to clean it with Kosher salt and half a potato. It worked!

I’ve been working on seasoning it, and it’s already more non-stick than my fancy coppery thing.

So we’re happy, and all our ancestors are happy.

Speaking of ancestors, that there in the background is our walk-in pantry. Have I ever given you a tour of our walk-in pantry? My Aunt Anna had one when I was little, and it was the only thing about visiting the country I liked (at the time). I thought it was aMAZing, and, when Charlie built this house, I asked for one and got it.


A WRITING PROMPT FOR YOU: What is the one thing your main character, as a small child, dreamed of having in their grown-up house?




I was born in Louisville, Kentucky, but now live in the woods in southern Indiana. Though I only write fiction, I love to read non-fiction. The more I learn about this world, the more fantastic I see it is.

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One thought on “My New Best Pan

  1. Carol Preflatish

    October 4, 2017 at 8:43am

    We had one of the green skillets like that. Same thing, it was non-stick the first few times we used it. Now, it just hangs on the wall.

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  2. joey

    October 4, 2017 at 9:46am

    Heavens, Yes! My MIL used to have a walk-in pantry, and coming from the house of no bad-for-you things, I believed her pantry was designed to get me fat and happy. I’d walk in there and hear the chorus of angels — Sugared cereal, cookies, snack cakes, pretzels, BUGLES (I’d never had Bugles!) — so much nom all in one place, like a party, like magic. LOL She doesn’t have one now. She has a stupid pantry like everyone else and there’s not much bad-for-you in it.

    I LOVE MY CAST IRON SKILLETS. I love them. I’ve had phases with the non-stick and the coated and the special pans for $29.99 as seen on TV, but honest to goodness, I went back to cast iron and stainless steel and wonder why I ever left them to begin with! In fact, I’ve been thinking about writing a blog post about how we move forward, new innovations, and then we’re like nah, and go back. This seems to be a recurring theme in my own life.
    Also, cast iron keeps my iron levels up to where the dr won’t nag me about eating more meat! Yaaasss!

    Anyway, great post! I love your new best pan 😀

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      Marian Allen

      October 4, 2017 at 4:33pm

      Yeah, I love love love my walk-in pantry. Mom has a cool pantry that has shelves that swivel out, but my walk-in is heaven to me. When I used to can, I had those shelves lined with home-canned beans and tomatoes and I was so happy!

      I look forward to reading that blog post of yours. Sometimes the old ways are good ways. Sometimes not, but sometimes yes.

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  3. Dan Antion

    October 4, 2017 at 12:57pm

    My wife is slowly reverting to her cast iron pans. When properly seasoned and used, they are wonderful…I’m told.

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