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One of the first dishes that I learned to make was cornbread in a cast iron skillet. I’m thinking cornbread because I loved it and the cast iron skillet was because that’s the only thing we used to make cornbread in! We made tons of other food in mom’s cast iron skillets which were the only kind of skillets that we had.
When Teflon came along, I remember us all choosing to use Teflon over cast iron but I don’t know why, other than it was “the new kid on the block”! I started learning how to cook when I was young. I don’t know how old I was when I started learning to cook but I wasn’t a teenager yet and I’ve been cooking ever since!
My Mom is the best cook I’ve ever known which is saying a lot because I have eaten at some epic restaurants and I went to culinary school and got to eat the food of a lot of great chef instructors. When it comes to everyday home cooking, my Mom has no equal in my mind! I’m sure you feel the same way about your Mom, Aunt, Grandmother, Dad or somebody, right? I learned a lot from my Mom and my Dad and both of them taught me how to cook dishes using cast iron. There’s something about cast iron that makes the flavor more intense. It fries food golden brown and beautiful! It bakes up cornbread, biscuits and whatever you want to bake in it picture perfect!
My Mom passed away in 2007 and for the life of me, I don’t know what happened to all of her cast iron skillets, dutch ovens, lids – etc. I hadn’t lived at home for years but I did notice that they were all gone when I moved back home a few years ago. The sad part is that pots, pans, skillets and things like that, can and should be handed down in a family.