Cast Iron Cooking {And A Giveaway}




I love cooking with cast iron.  I grew up watching both of my Grandmothers and my own Momma cook with it.  As a matter of fact I’ve already told my Momma that I would like to have her cast iron and my grandmother’s cast iron willed to me!  Because is there anything better than 75 year old perfectly seasoned cast iron cookware?!  Smile!  My daughter has watched me cook with it all her life and now I love seeing her love and care for her cast iron just as much as I do mine.




So when MaryJane sent me a copy of her book Cast Iron Kitchen, I was so excited I immediately sat down and skimmed every page.  That night I took it to bed with me and read every single detail!  (Do you ever read cookbooks in bed?! I oftentimes have a stack of them on my nightstand!)




I’m not going to ruin the suspense for you by sharing pictures of everything I’ve made out of this cookbook the last few weeks.  But there is one recipe that is a total game changer for my family.  (Don’t judge me on this okay?!)  New Years Eve we had a big bon fire with all the yummy S’mores fixings.  But I usually pass on the S’mores because they disappoint me in the fact that the chocolate doesn’t melt just right or the marshmallow isn’t that perfect golden color of sticky yumminess.  And sitting there at the camp fire I suddenly remembered that MaryJane had a recipe for Skillet S’mores in her book.




So later when we were back in my daughter’s house, I ran home and got the recipe and my daughter made us the perfectly amazing Skillet S’mores.  Oh my word.  I just have to say that we will NEVER make S’mores over a campfire again! These were the most amazing things with perfectly melted chocolate and sticky golden marshmallows!  I mean seriously you guys… don’t you want to eat some of those?




The other thing I made this week that I loved were the flour tortillas.  I grew up on home-made flour tortillas and my Momma has the tortilla press and everything.  I do not have it (yet!) so I just rolled mine out on the counter top.  But these were so yummy.  The recipe calls for Coconut Oil instead of shortening, which is in my Momma’s recipe.  I was reluctant about using the Coconut Oil but was so glad I made them according to MaryJane’s recipe because they were perfect.  And of course you couldn’t even taste the coconut oil in them.




And then the Chicken Fajitas.  Oh so yummy and honestly so easy.  There is a butter/cilantro/lime mixture that you add at the end and make sure you don’t leave this out!




Those are just a few of my favorites.  But I’ve loved the Dutch Babies, the Hash-Brown Patties, the Giant Cinnamon Roll, the Chicken and Dumplings.




And of course the Biscuits.  Anyone that follows me here knows how I love Biscuits!  In MaryJane’s cookbook she has six pages of all these fun varieties of Biscuit Bun sliders.  So much fun to make!




But I’m going to warn you.  There is one big problem with this cookbook.  MaryJane features every kind of cast iron cookware there is to be found… and you will WANT IT ALL!!  I have a list now of what I’ll be purchasing as I can afford it and find it!  (And going through my Momma’s cupboards again to see what she has!!)  What I really love in the book is that every recipe shows, in one quick glance, what cookware you need for that recipe.  I think that is one of the nicest features in the book.  Oh, and the photography is swoon worthy.


{Giveaway Details!!!}

MaryJane has graciously offered a give-away of her cookbook to one of you awesome readers!  All you have to do is comment below about absolutely anything to do with cast iron cookware! One lucky winner will be chosen and I’ll let you know next month if it is you!  (In the mean time, you can purchase an autographed copy of the cookbook here.)

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I’d like to end this blog post with a sentimental thank you.  Back in November I wrote a post (here) about how winters are hard for me.  And I want to thank all of you who so sweetly and kindly wrote to me and reminded me of all the positive things about wintertime.    I took some of the advice given to me as well as making some of my own personal changes and I feel like this has been a winter of grace for me.  There is so much to be thankful for in every season of life and YOU, my Farmgirl friends are one of those things.  Thank you!


Until our gravel roads cross again… so long.



Leave a comment 154 Comments

  1. MS Barb says:

    I still cook w/ cast iron–someone gave me a skillet b/c she didn’t know what to do w/ it!

  2. ann says:

    Thank you so much for the memories! Your post is wonderful and you inspired me to order MJ’s book! I do love cast iron cookware and (almost) would give my eye teeth to have Mama’s square cast iron pan. It had 3 sections: one for bacon and two for eggs! At least that is how we used it growing up It’s the one thing I have yet to find in sorting through her treasures. It would be helpful, too, although I feel sure I can find it out there in the “ether” somewhere, if we had a “here’s how to restore without ruining them” manual for cast iron cookware. There’s an antique store near-by, one of those with all the different booths, that is totally cool and lots of fun to browse. I think I’ll go look there for another square pan. Who knows, maybe they will have exactly what I want! Thank you again, Dori! :)

    • Wayve Dennison says:

      The Lodge company still makes square iron skillets, but I’ve never seen a divided one. Good luck in your search.

  3. Diann says:

    Like you, I watched my mother and grandmothers cook with iron. However, it led me to a collection passion many years later. I collect cauldrons, great and small. I have small ones that would hold an ounce of gold from the gold rush days to 50/60 quart cauldrons that would feed an army or boil a load of wash. Of coarse, I also have in between camp pots and pans. I love them and use many of them. The extra large cauldrons have been used to feed hungry ranch crowds during the summer. Makes great ham and beans!

  4. Laura says:

    I remember watching my father using his cast-iron skillet to cook his self-caught fish. He was so happy and proud!

  5. Nicki says:

    Hi, Dori! I received a set of cast iron pans that I’m sorry to say, I haven’t even used yet! There are so many yummy recipes in this cookbook; I’d love to win one! Being a lover of Mexican food, I’d make the tortillas first!

  6. Susan says:

    I don’t have any cast iron cookware yet, but after looking at what you have made I’m ready to go buy some!

  7. Angela Rife says:

    Every Christmas Eve we have a tradition where I make gumbo. I cook this in a cast iron Dutch oven.

  8. Cheryl says:

    Cast Iron caught my eyes! I love them and got my moms when she went to nursing home! I cook with it all the time. It can be put in the oven and even on a camp fire out doors. They are easy to clean and seasoned with oil after cleaning. A metal spatula can be used without damaging the skillet. They will last for ever! Cannot have too many!

  9. Krista says:

    Oh my gosh! That S’more recipe sounds so good right now. And those chicken fajitas. I wish they were on the menu for tonight. I was gifted this book for Christmas and I’m so excited to try some of these recipes. Currently our cast iron is buried in some boxes in our storage room. We have plans to start sorting through this room soon and once I find my cast iron we are making some of these recipes! You are so lucky to be willed some of the best gifts. Before you know it you will own every single kind. I’ll have to drop some hints to my husband about investing in some more cast iron!

    • Deb Fischer #1058 says:

      Oops, I forgot to say I have at least 10 different pieces of Cast Iron that I have collected over our 43 years of marriage. I cook with them Everyday and would not use any other pan.

  10. Rebecca M. says:

    I don’t think I COULD cook without cast iron. My mother cooked with it the whole time I was growing up so I learned to love it at a young age. It’s the only way to make cornbread! When I got married a little over 44 years ago, one of my gifts wasa set of 3 cast iron skillets and I still have them. They’re perfectly seasoned and get used often. I’ve also accumulated several from family and friends. I have Griswold and Lodge and love cast iron cooking. Mary Jane’s cookbook sounds perfect.

  11. l bryant says:

    I finally learned how to cook with cast iron. My husband and 5 children have also learned the secret of non stick, baking, oven tested, used on the grill cast iron.
    I have even learned how to bake a cake on the grill during the summer in cast iron to avoid heating my house!!!!

  12. Connie says:

    My husband gave me my first iron skillet in 1968. My Mom and Grandma cooked with iron skillets. I loved it and had to have more, so a few months later, I got 4 more (different sizes) a grill, a griddle, and a dutch oven. I LOVE them and cook in nothing else. Just something about food coming out of one of those skillets that makes it taste better! My granddaughters use mine when they are here and they are all getting one when my time on earth is done. :)

  13. winnie jackson says:

    I love cast iron! I have a frying pan and a cast iron casserole dish that I bake my home made breads in. Nothing beats cast iron. I would to win this offer. Like everyone we all remember our family members cooking with cast iron and even on a wood stove. Bread is just wonderful in a cast iron dish. I hope others will be inspired to invest in cast iron. I am lucky that my pans are very old and treated with oil. thank you for letting us all have a memory to share with others. Winnie :)

  14. Vickie says:

    Owning four cast iron skillets of various sizes, they are often my favorite in my kitchen. No other pan works for ‘real’ cornbread! And an apple pie made in one is unbelievable! So many uses! I would love, love, love to have the new cookbook.

  15. Cyndie Gray says:

    I love this post!!! My comment about cast iron cookware is remembering my dad using the big cast iron skillet whenever he cooked!! Love that memory. When he passed away my second daughter said the one thing she would like to have was grampa’s cast iron skillet. She received it & uses it several times a week!! I may have to order this cookbook for her 😉 thanks much Dori!!!

  16. deb rowley says:

    I have various sizes of cast iron skillets, a small lidded cast iron saucepan and a cast iron dutch oven. I love them but don’t use them often enough. I mainly use my 10″ skillet for baking flat breads and tortillas.

  17. Sunnie says:

    NIce book, it is pretty!! I use my cast iron all the time, the light weight one daily!

  18. Tammy R Hastings says:

    I love cast iron cooking. I have my grandma’s skillet. Use it everyday.

  19. Donna Collins says:

    Dori, I’m just starting to use my cast iron skillet and so far, I love it! The recipes in Mary Jane’s cookbook sound delicious!

  20. Karla Gratehouse says:

    My mamaw always cooked with skillets. I can remember as a girl standing in the kitchen (brick floors) looking up at her as she was at the stove. My all time favorites were her cornbread and biscuits! Any, YES, those old skillets being passed down through the generations is AWESOME! Blessings!

  21. Brenda N. says:

    I learned to cook using a cast iron skillet. I had to buy one of my own when I moved out! It is still used several times a week in my house, even all these years later. So much better than those awful teflon pans!

  22. Judy says:

    Dori – I enjoy your stories so much – they bring back so many memories. I have a collection of cast iron that has been gathered over the years from family members. There is nothing like fried chicken from a cast iron skillet or like Rebecca says, corn bread!

  23. Mary G. says:

    I love, love, love my Lodge cast iron! I use my 8″ skillet every morning to cook up a healthy breakfast for my parents and brother. Our 12″ skillet gets heavy use for dinner most nights (burgers, salmon, or steak on cast iron are wayyyy better than grilled or cooked on a different pan, in my opinion). I can’t imagine trying to cook without it!

  24. Brisja says:

    I have a few cast iron skillets and one cast iron corn stick pan that had belonged to family. Each time I use them, I think about that person cooking and feel like they are with me again.

  25. Susanne says:

    My friends comment frequently that they use cast iron pans to cook their meals and I would love to try and learn new things. Using Mary Jane’s cookbook would be a wonderful way to experience the pleasures of cast iron cooking.

  26. Gail says:

    My first cast iron cookware was 43 years ago. My dear sweet sister in law gave me 3 fry pans of different sizes for our wedding to hang on the wall for decoration. They never made it to the walls. I have used them almost daily since.

  27. Marilyn H. says:

    I have been using cast iron for 47 years, since my husband and I were married. Old cast iron is the best and I have a lot of it which we have collected through the years. My favorite piece is a Griswold Heart and Star Waffle Iron with the high base. Oh my, does it make the best waffles! I definitely am going to try Mary Jane’s Skillet S’Mores for my granddaughters!

  28. Wendy Pitts says:

    I love cast iron but, unfortunately I can’t use it as much as I used to because now I have a flat cook top.

  29. Tanya Weiss says:

    I love my cast iron but certainly don’t use it as often as I would like. Thanks for this great giveaway!

  30. Patti Hurlburt says:

    I moved back to the country in the Midwest after 30+ years in the city in the Southwest. The best thing is now having a gas stove after all those years using electric. Cast iron has become a part of my life again. I use it for everything from stove top to oven. So looking forward to Mary Jane’s new cookbook.

  31. Deb Fischer #1058 says:

    I love your blog Dori, always so refreshing to read. Thank you.
    I would love a copy of Mary Janes new Cast Iron Cookbook as I would love to gift it to a friend. I have a Beautiful Autographed Copy and I love it. It stays on my island so I remember to use it.
    The biscuits are the best and now I will need to make the S’Mores, Dori got my mouth watering.
    Thank you Mary Jane and Dori for the perfect giveaway!

  32. Sarah says:

    I love my cast iron dutch oven and my cast iron skillet. I’m currently looking at expanding my collection, as in the size of cast iron cookware I have since I’m adding my fifth baby this summer! A family of seven (5 kids + 2 adults) definitely need larger pans to cook in!

  33. Denise says:

    I cook on my wood stove all winter long and only use cast iron pots!! Not only do they cook your meals wonderfully but they also add a shot of iron to all your meals!! Would love a cookbook!!!!

  34. Nanette Boots says:

    I used to dislike (hate) cooking with cast iron because of the care required to keep it “seasoned”. Well…. I only have 4 different sizes cast iron frying pans and a dutch oven, and find they cook food so much better. Hash browns, bacon on the grill, fish, bread dressing on the grill are just some of the foods I’ve used them for. Oh, yeah, and using them consistently in the kitchen will build up your upper arm strength too. Haha.

  35. Elizabeth P says:

    I have one cast iron skillet, and am still learning how to use it with many recipes. Hoping your cookbook will help me learn!!!

  36. Deanna M. says:

    Do people really cook with anything other than cast iron? LOL I use it daily and it makes the best steaks ever!!

  37. judy poppell says:

    I love a blackberry cobbler made in a cast iron Dutch oven, the way my grandmother made them.

  38. Rosalyn Schultze says:

    I was so happy to learn that cast iron works perfectly on an induction cooktop and have used my cast iron with great success. I have a large pot with cover that I use for making stew or pot roast. It never fails to provide even browning and slow cooking. I also have a grill which is used for burgers. Couldn’t do without my cast iron and would love Mary Jane’s cookbook to learn more uses for my collection.

  39. Sara Upchurch says:

    I own 4 sizes of cast iron frying pans. The 6 inch one was my Mothers. She would patiently stand and fry cornbread cakes for us. Her great grandchildren loved her cornbread. They also loved chicken tenders fried in the 12 inch pan I bought when got married 61 years ago. I have cooked thousands of tenders.

    My Father in Law gave me a 9 inch when we got married. He said “Every bride needs a cast iron frying pan”. He was such a sweet man.

    My 10 inch is the one I use for oven cornbread. Yum

    My son loves and uses cast iron also. I gave him the 3 inch square pan that belonged to my Mother because he really liked the uniqueness of it.

  40. Debbe says:

    OMG the serendipity of life! I was just on Amazon lookong at cast griddle to use on my stove. I would love her book. My grandma was an enamel pan queen and pressure cooker gal but I have always wanted to know how to use them. Imagine something that could last 100 years! Dutch baby with my homemade lemon blueberry jellie!!! Yummers!

  41. Holly Hyer says:

    I have got to get some cast iron pans and your cookbook! We have done Dutch oven cooking for years. We have cooked for family and catered for up to 450 people. I have never used any type of cast iron other than the Dutch oven. I can’t wait to order your cookbook and give cast iron a try. My father cooked with it i was growing up over the campfire. I can still remember those fresh caught fish sizzling over the campfire with my family gathered around. Add to the to Do list today… order a cookbook and find some cast iron pans. (If I am lucky, my dad’s old pans are in a box under the stairs!)

  42. Nancy Couden says:

    Love cast iron cookware. Over the years I have heard about other cookware and tried it. Still have my cast iron–the others are long gone. People are afraid of cast iron because they are not sure how to clean it–but so easy. Rinse it while warm and use the Lodge brush for stubborn sticky spots and you are done for next use. And food has a wonderful taste that you get from nothing else–especially stews, soups and meats.

  43. Sue says:

    I told myself I did not need another cookbook–and then I saw this cast iron cookbook and knew I needed another cookbook! It looks like a book that would be used a lot!

  44. Lyndy says:

    Hi, Dori! I have 2 cast iron skillets and would love to win the cookbook. Thanks for the opportunity ♡

  45. Donna Kozak says:

    I use my cast iron pan (my mother’s!) to make the most delicious frittatas with fresh eggs from my sweet chickens – there is nothing better.

  46. Kristen Bateman says:

    I want to do more cast iron cooking but I feel like I have a lot to learn first. Not only cooking but cleaning and caring for the cast iron.

  47. jinx taylor says:

    I remember my mother’s cast iron pan; it was a little deeper than most and it followed her to every home and eventually ended up at her beach cottage where it was used for fish and shrimp and fried chicken and hush puppies. I have it now, 63 years later and it’s still going strong. I also have a quite a few more pieces that I buy whenever I see them unappreciated at sales and thrifts and find pleasure in bringing them back to their former glory and reseasoning them for use. It has only been in the past 2 years that I have started cooking with them again ( building up my wrists and arms ) and between the oven and stove top they are a constant. Your cookbook looks wonderful and I saw the flat cast iron pan pictured … I use mine for pancakes , but wonder now if you use yours for tortillas? Hope I win so I can try some new recipes and ideas in my cast iron !

  48. Robin Reichardt says:

    I need to get some of the small skillets for cooking in small batches–no more kids at home!!

  49. Janet says:

    I have just a few pieces. One small skillet we use to prep our tortillas for soft-shell tacos.
    I’ve had it for 40 years now…love the silky smoothness of its seasoned insides!

  50. Linda Petersen says:

    Thank you for another wonderful post! I have a couple of cast iron skillets that need cleaning & re–seasoning. I found them @ the thrift store & remembered MaryJane saying they are worth picking up & making them our own. This post has me so excited to get busy! Can’t wait to get my book, one way or another❤!

  51. Laurel Pries says:

    Love your post, Dori, I follow it every time you write….I too have an old cast iron fry pan which my mom used for years. When she passed we found the fry pan and I truly would not part with it. It’s hard to find one of the “old tried and true ones”! Keep up the good work on the posts, love reading them!
    PS…I used your Frozen corn recipe to put mine up this summer. It turned out delicious!!

  52. sharon b says:

    I was raised in Chicago and never even saw a cast iron pan until I was middle aged.
    Now I live on a small farm, raise chickens, drive a tractor and am trying to embrace new ways of doing things. I confess to a fear of cast iron. However, I inherited a pan from my son, one he used as his camping pan. One of my resolutions for 2018 is to use it. I have several of Mary Jane’s other books and have been a subscriber to Mary Jane’s Farm since 2010. It’s about time, don’t you think???
    I love your posts, by the way, Dori. Seeing how you’re raising your offspring gives me hope for America’s future.

  53. Keleen says:

    One of my favorite things to look for at thrift stores and flea markets is old rusty cast iron cookware. After cleaning and reseasoning, you can have great cookware for a great price. I picked up an oval cast iron skillet labeled an omelet skillet at a flea mall in Alabama; but my friends here in Texas call it a fajita skillet! Well, whatever it is, it has since become my favorite

  54. Melissa Medford says:

    My Husband and I scour the flea markets for cast iron and re-purpose it for use. This has given us the opportunity to rid ourselves of any teflon, aluminum and other harmful cookware.
    Re-purposing is half the fun,

  55. Georgia Lovell says:

    Well, my husband loves cast iron because it heats evenly and I have found a gf cornbread recipe for cast iron that is fabulous! I love that it goes right in the oven and turns evenly crispy golden brown. Yummy. We bought a dutch oven for no knead bread that is incredible too. Since it works great for soups and stew too we had to get another one cause can’t have soup without crusty bread! I’m certain I must have a square griddle for pancakes someday.

  56. Marci says:

    My mom used cast iron. I don’t have any pieces yet but I want to get some of my own. I saw this cookbook in the recent Mary Jane Farms magazine and I added it to my book wish list so I would love to win a copy. Thank you as always for your inspiring blogs. I love reading them!

  57. DONNA says:

    Cast iron is my favorite cookware, love making anything from bacon to crepes in it. I have my husband’s grandmother’s old iron dutch oven, love it!

  58. joy says:

    I love to cook with cast iron. It is the best.

  59. Sue Malone says:

    I absolutely love cast iron. I received my first piece from an old country doctor who gave it to me to help with anemia. It worked for me. My cast iron experience continued when I worked as a living historian. I spent the whole winter cleaning every piece of cast iron in the park, from itty bitty pieces all the way to the cast iron stove. Talk about a labor of love. When my husband’s nana passed I was gifted her skillets and kettles. You are so right about the perfectly seasoned 75+ year old pieces,there is nothing finer.

  60. Nancy Hawks says:

    I love cast iron cooking. I use my cast iron skillet everyday and have been doing so for years. All of the women in my family used cast iron and cherished each and every piece that they had. If you ever use it you will never go back to modern cookware. It is also environmentally friendly because it never wears out. I can remember my grandmother cooking fried chicken in her cast iron skillet. So good. She used her big cast iron pot outside to do her wash, make lye soap and scald the feathers off of her chickens when she needed one to eat and cook in the aforementioned cast iron skillet. Such wonderful memories and so much learned from a simple, humble bit of cast iron.

  61. Shari Doty says:

    We love cooking with cast iron! When I cook for clients, and they don’t have it, everything sticks, and it’s just no fun. I got a great new cast iron brush from Lehman’s to make clean-up a breeze also.

  62. Greeta M says:

    Growing up, I didn’t even know there was anything other than a cast iron skillet, just various sizes! Probably my favorite biscuit is Sweet Potato Biscuits! Excellent with soup, gravy, or just honey and butter.

  63. Jill says:

    I LOVE! LOVE! LOVE! cooking in cast iron. And I really enjoy your blog too.

  64. Deb says:

    My Grandmother made the best hash in the world using her cast iron skillet on her wood burning stove. I just received a cast iron skillet of my own this last Christmas, and I hope to recreate Grandma’s hash and a lot of other wonderful goodies!

  65. Cindy Ziliak says:

    I have one cast iron skillet. My family loves a layered potatoe, ham, egg, and cheese dish and I decided to try it in the cast iron. I finished it off 8n the oven to melt the cheese. It was awesome! Crispy around the edges, soft and cheesy in 5be middle. I love one pot meals!

  66. Brenda Baldwin says:

    We only use Cast Iron skillets. I have 2 from my childhood. Love cornbread made in a cast iron skillet just like Mom used to make. Dad would have a glass of buttermilk and crumble the cornbread in it.

  67. Sandy says:

    What a beautiful cookbook! I’m a cast iron newbie but I really enjoy using my pans. Thanks for an opportunity to win the cookbook.

  68. Sandi says:

    Hi Dori:
    I quit using cast iron when my wrist was injured, but now my son and I use it a lot. In fact, I asked for a cast iron griddle for Christmas and I got it. My son makes our breakfast sausage/muffin on it. I have two small round cast iron skillets that I use to make corn bread in and I have one even smaller that my son uses when he makes cheesy eggs for me by melting the cheese in it for the eggs. A few years back I got him a large cast iron skillet that he uses for many excellent dishes. We have about 5 cast iron skillets and the cast iron griddle, easy to clean, easy to season, and good for your health as you get iron back in your diet from using cast iron. And they do last forever. One of the finest cookware ever made. I would love to win the cookbook as I love biscuits too and they looked scrumptious and I have made tortillas using masa harina many times as I like the homemade ones better than the store bought ones. When I was a child I lived close to a Mexican family with 2 little girls and I was always there and their mother would make tortillas, spread butter on them and we ate them. Delicious and wonderful memories.

  69. Stephanie Herdman says:

    Nothing makes fried potato’s crispy like a cast iron skillet.

  70. Julie says:

    I love cast iron, pans… I bought a cast iron baking pan years ago with animal muffin forms. I preheat the cast iron baking pan and then put a corn bread mix in the forms. SO CUTE…children love them with chili or a home made soup…I DO also have skillets but love my sweet baking pan…

  71. Lisa K says:

    I love my cast iron. My mother gave me her Dutch oven and a 10″ skillet. I also have a large round griddle I use for tortilla’s. My favorite thing to do is going to antique stores vintage faire’s etc and look for the vintage cast iron (Wagner and Griswold)

  72. Sandra says:

    I just love cast iron cooking. My sister is an avid user of cast iron and she is my inspiration. She introduced me to many of her recipes that she used for cast iron and they were so delicious. However, I have yet to invest and would love to win one.

  73. Paula Spooner says:

    I LOVE cast iron. We cook on then all the time. I have some from my mom & dad and my mother-in-law and her mother. This year for Christmas I made 17 aprons and gave 10 cast iron Dutch ovens, skillets, and griddles to our family. They loved them.

  74. Gail Cameron says:

    Right now I only have a cast iron skillet but I use it every opportunity I can. Skillet cornbread is SO good. I look forward to the recipes in every magazine and to win a copy if the book would be awesome! Then I would definitely have to add to my cookware.

  75. Carolyn Lokken says:

    Cast iron is the best. I wish I had my mom’s. Who needs Teflon!

  76. Diane Van Horn says:

    I love cast iron cooking and do it often when I am camping!

  77. Lyn Moon says:

    Wow. Those recipes look fantastic. My mouth was watering just reading about them. That cookbook sounds yummy. I have a few pieces of cast iron and I use them regularly. I have a glass top stove and they say you shouldn’t cook with cast iron but I do and I’ve never had a problem. So I don’t know what the deal is. I would love to have the chance to make all those recipes in the cookbook.
    Thanks for the giveaway. Happy cooking.

  78. Denise Burek says:

    I love cart iron cooking. I’m still learning all the great ways to cook with it but am enjoying the education.

  79. A. L. says:

    Received my chicken fryer as a wedding gift 50+ years ago. Cast iron cooking is the best!

  80. Teddy Irene Drinnin says:

    Love my cast iron. Cook steaks and burger on the porch off the kitchen. Have a glass top range. was told not to cook with cast iron. Not sure why but guess it might break the glass top.

  81. Michlle says:

    I’m with you Dori. S’mores over a campfire have always disappointed me too. I’d love to have MaryJanes Cast Iron Cookbook, so I can make the Skillet S’mores! I’ve got a collection of about a dozen cast iron pieces, which I use every day/week. Me in Idaho

  82. I too grew up watching my parents cook our meals with cast iron. Mr dad’s pan roasted pheasant was divine! So sweet and juicy. I myself make a lovely artisan bread in my cast iron, fitted perfectly, and seasoned just right for the task. I have quite a collection started with all of my Dutch ovens used on a few wagon trains over the years. There is such an art and skill to using cast iron. I would love to develop these skills as the years unfurl.

  83. Dori Umphreys says:

    I absolutely love my cast iron pan! Thanks for your post it has given me new ideas to try! I’d love to win one cause I sometimes feel like it would be handy to have more than one in my kitchen.

  84. Christine says:

    Love cast iron. I remember as a kid my great grandma using it to cook everything! She passed a cast iron pot to my mom…..which she uses. Things taste so much better. Maybe it’s because of all the love that pot has seen over the years, the many meals that were made in it and fed so many….who knows. It’s the best! I use cast iron and love it!

  85. Claudia Wheeler says:

    I love my cast iron skillets and use them almost everyday. I dont use my oven…long story…off the grid and modern gas stoves still need electric. But one dish meals on an open fire or stove top is the way to go.

  86. Andrea Brooks says:

    Dutch babies in cast iron are a favorite quickly followed by cast iron pizza.

  87. My husband and I just purchased our first RV and we are about to set out on a 8 week adventure out west, I would dearly love to own this book. I just gave him cast iron pans for Christmas. What a joy it woulf be to win this1

  88. Marilyn says:

    Everything seems to cook better with a cast iron. Thank you for the opportunity to win this lovely book.

  89. Maxine Schartner says:

    I love cast iron! Today we fried cheese quesadillas in my large pan for lunch. I’ve been collecting cast iron pieces for years and am enthused about learning more about it.

  90. Sherie says:

    I didn’t start using cast iron until I met my husband. Now, I wouldn’t cook on anything else. We have quite the collection. I think my favorite is a mini cast iron skillet that I use to make Skillet S’mores, single serving, all for myself, a chocolaty marshmallow heaven!

  91. Jodie says:

    I love me a cast iron Dutch baby! Simple and yummy!

  92. Joan says:

    So happy to hear you are having a fine season! Great post!! I grew up with cast iron cookware, this was with my grandparents and one of the skillets was from my great grandmother. I inherited it all and enjoyed it for many years but do to a condition I have, I no longer can use it. It all now makes my son very happy, he does ‘camp cooking’ too. Love MaryJane’s recipes. God bless.

  93. maureen bruner says:

    my husband, who does most of the cooking (yes, I know how blessed I am!) swears by his cast iron pans. I am learning, and it is a grand adventure. We have a set in the house and camper. I always say I am getting my workout hoisting those pans!

  94. Tia says:

    I was not the kindest to my cast iron. While I believed it’s a staple of the kitchen, it was seldom used or appreciated (for the babying it requires) and had more than one trip through the dishwasher. I became an avid chef of Japanese cuisine,and that calls for a lot of time in front of the stove. Being as my husband and I were just starting out,we only had a few pans to our name,our cast iron skillet being one of them.
    Forced to use the behemoth pan, I could no longer deny it’s superiority. The even heating,the ability to take a beating,even the nonstick for how much we flat out abused it.
    Needless to say,it’s now my go-to pan,and I gladly put in the extra work of maintaining a seasoned cast iron skillet.
    With cast iron,you give and you receive. 😉

  95. Betty says:

    The only pans I cook in are my cast iron…frypans, dutch oven, etc!
    I’m a senior, so they’re pretty old too! :)
    Love them!

  96. Kathy Lorenzini says:

    I started collecting cast iron about 35 years ago. Now my son collects it too. I used to go to flea markets and swap meets to buy it. At one flea market I went to regularly there was an elderly gentleman who sold only cast iron. He always had every piece so nicely displayed. I began to look for him every month. He taught me so much about cast iron. Especially how to season it. I would say most of my cast iron was bought from him! And I still use it to this day!!

  97. Tracey Holly says:

    We had hash browns this just this evening with our cast iron skillet! We love to use them!

  98. Laura Vickers says:

    If someone stole all of my cast iron (I have 6 pieces) I wouldn’t know how to cook. :0)

  99. Kathy Riley says:

    I love using cast iron to cook. Love how things turn out.

  100. LynB says:

    Love my cast iron skillets.. I have 6! I use them all the time!

  101. Susan says:

    I received two new Lodge cast iron pieces for Christmas. American made in South Pittsburg, TN. Dori, I am not sure how far you are from there but it might be a fun day trip for you. They have a factory store with a seconds room that has good pricing on pieces that you cannot find a flaw in.
    Thanks for the opportunity to win this beautiful new cookbook.
    May your winter be filled with His amazing Grace.

  102. Linda says:

    My mother loved her cast iron cookware. My brother has her skillets now, and I wish I had at least one of them. I love cooking in them in the oven. I have a glass top stove and cannot safely use them on top of it. I’d love to have a copy of her cookbook. If I don’t win I will order one for me.

  103. Erin says:

    I love cornbread from a cast iron skillet. Takes me right back to the kitchen of my childhood…

  104. Melissa says:

    I cook with my mother’s cast iron skillets that are older than me and I love that nostalgic feeling every time I use them as my mother passed away many years ago.

  105. Janeen Breyman says:

    I would llike to know how to season cast iron items purchased within the past five years . They are Lodge brand.

  106. Cissy Foster says:

    I have 2 skillets, 4 bread pans, one griddle, and am waiting to get a waffle iron someday, and that’s just for now…my wish list is quite extensive. I use my skillet just about everyday for everything from bacon and eggs, to homemade tortillas to oven baked peach cobbler. Regrettably I did not grow up with cast iron cookware, but I have some now….and hope to pass them on to my family….

  107. I consider myself more a gatherer of cast iron than a cook. I don’t know how many generations used the iron skillet that hangs in Daddy’s kitchen, but Grandma Grace was known to brown meat in it while saying, “I am a rotisserie”; Momma later made her famous liver and onions with brown gravy in it. I have a tiny square skillet from Pat, our friend who was in Pearl Harbor on that fateful day, and several unusual pieces from our late, beloved neighbor, Anna Myra Kent. I bought a rusty, rough skillet and a bicycle for $25 at a roadside flea market while on my way to buy parts for a broken-down combine. Boyce sandblasted the skillet for me. I still cook in the skillet and ride the bike, not at the same time. Julie, who loves to cook on a wood stove, taught me to make spoon bread, but although I use her recipe and an iron skillet, I can’t match the flavor of her bread. Then there is my Christmas tree, which is a year-round hoot, with colored lights and a gourd chicken sitting at the top of the stack of iron pots and pans. Iron- it encourages foolishness, memories, and, oh yeah, great food! Thanks, Dori, for another wonderful post.

  108. Rosemary says:

    I have my mother’s cast iron and love cooking in them. The recipe book looks wonderful!

  109. Anna says:

    I have just begun to start cooking with Cast iron. Although my family cooked with a cast iron skillet when I was growing up, I had yet to use cast iron until last summer. I used cast iron for the first time last summer when we were camping. We were dry camping for a week with A decent sized group of family. I was so amazed by the foods what could be made over hot coals, especially by cinnamon rolls. I am looking forward to making more recipes that can be shared with family and friends. I absolutely love Mary Jane’s Farm Magazine. What a natural talent you have.

  110. Cindi says:

    Oh my gosh I LOVE my cast iron. I’ve had a couple of pieces for so long that I don’t even remember where I got them ~ maybe from my grandmother. I’ve made flour tortillas for years using them and toast corn tortillas nearly every day in my small pan, but I think the very best that has come out of my cast iron skillet is fried chicken. No other pan can compare! The dutch oven is pretty awesome for cooking down butternut squash for ‘pumpkin’ pie, too!

  111. Mary Pitman says:

    I LOVE cooking in cast iron cookware too! Once my hubby found a square skillet in a trash pile while hauling off metal. We have used that skillet for cornbread and fried potatoes mostly, 40 years worth. I LOVE that skillet!

  112. Roma Biester says:

    Cast Iron cookware holds a very special place in my heart and kitchen! As a child I lived with my mom who is the most loving mother anyone can wish for. My one brother and four sisters and me shared our home with our paternal grandparents. Mom and grandma made a cast iron skillet of biscuits for breakfast and dinner almost everyday. Biscuits were are bread of choice. Now that I am a mother and grandmother I share my love of cast iron cookware with my daughter who uses her’s way more than me with her two young sons who love to eat biscuits!

  113. Donna says:

    Anything to do with cast iron is a win-win for me but when Maryjane is involved that is a double win- win situation. Such a positive inspiration. Thank you for offering the giveaway

  114. Beth says:

    I just received a cast iron skillet, and am anxious to use it. I would love to win your cookbook so I can try your neat sounding recipes. I love your site, by the way. Keep up the great work that you do!!

  115. Kathy Davenport says:

    My husband bought a new set of “nonstick” pots and insisted on using the skillet. Guess what—it stuck much more than any of my cast iron skillets. That pan is now at the bottom of the cabinet and hasn’t seen light since.

  116. Janet Kynerd says:

    I have several pieces of cast iron that I use constantly. My favorite is a skillet my first husband (whom I lost to cancer) gave me fifty years ago. It still cooks great cornbread.

  117. Sandi Duncan says:

    I love my cast iron! Can’t wait to get this book!

  118. Vivian Monroe says:

    How fun, I love my cast iron skillets and my comol that I make my homemade tortillas in. So good to know about using coconut oil, I will have to try this. I love the pic of the tortilla press, I may have to be on the lookout for one of those, like you I roll mine out on the table. Sounds like a great cookbook. thanks for sharing. Neta.

  119. Ellen Kelling Vukovic says:

    LOVE my cast iron!!! I have been collecting different pans for years. I especially like my cast iron Dutch ovens. I take them with me camping every year. Nothing says home cooking to me like cast iron; the perfect sear on meat, fish or poultry, crusty artisan breads, a thick elk or venison stew! Oh yum! I am making myself hungry!!!

  120. Treese says:

    I remember my grandmother taking care of her cast iron skillets for years.

  121. Gail says:

    I never saw my mom use cast iron. After I was married I read about how it was better to use cast iron than non stick cookware. I don’t use it all the time but I now have several pieces that I love. My favorite is the divided round pan that I make cornbread in. My husband grew up with cornbread made in those divided pans . Her wedding gift to me was one of those pans . As our family grew, I needed another one, so now I have 2 . That’s my kids favorite way to eat cornbread. I’m exciting about getting Mary Jane’s new book.

  122. Deborah Powell says:

    I love cooking in cast iron and pieces old and new. I don’t think cornbread comes out right unless it’s cooked in cast iron.

  123. Susan Abernethy says:

    I make potato pancakes in my iron skillet

  124. Marcy Kauffman says:

    I have recently “acquired” my mother’s perfectly seasoned cast iron skillet since she can no longer use it, as she is now in assisted living. I think one of the first things I will make in it is a pineapple upside down cake!! Yummy!

  125. Ramona Lamar says:

    The only way I ever make Mexican cornbread is in my deep cast iron skillet. My boys grew up on it. My mom gifted me her large cast iron skillets when my boys were teenagers. I could see the pleasure in her eyes every time I mention them and what I had cooked in them. I still use them most every day!!

  126. Debi Jacobs says:

    I am just beginning to cook with cast iron, and am hooked. It seems so natural and we are enjoying all the fun things you can do with it. I am looking forward to reading Mary Jane’s book and learning about all the new utensils and recipes. Can’t Wait!!

  127. Yvonne says:

    I cook with cast iron all the time and have cleaned up old skuzzy ones and reseasoned them with great success!!

  128. Michele D Yates says:

    We are so in love with cast iron at our house; both the cookware and other items. Even as a child, I loved the cast iron skillets that my mom and Grandma used (one each). I am now so happy to have them in my kitchen; they remind me of my loved ones. Cooking with cast iron is a wonderful experience. We have even set up an iron support to allow us to cook some cowboy beans and such in our fireplace…looking forward to seeing how that works out! This cookbook would be so fun to have. :)

  129. ConnieGraham says:

    Same here! From granny to mom to me; a lifelong use of cast iron. Better food, better for you. And who doesn’t love holding the very same pans in your hands that your grandmother did.? :)

  130. Diana Nelson says:

    Great post, Dori, and thanks for the fun chance to win a prize! I’ve had my eye on MJ Cast Iron Cookbook for awhile now. I love my big fry pan, and use it all the time – well except right now… seems I slipped it into the oven to make quick space (bad habit!) and in it was a little metal spatula with a plastic handle… you all know what I did right? So my pan & favorite little spatula need to be un-fused — sigh, and I’m not real certain how best to accomplish fixing this mess!! My Gram lost her good cast iron in a big flood, washed a lot of things away –

    I’m glad this winter has been better for you, we are around the corner, days are already a bit longer. Have a great day!

  131. Carolsue says:

    I have a cast iron skillet I got not long ago, but have not used it much because I’m unsure of what I can make in it. This cookbook would be great!

  132. Debbie Grable says:

    My large cast iron skillet and Dutch oven both came with the cabin we now call home, the small skillet came from my husband’s Granny’s outbuilding on her Iowa farm, the sauté pan is new, a memory of my father-in law’s Swedish pancakes. All are loved!

  133. susan says:

    My favorite pan is a 6″ griswold cast iron i fry bacon & my farm fresh eggs in.

  134. Denise says:

    I think the number one thing I love coming from a cast iron skillet is cornbread. good ole crusty cornbread! I could make my whole dinner off of it. but now that you are talking about all the recipes you have made using your cast iron and Mary Jane’s cookbook it makes me want to try something different now.

  135. Michelle says:

    I love cast iron cooking! It’s like living history! Thank You for the great new ideas for cooking! Definitely putting Skillet S’mores on my to do list!

  136. Janis Barber says:

    One of my fondest memories of a cast iron skillet is my dad cooking cornbread on the top burners of the stove rather than in the oven. He had a knack for knowing when it needed flipped, and he flipped it perfectly every time! It wasn’t a pizza dough flip in the air thing but an all in one smooth motion wrist action kind of flip! Easy peasy! He liked the hard crusty crust the cast iron put on the corn bread, because he had a secret passion for eating corn bread and buttermilk out of a glass before bedtime.He loved his cast iron skillet

  137. Cathy R says:

    Love cooking with cast iron. Your pictures are mouthwatering! I too turn down S’mores at the camp fire, can’t wait to make them in my house but will wait until I have a crowd so I don’t eat the whole skillet by myself! Thanks for the giveaway and for sharing your creative life with us!

  138. Janice says:

    You have inspired me!

  139. Lisa Rpss says:

    I recently replaced my electric flat top “white” stove with a gas range. I can now use my cast iron pan on the top burners again! Can’t wait to try some of these recipes!

  140. Emily says:

    I finally installed a gas stove in my kitchen. The cookbook looks wonderful! I love cooking with my cast ironware.

  141. Terri Gobble says:

    The best thing ever to cook the best cornbread ever!!

  142. Love my inherited cast iron. Use it everyday! Helps keep us healthy.

  143. Carolyn Kimberly says:

    I love the few cast iron pieces I am collecting and starting to enjoy using! What took me so long?!?!

  144. Catherine Mc says:

    I love cooking with my cast iron skillet and know there’s so much more I could do with it. This cookbook would be awesome!

  145. Francyne Palanca says:

    I am a “wannabe” Farmgirl! I live in New Jersey on 48 Acres for the past 6 years ! Born and raised in Brooklyn Ny but i am getting there. Lol. I get so many great ideas and learn so much from Maryjanes magazines and emails!
    So here it goes. My cast iron story is a quick recipe for Salmon !

    I drizzle a little olive oil in the pan! I Wash and take Wild Caught Salmon , rub with black pepper , a little sea salt and olive oil , sear it on both sides on the stove in the cast iron pan and remove !! I then add one tablespoon of Tamari Soy Sauce and squeeze the juice of 1 lemon all over. I slice 20 cherry tomatoes in half , 2 scallions chopped up and throw it all in the skillet I then put it in the oven and quickly broil both sides making sure to keep an eye on it. (Serve with wild rice on the side.)
    Thank you for sharing your wonderful article!

  146. Francyne Palanca says:

    I am a “wannabe” Farmgirl! I live in New Jersey on 48 Acres for the past 6 years ! Born and raised in Brooklyn Ny but i am getting there. Lol. I get so many great ideas and learn so much from Maryjanes emails!
    So here it goes. My cast iron story is a quick recipe for Salmon !

    I Wash and take Wild Caught Salmon , rub with olive oil on both sides ,sprinkle black pepper , a little sea salt on and then sear it in the cast iron pan on the stove top.

    I then add one tablespoon of Tamari Soy Sauce and squeeze the juice of 1 lemon all over. I slice 20 cherry tomatoes in half , chop up 2 scallions and throw it all in the skillet. I then add 1/4 cup of organic Vegetable stock , put it in oven and quickly broil it on both sides making sure to keep an eye on it. (Serve with wild rice and broiled crispy kale on the side)
    Thank you for sharing your wonderful article!

  147. Marie Fluck says:

    I have used my couple of cast iron skillets for years. Cooking for my children and husband making Swedish pancakes, breakfasts, etc. Always makes me feel closer to the old days of homemaking with the simple things. Cozy times, really. Thanks for your blog.

  148. winnie Jackson says:

    So many great recipes today are made with a cast iron pan. I don’t own one and would
    love to win this pan to make some of your wonderful recipes from the magazine.
    I being a caregiver for my husband I am home all the time. I love being in the kitchen or crafting, sewing, etc. That is my destresser in life now. Many of my baking I give away and surprise people with my homemade treats to enjoy. This is my way of letting others they are loved and thought of. I love all the contests. Perhaps this will be my time to enjoy one of your wonderful prizes. If not I hope the person who wins this pan doesn’t have one and will enjoy it for many dishes to come! Winnie Jackson

  149. Elizabeth P says:

    Just a reminder of simplicity and goodness. Cast iron cookware remind me of peaceful days filled with delicious kitchen aromas!

  150. ARLENE Beyer says:

    I love cooking with cast iron. It not only tastes better it he!p with your needed iron. I am low on iron and my doctor suggested cooking in cast iron. I have been doing it ever since. I would love your cookbook.

  151. Madelyn Shields says:

    I cook and have always cooked using cast iron. My Mother used cast iron, my Grandma and on down the line. I have my Mother’s cast iron skillets, griddle and chicken fryer. They are used constantly and are some of my best friends. I love the articles and recipes that I find in my Mary jane Farm magazine and have learned so much about various techniques and methods of cooking,sewing, cleaning, glamping and many other ideas that are helpful and just pure fun to know about. I would love to have the cook book to spice up my life. Blessings, Madelyn

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