Everything You Need to Know About Cast Iron Skillets — All in One Place

We independently select these products—if you buy from one of our links, we may earn a commission. It’s no secret how much we love a cast iron skillet here at Kitchn. You can get a good one (read: the best one !) for a very little amount of money, pass it on for generations, use it as a nonstick pan — the list goes on!

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Understanding The Smoke Point of Cooking Oils and Fats

This is a great article from SAVORY simple explaining cooking oil smoke points that comes with a handy Smoke Point Index. Understanding The Smoke Point of Cooking Oils and Fats Regardless of whether you’re a beginner or advanced cook, it’s important to understand the smoke point of oils and fats. This is essential for preventing kitchen fires and burned meals.

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How to Spend a Big Fat Weekend in Austin, Texas

Austin is a lot like Charleston, there are almost too many good places to eat. Bon Appétit says:

“Yes, there is barbecue and Tex Mex, but Austin’s delicious things per capita ratio is so high that you’ll want to come for so much more—including lamb pizza, marshmallow fluff brownie, oysters, and more.”

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Get Spicy for a Good Cause


Manassas, VA based Dizzy Pig BBQ Company has created a spicy version of their top selling Dizzy Dust seasoning. Owner Chris Capell says a portion of the proceeds from the new Spicy Dizzy Dust will be donated as way for the company to give back to the community through local charities. We are thrilled the Dizzy Pig team chose the Visiting Chef Program at the Warrior Retreat at Bull Run to be their first charity.

If you like to spice up your food, then you will love Spicy Dizzy Dust. It works on everything you put regular Dizzy Dust on. I have used it on chicken and pork schnitzel to add heat for a great taste. The schnitzel is a lightly breaded pork cutlet. To get Spicy Dizzy Dust on the cutlet you need to add it to the panko just before you coat each side of the cutlet. Mixing it directly into the panko doesn’t work well because it is heavier than the panko and settles to the bottom. Like any spicy seasoning you will need to experiment on different foods and with  varying amounts to find your spice tolerance sweet spot. Dizzy Pig has some great spicy recipes on their web page.

You can purchase Spicy Dizzy Dust online  or at one of many retail locations selling the line of Dizzy Pig BBQ spices. Try it, you won’t be disappointed and will be supporting the Warrior Retreat at Bull Run.

Left Over Herbs


How often has a recipe called for a few fresh herbs and after your trip to your market at least half left in the package destine to go stale? Use your left-over herbs to infuse and compound other ingredients. Place several Thyme or Rosemary sprigs into a bottle of olive oil to enhance flavor.

Drop a cinnamon stick into a bottle of Grade A maple syrup and in just days you have created a subtle savory flavor. Create your own steak butter by softening butter and whisking in any parsley, thyme, basil, rosemary, or all of them. Mix the butter and other ingredients, place on a piece of plastic wrap, roll up into roughly a 1-inch log and twist the ends closed. Place in the freezer and cut pieces as needed.