Friday, March 09, 2012

Friday's Freebie: Who Wants a Truly Fabulous Cookbook?

Book Give Away! Do you own cast iron cookware? That's about all I use in the kitchen. If you're a fan, you're gonna LOVE this cookbook. With recipes like... HOT LAVA CHOCOLATE CAKE what's not to love?

Veggies, eggs & more are hiding 'neath the cornbread.
A few years ago, when I was struggling with anemia, I tossed a question out into the blogosphere, asking people for advice.

Some brilliant commenter suggested I try cooking with cast iron skillets, claiming that simple switch could help my condition.

An easy enough experiment, I had plenty of cast iron cookware packed away downstairs, with the rest of my camping gear. Though it had never occurred to me to use these skillets in the kitchen.

I've always felt warm and fuzzy about cast iron cookware. It's kind of a throwback to Grandma's kitchen. Which is how I inherited mine. So, I gave it a shot. And my anemia disappeared ~ though I don't really know if it's because of the iron in the cookware. Or, the fact that the cookware inspired healthier eating. I spent way more time in the kitchen, concocting all kinds of yummy dishes. (This Cornbread Breakfast Skillet is my fave.)

A Treasury of Timeless, Delicious, American Dishes

As fellow bloggers, I imagine you're experiencing this, too... Every day I receive an email from some company asking me to read and review their product. Now don't get me wrong. I LOVE the fact that bloggers are finally getting the attention they deserve, but some of those requests are downright ridiculous...

That is not the case with The Lodge. I can (happily) sing their praises because these cast iron skillets are the same quality as the crème de la crème Le Creuset ~ for a fraction of the cost. (And, I'd be lost without 'em.)

Leave a comment if you'd like to be included in the drawing for this delightful cookbook. But, don't come crying to me if you gain weight when you win it. :)

Not just for campfires any more.
  • 2 oz. square semisweet chocolate
  • 4 tablespoons butter
  • 1/2 confectioners' sugar
  • 1 large egg, lightly beaten
  • 1 large egg yolk, lightly beaten
  • 9 teaspoons flour
Melt chocolate and butter, stir in the sugar. Add eggs; then flour. Spray a small cast iron skillet (so this delightful mess doesn't stick.) Pour in this ooey-gooey goodness. Bake over hot campfire coals for 15-18 minutes. Or, in the oven at 350 (F) for approximately the same amount of time. (Use a toothpick to determine if it's done.)

Serves 4 normal people, or one uncontrollable choco-holic. {That would be me.}

The Lodge gave me this cookbook to read and review and now I'm giving it to you. Leave a comment here, on Facebook, or on Twitter to be entered into the drawing.


Arnie and Melanie said...

Cast Iron skillets are wonderful...I'd love this cookbook!!!

Unknown said...

I'm in! I have some Lodge (I think) cast iron skillets, plus two Le Creuset enamel pieces. I feel like I have to be careful with the LC because of the enamel, so I tend to use the regular stuff for everyday cooking anyway. I'd love a few new recipes!

Anonymous said...

I love our cast iron cookware and a cookbook would help alot. Thanks for the opportunity.

Liza said...

I'm definitely going to credit my cast iron skillet for raising my iron levels. Back in the day, I would get turned away from donating blood because my iron was too low. Once I started using the skillet, I haven't been turned away a single time.

So please, enter me in your drawing! Btw, I'm loving the herb garden book - so handy!

Honey and Me said...

OMGoodness!!! I would simply love this cookbook! I am a HUGE fan of cast iron cookware and would probably have to do something drastic to anyone who washed my pans with soap!!!

Rusthawk said...

I'm afraid that when it comes to goodies like this I can be equated to four normal people, too. :)

Thanks for the entry; I'd love to own this cookbook!

RURAL said...

Love my cast iron cookware, it's a true cooks pleasure to use it. I have seen this cookbook on the internet, sounds wonderful.

Corn bread baked in a skillet in the oven, can you smell it?

Jen @ Muddy Boot Dreams

gisele said...

Squee!! How much fun is that! I LOVE the idea of cast iron but haven't really figured out the trick to it yet.

Wendy said...

hummm, I hope this can convert me! At one point, I had this obsession with getting rid of all the teflon. I invested in 2 le Creuset items (skillet and risotto pot), and honestly...I just don't get it. It burns my stuff, everything sticks to it, and my arms ache for 2 days after using the heavy pan. Anyway, yes - enter me in the drawing - maybe if I figure out how to really use it, I'll be as passionate about cast iron as I hoped I would be!

Johnnny said...

It sounds good to me. Kindly count me in. Thanks, Johnnny

Caligirl said...

I would love this but dont know if im in time for the drawing? Always looking for recipies for my castiron cookware.
Jodi Barr

Caligirl said...

I would love to have this book. Im always looking for new recipies for my castiron cookware.
Jodi Barr

Caligirl said...

I dont know if Im in time for this drawing but I would love the cookbook.
Jodi Barr