Giveaway: Will It Skillet by Daniel Shumski

My grandma Bunny was devoted to her cast iron skillets. They sat in a graduated stack on her stovetop, always ready to be pressed into service. She kept them seasoned through regular use and claimed that nothing was better for restoring their glossy black finish than cooking up a batch of bacon.

Bunny’s collection of cast iron remains in her hillside California home, where my aunt, uncle, and cousins now live. I’ve had to amass my own heap of skillets, and have done so through thrifting, eBay (my beloved square skillet, used almost exclusively for eggs), Kickstarter, and inheritance.

Despite having a hearty collection, I confess that I rarely do anything truly exciting with my skillets. However, thanks to Dan Shumski’s new book, Will It Skillet, that all changes now. He’s got me seeing my cast iron skillet as the ideal vessel for so much more than just eggs, bacon, burgers, flat broiled chicken, and the world’s most perfectly burnished roasted potato cubes.

There is so much in this book that speaks to me, but here are a few that are on my immediate wish list. Giant Cinnamon Bun (page 37). Spinach and Feta Dip (page 64). Mac and Cheese – you make the whole thing in the skillet! (page 106). Giant Chocolate Chip Skillet Cookie (page 153). Are you hungry yet?

I have one copy of this tasty book to give away this week and we’re doing it the old fashioned way (I know that there are those among you who hate Rafflecopter, so this is for you!).

The winner of the giveaway is #196/Barb. Many thanks to all who took the time to enter! 

  1. Leave a comment on this post and tell me about your favorite thing to make in a cast iron skillet.
  2. Comments will close at 12 noon eastern time on Sunday, May 21, 2017. A winner will be chosen at random and will be posted to the blog later that day.
  3. Giveaway open to all. Void where prohibited.
  4. One comment per person, please. Entries must be left via the comment form on the blog at the bottom of this post.

Disclosure: Workman Press sent me two copies of this book at no cost to me. One was for review and photography purposes and the other was to give away. 

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279 Responses to Giveaway: Will It Skillet by Daniel Shumski

  1. 251
    Jeanne-Marie says:

    I’ve only ever made corn bread! I just got a used cast iron pan and am really looking for ideas of what else to make in it! (I just need to get around to cleaning and seasoning it…)

  2. 252
    Carrie S says:

    Definitely a great ribeye! Nothing gets that sear like a screaming iron pan!

  3. 253
    callie says:

    Chicken, brussel sprouts and potatoes. 🙂

  4. 254
    Sarah Miller says:

    Ah! We just inherited a cast iron skillet a few months ago and have been slowly incorporating it into our cooking. Right now, our main uses are eggs and potatoes for breakfast, and heating up tortillas. We also use it for onions and peppers.

  5. 255
    Tammy says:

    I love making frittata in my large cast iron. You start it off on the stove top and then pop it into the oven to finish. My favorite is a hash brown potato crusted frittata.

  6. 256
    Sue R says:

    deep dish pizza

  7. 257
    Yafa says:

    We have a few sizes of old cast iron skillets and my favorite thing to make in them is grilled cheese sandwiches as it brings back memories of childhood.

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    Reva Ewing says:


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    Toyia H. says:

    I have a cast iron skillet brownie recipe that’s my absolute favorite and turns out perfectly every time!

  10. 260
    Sandy the Magpie says:

    So far, I’ve made exactly 3 things in a cast-iron skillet: corn bread, scrambled eggs, and Turnips Anna (Like Pommes Anna except DH is allergic to potatoes [& entire nightshade family] so I went looking for a substitute ingredient). The cornbread came out the best, altho none of them were exactly flops!

  11. 261
    Susannah says:

    I use my cast iron pretty much for everything you cook in a frying pan (eggs, sauteed things, etc) but I have occasionally used it to make a S’mores dip with Peeps. I love that the cast iron skillet can go in the oven and I would love to expand my repertoire!

  12. 262
    Connie says:

    Pineapple upside down cake

  13. 263
    Theresa N says:

    My favorite thing to cook is corn bread.

  14. 264
    Gina says:

    I love your square pan! Cornbread would be perfect in that! I love my cast iron skillets and use them almost exclusively now. Would love to put them to use in more ways than frying or baking bread!

  15. 265
    Carrie says:

    I made a fantastic ribeye in mine the other day. Nothing else will give such a nice sear!

  16. 266
    Lori B says:

    Pancakes cook so beautifully in cast-iron. My husband is the pancake chef in our house and his specialty is Buttermilk Whole-Wheat Blueberry Pancakes!

  17. 267
    Emily says:

    We cook everything in cast iron, but we most love our Dutch babies (pannekoeken!).

  18. 268
    Kathleen says:

    I use cast iron nearly every day – only cook with them. My fav to make is pancakes on my no-sided round griddle pan.

  19. 269
    Amy says:

    Gotta be a crusty batch of hashbrowns!

  20. 270
    Chrissy B says:

    My favorite thing to cook in cast iron is… whatever I last cooked in it! Think I most recently made pan-fried salmon which came out divine.

  21. 271
    Nancy Pepper says:

    I love my cast iron, especially my grill pan. My favorite way to paillard a chicken breast!

  22. 272
    mandi says:

    I love making Cornbread in my cast iron skillet

  23. 273
    Elizabeth says:

    I love making maple corn bread in my skillet!

  24. 274
    Erol says:

    Dutch babies

  25. 275
    Michelle Proper says:

    Frittata’s are my all time thing to make in my cast iron skillet 🙂

  26. 276
    Barb B in BC says:

    fried eggs in bacon grease! I know it isn’t too healthy but oh so yummy.

  27. 277
    Carla says:

    My husband uses cast iron for everything from eggs to bear stew! I love them for making cornbread or frittatas. My oldest son makes a fantastic pineapple upside down cake in them. Yes, we have a pretty decent collection of skillets and dutch ovens.

  28. 278
    Jill says:

    I don’t use mine enough! Sometimes bacon or anything that starts on the stove an finishes in the oven. This book would really increase my cat iron use.

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    kim m murphy says:

    cast iron makes the best, crispiest potatoes!