By Anne Cain
Updated February 11, 2010
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Yesterday in the digital studio, we had the pleasure of filming Chadwick Boyd, of Lovely & Delicious making a corn pudding in a cast-iron skillet. It's a recipe he learned from his southern grandmother, and the well-loved and much-used skillet is one that he was given by his grandfather. The pudding was lovely as well as delicious, and something you could serve alongside a pan-roasted chicken in place of mashed potatoes. I think mashed potatoes will have a hard time competing against this cheesy, rustic, fresh corn pudding.

I'm now inspired to get out my skillet and use it more regularly. Typically I use it for making cornbread (photo at left), although I know that it's much more versatile and can be used on the stovetop and in the oven for everything from eggs and sausage to roasted chicken and desserts. I married into my cast-iron skillet as my husband had one that his mother had given him. It's well loved and well-seasoned. If you have one, get it out and give it some love. Watch our video on seasoning a cast-iron skillet if yours needs a little TLC, and let me know about your favorite cast-iron skillet recipes.