Everyone has a little black dress, right? I have like 29 little black dresses, but who’s counting? The little black dress, the one you love, the stalwart, the I look freaking great and you never let me down dress. Oddly enough, I feel the same way about my cast iron spiders. Not arachnids silly gooses! Skillets! Cast iron skillets! I have 5! They never let me down and, no matter how much weight I lose or gain, they always make me look good in the kitchen. One of my spiders belonged to my great-grandmother Sheridan and another to my grammy Sheridan. How lovely is that? The thing about a cast iron skillet is- you can bake a cake in one, roast a chicken, fry an egg, flip a pancake, braise an endive, stir a soup, mash potatoes, simmer a sauce, boil water, make a cheese-grilled samitch (more on that later), sear a steak on an open fire, stir-fry those little baby corns and steam broccoli! Oh my gosh! You can make macs and cheese and tuney feesh casserole in a cast iron skillet. You can make donuts in a cast iron skillet!!! DOH! Cast iron skillet! What CAN’T you do? What be your little black dress in the kitchen?