"Will It Skillet?" giveaway

Great news: I'm giving away five copies of my latest book, "Will It Skillet?"

Talking to people, I've heard a lot of emotion surrounding cast iron: reverence, devotion — and fear. Reverence and devotion come from people who've used it for eons and have a skillet passed down from another generation. Fear comes from people who think it's hard to care for.

Let me just say: "Will It Skillet?" is for both groups. It dispels some myths of caring for cast iron, tells you how to keep it in great shape and, of course, provides irressistible and unexpected recipes.

We're talking lasagna, tortillas, apple pie, funnel cakes, and mac and cheese. Oh, and a Giant Chocolate Chip Skillet Cookie. Can't forget that.

Both "Will It Waffle?" and "Will It Skillet?" contain 53 recipes and someone asked me if there was any significance to that number. It's a totally reasonable question but .... There is no mystical significance.

The idea was to provide enough recipes to get across the idea — to show people what cast iron (and the waffle iron) could do.

Fifty-three recipes seems to do the job nicely. The 54th is up to you.

NO PURCHASE NECESSARY. Open to US residents of the 50 states and Canada, age 18 years as of June 22, 2017. Sweepstakes begins at 12:00 a.m. Eastern Time (ET) on June 22, 2017 and ends at 11:59 p.m. ET on July 1, 2017. Click here for official rules. Void where prohibited.

Pick up "Will It Skillet?" at your local bookstore (they'd love to see you), or buy it at:

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'Will It Skillet?': Ricotta, Spinach and Mushroom Lasagna


Ricotta, Spinach, and Mushroom Lasagna

Ingredients

  • 1 tablespoon olive oil, plus more for greasing the skillet
  • 8 ounces white mushrooms, sliced
  • 1 clove garlic, cut in half and crushed
  • 1 teaspoon fresh thyme leaves, chopped, or ¼ teaspoon dried thyme
  • Salt and freshly ground black pepper
  • 1 (10-ounce) package frozen chopped spinach, thawed
  • 1 cup ricotta
  • 1 large egg
  • 3 cups marinara sauce (Store-bought or homemade)
  • 4 ounces no-boil lasagna noodles
  • 2 tablespoons freshly grated Parmesan cheese

Instructions

Preheat the oven to 350°F with one rack in the middle. Preheat the skillet over medium heat for 2 minutes.

Add the olive oil to the skillet, allow it to heat 1 minute, then add the mushrooms, garlic, thyme, ¼ teaspoon salt, and ¼ teaspoon pepper. Cook, stirring occasionally, until the mushrooms soften, about 10 minutes. Taste to check for seasoning and add salt and pepper as necessary. Remove and discard the garlic. Pour the mushrooms and any liquid into a bowl and set aside.

In a medium-size bowl, combine the spinach with the ricotta, egg, ¼ teaspoon salt, and ¼ teaspoon pepper.

Rub a coating of olive oil on the skillet and then layer the ingredients in this order:

  • ¾ cup of the ricotta mixture
  • 1 cup of the marinara sauce
  • half of the mushrooms and their liquid
  • half of the noodles (break the noodles if necessary to cover the whole skillet)
  • ¾ cup of the ricotta mixture
  • 1 cup of the marinara sauce
  • the remaining mushrooms and any liquid
  • the remaining noodles
  • the remaining ricotta mixture
  • the remaining marinara sauce

Sprinkle the Parmesan evenly across the top of the lasagna. Cover the skillet tightly with aluminum foil and place in the oven.

Bake until the mixture is bubbling and the lasagna noodles are tender, about 45 minutes.

Remove the skillet from the oven and transfer it to a rack to cool slightly, about 10 minutes, before serving hot. Leftovers can be refrigerated in a covered container for up to 2 days.

"Will It Skillet?" — my follow-up to "Will It Waffle?" that takes a new look at cooking in cast iron — is now for sale.

Yes, I've gone from waffle iron to cast iron.

The book has been more than two years in the making. Lest that sound like some sort of epic struggle, let me clarify that what we're really talking about here is me making and eating a lot of chocolate cake. For the book. Mostly.

Oh, and giant cinnamon rolls.

And apricot upside-down cake.

And lasagna.

And giant chocolate chip cookies.

And 48 other things. (Incidentally, the book is not mostly dessert, but evidently right now my brain is.)

Some of the people reading this blog have been following my projects for a long time and I'm very grateful for that. Thank you. The people who bought and supported "Will It Waffle?" are why and how "Will It Skillet?" came to be.

Take a look at the video for Ricotta, Spinach, and Mushroom Lasagna above and the recipe below. You might not think to make lasagna with rectangle noodles in a round pan — or to make lasagna in cast iron at all — but that's why the recipe fits so well in "Will It Skillet?"

The best feedback I've received from "Will It Waffle?" has been people telling me that it helped get people into the kitchen and around the table together. I hope "Will It Skillet?" causes you to look at cast iron in a new light and I really hope that you enjoy it.

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Big book news and a $1.99 deal on "Will It Waffle?"

$1.99 for Kindle

$1.99 for Kindle

So much is happening here at Will It Waffle World Headquarters. OK, it's just me at a desk in a corner of my living room. But so much is happening.

  • The Kindle version of "Will It Waffle?" is on sale for $1.99 for all of March as part of Amazon's Kindle Monthly deals. It's the kind of price that makes you think, "Sure, I have a copy of 'Will It Waffle?' but do I have enough copies?" Ahem. In all seriousness, you, because you are reading this blog, probably already have a copy of "Will It Waffle?" Thank you for that. That's really great. But this news would be good to share with people who do not have a copy. Doesn't everyone deserve to know about the power of the waffle iron? Yes. Yes, they do.

Also, I'm writing to share big book news. Two items really, so ... two big newses? Anyway, I have two books coming out this year:

Coming April 2017

Coming April 2017

  • "Will It Skillet?" is out very soon — in April. It's the successor to "Will It Waffle?" and a testament to my longstanding love affair with cast iron. I'll have a lot more to say and show you about this book soon. Hang tight. If there's one thing I reach for consistently beyond my waffle iron(s), it's my skillet(s). Uh. And now my Instant Pot.... which brings me to...
  • "How to Instant Pot" is out in October. Have you heard about the Instant Pot? It combines 7 functions in one appliance — pressure cooker, slow cooker, steamer, rice-maker and more — but it can be a little bit intimidating. I've heard from many people who have one and have left it in the box because they're not quite sure what to do with it. This book is aimed at turning the machine's learning curve into a gentle, pleasant slope. And while you discover how to use the machine, you get to eat. Not a bad deal, no? 

Please follow the links or click the images to order.

The people who visit this site have always been incredibly supportive of my projects, stretching back over a long and almost embarrassing span. It's something that I really appreciate. Thank you. I'm excited to get these books in your hands.

Coming October 2017

Coming October 2017