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Friday, June 21, 2013

I am so done with MySpace.

Like many other people, years ago I was very active on the social networking site called myspace.

Like many other people, I used it to communicate with my friends and family, and try to reconnect with friends from high school and college.

And like many other people, I used the blog feature, to write about things I was currently dealing with.

Well, in case you haven't heard, myspace decided to delete everyone's blogs and messages on a whim, with no prior notice whatsoever.

That means, if you used to have a blog on myspace, it's gone.  If you used to correspond with friends and family on myspace, those messages are gone.

Now, granted, I haven't used myspace in years; Nevertheless, I would have appreciated the opportunity to backup my old blog writings, before they were deleted. 

Wouldn't you?

These are peoples' personal writings, that are irreplaceable!

Myspace has offered NO apology whatsoever.  Not for deleting our writings, nor for failing to notify us so we could back them up. 

And, no, a blanket "We know some will be upset by this, BUT..." statement, is NOT an apology!

Further, myspace is adamantly refusing to comment, or respond to our feedback.  

They are deleting our comments from their Facebook page.

They are hoping we will shut our mouths and "just get used to it".

This shows complete disregard, and utter disrespect for their userbase. 

That is the childish, coward way to do business!

Admitting to a grave mistake, and taking steps to make it right, is the professional, responsible adult way to do business.

We'll see what happens eventually, whether they choose to continue being cowards, or choose to grow up and be adults.

Regardless, I am completely done with myspace.  

If this issue matters to you, I encourage you to contact their sponsors, Bud Light and the Jimmy Kimmel Show, and explain to them why you will not support their product.

Saturday, June 15, 2013

What do you do for a lid for the Lodge 15 inch skillet?

What do you do for a lid, for the Lodge 15 inch skillet?

There is no lid that is sold today.

So you either have to search ebay for a #14 skillet lid, which can be very expensive.

Or, you can use the Lodge pizza pan as a "makeshift" cover.

It doesn't cover it perfectly, and doesn't form a seal.

But, it's better than nothing.

Perhaps a 16 inch camp oven lid will work too; I haven't tested it.

But the 16 inch camp oven has been discontinued, so if you want one, then hurry.

Incidentally, a friend of mine has stated that she intends to use the 15 inch skillet as a pot pie pan, since she doesn't have a lid, and you don't need a lid for pot pie.

Now that would be one heck of a pot pie!

The skillet that was "lost", then "found", soon to be "lost" again

I can't believe I never posted about when I finally got my "new lost skillet".

Either I can't find the article, or I just forgot.

Yes, I finally did get a #11 skillet, which is a very rare size. 

It's bigger than a 12 inch, smaller than a 13 1/4 inch.

It's about 12 1/2 inches.

And I never used it.

So now I'm selling it.

According to the Wagner and Griswold Society, this skillet is from approximately the 1860's-1870's.

The only markings on it are on the handle, which is PPS 11.

Hopefully I can find a buyer, since the bottom of the skillet is very pitted.

I'm sure I will though.

Can't believe I let this slip through the cracks of my blog postings!

Wednesday, June 12, 2013

The Lodge five piece cookware set

This is the Lodge 5 piece cookware set, which I've never blogged about.  

I never had reason to.

I never did buy the set, but I have everything in it.

What prompted me to post this was, someone posted to the Lodge facebook page, that they had this set, and would like to sell it.

"What?  The Lodge facebook page?  I thought you were banned from that page!"

Well yes I am.  

But you see, not only am I a cast iron expert, I'm also very computer savvy.  

As a result, I can, and will, continue to assist people with their questions about cast iron, whether the Lodge PR manager likes me or not.  This isn't a popularity contest.

Anyway, this person wants to sell their set for $165.  Which is astronomical!

This set sells for $74.99 at Target.

While cast iron does improve with use, the market value of very common items doesn't necessarily go up.

Special pieces that are no longer made, are sought after by collectors.  

But even an old 8 inch Lodge skillet would not sell for much, since new ones are a dime a dozen.

Anyway, I politely advised this person to check online for the going rate of this cast iron set, to get a good idea for what someone would be willing to pay.

A smart shopper, anyway.  Someone who doesn't know any better might think it's "vintage".  But, it's not.

Saturday, June 8, 2013

New use for the Lodge Ash Tray

This is not my photo.  I found it on the internet.

Someone evidently found a new use for the Lodge Ash Tray.

And yes, I said ash tray.  That's exactly what it is!

They changed it to "spoon rest" to be more politically correct, but actually, it does not fit a normal sized cooking spoon.

Although it would fit a table spoon.

Mine just sits on my stove, unused, for decoration.

This lady found some quail eggs, and decided to fry one in the ash tray.

Quail eggs are tiny.  A chicken egg is slightly too big to fry in this, I would think.

So, if you ever happen to obtain quail eggs, you can fry them in the Lodge ash tray!

Or just use the 5 inch skillet.  Then you can fit two of them.

Friday, June 7, 2013

chicken and waffles

So, I recently heard of a dish that has gained popularity in restaurants in recent years, called "chicken and waffles".  

And I thought that sounded very good.  I really wanted to try it!

Well, I finally tried it tonight... and, it's fried chicken and waffles.  


It tastes exactly like fried chicken and waffles.

If you'd like to make chicken and waffles, then fry some chicken and make some waffles, and then serve them together.

Or if you don't feel like cooking, then go buy some fried chicken and bring it home.  Then put some Eggo waffles in the toaster.  Serve them together.

That's chicken and waffles!

Here is an interesting article about the history of this dish.