Many thanks to all who entered our Cast Iron Skillet Giveaway by submitting their favorite cast iron stories. From among the 75 entries, our editors selected the story submitted by Roger VanDusen, who cooked in cast iron over hot coals for neighbors when Hurricane Charlie knocked out the power in his neighborhood in 2004:
"When the hurricane Charlie came through central Florida in August 2004,most of us lost electric power for many days or in some cases weeks. Because I and all my neighbors had freezers full of food and no way to actually cook it, I set up my charcoal grill and set my 20 yr old Lodge Dutch oven on the hot coals. Then, most of the neighbors came over with some sort of food item to add to the pot and in a couple of hours we all had a feast of a very flavorful sort of gumbo or stew. Most of my neighbors never used cast iron and were amazed at how versitle it is and learned a life lesson on survival in tough times. I use my Lodge cookware weekly for everything from stews to cornbread and would never trade any of my seasoned cookware for new "high-tech" pots and pans."
Congrats, Roger! We hope you enjoy your new Lodge cast iron skillet.