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Cath in NE

I love using my cast iron pan too. Do you think that using the cast iron gives salmon some more iron? I don't like the taste of the next thing though, after cooking fish. Do you know how to avoid that? Is there a cookbook you know of for cast iron cooking?

I have told you before I really like your blog(s) b/c you talk about Portland stuff (weather, farmers mkt. etc) its like watching Caprial and John on OPB - but cusine that is a bit more attainable. I will be reading it even when I move to Canada next month from PDX! (boo hoo)


Cath in NE--I know what you mean about the next thing you cook tasting of fish. I try to scrub mine well and then heat it really well on the stove to dry it. That seems to help some. Other than having one pan just for fish, I'm not sure what else to do. Perhaps someone who reads this can share their tips.

I don't know of a specific cookbook for cast iron cooking. Anything that requires frying or grilling (as long as it isn't acidic) gets the cast iron treatment in our house.

And congrats on the move to Canada. I'm so jealous! What must it be like to live in a country that isn't reviled by most of the world.

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Cooking Gear To Spice Things Up

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