Yesterday I fessed up to something you may be able to relate to: I've spent years in an uneasy relationship with my cast iron skillet. It is so delicate, for all its brawny heft, demanding to be seasoned, kept away from tomatoes, and cleaned just right (if soap or vinegar comes near start all over again!). Who needs that kind of fuss in the kitchen? Not me. But I just hadn't learned yet to love my cast iron skillet. Given proper, loving care — and less of it than you might think — the cast iron skillet can be your friend with benefits in the kitchen. Here are 35 ways to love your skillet more. It will love you back — I promise.