I recently purchased a cast iron skillet cookbook. I use my skillet some, but not enough, and wanted some more ideas.  Several of the recipes in this book looked simple enough, and super tasty. 
Why not serve up some of these this summer for your family and friends?

Giant Cookie

  • 1 c softened butter

  • ½ cup sugar

  • 1 cup brown sugar

  • 2 eggs

  • 2 t vanilla

  • 1 t baking soda

  • 2 t hot water

  • ½ t salt

  • 2 ½ c flour

  • 2 cups dark chocolate chips

  • Nuts (optional – I used pecans)


Preheat oven to 350 and heat the skillet in the oven while making the batter.  In a large bowl cream the sugars and the butter.  Add eggs, one at a time, combining each time before proceeding.  Stir in vanilla.

Dissolve the baking soda in the hot water and add to batter, along with salt.  Stir in the flour, chips and nuts.

Remove skillet from oven (it will be hot!) and put batter in, spreading with spatula.  Place in the oven and bake about 25 minutes (test to see if done in the center) til golden brown.  Serve with ice cream, if you desire!

In a small saucepan cook the quinoa in the broth, let it sit covered, to fully absorb the liquid.

Meanwhile, remove the corn from the cob and cook in the cast iron.  While that’s cooking, dice the other veggies.  Add them to the corn and cook til onion is soft and peppers start to brown. 

Stir in the quinoa, season with salt and combine all.  Keep skillet hot to lightly brown the quinoa, about another 10 minutes.

Stir in the cheese, remove from heat and serve.

Lemon Cake

  • ¾ c sugar

  • Zest of two lemons

  • 6 T butter cut into pieces

  • 2 eggs

  • 1 c flour

  • 1 t baking powder

  • ½ c milk


Preheat oven to 350. 

In a large bowl, combine sugar and lemon zest, working them together.  Add the butter, and cream til light.  Add the eggs one at a time, combining thoroughly after each.

Burgers & Dips
by Marcy Lytle
Summer Skillets
by Marcy Lytle
Simply Good
by Marcy Lytle

Summertime should be simple, including what we make in the kitchen.  It’s too hot and we’re too busy having fun to spend hours and efforts to make elaborate time-taking meals for our family to enjoy!  I hope you and your family are out riding bikes in the early morning, sipping cold drinks in the afternoon, and relaxing by water as the sun sets! 


And here are some goodies for you to enjoy as you breathe in the summertime vibes and enjoy all things simple and good:

Blackberry Cobbler

I’m sure you have many recipes for cobbler, but this one is one of the easiest I’ve ever made and so tasty!  We took all the ingredients with us, except the berries. If you can pick berries at a farm, do so! 

  • 1 stick margarine

  • 1 c flour

  • 1 t baking powder

  • 4 cups blackberries

  • 1 c sugar

  • 1 t salt

  • ¾ c whole milk

  • ½ c sugar


Melt margarine in deep pan.  Mix 1 c sugar, flour, salt, and baking powder and milk til smooth.  Add the melted margarine.  Pour into a baking dish (I used 9X13), ladle fruit over top, and sprinkle with ½ c sugar. 

Bake at 350 for 30 minutes or until brown.

Of course, serve with ice cream!


Caramel Apples

We made these on a recent weekend away with our kids, at the request of one of the kids!  We bought the nice crispy small apples, so that each one could enjoy an entire wrapped apple of goodness!

  • 4 Werthers bags of caramels (4.51 oz bags)

  • 8 apples (granny smith or the crispy small reds)

  • 3 T heavy cream

  • Assorted toppings (we used sprinkles, tiny chocolate chips and chopped pecans)

  • 8 popsicle sticks


(There were 9 of us, so using the small apples, we had plenty!)

Lemon blueberry bread

We had this for breakfast on our weekend trip.  It’s a great loaf to bake and take.  Just wrap it in foil and enjoy it the next day.  Each slice is so yummy!

  • 2 c flour

  • 1 cup sugar

  • 2 t baking powder

  • ½ t salt

  • 1 t lemon zest

  • 2 eggs, lightly beaten

  • ½ c milk

  • ½ c butter, melted

  • ¾ c fresh blueberries

Wash and dry the apples totally, and then press the stick into the top of each.  Line a baking sheet with wax paper. 

Unwrap the caramels (great for the kids to do!) and place them in a med pan over med-low heat.  Add the heavy cream and cook, stirring, til they melt and are of a smooth consistency.  Reduce heat to low.

Dip each apple into the mixture, shaking off excess and off the bottoms, then roll in your favorite toppings, and place apples on the line baking sheet.  Refrigerate until caramel firms up, about 15 minutes.

Serve apples immediately or store in fridge until ready to enjoy!


Preheat oven to 350, coat bottom and ½ inch up sides of a 8X4 loaf pan with nonstick spray.  In a large bowl, stir flour, sugar, baking powder and salt.  Stir in lemon zest. Make a well in the center.

Combine eggs, milk, and butter in a medium bowl.  Add this mixture to the flour mixture.  Stir til just moistened (batter will be lumpy.)  Fold in blueberries and spoon batter into prepared pan, spreading evenly.

Bake 60-70 minutes til toothpick inserted near center comes out clean.  Cool in pan on wire rack for 10 minutes before removing. Then cool completely on the rack.

I think this would be great with a tall glass of lemonade for an afternoon snack!


Sausage and Browns

The key to this recipe is to let the hashbrowns sit on the heat, in the pan, until they start browning, before you turn.  Otherwise, they will turn mushy.  But this skillet breakfast is so good! (We included a side of salsa).

  • 4 cups frozen cubed hash brown potatoes

  • ¼ cup chopped green pepper

  • 1/3 c canola oil

  • ¼ lb smoked sausage halved lengthwise and cut into ¼ in slices

  • 3 slices American cheese


In large skillet, cook potatoes and pepper in oil over mid heat until potatoes are golden brown. Stir in sausage and heat through.  Remove from heat and top with cheese.  Cover and let stand for 5 min til cheese is melted. (We doubled this recipe).

Tiny Skewers

These bites of fun were what we ate one night after we got back home, using up the rest of the sausage we had!  This is one of my favorite snacks (and cute, too!) to whip up in a jiffy.

  • Sausage rounds cut from links

  • Thick sliced pickles

  • Cubes of cheese

  • Toothpicks

  • Mustard, salsa, and chips to go alongside


Just grill the sausage rounds until browned.  Skewer each one with a pickle slice and a cube of cheese, and set on a cute tray.  Include the condiments, sit down to enjoy a movie, and eat!


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