We Love: Lodge Cast Iron

If you love cooking, chances are you’ve heard of Lodge cast iron skillet. They have been in operation since 1896 in South Pittsburg, Tennessee. They are now a 5th generation, family owned, American manufacturer of cookware.

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American Manufacturing

Lodge has been doing so great, that they’ve opened up a second manufacturing foundry to increase their capacity by 75%. Their second foundry is just a few blocks away from the original location, and it recently came online with their first production run in November 2017! Congratulations!

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A True Story

Here’s a funny story — about 16 years ago, I had heard from a friend that I needed to add a cast iron skillet to my arsenal of cookware. I went to Macy’s, armed with my coupons and was looking around at the various options.

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I asked the saleslady what she would recommend between 2 moderately priced cast iron skillets.

She whispered to me… “Don’t bother with either of these. Go get a Lodge cast iron skillet. We don’t sell them here, but they are available at Walmart, Target, Amazon…” I thought, well, perhaps I won’t be able to afford it, but she assured me that they were very well priced and probably cheaper than the ones I was looking at!

We promptly went to our local Walmart and lo and behold, I was able to find my first Lodge cast iron skillet for $12! I was shocked at just HOW affordable these skillets were!

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We now own 3 and we use them on a near daily basis. They are great for cooking up steak, hamburgers, pretty much anything. I would love to get a few more sizes, but we have no space in our kitchen for more sizes!

Where To Buy

As mentioned above, a cast iron skillet is a great tool for any home cook. You can find Lodge cookware at Amazon.com, Walmart, Target and at the Lodge website.

We Love: SmartWool Socks

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I think one of the most taken for granted clothing items has to be socks. I never really put too much thought into them, but occasionally I live to regret it when they slip off my heel, bunch up in my shoes or slide down my legs.

I’ve never had that problem with my SmartWool socks though. I am an avid skiier and snowboarder and I exclusively wear SmartWool socks when I ski and snowboard. I find that they are a nice thickness to keep my feet warm and toasty, but not sweaty because they wick away the moisture. They also provide a little bit of protection from the hard boot.

Most SmartWool socks are knitted right here in America — in Tennessee and North Carolina. A sock takes about 2-6 minutes to knit on the loom, then each sock is hand inspected, paired and then packaged.  Up to a dozen people may work on each sock!

Socks for Every Occasion and Sport

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I also love that there are different SmartWool socks for different occasions. On Nordstrom, you’ll find that there are tights, no show casual socks and dress socks. You’ll also find socks especially made for skiing, hiking, running or other sports. There is also a wide selection for kids.

100% Satisfaction Guarantee

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They also offer a very generous 100% satisfaction guarantee. If within 2 years of purchase you are not satisfied with your product, you can return it to the store you purchased from for a replacement, or you can send it back to SmartWool for a replacement.

Where to Buy

You can find SmartWool socks on SmartWool.com, NordstromAmazon.com and at REI.