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When you're looking for a simple meal-in-one, pull out a skillet. Most will go from cooktop to oven to table, making a great choice for weeknight dinners or entertaining. This casual serving piece holds a dual advantage--not only will you have minimal cleanup, but a meal served in a skillet is warmly inviting. Your guests will feel like family.
Skillet meals don't have to be run-of-the-mill though. These recipes possess flavor and flair as well as appealing presentation. They also are doable for a busy cook. Once you've completed the short preparation time required, you slide Lima Bean Cassoulet into the oven, leaving you free for other activities. It emerges fragrant, bubbling, and full of stick-to-your-ribs comfort.
Creole Fried Rice and Pork Chops, Cabbage, and Apples are both cooked entirely on the stovetop to deliver great taste, eye appeal, and freshness. In fact, the festive appearance and Louisiana style of the fried rice make it a fine choice to serve at a Mardi Gras party this month.
A great skillet is an indispensable piece of cookware. Choosing the right one is a highly personal process though. You don't need to shop expensively for a skillet that performs well, but quality definitely pays off in the long run. Here are some things our Foods staff recommends you look for when shopping, along with a few of our favorite selections. Cookware often goes on sale in April, so if you got a gift certificate for Christmas, you may want to hang onto it until spring.