It makes me feel more like a food "artist" than a "cook". Just like an artist has to clean her tools, my kitchen tools require that extra amount of love and attention too make them last too. That extra effort I put into them make them more personal to me, and I swear they make a world of difference flavor wise too.
My cast iron skillet.. You can buy these new at walmart, or online pre-seasoned, but I got mine from my mama and from yard sales and seasoned them myself. Seasoning it is not as hard as you may have heard, Here is how to season a cast iron skillet.
My dad owns an antique shop and I have seen him use a grinder when he gets them in extra rust or the seasoning is caked on and it needs to be redone. But here at home I have always done well with just a brillo pad or piece of steel wool to clean off the rust or gunk. After it is rust and gunk free i simply spray it with cooking spray and wipe to evenly coat my pan and then pop it in a warm oven. My cast iron lives in my oven, even when I'm using the oven to cook other things not in the cast iron it still lives on the bottom rack oil and heat is what seasons your pan and living on the bottom rack is actually good for it it cooks that oil into the pan and prevents rusting. A lot of people say they don't wash their cast iron they just rinse and wipe out, I cannot imagine eating from an unwashed pan, I do wash it, lightly, (lightly is all it takes when its seasoned well) and respray with cooking oil spray each time I use it. The main, most important things you should always remember with cast iron is 1.Never let it air dry, because it will rust 2. Never Never put it in a dishwasher. If you have never tried cooking in cast iron give it a try, there is a difference...
On a side note, something i recently learned (proving you are never to old to learn) Is that if you lay a wooden spoon across a boiling pot it will keep whatever you are cooking from boiling over. (I have only tried this will pasta but I have read it works with other things as well. Don't quote me on it about other things tho cuz I don't know for sure)