Yes, I was cooking hash tonight. I grew up in Nova Scotia, so I learned to live frugally. We were never poor enough that the kids would notice, but we never threw away good food. Those sort of lessons run deep, and I never throw away leftovers. They reappear in stews, soups, and the best of all - hash. I could probably be a vegan, because you can eat onions and potatoes, and anything else in hash is just a bonus.
So as I was cooking I was admiring the cast iron pan I was cooking in. It probably cost about $12.00, and years of seasoning and careful use have made it priceless. It is a thing of beauty, and it never sticks. Nice even heat.
And then I was thinking about my Dad’s frying pan. He has a six inch or so fry pan that is just the best. My sisters and I were talking one day, years ago, about which item could cause a war amongst the 4 girls when our parents estate is being settled, and we all figured it was that frying pan. Seasoned to perfection over 50+ years of use, it is the perfect egg cooker. We all love it like a pet.
And that got me thinking about a new frying pan. My only son is poised to move out, and he will need one. I will buy one this weekend so we can season it and start it on its long life before he goes. It is a family tradition, like frugal left over meals.