Lodge Cast Iron started making cookware in Tennessee in 1896, and in 2002 reset the industry standard by seasoning its cookware with kosher-certified vegetable oil baked at a high temperature to give the pans a beautiful black patina. This 10 1/4-inch skillet even has a glass cover.
- Dianna Marder
Lodge skillet with glass cover, $46.95; at www.lodgemfg.com.
Embrace summer with ice cream-style sandwiches at Capogiro Gelato Cafe. Flavors are made fresh each morning, so the offerings vary, but some favorites are chocolate cookies with hazelnut gelato; ginger cookies with dulce de leche; and sugar cookies with strawberries and cream. Call ahead to see what's available.