If you're not lucky enough to have been passed down an antique cast iron skillet through the generations — seasoned by years of lovingly-prepared family meals — start your own cooking tradition with the Finex Cast Iron Skillet ($125). This is the cast iron skillet reinvented, with an eight-sided design that gives it six separate pouring points, making it much easier to handle. A coiled wire spring handle allows it to dissipate heat quicker, making it easier to hold and move. The interior is CNC machined, making it smoother than your grandma's skillet, so it's less prone to sticking and easier to wipe clean.
Get delicious smoky flavor in your meat and fish without the hassle using the Camerons Stovetop Smoker ($33). Made to work over just about any heat source, it works great on your gas or electric indoor range — so you won't have to do your smoking outdoors once the cold weather sets in. Its seamless stainless steel construction holds in the smoke, while cleaning up easily in the dishwasher. At seven by 11 inches, it's plenty big to hold a large piece of meat, or a filet of fish, but still small enough to fit on your stove. It includes a supply of wood chips, a recipe booklet, and a non-stick rack, so you'll be all set to get started.
If John Wayne had time to do his dishes while crossing dangerous Apache territory, he would do them with Dish Whiskey Soap ($16) — but he was probably a little too busy protecting a stagecoach to worry about clean pots and pans. We're not saying something as simple as changing up your dish soap will make you as tough as The Duke, but it certainly couldn't hurt. This American-made soap is barrel-aged and charcoal-filtered, with a scent that conjures memories of your favorite bottle. It comes in a 16-ounce container perfect for resting next to your kitchen sink, or stuffing into your saddle bag.