Our grandmothers didn't have non-stick but they survived. They cooked eggs, made sauces, and seared meat all in a piece of cooking equipment that is coming back into vogue: the cast iron skillet. As many avid cooks know, these pans are: oven safe, last forever, get scalding hot, and when cared for properly, are non-stick. With the downsides to Teflon and traditional non-stick pan getting more and more attention in the press, people today are looking for alternatives. I for one am glad to see the return of the cast iron skillet.