K.I.S.S. (Keep It Simple, Stupid)


K.I.S.S. (Keep It Simple, Stupid) … The KISS principle states that most systems work best if they are kept simple rather than made complicated; unnecessary complexity should be avoided. This principle works in most day-to day issues, and certainly in cooking!

This simple recipe combines two very basic (and simple) items … cast iron and fresh veggies.

I have come to love cast iron cooking utensils. There is much to love about cast iron … stovetop to oven, no problem … teflon and other mystery chemicals, not in cast iron … heat convection and retention, you bet … need to bonk a burglar or zombie over the head, look no further than a cast iron skillet!

My oldest cast iron skillet is handed down from my mother, who will turn 100 in four months. I have no idea how old the skillet is, she could have inherited it from her mother, yes it’s that durable!


The skillet I used for these grilled veggies is much newer, and ribbed. The ribbing has two main benefits, it gives your food a great restaurant quality seared appearance,  and keeps any fats away from the meat you are cooking.

Ribbed skillet

Tonight I wasn’t grilling meat, just yellow squash and zucchini. I sliced the squash on the diagonal about a ¼” inch thick, brushed the slices with EVOO and placed on the hot skillet. When the squash slices start to turn translucent, with a good sear on the bottom. its time to flip them over. I finished with a simple grind of black and red pepper and a little sea salt. Simple and delicious.

Tonight the grilled squash was paired with whole grain angel hair pasta with basil pesto and sun-dried tomatoes. (not shown because it tasted much better than it photographed)

Hey, keep it simple … stupid!