Macheesmo.com is a great site geared toward helping timid, amateur chefs become bolder about kitchen activity. The site recently featured a wonderful, magical tip about the healing powers of bacon--specifically, the power to help restore a cast-iron skillet to useful life.
First of all, if you don't have, or regularly use, a cast-iron skillet, you're missing out. Not only do these heavy-duty beauties make great murder weapons (heavy, solid, balanced--no skull can stand up to a good swing!), they're just about perfect cooking tools, because they retain heat and cook stuff evenly. However, they need tender loving care--neglect, overuse, washing with soap, and other things can dull a skillet's lovely black sheen. When that happens, it needs to be recharged, or "seasoned," to bring it back to its former glory. Scrub the rust away, and use bacon grease to revive it. Click here for the full details.