As Ryan knows, I have something of a thing for Bobby Flay. What he doesn't know is that I also love cast iron skillets and have never had one. Our first wedding present was shipped to us from Kohl's and I finally got around to seasoning it.
Seasoning? Ah yes ... my grandma's cast iron skillets (as well as my aunt's) are sights to behold - crusty and wonderful. Before you use a skillet for the first time, you need to season the skillet - in my case, rub it down with some bacon grease and throwing it in the oven at 350 degrees for an hour.
Here's the link of the article that I consulted to season my beeeautiful skillet.
After ... complete with little bits o' bacon