Thanks, that's really helpful, happyface. I'm defintiely going to need to use more oil. And probably get a cast iron pan one of these days. If only I had more cabinet space!
Leave your (clean) cast iron pan on the stove all the time. No cabinet space necessary.
mollyjade is spot on - ours resides on the stove. once wiped or rinsed clean, back on the stovetop it goes. i use it at least once a day!
p.s. - while my mother gave us ours as a gift, i have heard of other peeps having success finding their cast iron skillets at thift stores/second hand stores. it's totally worth a try!