As a result of watching way too many episodes of The Pioneer Woman on the food network, I was trying to find my cast iron "skillet". My mother used a skillet all the time and swore by it's even cooking properties.
The bottom line is that the search had the same dreaded domino effect that frequently happens in such cases. The oven is now clean. The stove-top too. The drawer beneath has been purged.....goodbye potato ricer.....and I actually DO have 8 inch cake pans!!!