Thanks Brethren ... I just made a quick swing to some stores ....
..... and found some 'cheapy' aluminum things and then some great Lodge alternatives. One was a classic fajita oval with wood base (I would swear it was mahogany). One was a larger round version with no base, and they also had a rectangular version with raised grids on one side and flat on the other.
There are tons of bamboo and wood cutting boards out there which make perfect bases, and good silicon mats to stop slippage and handle heat, if desired.
I also discovered something totally different and got two in addition to the Lodge. It is a 17" oval from a company called Wilton ... made in USA ... it's called Armetale .... and is safe for cooking food up to 1000 degrees F. Non-tosic, lifetime warranty aganst breakage ... no rust or corrosion.
For any interested, I found these at Tuesday Morning for $23. after extra discounts. Reg. price is supposed to be $58.
Thanks for helping!
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