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An Example of Resourcefulness during the Great Depression

An Example of Resourcefulness during the Great Depression

A Twitter follower of mine – @therealjoedick – shared an amazing story with me the other day about his grandparents. Here is what he said: Here’s a bit of history for your readers. In the Depression my grandparents made ends meet by using the family […]

Antique Trader Special Report: Indiana Cast Iron Cookware Auction Draws Bidders from Afar

Antique Trader Special Report: Indiana Cast Iron Cookware Auction Draws Bidders from Afar

I wrote a blog post about my February jaunt to Indiana for a cast iron auction. I have also posted a few videos from the auction on my YouTube channel. I also wrote the story up for Antique Trader; my article and photos are published […]

Ask Mary: What are these letters on my pan?

Ask Mary: What are these letters on my pan?

*Updated 4/7 with additional information from Steve Stephens. Thank you, Steve! Marcia P. of Fenton Missouri wrote to me via the contact form and asked: Looking for help after searching multiple sites. Most skillets have their number and letter one on top of the other. […]

Routine Maintenance and Cleaning

Routine Maintenance and Cleaning

People have such strong opinions on how to best clean and care for their vintage and antique cast iron pans. Peeps, it is not that complicated. Don’t overthink it! And…soap will not ruin a properly-seasoned cast iron pan. If you don’t believe me, believe Kenji! […]

Three Versions of Vintage All-In-One Cast Iron Dinner Skillets

Three Versions of Vintage All-In-One Cast Iron Dinner Skillets

I recently had the pleasure of seeing three different vintage all-in-one cast iron skillets/separators within a time span of about 2 weeks. Purpose of All-In-One Cast Iron Dinner Skillet My understanding of the all-in-one cast iron dinner skillet is that the division in the pan […]

Videos of the Enormous Cast Iron Collection of Larry and Marg O’Neil

Videos of the Enormous Cast Iron Collection of Larry and Marg O’Neil

Pan Apprentice Linda and I had a fun week with Larry and Marg O’Neil of Tacoma Washington in March 2019. I’ve written about Larry and Marg and their collection before – you can see the article I wrote along with Josh Miller – then editor […]

Griswold’s “Aunt Ellen” Recipe for Chicken Mousse

Griswold’s “Aunt Ellen” Recipe for Chicken Mousse

I scoured all of Aunt Ellen’s recipes looking for ones I wanted to try. Her recipe for chicken mousse was by far the scariest to me. Here is Aunt Ellen’s recipe for “Chicken Mousse” in its entirety: Chop finely in the Griswold chopper enough chicken […]

Aunt Ellen’s Booklets: Who Wrote Them?

Aunt Ellen’s Booklets: Who Wrote Them?

I had read that Etta Moses had written the Griswold booklets with recipes,but I had my doubts. I knew that Griswold had both an advertising agency and presumably a marketing department. I found it more likely that those groups generated and implemented the idea. As […]


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