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M. Etta Moses – Aluminum Cookware Pioneer!

M. Etta Moses – Aluminum Cookware Pioneer!

In addition to being the face of Griswold as “Aunt Ellen,” Etta Moses is credited with being the force behind Griswold’s entry into the aluminum cookware market. When Etta Moses died in 1948, newspaper articles hailed her as a “pioneer” and “the first woman to ever […]

Aunt Ellen, the Betty Crocker of the Griswold Mfg. Co.

Aunt Ellen, the Betty Crocker of the Griswold Mfg. Co.

I wrote a little story about M. Etta Moses aka “Aunt Ellen,” the Betty Crocker of the Griswold manufacturing company. Aunt Ellen appeared on the scene in 1922 and soon became the cornerstone of Griswold’s marketing platform. Southern Cast Iron was kind enough to publish […]

Antique Trader Cover Story: Joseph Zawadowski and his Cast Iron Pups

Antique Trader Cover Story: Joseph Zawadowski and his Cast Iron Pups

My little ditty about Joseph Zawadowski and his coveted cast iron pups is the cover story for the February 27, 2019 edition of Antique Trader. I’ve written a bit about Joe’s pups and snuggle pups on the blog. You can also find my posts about […]

Fire Damage to Cast Iron Cookware

Fire Damage to Cast Iron Cookware

Fire damage to vintage cast iron cookware.

Ask Mary: Griswold “Victor” Skillet

Ask Mary: Griswold “Victor” Skillet

Kurt’s Pan Kurt S. from Eau Claire Wisconsin wrote to me via the contact form and asked about the age and history of a pan he had picked up at an auction. He said it was very dirty and he didn’t see any information on […]

15 No-Knead Cast Iron Skillet Bread Recipes

15 No-Knead Cast Iron Skillet Bread Recipes

Recipes for 15 easy no-knead breads to make in your cast iron skillet.

Seasoning Cast Iron Pans

Seasoning Cast Iron Pans

Step by step description of the method I use to season my vintage cast iron cookware.


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