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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 […]

Aunt Ellen’s “Delmonico Potatoes”

Aunt Ellen’s “Delmonico Potatoes”

from The Aunt Ellen Booklet on Waterless Cooking …with 50 famous recipes from Aunt Ellen Aunt Ellen recommended that the “Mexican Meat Roll” be served alongside Delmonico potatoes. Who am I to question Aunt Ellen? Delmonico potatoes, it would be. Here is Aunt Ellen’s 1928 […]

M. Etta Moses, the woman behind Griswold’s advertising campaign.

M. Etta Moses, the woman behind Griswold’s advertising campaign.

I became interested in Griswold’s “Aunt Ellen” a while ago. Aunt Ellen was the cornerstone of the Griswold Manufacturing Company’s advertising campaign from 1922 to the 1940s. From what I could find about her online, at the central Minneapolis library archives and from other collectors, […]

Aunt Ellen’s “Mexican Meat Roll” with Baked Bananas

Aunt Ellen’s “Mexican Meat Roll” with Baked Bananas

Preparation of “Mexican Meat Roll” with Baked Bananas – a 1920s recipe from Griswold’s “Aunt Ellen”

Top Prices at February 2019 Vintage Cast Iron Cookware Auction

Top Prices at February 2019 Vintage Cast Iron Cookware Auction

About Cast Iron Auctions For the enthusiast and collector, a large vintage and antique cast iron cookware auction is akin to a chocoholic diving into a pool of dark chocolate. I’ve been to a number of these auctions over the past 10 years, but I […]

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 […]


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