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Month: May 2018

Strawberry – Rhubarb Crumble, made in Debra’s Griswold Small Logo no. 6 Cast Iron Skillet

Strawberry – Rhubarb Crumble, made in Debra’s Griswold Small Logo no. 6 Cast Iron Skillet

I was invited to a pre-Memorial Day shindig at Jerry and Debra Abrams’ home, where we were to practice making pizzas in their new outdoor pizza oven. Being the good guest that I am, I asked what I could bring. I was told to bring […]

You Meet Some of the Nicest People…

You Meet Some of the Nicest People…

I met Gary Salsman early on in my cast iron selling business. Gary lives in Minnesota about an hour or so south of the Twin Cities. Gary purchased a Griswold Iron Mountain Chicken Pan from me to replace his chicken pan that had a wobble […]

How to Make a Cake to the “Brenda” Standard with a Griswold Cast Iron Cake Mold

How to Make a Cake to the “Brenda” Standard with a Griswold Cast Iron Cake Mold

In my blog post about Doyle Pregler and Brenda Bernstein’s vintage cast iron cookware collection, I shared some photos of Brenda’s beautiful cakes made with cast iron molds. Accomplice Linda has tried to make a Griswold lamb cake from her vintage cast iron mold, and […]

Doyle and Brenda’s Collection, Cooking, and Brenda’s Mad Cake-Making Skills

Doyle and Brenda’s Collection, Cooking, and Brenda’s Mad Cake-Making Skills

Fellow cast iron enthusiasts Brenda Bernstein and Doyle Pregler live in New London, Minnesota, a small community about two hours northwest of the Twin Cities. They have been together 28 years, have 6 grown children between them, and 12 grandchildren ages 3 to 19. If […]

The Lure of the Large Vintage Cast Iron Auction, and Twelve Handy-Dandy Tips!

The Lure of the Large Vintage Cast Iron Auction, and Twelve Handy-Dandy Tips!

**Most recent update 10/10/18. We’re at 13 tips now. I keep thinking of more tips! 🙂 It’s easy to become quickly overwhelmed when you arrive at a large in-person cast iron auction. Yards and yards, tables and tables, of all of that gorgeous iron! And […]

Cleaning Iron – Quick Fixes

Cleaning Iron – Quick Fixes

CLEANING IRON—QUICK FIXES By Doris Mosier PROBLEM:     BUILT UP CRUD & GREASE SOLUTION:  LYE For one piece: You well need a plastic bag & easy off oven cleaner. Don’t get the unscented Easy off as it won’t work well.  Get the original Easy Off Oven […]

Understanding Griswold

Understanding Griswold

*Note from Mary: You can learn even more about your cast iron cookware here.  UNDERSTANDING LOGOS AND OTHER CAST IRON COOKWARE TERMS FREQUENTLY USED By Doris Mosier Hopefully, this will take the mystery out of the confusion of  Griswold’s many logos frequently referred to by […]

Griswold Cake Recipes

Griswold Cake Recipes

GRISWOLD CAKES (from  AUNT  ELLEN’S COOKBOOK” insert for GRISWOLD cake molds) By Doris Mosier  LAMB OR  RABBIT CAKES ½ CUP SHORTENING                                                      2 ½ CUPS FLOUR 1 ½ CUPS SUGAR                                                            4 TSPS. BAKING POWDER 3 EGGS                                                                               ½ TSP. SALT 1 CUP MILK                                                   […]


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