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Month: September 2018

Roast Chicken with Lemons

Roast Chicken with Lemons

My Iron Mountain (by Griswold) springs into action once again! I recently returned from Europe, and I have a hankering for authentic Italian food…at least as authentic as you can get it when you aren’t in Italy. Marcella Hazan, the author of the authoritative Italian cookbook […]

Brenda’s Fabulous Calico Beans, made in my Iron Mountain (by Griswold) Chicken Pan!

Brenda’s Fabulous Calico Beans, made in my Iron Mountain (by Griswold) Chicken Pan!

When we were camping a while back, Brenda told me about her easy-peasy recipe for Calico Beans. She was kind enough to send me a snap of her recipe card, and tonight I made them for dinner. I did not know that I would love […]

The Mystery of the Vintage Brown Beer Bottle Marked “WAGNER SIDNEY O” – Solved!

The Mystery of the Vintage Brown Beer Bottle Marked “WAGNER SIDNEY O” – Solved!

A short while back, someone in one of the many cast iron Facebook groups to which I belong posted a photo of a brown beer bottle, with raised lettering marked “Wagner” and “Sidney, O.” The person asked whether the bottle was related to the Wagner […]

Sidney Hollow Ware Company, Philip Smith

Sidney Hollow Ware Company, Philip Smith

The Sidney Hollow Ware Company began in 1859 as “P. Smith Bro. & Co.” Philip Smith began working a small foundry in Sidney Ohio with capital of just $25 in 1859.  His brother Michael joined him in the business a short time later. P. Smith […]


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