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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.

Scarce Griswold Cast Iron Ashtray

Scarce Griswold Cast Iron Ashtray

I posted a few weeks back about the common Griswold cast iron ashtrays, and my opinion as to their value; i.e. what I personally would pay. Griswold Quality Ware 0 and 00 Ashtrays As noted in the blog post, the Griswold ashtray marked “0” is […]

Ask Mary: Was this pan made by a Blacksmith?

Ask Mary: Was this pan made by a Blacksmith?

Rebecca wants to know who made her 94-year-old Grandmother’s cast iron skillet. It has an interesting “dented” appearance on the outer wall.


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