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Gluten-Free Griswold Cast Iron Skillet Green Bean Casserole

Gluten-Free Griswold Cast Iron Skillet Green Bean Casserole

I needed a recipe for a gluten-free green bean casserole that I could make in my vintage Griswold cast iron skillet. Mine must be the only family on the planet that does not have green been casserole as part of their Thanksgiving day lineup. I decided […]

Joe Zawadowski and his  Vintage Cast Iron Pups

Joe Zawadowski and his Vintage Cast Iron Pups

Joe Zawadowski is a vintage cast iron pup collector. He is also a turtle champion, wood carver, bog hunter, dog judge and skull seeker. I had wanted to see, learn, and write about Joe’s vintage cast iron pup collection for quite some time. The visit […]

Rare Griswold no. 10 Small Logo Cast Iron Skillet w Grooved Handle

Rare Griswold no. 10 Small Logo Cast Iron Skillet w Grooved Handle

**Note: this post about this rare Griswold no. 10 small logo cast iron skillet with grooved handle is not “done.” I will update it as additional information is known. I know the cast iron collecting community is keenly interested in this pan, so have chosen to post now so […]

Lodge and Blacklock Foundry History

Lodge and Blacklock Foundry History

The Lodge Manufacturing Company is the longest-running cast iron foundry in America. It is and has always been family-owned. Joseph Lodge started the company in 1896 in the small town (pop. ~3500) of South Pittsburg, Tennessee. His great-grandson Henry Lodge is the current CEO. Another […]

The Snuggle Pups Craze of the 20s

The Snuggle Pups Craze of the 20s

Snuggle pups! I feel a new obsession coming on. I saw a collection of Snuggle Pups and Joe and Nancy Zawadowski’s home. I must find one. Or three. Or six. Creation of the Snuggle Pups Frank W. Hopkins created the snuggle pups. He was a cartoonist. […]

A Rare Griswold 10 Skillet Has … Maybe … Been Found!

A Rare Griswold 10 Skillet Has … Maybe … Been Found!

A rare Griswold 10 skillet has been found! A vintage Griswold grooved handle no. 10 small logo cast iron showed up on eBay a few weeks back. If authentic (and I think it likely is), it’s a unicorn in the cast iron collecting world. One has never before […]

Gift Ideas for the Cast Iron Enthusiast

Gift Ideas for the Cast Iron Enthusiast

Need a gift for a cast iron enthusiast? Stumped about what to get for your friend/brother/sister/co-worker who is interested in cast iron cookware?  Click on the link below to find personally curated ideas for you. Gift Ideas After I laboriously wrote the guide attached to […]

Vintage ACCO Cast Iron Pup

Vintage ACCO Cast Iron Pup

Jennifer M of Livermore California asked me a question about a vintage ACCO cast iron pup via the “Contact Mary” form on the website.  She wrote: “I was going through a few boxes of my grandparents special items. I came across the little orange puppy […]


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