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Ask Mary: What are these letters on my pan?

Ask Mary: What are these letters on my pan?

*Updated 4/7 with additional information from Steve Stephens. Thank you, Steve! Marcia P. of Fenton Missouri wrote to me via the contact form and asked: Looking for help after searching multiple sites. Most skillets have their number and letter one on top of the other. […]

Routine Maintenance and Cleaning

Routine Maintenance and Cleaning

People have such strong opinions on how to best clean and care for their vintage and antique cast iron pans. Peeps, it is not that complicated. Don’t overthink it! And…soap will not ruin a properly-seasoned cast iron pan. If you don’t believe me, believe Kenji! […]

Three Versions of Vintage All-In-One Cast Iron Dinner Skillets

Three Versions of Vintage All-In-One Cast Iron Dinner Skillets

I recently had the pleasure of seeing three different vintage all-in-one cast iron skillets/separators within a time span of about 2 weeks. Purpose of All-In-One Cast Iron Dinner Skillet My understanding of the all-in-one cast iron dinner skillet is that the division in the pan […]

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, […]


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