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Kathleen’s Question: Why is the center bottom of my old pan rough?

Kathleen’s Question: Why is the center bottom of my old pan rough?

I have a youtube channel, and received a comment from Kathleen O on one of my vids from my prior business with a pan that had pitting: “I hear the that the “pitting” is caused by use over fire or old wood stove. Does this […]

Caramelized Onion and Shallot Dip made in my Griswold Chicken Pan

Caramelized Onion and Shallot Dip made in my Griswold Chicken Pan

I’ve said it before and I’ll say it again…my chicken pan can do anything! I’m having guests for a casual dinner tonight on the patio. Burgers are on the menu, along with all of the accoutrements and a roasted veggie side. I needed a couple […]

Easy-Peasy Strawberry Jalapeño Cast-Iron-Skillet Jam

Easy-Peasy Strawberry Jalapeño Cast-Iron-Skillet Jam

I am going camping this weekend with my foodie camping friends, and I assigned myself appetizers. I always like baguette slices dipped in melted brie with pepper jelly on top, so I figured that would be a good one to try to make over the […]

Simmons and Company Auctioneers, July 2018 Cast Iron Auction, Richmond Missouri

Simmons and Company Auctioneers, July 2018 Cast Iron Auction, Richmond Missouri

Simmons and Company Auctioneers, based in Richmond Missouri, has been in business since 1980. It is a family business.  Owners Bob and Rilla Simmons, along with their team, work together to organize and run large auctions. Bob and Rilla have been married since 1967. Their […]

Top Prices Realized at July 19 – 20, 2018 Vintage and Antique Cast Iron Auction in Richmond, Missouri

Top Prices Realized at July 19 – 20, 2018 Vintage and Antique Cast Iron Auction in Richmond, Missouri

These are the top prices realized at the Simmons and Company Auctioneers cast iron auction on July 20 – 21, 2018 in Richmond, Missouri. I got photos of most of the pieces, but unfortunately not all of them. $1875: Griswold large block logo no. 13 […]

The Griswold “Burglar Alarm”

The Griswold “Burglar Alarm”

Griswold made much more than just a line of cookware. Did you know that Griswold also made, and held the patent for, a burglar Alarm? I didn’t think so. Inventors John Harvey and David Shields, assigned to Matthew Griswold. Application March 1, 1893. Patent granted […]


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