All about vintage cast iron cookware and the people who use it. History, education, identification, use, stories, collectors and collections.

Author: Mary

Yes, You Can Still Use Your Vintage Cast Iron Pan Even if it Has A Hairline Crack

Yes, You Can Still Use Your Vintage Cast Iron Pan Even if it Has A Hairline Crack

A while back, I went on a road trip with my friend Jim. We stopped here and there throughout the South looking for antique cast iron cookware; Griswold being my maker of choice. At an antique store in Kentucky, I found two painted Griswold “ERIE” […]

Down the Rabbit Hole and into the Seemingly Never-Ending World of the Odorless Skillet

Down the Rabbit Hole and into the Seemingly Never-Ending World of the Odorless Skillet

Once upon a time in a land far, far away, I had a pretty pan that had some interesting features. It was marked “Odorless” on the bottom, and carried a patent date of October 17, 1893. It looked similar to a skillet, with pour spouts at […]

Just What, Exactly, is an “Odorless” Skillet?

Just What, Exactly, is an “Odorless” Skillet?

In my quest to find out who had manufactured a pretty antique Odorless skillet I used to own, I uncovered a huge amount of information. So much so that I’ve written two blog posts about the topic! To understand the Odorless skillet and other kettles/pans […]

Old Cast Iron Glue Pots. No, Not for Me.

Old Cast Iron Glue Pots. No, Not for Me.

I’ve mentioned many times that I love thinking about the history of these old pieces of iron – where they have been, how they have been used, and who used them. Here’s a piece that led me in a totally different direction! I was recently […]

2018 GCICA Convention in Baton Rouge, Louisiana

2018 GCICA Convention in Baton Rouge, Louisiana

Linda and I made the trek to Baton Rouge, Louisiana for the 2018 Griswold & Cast Iron Cookware Association (GCICA) convention in April. This year’s event marks the 26th year that the association has held a convention, and the fourth year that Linda and I […]

Nancy Addison’s “Mash in the Hole” Meatloaf, Made in her Lodge Legacy Cast Iron Bundt Cake Pan

Nancy Addison’s “Mash in the Hole” Meatloaf, Made in her Lodge Legacy Cast Iron Bundt Cake Pan

You already know that I like to check out the “Black Iron Master” contest on Sundays on the Facebook page Black Iron Cooking, Antiques, and Humor. I’ve previously posted about some of Doyle Pregler and Brenda Bernstein’s  entries, and Rose Waddell’s winning Mahogany Chiffon Hydrangea cake made in […]


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