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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 […]

My Favorite Pan…At Least For Today!

My Favorite Pan…At Least For Today!

The editor of the GCICA quarterly newsletter – the “Griswold & Cast Iron Quarterly” – is planning to feature members and their favorite pans in future editions. We talked at the 2018 Convention in Baton Rouge, and I offered to submit a little blurb to […]

Doyle and Brenda’s Collection, Cooking, and Brenda’s Mad Cake-Making Skills

Doyle and Brenda’s Collection, Cooking, and Brenda’s Mad Cake-Making Skills

Fellow cast iron enthusiasts Brenda Bernstein and Doyle Pregler live in New London, Minnesota, a small community about two hours northwest of the Twin Cities. They have been together 28 years, have 6 grown children between them, and 12 grandchildren ages 3 to 19. If you’ve ever been to one of the national Griswold & Cast Iron Cookware Association (GCICA) conventions and seen a huge semi parked in the parking lot of the convention hotel, it’s a likely indicator that Doyle and Brenda are there. Doyle drives truck for a living, and Brenda and Doyle try to line up his loads so that they coordinate with the GCICA national and chapter meets. They even arrived via semi to the 2016 GCICA convention in Maine! It’s hard to miss Brenda – her beautiful red hair stands out in a crowd.

Brenda and Doyle

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The Lure of the Large Vintage Cast Iron Auction, and 10 Handy-Dandy Tips!

The Lure of the Large Vintage Cast Iron Auction, and 10 Handy-Dandy Tips!

It’s easy to become overwhelmed very quickly when you arrive at a large in-person cast iron auction. Yards and yards, tables and tables, of all of that gorgeous iron! And many people who are just as determined as you are to snag an excellent piece […]

Thanks for stopping by!

Thanks for stopping by!

Hi. Thanks for checking out my new website! I am Mary – founder and prior owner of The Pan Handler LLC, and a vintage cast iron cookware enthusiast. I started the business and website from scratch while working a full-time job, and eventually the business […]


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