Daily Archives: October 7, 2008

More than a pan!

“There is a certain amount of confusion regarding the name for that three-legged, long-handled frying pan we call a “spider.” Collectors of kitchenware tell us that its shape evokes the arachnid-high stilty legs holding up a round black body. With a bit of a stretch, the long handle appendage is also somehow lifelike. The opening at the shaped tip of the handle, usually a hook or a rattail, suggests an eye. The organic nature of the image is carried into its name, as was typical of early technology terminology. It’s like the common use of the word “dogs,” (originally work animals,) and the terms “firedogs” (andirons,) or “spit dogs” (mechanical spit turners.)”

To learn more, read the There’s History in Your Frying Pan article in the Journal of Antiques Collectibles.

Tips for using that extra cheese?

Dairy CowsCheese Jelly Salad

  • ½ cupful of grated cheese
  • 1 tablespoon of gelatin
  • 1 cupful of whipped cream
  • Salt and pepper to taste

Mix the cheese with the whipped cream, season to taste with salt and pepper, and add to the gelatin dissolved in a scant cupful of water. This may be molded in a large mold or in small molds.

When the jelly begins to harden, cover with grated cheese. The jelly should be served on a lettuce leaf, preferably with a cream dressing or a French dressing, to which a little grated cheese has been added.

Extension Bulletin 537 Low Cost Menus for One Month December 1939