My mother-in-law’s name was special… and it was extra special because she and I had the same birthday! She had a set of Wearever aluminum cookware that she had gotten as a wedding gift in 1937. The history of the company and there extraordinary contribution to the American kitchen is remarkable. Founded in 1903, by 1941, it accounted for more than 40% of the aluminum cookware business in the US. World War II forced WearEver to shift production from aluminum cookware to US Military items, but they created an ingenious program during the war that allowed housewives to prepare for cookware that would be delivered shortly after the end of the war!
I love these pots and pans. Not only do I have the ones in the pictures, but have lids for all of those, a large frying pan and a roaster. I really love their function and their history. They aren’t the fanciest pots you can buy… and I don’t keep them as shiny as I should; but they will always have a special place in my kitchen.
And while we’re talking about Polly (my mother-in-law)… She was an avid fan of crossword puzzles, and she was good at it. She did the New York Times puzzle every single day. It’s how she started her day. Her puzzle and cup of coffee. So this week we go from puzzles to aluminum to pots and pans to Polly, my dear mother-in-law.
On Tuesday, did you see the diamond Crossword Puzzle (the first crossword puzzle published in a newspaper in America in 1913)? Did you figure out all the answers? I didn’t. So, as promised, here are the answers.