Cooking with Findlay’s — Christine Armstrong’s Inheritance and Maple Syrup Recipe

This is Carleton Place resident Christine Armstrong. She emailed a picture of her Grandmother’s Findlay’s  frying pan yesterday. If you have any recipes using your Findlay products-tell me. I would love to share them. I am thrilled Christine is going to be sharing more Carleton Place memories with us.
When you mentioned the Findlay foundary I had to send you this picture. This spent many years in my grandma’s kitchen before it got passed on to me. This pan could tell a lot of stories if it could talk! I still use it my kitchen at least once a week and it is better than any new non-stick pan. Wish we could still have them here. I wonder how many kitchens in Carleton Place still have these? 
Money was always tight and buying table syrup was out of the question so this is the family recipe. Grandma would make the syrup on the pan then put it in a mason jar wrapped in a towel to keep it warm. Then she would make a mound of pancakes and we would have a feast.—- Christine Armstrong
I just saw this on Ebay.. (No I do not sell online) and this is something I have never seen before. A Findlay Bros. Carleton Place/ Branch Houses Miniature Cast Iron Advertising
Kathy McAuley
 We found one last summer buried deep when we were digging to repair our foundation. It’s in pretty rough shape and I couldn’t read all the words. Now I know for sure it’s a Findlay. Thanks Linda for posting.
My Grandmother’s Table Syrup
                                                           3 cups white sugar
                                                           1.5 cups warm water
               Boil for 1 minute on high, and then remove from heat. Add 1/2 tsp Maple extract.
Christine Armstrong
                             This is a photo of the actual frying pan Christine sent me today
                                                             Findlay Foundry info
The frying pan is a number 5.
See the Findlay Foundry Memorial plaque across from the town hall on Bridge Street in Carleton Place.

Tilting the Kilt, Vintage Whispers from Carleton Place by Linda Seccaspina is available at Wisteria at 62 Bridge Street, the Carleton Place Beckwith Museum in Carleton Place, Ontario and The Mississippi Valley Textile Mill in Almonte.  available on all Amazon sites (Canada, US, Europe) and Barnes and Noble

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About lindaseccaspina

Linda Knight Seccaspina was born in Cowansville, Quebec about the same time as the wheel was invented and the first time she realized she could tell a tale was when she got caught passing her smutty stories around in Grade 7 at CHS by Mrs. Blinn. When Derek "Wheels" Wheeler from Degrassi Jr. High died in 2010, Linda wrote her own obituary. Some people said she should think about a career in writing obituaries. Before she laid her fingers to a keyboard, Linda owned the eclectic store Flash Cadilac and Savannah Devilles in Ottawa from 1976-1996. After writing for years about things that she cared about or pissed her off she finally found her calling. Is it sex drugs and rock n' roll you might ask? No, it is history. Seeing that her very first boyfriend in Grade 5 (who she won a Twist contest with in the 60s) is the head of the Brome Misissiquoi Historical Society and also specializes in local history back in Quebec, she finds that quite funny. She writes every single day and is also a columnist for Hometown News and Screamin's Mamas. She is a volunteer for the Carleton Place and Beckwith Heritage Museum, an admin for the Lanark County Genealogical Society Facebook page, and a local guest speaker. She has been now labelled an historian by the locals which in her mind is wrong. You see she will never be like the iconic local Lanark County historian Howard Morton Brown, nor like famed local writer Mary Cook. She proudly calls herself The National Enquirer Historical writer of Lanark County, and that she can live with. Linda has been called the most stubborn woman in Lanark County, and has requested her ashes to be distributed in any Casino parking lot as close to any Wheel of Fortune machine as you can get. But since she wrote her obituary, most people assume she's already dead. Linda has published six books, "Menopausal Woman From the Corn," "Cowansville High Misremembered," "Naked Yoga, Twinkies and Celebrities," "Cancer Calls Collect," "The Tilted Kilt-Vintage Whispers of Carleton Place," and "Flashbacks of Little Miss Flash Cadilac." All are available at Amazon in paperback and Kindle. Linda's books are for sale on Amazon or at Wisteria · 62 Bridge Street · Carleton Place, Ottawa, Canada, and at the Carleton Place and Beckwith Heritage Museum · 267 Edmund Street · Carleton Place, Ottawa, Canada--Appleton Museum-Mississippi Textile Mill and Mill Street Books and Heritage House Museum and The Artists Loft in Smith Falls.

5 responses »

  1. Hello Christine,I am married to the little Findlay girl,her name is Laura,she is 56 yrs
    old and is with her big sister Susan.I think
    its wonderful to hear your story about that pan.thank you. Joe

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  2. We have a no. 5 and it gets a lot of use. My cousin worked at the restructured Findlays after the main plant was shut down and he acquired a frying pan for me; produced at that location (somewhere off the town line -industrial park??). The humber is 90 and it has a wood handle.

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