I got inspired by women in the kitchen and history, and I wanted a spot to share recipes as well. I will tell you the story of two women then the recipes later. The first one is:
Stouffer’s is a Nestlé brand of frozen prepared foods available in the United States and Canada. Stouffer’s is known for such popular fare as lasagna, macaroni and cheese, meatloaf, ravioli, and salisbury steak. It also produces a line of reduced-fat products under the banner Lean Cuisine.
The Stouffer Corporation started with Abraham and Lena Mahala Stouffer, who had owned a creamery business in Medina, Ohio and opened the corporation in 1922 within a building’s shopping center in downtown Cleveland. There the Stouffers provided dairy products such as buttermilk along with samples of crackers. After some time, they reaped the benefits of a successfully run deli. Then later on, Mrs. Stouffer’s Dutch apple pies and coffee were added to the menu options. They were able to keep their dairy inventory stable with a farm in Richfield, Ohio, 28 miles south of Cleveland. Their oldest son Vernon graduated from Wharton School of Finance at the University of Pennsylvania in 1923 and returned home to assist in his parents’ expanding business. With the leadership provided by Vernon and Gordon, the Stouffer’s second son, the company opened chains of diner businesses within Cleveland, Detroit, Pittsburgh, New York City, St. Louis, and Philadelphia. Stouffer’s restaurant placement in Chicago began in the 1950s at the Prudential Building, the highest standing edifice of Chicago during that period.
What I found elsewhere on Lena was that her name was Bigelow. Lena Mahala Bigelow. After Abraham died she married Roy H. Southworth. Also see Vernon Stouffer. This brings us to nice tea, Bigelow tea.
R.C. Bigelow, Inc, better known as the Bigelow Tea Company, is an American tea company based in Fairfield, Connecticut. The company was founded by Ruth C. Bigelow in the late 1940s, based on a recipe she marketed as “Constant Comment” tea. Bigelow is still a 100% family-owned business that markets over 50 varieties of tea, including black and green, as well as tisanes, all of which are still blended in Fairfield. They also own America’s only tea plantation, in Charleston, South Carolina. Although still a privately held company, in 2009 their annual sales were reported to be about $90 million and they have 350 employees.
|Founder(s)||Ruth Campbell Bigelow|
|Headquarters||Fairfield, Connecticut, USA|
|Key people||David C. Bigelow, Co-Chairman and Co-CEOEunice Bigelow, Co-Chairman and Co-CEO
Cynthia Bigelow, President
|Products||Teas & tisanes|
Another post that connects to a girl and this part of the country:
Huguette Clark has a home there.
There is also this post that covers the home for the mentally disabled in Fairfield County:
More on Chocolate here:
We will continue in comments.