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Dorcas Reilly

Dorcas Reilly : Who is she? and Why Are We Thankful For Her This Thanksgiving?

It started with a call from the Associated Press and a question: What’s a good recipe for a vegetable side dish that features common pantry products? It is the dish everyone is expecting on the holidays, and it is so easy to make, you can serve it any day. If you plan on eating green bean … read more

It started with a call from the Associated Press and a question: What’s a good recipe for a vegetable side dish that features common pantry products? It is the dish everyone is expecting on the holidays, and it is so easy to make, you can serve it any day. If you plan on eating green bean casserole this Thanksgiving, the memory of it’s inventor will live on. Created by Campbell Test Kitchen Manager Dorcas Reilly in 1955, its creamy, smooth sauce and un-matchable flavor combined with its simplicity makes Green Bean Casserole so appealing. Just six ingredients and 10 minutes to put together, this family pleasing side has been a favorite for over 60 years.

In 1955, the AP, like other newspapers and magazines of the time, was running a feature of an easy-to-make Campbell’s Soup side. The question came with a caveat: the recipe had to be built around green beans and Campbell’s Cream of Mushroom Soup, two items most Americans regularly had in their homes in the ’50s.

The request fell to the Campbell’s Soup Co. test kitchen in Camden, N.J., an arm of the company that focused on coming up with recipes for its products. Dorcas Reilly, a supervisor for Campbell’s home economics department, was tasked with leading her team to figure out what could be done. The group would test and grade recipes repeatedly. Only a perfect score would qualify it as ready to go. In November of that year, Reilly and her team settled on what would be first known as “the Green Bean Bake,” an easily adaptable six-ingredient recipe of green beans, cream of mushroom soup, milk, soy sauce, black pepper and French fried onions that takes 10 minutes to prep and 30 minutes to bake.

dorcas reilly

Photo Credit: Campbell’s Soup

“We worked in the kitchen with things that were most likely to be in most homes,” she told NPR in 2015. “It’s so easy. And it’s not an expensive thing to make, too.”

During a time when many women were homemakers, Reilly embarked on a career at Campbell’s Soup in Camden, New Jersey.  She worked in the test kitchens, where she and her colleagues brainstormed recipes that used Campbell’s products, and then did blind taste-tests. The test kitchen employees rated a recipe on a scale of one to ten, tweaked it if necessary, and then submitted it to headquarters for approval. When Campbell’s started to put Reilly’s recipe on the cans of its cream of mushroom soup in 1960, the popularity of the dish hit new heights. More than 60 years since the dish was invented, green bean casserole is a Thanksgiving staple, with an estimated 20 million-plus American households expected to serve it this year, according to Campbell’s.

Dorcas Reilly

Throughout her life, Reilly, a culinary trail blazer during a time when women were often on the sidelines in corporate America, remained astonished at the success of a dish based on green beans and cream of mushroom soup, one referred to by Campbell’s as “the mother of all comfort foods.”

“We all thought this is very nice, etc., and then when we got the feelings of the consumer, we were really kinda pleasantly shocked,” she said in a Campbell’s promotional video for the dish. “I’m very proud of this, and I was shocked when I realized how popular it had become.”

Reilly, an influential innovator of beloved comfort food in the U.S., died on Oct. 15 of Alzheimer’s disease in Camden. She was 92. A visitation and celebration of her life will be held on Saturday in Haddonfield, N.J.

Rest in Peace Mrs. Reilly! We will all remember you this Thanksgiving as we take a big scoop of our favorite comfort food, We’re all thankful for you and your recipe!

Dorcas Reilly

photo credit: https://www.nj.com

*Source: The Washington Post

What’s the takeaway that we can learn from Mrs. Reilly?

1. Sometimes we can think we are just “doing our jobs” but to other people, it may make a big difference. This lady invented a recipe that was just a day on the job… but 60 years later, here we are, blogging about her and being inspired by her. Her recipe has been on a kabillion soup cans since 1960, everyone knows what “green bean casserole” is.

2. She was a team leader, and when talking about the challenge, she never took all the credit. She always said “we” when speaking of herself and her team. The TEAM was important, each member of the team contributed something, and she never lost sight of that. Although Reilly cooked up the recipe, she does not take sole credit for it.

“It was about the team working together,” she said. “I didn’t do it; we did it.”

3. Sometimes things start out small, and we never know how they may end up… I’m sure when Dorcas Reilly went to work that day, she never imagined her recipe invention would be called the “mother of all comfort foods” … She didn’t give up though, she stood by her work, and her work spoke for itself in the end~ gaining fame across the country. Keep your chins up, and keep on doing the “little things” that you may think are unimportant… you never know how they may end up in the long run. Dorcas Reilly was quoted as saying, “It was such a rewarding feeling when your recipe was published,” she added. Further stressing the importance of sticking with it, and following your ideas through to fruition.

4. She was a pioneer of sorts, in post World War II America, more than most women became homemakers. Dorcas pursued a college education. In the early 1950s, there was a cultural shift; a post-war wave of consumption was prevalent in America. Marketing departments of major companies were pushing products heavily, because Americans were spending more and the economy was flourishing. Campbell’s in particular published their signature recipes (all whipped up in the test kitchen) in ads, newspapers, magazines, and on their product labels. When Reilly’s green bean casserole recipe appeared in print, it took off. Some say its popularity was initially due to the fact that it used ingredients that were typically found in American pantries; others say that the flavor alone skyrocketed it to fame. Regardless, it was a dish that was being prepared in countless American homes.

5. The Campbell’s website boasts new, more modern spin offs of the recipe, and even more current versions but there is never quite anything like the original, is there?  This reminds us to appreciate the original, to respect the creator of the REAL recipe, and give credit where credit is due. This reminds me of handmade vs handmade knock-offs… what once was a totally handmade market (not mentioning any names) that is flooded with mass -produced goods masquerading as handmade… being produced in overseas factories and imported. Nothing is as quality as handmade, nothing can capture the attention to detail that a handmade garment, sign, purse or home decor item can. One person working on one piece at a time, paying attention to the details, giving the customer one on one service and customer care.

Follow the Colorful Rainbow to Gypsy Spoonful

Dreary winter days make it hard to look forward to all the bright colors of spring.  Take a few moments to soak in the colors of the rainbow from a few of our colorful makers this week. Click on each photo to go to the individual shops!   You can’t help but feel  colorful when … read more

Dreary winter days make it hard to look forward to all the bright colors of spring.  Take a few moments to soak in the colors of the rainbow from a few of our colorful makers this week.

Click on each photo to go to the individual shops!

 

You can’t help but feel  colorful when you are sporting a great bow or clippies.  Check out all the great hair accessories from our very own A Girl and Her Bow.

 

Annalee and Me makes some of the best variety of items.  From mouse pads, fun tees, and even darling little doll dresses.

 

You can’t go wrong with The Barry Patch.  Great kitchen products, scented melts, and essential oil mixtures for everyone.  I have a few of her oil rollers and they all are amazing!

 

These bright and fun bags by D84 Designs will make your little one stand out everywhere you go.  She offers personalization on all her backpacks, lunch boxes, and bags.

 

 

Tiny Crafts offers some of the best educational products and has fun keychains too.  Crayon keepers, puppets, and masks along with a variety of other products.

 

Do you ever want to just make your own tee?  Scrump Stitches has great heat transfers that you can get personalized as you wish and put on your own shirt.  And let’s not forget those fabulous bows she makes too!  Wow!

 

 

Are you planning a vacation to Disney and need a totally unique tee?  Magical Memories by Jessica is your girl.  She does all her applique work from start to finish.  Her talent shows through in every design she makes.

 

 

I could gush on & on about the quality of work you will get from Lace and Sneakers but I would fill up the whole page about it.  All I can say is take a look at her shop and know that if you order an item from her, you are getting your money’s worth.  I personally purchased a dress from her and show everyone how amazing her workmanship is!  (and seriously, how cute is that Raggedy Ann & Andy dress?)

 

Kit Kat Bows & Clothes has some of the most unique little tees and always has the option to have a matching bow with it.  Go check out all the great sayings she has.

 

 

And last but definitely not least…..you can’t go wrong with a gorgeous piece of work from Faye Malone Design.  She offers super unique bags for teens and women, gorgeous boutique sets for kids, and has a great line of craft vendor aprons for any of you sellers who are getting ready for all those summer markets.

 

I hope these few makers have brightened up your day.  I know I love browsing through all our talented sellers here at Gypsy Spoonful.  Until next time–Happy Shopping!

 

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Beat the Winter Blues with Gypsy Spoonful

It’s that time of year when everyone seems to be getting a case of the Winter Blues. I like to get those endorphins going with a little bit of retail therapy. We promise our “blue” items won’t make you feel down in the dumps at all!   Click on each photo to go directly to … read more

It’s that time of year when everyone seems to be getting a case of the Winter Blues. I like to get those endorphins going with a little bit of retail therapy. We promise our “blue” items won’t make you feel down in the dumps at all!

 

Click on each photo to go directly to the item featured!

 

Get a head start on your spring cleaning with this gorgeous blue dish cloth set by Give A Yarn!

 

Are you expecting a bouncing baby boy?  These printable candy wrappers & toppers  by Printables 4 You are great for a baby shower or gender reveal parties!

 

Rose Petal Gifts offers this amazing keychain bag charm.  Perfect way to brighten up your purse!

 

You can’t help but smile when you see these fun little baby diaper covers by Krafty Mommas.  Go check out her  shop.  She also has matching booties!

 

Simply the Glitter offers amazing assemblage jewelry.  This Paris themed necklace is a gorgeous mix of blues and brass.

 

Don’t leave Dad out when you are shopping!  Play*Patch offers fun ties for Dad in many fun prints.

 

That winter chill isn’t quite gone  yet.  Grab up this beautiful infinity scarf by Just Bobbin Along and look stylish while staying warm.

 

Admit it, you can’t stay blue if you are enjoying a vacation at Disney!  You can find so many fun tees from We Luv Dizne with all your favorite characters!

 

Yve’s Treasure Shoppe is full of awesome products, including this trendy fringe scarf made with upcycled tees.

 

Becca’s Boutique Bows are the bomb!  She has so many amazing bows to choose from.  This cool Star Wars bow is pretty out of this world too!