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Hamilton and the LeRoy Family

by Lynne Belluscio

As my family gets ready for Thanksgiving dinner, the family recipes are shared – the turkey stuffing recipe, the sourcream dill dip, the fresh cranberry orange relish, Hollandaise sauce, chocolate pecan pie, pumpkin pie, lime Jell-O apple and walnut salad and green bean casserole. I had a Facebook note pop up about green bean casserole, and I thought, sure - - its famous, but it wouldn’t be possible without Calvin Keeney of LeRoy and his green beans! So, let’s first start with the origin of the casserole. It seems that it was created by Dorcas Reilly at the Campbell Soup Company in 1955. She was working in the test kitchen in Campbell’s headquarters in Camden, New Jersey, and created what was first called “Green Bean Bake.” Reilly also created Campbell’s Tomato Soup Meatloaf, a tuna noodle casserole, Porcupine Meatballs, and Sloppy Joe Soupburger. Reilly’s recipe card for. . .

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