Creator of a Thanksgiving Staple Is Dead at 92

Dorcas Reilly came up with the green bean casserole in 1955
By Newser Editors and Wire Services
Posted Oct 24, 2018 12:34 PM CDT
In this Nov. 15, 2005 file photo, a Green Bean Cassorole sits in the foreground as Dorcas Reilly prepares another at the Campbell Soup Co. corporate kitchen in Camden, NJ.   (AP Photo/Mel Evans, File)

(Newser) – The woman who created a Thanksgiving staple—the green bean casserole—has died at age 92, the AP reports. Dorcas Reilly died on Oct. 15, and her family will celebrate her life Saturday in Haddonfield, New Jersey, where she lived. Reilly was a Campbell Soup kitchen supervisor in 1955 when she combined green beans and cream of mushroom soup, topped with crunchy fried onions, for an Associated Press feature. It is the most popular recipe ever to come out of the corporate kitchen at Campbell Soup.

In a 2005 AP interview marking the recipe's 50th anniversary, Reilly didn't remember having a hand in it. She said the dish was among hundreds she helped create including tomato soup meatloaf, a tuna noodle casserole, and sloppy Joe-like "souperburgers." (The man who foiled the Nazis' nuclear dreams also recently died.)

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