I didn't choose Betty. She chose me.

I didn't choose Betty. She chose me.
The Betty Crocker Kitchens 1940

Wednesday, April 24, 2013

Vintage Pillsbury Ad

Hmm...I wonder why they spelled Betty Crocker wrong.
If you want to read about how Betty Crocker inspired the Pillsbury Bake-Off in the 1950s, check out my book, Finding Betty Crocker.

Monday, April 22, 2013

More Vintage Food to Make You Feel Sad

 True, these aren't Betty Crocker's disasters, but I just can't resist posting. The middle one makes me especially sad. What it is? It feels like a Dementor made it.

Saturday, April 20, 2013

Vintage Betty Crocker Cake Ad

Midwinter Carnival Cake because it feels more like winter than spring today. But that should change any minute now, right? Anyway, get busy baking this Midwinter Carnival Cake now that you have the recipe and bake your winter blues away.

Thursday, April 11, 2013

Betty Crocker Vintage Baked Alaska Recipe

Betty Crocker's Baked Alaska recipe has a special place in my heart because it is the only thing I remember baking in  my 6th grade  Home Ec class. At the time, Home Ec was mandatory for all 6th graders at my school. I was in a "pod" of 4 students in Kitchen Station #1. My pod mates were Brenda Bliss, Kyle Holen and one other male student that I can't seem to remember. (A lovely side note: I'm still great friends with Brenda and Kyle!) 

The Baked Alaska mystified me. How could we put ice cream in the oven without it melting all over? It particular, I remember whipping up the meringue. It took forever. And the Baked Alaska turned out beautifully. 

Years later, while writing Finding Betty Crocker, I reflected on my one Home Ec memory quite frequently. And I was surprised to hear a former Betty Crocker home economist tell me about serving Baked Alaska at the Betty Crocker Search for the All-American Homemaker of Tomorrow Scholarship banquet the year Alaska became a state. (I know what year that was, do you know? Without googling it? )

It was no easy feat to whip up hundreds of Baked Alaska for the banquet, but, of course, Betty's staff pulled it off without a hitch.

Wednesday, April 3, 2013

Vintage Ad for Souffle

True, she's no Betty Crocker, but Jello, egg and mayo Souffle is too good not to post. You can see why Red is so excited.