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Betty Is Still In My Kitchen! 
Feb. 19, 2012 11:45 am 
Updated: Feb. 29, 2012 5:18 pm
Now I love technology as well as the rest… but sometimes this good ole standby saves the day!  It’s a cold and rainy day here in South Carolina.  Jim and I have armed ourselves with plenty of DVD movies… a few comedies, some love stories and a few dramas.  We have left over, Shrimp Etoufee, from last night’s dinner ( Jim treated me to this delectable meal... Sometimes I just have to let him in my kitchen).  We have snacks… the only thing missing is the sweets!

I go to my favorite food site!  Look up coffee cake… after perusing through numerous recipes… I didn’t find a simple recipe that I could whip up, like my Mom used to!  I finally give up and head to my bookshelf of recipe books… and there it was… My trusty Betty Crocker!

This was a wedding gift from my then husbands grandmother… it was actually hers!  She marked recipes in it that was her favorites; the pages are tattered and covered with Kitchen Love!  I have used this cookbook for Thirty years!  The spine is completely gone, but the old girl is still coming through for me!<

Twenty five minutes later and voila… we have coffee cake!  This filled in the last necessary piece of our do nothing day!  See ya later got a movie or two to watch!!!
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Feb. 19, 2012 12:36 pm
Yes it is a bit nasty out there, It may snow up here in NC. The dogs don't want to go outside to how to go potty. By the way I have the same cook book, mine looks to be in better condition how ever.
Feb. 19, 2012 1:13 pm
that orginial betty crocker cook book still can't be beat! mine is about as nasty as yours, but it's a keeper. shrimp etfoutee sounds great!
Feb. 19, 2012 1:35 pm
Sounds like a fun day! Enjoy your Movie Day. I love movies on a cold day, but I can't go without the popcorn! I don't have this Betty Crocker cookbook- the red cookbook.
Feb. 19, 2012 1:55 pm
King , poor puppies! It is so nasty here but not too cold! I need to get a new BC book for my Daughter in laws, Can't pass this poor book down... plus I love it soooo much!
Feb. 19, 2012 1:56 pm
Gderr..Now you know you gotta post a pic of that book....! If it's worse than mine, I gotta see it! My back cover is off but I have every single page!
Feb. 19, 2012 1:59 pm
Lela... We're taking a break from the movies to play a little Rummy! Jim is the winner by 25 points.... arggggg... next time Jim, next time! Next Movie... Black Swan!!!! I can't wait!
Feb. 19, 2012 2:17 pm
For me it's my old 5 Roses cookbook. I bought it 35 years ago and I learned how to cook out of it. Like you, it's still my Goto when I'm making certain things. No covers on it and quite a few of the pages are loose, falling out, torn, stained etc... but I will never get rid of that book. I actually hunted down and bought a brand new copy of the Five Roses Cookbook a few years back, but it only has a 1/3 of the recipes compared to my old one, so the old one still rides right regular. Great blog and that Etoufee sounds like a great idea!
Feb. 19, 2012 2:21 pm
Raed, I have never heard of the 5 roses cookbook, gonna look it up! Jim's Shrimp was awesome!!!!!!!! served over white rice and spring mix salad! I guess I'll keep him around awhile... the man can cook!
Feb. 19, 2012 2:49 pm
Unfortunately, we had a fire in our kitchen which destroyed part of the cabinet my cookbooks were in and BC was beyond salvage along with a few other, less important ones. I was luck enough to salvage my Grandmother's 1935 edition of the Fannie Farmer cookbook and my mother's 1947 Better Homes and Garden. I finally found a 1990 Betty Crocker at a garage sale. It has most of the same recipes, some have been updated and some actually have instructions for microwave cooking (blech -D) Mind you, I have a whole wall of cookbooks, but these are the go to bibles. Shrimp etoufee?? Jim is most definately a keeper!
Feb. 19, 2012 3:28 pm
BSM, Fannie Farmer... hmmm now that is a cookbook! I like the term bibles of cook books... you couldn't be more right! and yeah I'll think I'll keep him... I don't let him cook that often, but he loves to cook... I mainly keep him on grill duty! We don't need a turf war in the house!!!!
Feb. 19, 2012 4:58 pm
I have the old red and white plaid copy, and my mom's red and white plaid copy! I remember I had to buy mine to learn how to bake a potato when I was 16! LOL
Feb. 19, 2012 10:49 pm
Too, too much FUN! I had to stop and read all of the comments! When I married in 1978, my mom gave me a copy of Better Homes, and Sal's mom gave us a copy of Betty Crocker... I don't think either "mom" had any other books (HOWEVER could they survive?) I laugh every time I make banana bread... the pages containing that recipe in my Better Homes is spattered with so much "gunk" from banana bread batter! What could we do, without these trusted "stand by's?"
Feb. 20, 2012 4:30 am
Petey that is so funny... I still use mine to figure out the temp to bake a potato still! I hate to nuke them, and I can never remember the baking temp. lol
Feb. 20, 2012 4:31 am
Stevie, I love my cookbook! my gunkiest page has to be the biscuit section!
Feb. 20, 2012 7:24 am
terry i am tech challenged! but, if you make it thru my neck of the woods you will see that nasty book.
Feb. 20, 2012 7:27 am
oh, i just went and looked at it. it's got half the spine ripped off and is covered with food stains. it's from 1979..the red one.
Feb. 20, 2012 8:46 am
I have the same one too! Circa 1977/1978. It's a little food spattered and dirty on the outside and I am missing the first page. Otherwise it's all intact!
Feb. 20, 2012 10:05 am
You just can't beat Betty!
Feb. 20, 2012 11:59 am
Betty is in my kitchen too. I have a special one titled Betty Crocker Desserts as well. Its wonderful and I go to it all the time. Thank you for the coffee cake recipe.
Feb. 20, 2012 12:59 pm
Sassy... isn't it the best? It used to be the only book one would need!I have since been given old cookbooks, by friends and family and I have yet to use them!
Feb. 20, 2012 1:02 pm
Baking Nana... the funny thing is my mom's name is Betty and mother in laws name is Betty! So at one time or another sometimes there is more than one Betty in my kitchen... Mom has passed, but my mother in law is always welcome in my kitchen!
Feb. 20, 2012 1:03 pm
Rosebud... I'll have to get me one of those Baking Betty Books... and you are very welcome for the recipe! It is so easy and reliable... give it a go!
Feb. 20, 2012 1:06 pm
gderr, I'll get to see it at the round up! We are definately coming this year... I can't wait to meet all my Southern AR buddies!
Feb. 20, 2012 3:19 pm
My mom has that same cookbook and I have so many memories of using it growing up- lol I almost bought it on Ebay the other day just so I could have it too!
Feb. 20, 2012 3:25 pm
GG, go for it... It is a great oookbook... as you read above it is an heirloom... buy it, use it, pass it on!
Feb. 21, 2012 3:26 am
Betty is my best friend in the kitchen, too! I received that good old dependable book as a wedding gift over 30 years ago and she has always been my "go to" book for everything. Mine is beginning to look pretty well-used, but that's just the love shining thru!! ;)
Feb. 21, 2012 6:29 am
Hi Terry! Count me as one more who has the Betty Crocker red book. I think mine is about circa 1968. It was a wedding gift also. Another gift I received was the BC "Cooking for Two" cookbook. It has seen the most wear and tear since I have mostly only cooked for 2 over my lifetime. The big red book is in decent shape for "her" age. I have a small bookcase full of my cookbooks that I have collected over the years. Hubby laughs and tells friends that I read my cookbooks like novels! Thanks for the reminder of all those yummy old recipes in my BC red book!
Feb. 21, 2012 6:54 am
MA, It's nice to know I'm in good company... I call all the gunk on my Betty :"kitchen love"!
Feb. 21, 2012 6:57 am
Scooter... I do read mine like novels! When I get a new cookbook I read it from cover to cover! My husband traveled a lot adn I have quite the eclectic collections of cookbooks! I love em all... but Betty is my fav by far! I need to get off my duff and by one each for my two Daughter-in-laws!
Feb. 21, 2012 1:07 pm
My 1960's era BC was the red/white one, and was ruined in a fire. The blue BC "cooking for 2" cookbook is still around. I think that era cookbooks, esp. BC are really the Bible of cooking books, and never-fail recipes. Simplicity, good taste, and cooking from the pantry always pleases the family.
Feb. 21, 2012 4:33 pm
Aww thanks Mamaw for dropping in.. I'm so sorry to hear about the cookbook... I deep mine in the spare bedroom... I'm prone to "Kitchen Accidents" !
Feb. 21, 2012 5:47 pm
*keep... darn spell check!
Feb. 22, 2012 6:20 am
The 5 Roses Cook Book is a Canadian favourite. Mine has a new homemade cover (with the wallpaper from our old kitchen--and cereal box cardboard) and it's called The Kitchen Bible in our house. I, too, bought a new one, but gave it to my daughter because the old one is definitely better! Favourite pages are stained--as they should be! It is a really great basic cookbook!
Feb. 22, 2012 6:56 am
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Feb. 22, 2012 9:02 am
I have that exact same cookbook! I'm gonna go check out that coffee cake.
Feb. 22, 2012 9:31 am
My Betty Crocker cook book me with an untimely "death". Seems I had left it on the counter by the sink. Somehome it fell in the sink and I didn't realize -- by the time I discovered it the book was beyond saving. So bummed ... never got a replacement.
Feb. 22, 2012 9:32 am
that should have read "met" with an untimely death ... my fingers at it again.
Feb. 22, 2012 12:14 pm
Paula that coffee cake is so easy and sooo yummy! I double the recipe to share with the neighbors! I swear they can smell it through the walls!
Feb. 22, 2012 12:16 pm
God Mom... that is so sad to lose a cookbook!I have been fortunate to keep all mine... but like I stated a few comments back... they reside in the spare bedroom in a book case... I am a tad accident prone!
Feb. 22, 2012 12:18 pm
fhohn, I love that idea of covering the cook book! I still need to find that one!
Feb. 23, 2012 9:57 am
Terry Tripp, I have the same cookbook and it is full of wonderfully edited classics. I have a copy of my mom's favorite Better Homes and Garden's (50's edition I think) and an old Good Housekeeping. They are my favorites. They are chuck full of information and stellar recipes.
Feb. 23, 2012 12:37 pm
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Feb. 23, 2012 6:25 pm
Mauigirl... Ain't it great! After reading all the comments I have decided to add a few of the other classics to my list to give the D-I-L's! I hope to keep the tradition alive! I do have the best Daughter in laws to carry it on!
Feb. 24, 2012 5:57 am
Your Betty looks exactly like mine! :) My cherry pie recipe is the most stained page in the book. I believe mine was given to me in 1975.
Feb. 24, 2012 8:04 am
Ruthann... I got mine in 82' ... but it was hubby's grandmothers for years before that!
Feb. 24, 2012 8:11 am
Love It! (not the weather tho)... the coffee cake looks scrumptious, the kind of cake where you could eat a whole row and not realize it!
Feb. 24, 2012 8:35 am
DJ, I have to double that recipe... JIm can eat the whole thing ..but the neighbors have smell-o-meters ... they just happen to drop by! Try the recipe it is sooo easy and yummy! Thanks for dropping in!
Feb. 24, 2012 9:52 am
I can't believe that someone other than me has the "5 Roses" cookbook! Wow..It has been like my bible..No covers and a little shabby looking, but hey,,,,,it's a keeper!
Feb. 24, 2012 10:36 am
olgie... we should have an ugly cookbook! I glad everyone holds their favorite books as dear as I do mine!
Feb. 25, 2012 4:13 am
Hi Terry, you can add my 1963 McCalls cookbook to your ugly cookbook contest. I use it all the time so it's seen it's share of splatters and spills, still it has great recipies for almost everything. I have to be more carefull with it now because I don't want it to fall apart.
Feb. 25, 2012 5:09 am
impelli... Now I don't think I've ever seen a McCalls cookbook... Sounds like your has seen a few years of love and use! Happy cooking!
Feb. 26, 2012 12:37 am
I got my Betty for a wedding gift in 1976. I learned how to cut up and fry a whole chicken out of that book. It holds a special place in my heart and on the shelf! How fun to read all these posts :)
Feb. 26, 2012 7:31 am
PhylMar, I am having so much fun reading all these posts too! I'm honored to be in such good company! Birds of a feather...
Feb. 26, 2012 7:40 am
I have my mom's old Betty Furness Westinghouse Cookbook - pages are "loved" and the back is off, but it is still my go-to for good, home-cookin' recipes. Fun blog, thanks for posting!
Feb. 26, 2012 7:45 am
Got the same cookbook as a shower gift in 84' Yours is in better shape than mine, the cover is off and several well used pages are detached but I still use it for the stuffed green pepper recipe, the pie crust and apple pie recipe and the deviled egg recipes. this was the perfect book for a young bride, just learning to cook. love it. thanks for the fun blog!
Feb. 26, 2012 7:57 am
Artic and Maddysmom... You're very welcome! Thanks for sharing with me... I love all these stories! Funny hting is everytime I read a comment I actually can picture what all the cookbooks must look like!
Feb. 26, 2012 8:08 pm
I got the same Betty when I got married in '72!!! It looks about the same, and I do still use it. Always nice to have Betty in the kitchen!!
Feb. 28, 2012 3:40 pm
Chris k... as long as she dosen't just disentegrate... she'll probably last longer than I do! I so love my cookbook!
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I was a working mother of 2 boys! I didn't have much time for cooking... now that the boys are grown and on their own... I have been enjoying learning and appreciating the art of cooking. I started with a day of baking with my mother in law and I was hooked! Not to mention my new stepkids... what was two... now is four! Our family is growing we now have a grandson, Damien, and one on the way! My grandson loves his visits with Gramma and Grampa...We spend quality time in the kitchen snd chronical our visits here on AR!
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I love to bake! It is my therapy...I love to buy and read all types of recipe books ( call me old fashion ) but it's fun to pick out 1 recipe in a new book and try it the day I get the book!
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My husband and I have great times cooking meals together! When the kids come to visit we let them request their menu of choice. Funny twist... my two boys request Jim's culinary feasts... Jim's two request Stepmom's dinner delights! Works out fine at the end of the day!
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Check out my pics, the wedding cake? It was my 1st attempt at a wedding cake... can you believe it... I still can't!
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so many... hard to pick just one! but isn't that the joy of cooking?
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