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Cooking with Betty Crocker Since 1978

Updated on October 17, 2013

New and Revised Including Microwave Recipes

I learned to make pies from my Grandmother, Jeneva, but I learned to pull together meals from scratch from this cookbook.

Yes, I've had this book since it was new. The 1978 version was actually purchased to replace the one I received for a wedding gift in 1967. I did learn to cook at home, from my Mother and Grandmother. But once I was on my own, married with children, this was my handiest kitchen tool. In 1978 we were raising rabbits, cattle and had a large garden, so preparing meals with fresh items meant a lot of cooking from scratch. I love the tools in the flyleaf of the book, herbs and seasonings, the table of contents is very basic, and the fact that it gives microwave instructions makes it a classic.

I'm sure there are modern versions, but when I'm ready to make a pie for the holidays, make homemade noodles or cook up a casserole to take to an event, this is my go to standby!

I've included a few pictures of some of my most used pages as they show the wear and tear of time. I'm convinced every newly married couple should receive this or a newer version of the cookbook featured. Samples of various ways to prepare and serve vegetables, how to cut specific pieces of meat, how to bake, broil, braise and fry just about any meat imaginable, and tips for seasonings, timing of a meal, and advance preparation are all include. I'd replace this cookbook if something happened to it, it's that valuable to me.

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Decorate your homemade pies with leftover crust.Beautiful photos included in the cookbook for inspiration.Who doesn't enjoy pumpkin pie?Make your own noodles with this simple recipe.  Perfect every time.  Note the condition of this page in my cookbook, pretty used, I'd say!
Decorate your homemade pies with leftover crust.
Decorate your homemade pies with leftover crust.
Beautiful photos included in the cookbook for inspiration.
Beautiful photos included in the cookbook for inspiration.
Who doesn't enjoy pumpkin pie?
Who doesn't enjoy pumpkin pie?
Make your own noodles with this simple recipe.  Perfect every time.  Note the condition of this page in my cookbook, pretty used, I'd say!
Make your own noodles with this simple recipe. Perfect every time. Note the condition of this page in my cookbook, pretty used, I'd say!

I suppose some improvement would be to add international cooking to this book, so I may even be looking into the International Cookbook from Betty Crocker. I do a lot of Asian, Mexican and Italian cooking, but mostly with on-line recipes.

An older cookbook will have pie crust made with lard or shortening, egg noodles with eggs and white flour and macaroni and cheese casserole with real dairy cheese and a cracker crumb topping. This cookbook has it all and then some, with tips on preparing decorative buffet meals, how to's that include cutting meats, preparing meals in advance, and freezing leftovers. Step back, relax, slow down, bake something fantastic and make your own comfort food tradition.

Which cookbook has been most helpful in your kitchen?

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